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What is Labor Trafficking?

Definition per Safe Harbor Minnesota

Labor Trafficking: Labor trafficking includes debt bondage or forced labor or services. Debt bondage means someone is under another’s control or debt and the debt cannot be paid back with reasonable work due to fraud by the trafficker. MN Statute 609.281-609.282. Labor exploitation involves violations of laws protecting how workers are treated, including how much and when someone is paid, child labor, and health and safety in the workplace.

Like sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, Minnesota recognizes Labor Trafficking as a public health problem and responds to it with the Safe Harbor–a statewide network of victim-centered, trauma-informed services and safe housing. This network recognizes individuals experiencing labor trafficking as victims–not criminals–and provides a wide array of services to address the physical and emotional violence, the mental health struggles, and the injuries and illnesses that can follow labor trafficking.

For more information on Minnesota’s response to Labor Trafficking, visit the Minnesota Safe Habor Labor Trafficking page.

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If you or someone you know is experiencing Labor Trafficking, call the Minnesota Day One Crisis Line 1-866-223-1111 to speak with an advocate (interpreters are available), text 612-399-9995, or click the CHAT NOW button on this site to connect with a Day One advocate. A Day One advocate is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

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