Anti-Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery. Thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked into the U.S. each year. The Institute assists trafficking survivors throughout Minnesota and Upper Wisconsin as part of the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium (NTAC). NTAC provides direct, trauma-informed services to adult and child survivors across 14 states and Puerto Rico. As part of the consortium, the Institute provides support to survivors of trafficking as well as training and technical assistance to other agencies.

We can help survivors:

  • Find safe, affordable housing
  • Access primary health care and mental health services
  • Obtain job training and job placement services
  • Learn English
  • Obtain referrals for other social services

Knowledge is Power
To increase our community’s ability to identify human trafficking, the Institute offers informational presentations and trainings. For more information or to schedule a presentation for your organization, contact Mollie Yocum at 651-647-0191 x 329 or myocum@iimn.org.

Trafficking Defined

  • Sex Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which a commercial act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or when the person is induced to perform such acts is under 18 years of age, no force, fraud, or coercion is necessary.
  • Labor Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, though the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Indicators of Trafficking
Regarding the person

  • Lack of control over personal schedule, money, identification, or other documents
  • Lack of knowledge about the community they live in
  • Accompanied by a controlling person or boss; not speaking on own behalf
  • Inconsistent stories (“just visiting”)
  • Depression, fear, overly submissive behavior
  • Signs of assault, restraint, or malnourishment

Regarding the work site

  • Transported to or from work; lives and works in the same place
  • Unnecessary or unusual security on work site
  • Little pay, works long hours without breaks
  • Owes debt to employer or crew leader; unable to leave job

If you suspect someone is being trafficked, use caution and:

  • Notify the authorities
  • Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Tip line at 1-888-373-7888
  • Contact Mollie Yocum at 651-647-0191 x 329 or myocum@iimn.org