The fight against labor trafficking expands
FEBRUARY 2019 – Momentum is building in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota to challenge labor trafficking and its root causes.
It all began with an arrest
In September 2018 contractor Ricardo Batres was charged with labor trafficking for the abuses suffered by Yimer Iriarte Banegas and Jose Adalid Zavala Lopez, among others. The charging documents allege that Batres brought undocumented workers to the state, underpaid them, forced them to work in dangerous conditions and threatened them with deportation if they complained.