What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking, often referred to as modern day slavery, is the sale of adults and children into commercial sexual servitude and forced or bonded labor. Human trafficking is the second largest – and fastest growing – criminal industry in the world.[1]

The International Labor Organization estimates that there are at least 20.9 million adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and commercial sexual servitude at any given time. Of these victims, 11.4 million are women or girls and approximately 4.5 million are estimated to be victims of forced sexual exploitation.[2]

Human trafficking is a public safety, public health, and human rights issue that occurs around the world and in communities throughout Minnesota. The Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force (MNHTTF) is working to address and prevent human trafficking in Minnesota through a coordinated, multidisciplinary and statewide response. MNHTTF has been working to better address human trafficking in Minnesota since its inception in 2006. Specifically, MNHTTF has been instrumental in enacting strong legislation and coordinating anti-trafficking efforts around the state.

Please review Principles and Definitions for more information on Human Trafficking in Minnesota.

[1] United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking; Polaris Project; and the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights.
[2] ILO Global Estimate of Forced Labour 2012: Results and Methodology, International Labour Organization