Principles and Definitions

Human trafficking is a public safety, public health, and human rights abuse that occurs around the world and in communities throughout Minnesota.  Human trafficking includes both labor and sex trafficking and international and domestic victims. MNHTTF recognizes the legal definitions of sex trafficking and labor trafficking in Minnesota.

Sex Trafficking

Minnesota law defines sex trafficking as the “receiving, recruiting, enticing, harboring, providing, or obtaining by any means an individual to aid in the prostitution of an individual; or by receiving profit of anything of value, knowing or having reason to know it is derived from [the sex trafficking of an individual].” Minn. Stat. 609.321, Subd. 7a.

Labor Trafficking

Minnesota law defines labor trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, enticement, provision, obtaining, or receipt of a person by any means, for the purpose of: debt bondage or forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery; or the removal of organs through the use of coercion or intimidation; or receiving profit or anything of value, knowing or having reason to know it is derived from [labor trafficking].” Minn. Stat. 609.281 Subd. 5

Additional Considerations

In recognition of the complexity of the issue of Human Trafficking, MNHTTF has compiled a list of additional considerations to aid in understanding of the issue and how it presents itself in Minnesota. For a more complete understanding of the issue of trafficking in Minnesota, please see the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force Principal Positions.