Labor Trafficking

According to the International Labour Organization over 14 million people are the victims of forced labor worldwide. Domestic work, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and entertainment are among the sectors most concerned. Migrant workers and indigenous people are particularly vulnerable to forced labor.

The Advocates works to ensure that Minnesota's response to trafficking in persons meets international standards to end forced labor through effective victim protection and prevention efforts.

Much of the system designed to prevent and respond to trafficking in the workplace relies on individuals coming forward, but workers face many barriers to reporting. Workers may experience abuses in the workplace but not recognize what is happening as trafficking or know where to turn for help.

Labor Trafficking Protocol Guidelines
The Labor Trafficking Protocol Guidelines are designed to help communities throughout Minnesota identify and respond to victims of labor trafficking, especially youth 24 years old and younger.

Labor Trafficking Resource Pack
Download resources to help recognize and respond to human trafficking and exploitation in the workplace including the Labor Trafficking Self-Assessment Card, developed with the help of a multi-disciplinary working group, is designed to help workers identify when trafficking is happening.

2016 Labor Trafficking Report
Asking the Right Questions: A Human Rights Approach to Ending Trafficking and Exploitation in the Workplace documents the human rights abuses experienced by workers in Minnesota. The report identifies failures in the existing government response to trafficking and recommends steps state and federal governments can take to ensure the protection of workers and prevention of trafficking.