Human Trafficking is a violation of human rights that impacts individuals, communities, and industries worldwide. Estimates reveal that nearly 25 million people globally are trapped in forced labor, and those who are most marginalized, including women and girls, are disproportionately affected.    

At Uber, we recognize that combatting human trafficking will require sustained commitments from many sectors. That’s why we’re continuing to raise awareness about this crime and providing ongoing educational opportunities for drivers on the Uber platform. 

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the US, and once again, we are partnering with experts in anti-trafficking advocacy to share educational materials about human trafficking. 

Today, we are sharing an educational video, developed by Polaris, with drivers in the US. The video focuses on educating users on how and why trafficking presents itself, the myths and misconceptions of the crime, and how to reach out to the National Human Trafficking Hotline (operated by Polaris) if individuals need help or see something alarming. As in 2021, we are pleased to collaborate with Attorneys General in Utah, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Washington D.C., and Georgia to share the Polaris educational video with the drivers in their respective states.

In addition, we are sharing tips for identifying human trafficking, developed by our partner, ECPAT-USA

We have an opportunity to be part of the solution to human trafficking. At Uber, we will continue to work with advocacy leaders to build safer communities for everyone. 

“Human Trafficking Prevention Month is an important time to deepen awareness about the crime of human trafficking, and we’re proud to partner with Uber to bring critical education to drivers and communities across the country.” – Elaine McCartin, Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships, Polaris

Education and awareness are two keys to ending the exploitation and trafficking of children. We are proud to partner with Uber in sharing critical information on these issues with drivers using the Uber platform. Together, we can better protect children across the country.” – Yvonne Chen, Director of Private Sector Engagement, ECPAT-USA 

If you believe you’ve witnessed something that might be human trafficking, or if you or someone you know might need help for an at-risk situation, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text “Help” to 233733

Learn more about Uber’s efforts to help combat human trafficking.