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What is Labor Trafficking?
Minnesota passed trafficking legislation that addressed labor trafficking in 2005 and 2006. The 2005 statute defined labor trafficking to include blackmail, debt bondage, forced labor or services, and labor trafficking. Minn. Stat. § 609.281
In 2009, Minnesota amended its trafficking laws to include:
·         (1) The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, enticement, provision, obtaining, or receipt of a person by any means for the purpose of:
o       debt bondage or forced labor or services;
o       slavery or practices similar to slavery; or
o       the removal of organs through the use of coercion or intimidation; or
·         (2) Receiving profit or anything of value, knowing or having reason to know it is derived from an act described in clause (1).
The crime of labor trafficking is a felony punishable by up to 30 years imprisonment and $30,000 fine for trafficking of adults and 40 years/$40,000 for trafficking of minors
Additionally, Minn. Stat. § 609.283 criminalized unlawful conduct with respect to documents, and Minn. Stat. § 609.284 defines defenses to labor trafficking and civil corporate liability.