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Labor Trafficking Protocol to be implemented by Minnesota agencies

The protocol includes specific investigative practices to combat labor trafficking crime.

MINNESOTA, USA — Minnesota will be implementing a first-of-its-kind protocol to help law enforcement recognize and respond to crimes related to labor trafficking. 

In a press release, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and The Advocates for Human Rights said that the protocol includes specific investigative practices for law enforcement officials to follow. 

“There are many unique indicators of labor trafficking crimes and victims,” said BCA superintendent Drew Evans. “Helping law enforcement better understand, identify and respond to these crimes will improve investigations and help put an end to labor trafficking in Minnesota communities.”

Labor trafficking cases most often involve someone the victim knows, according to 2020 data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline

“Labor trafficking is a serious human rights abuse that causes lasting harm to individuals, while undermining our standards for safe workplaces and fair pay,” said  The Advocates for Human Rights senior researcher Madeline Lohman. “The Advocates is proud to help secure safety and justice for survivors by ensuring law enforcement can effectively identify and respond to this crime.”

The BCA will be training law enforcement across Minnesota beginning in September. Tips about suspected labor trafficking can be provided to BCA at 651-793-7000 or bca.tips@state.mn.us.

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