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Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Human Trafficking

​What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is the sale of a person for the purpose of sexual acts or forced labor. Minnesota law uses the following definitions:

Sex trafficking – receiving, recruiting, enticing, harboring, providing, or obtaining by any means an individual to aid in the prostitution of the individual; or receiving profit or anything of value, knowing or having reason to know it is derived from an act (of sex trafficking).

Labor trafficking – 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 an act (of labor trafficking).


Report suspected human trafficking

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of being trafficked, call 911.
  • To report a suspected trafficking situation, use the BCA Tip Form, call the BCA at 1-877-996-6222 or email


What does the BCA do?

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents work in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement organizations to identify incidents of human trafficking and apprehend and aid in the prosecution of those who commit such crimes.

Criminal justice agency resources

BCA agents stationed in field offices across Minnesota are specially trained to investigate human trafficking crimes. A nearby affiliate agency can be a point of contact when a crime of this nature is uncovered in your jurisdiction. To request BCA assistance, call 651-793-7000. Get information about human trafficking crimes and investigations.

The BCA also provides advanced training and support to local agency personnel. View the current training catalogue.

Victim resources

Help is available for victims of human trafficking.