Human trafficking prevention

The City of Minneapolis is committed to fighting all forms of human trafficking.

Fighting human trafficking

What it is 

Human trafficking is the sale of a person for the purpose of sexual acts or forced labor. As noted by the Minnesota Human Trafficking Taskforce, human trafficking is "public safety, public health and human rights issue that occurs around the world and communities throughout Minnesota."

Visit Minnesota Human Trafficking Taskforce

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

Wage theft

Wage theft happens when an employer fails to pay wages earned by its employee. Approximately one quarter of all low wage workers in Minneapolis consistently suffer from various acts of wage theft, including off-the-clock work, denial of overtime, misclassification or fraud, and other illegal deductions from pay.

  • To file a complaint related to the City's minimum wage and sick and safe time ordinances, see Working in Minneapolis.

Learn more about the wage theft prevention ordinance

Resources:"Wage theft in Minneapolis," report (March 4, 2019) by the Minneapolis Workplace Advisory Committee

What is the City is doing to fight trafficking

  • Developing coordinated, citywide solutions to trafficking
  • Addressing juvenile sex trafficking 
  • Building community partnerships to address trafficking issues.
  • Collaborating with community partners in building on these efforts
  • Developing a plan focused on labor-trafficking-related issues.

Fighting human trafficking videos

Mayor Frey declared January human trafficking and exploitation prevention month.

A message from City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins.

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Contact us

Human Trafficking Prevention

City Coordinator's Office




City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 301M
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday