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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 foreign-born trafficking survivors by providing direct, trauma-informed services to adults and children. The Institute also offers 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 Laura Garlock at 651-647-0191 x 344 or LGarlock@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, through 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:

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