As part of its efforts to raise awareness about the issue of labor trafficking, the Attorney General’s Office will be hosting a free webinar for municipal officials on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Topics include:
• Scope of the issue and challenges
• Indicators
• The law in Massachusetts
• Working with victims
• Opportunities for interacting with potential victims
• Resources and referral information

Labor trafficking was designated a criminal offense as “Trafficking in Forced Services” under Massachusetts law in 2012. Labor trafficking happens when someone uses threats of harm (including financial harm), restraint, abuse of the legal process, or extortion to force someone to perform work for an employer. Forced services is a crime, and Massachusetts law is more protective than federal law.

Labor trafficking can be difficult to identify, however, and it is believed to be vastly underreported.

The Attorney General’s Office is asking local officials to help identify labor trafficking and bring survivors out of the shadows. The webinar will help them identify the signs of labor trafficking and combat the problem.

To register for the webinar, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-labor-trafficking-overview-for-massachusetts-municipal-employees-tickets-54719330992.

Local officials are also asked to ensure that their vendors are not part of a labor trafficking supply chain by asking them to certify their compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations related to sex trafficking and forced labor.

For more information about labor trafficking and what government, businesses, and consumers can do to recognize the warning signs, reduce demand, and use their buying power to thwart trafficking, contact labortrafficking@mass.gov.

View webinar flyer (280K PDF)