MnDOT's effort to end human trafficking
MnDOT is committed to end human trafficking in Minnesota through a coordinated, multidisciplinary, statewide response.
The agency is working with governmental and non-governmental agencies including the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, U.S. DOT Transportation Leaders against Human Trafficking and Truckers Against Trafficking.
MnDOT launched this initiative in 2017 and is committed to:
- Demonstrating industry leadership by issuing a proclamation announcing Minnesota Department of Transportation’s commitment to take a stand against human trafficking;
- Educating employees on how to recognize and report signs of human trafficking;
- Raising awareness among the traveling public on human trafficking issues by utilizing common messaging in targeted outreach campaigns;
- Measuring our collective impact on human trafficking by tracking and sharing key data points.
MnDOT funds and regulates multiple modes of transportation in the state of Minnesota, including highways, airports, transit systems, party buses and maintains a system of rest areas that are visited by over 20 million travelers annually. MnDOT is also one of the largest construction employers in the state.
Minnesota ranks high nationally for occurrences of human trafficking. Transportation often provides the means for human trafficking.