Laws & Victims Rights

Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 – This document summarizes the common victims, strategies of traffickers, definitions, and Task Force employed by the federal government to deter trafficking. We have reasons to believe that severe human trafficking was occurring (paragraph 8) in our community.

The Secretary of State is the head of the Task Force. Various other groups are also responsible for education and handling victims of trafficking, including Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Attorney General.

RIGHTS OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS:

  • Should not be detained in facilities inappropriate to their status as crime victims
  • Should receive necessary medical care and other assistance
  • Should be provided protection if a victim’s safety is at risk or if there is danger of additional harm by recapture of the victim by a trafficker. Harm includes intimidation by use of threats against trafficked persons or their family members and release of trafficked victims’ names to the public.
  • Should receive information regarding their rights
  • Should receive access to a translator
  • Should not be deported (see Visa T and Visa U) in order to provide protection and evidence for prosecution

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) – This page is also available in Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. This states that foreigners who are victims of human trafficking or any violent crimes will receive a U Visa or T Visa, which protects them from deportation and encourages them to report crimes. Family members could also qualify for these visas. The victim does not need to be here legally for them to be protected by VAWA.

Disorderly Conduct 609.72 – Minnesota law states that anyone who participates in behavior with the intent to harm, anger, or disrupt an assembly or meeting will be charged with a misdemeanor. This includes harassment, excessive noise, and excessive use of explicit language.

Interference with Privacy 609.746 – Think of this statute as the “Peeping Tom” act. This act protects anyone from being unknowingly recorded in a location where privacy is reasonably expected. This includes restrooms, changing rooms, tanning booths, etc. This statute mainly deals with the interiors of private property and places of disrobing.

Interception Interception and Disclosure of Wire, Electronic, or Oral Communications Prohibited 626A.02 – In summary, one cannot eavesdrop and record a conversation of which one is not a participant. However, if one is part of a conversation, one does not require consent from the other party to record the conversation (Subd. 2.d).

The First Amendment – This protects all photographers and filmmakers. In public, there is no expectation of privacy as long as you are not breaking any statutes from 609.746. In summary, you CAN photograph private property, provided you are not shooting through a window or area of disrobing (dressing room, restroom, etc.). However, if a sign is posted, prohibiting photography, it becomes a condition to enter the property and would be considered trespassing if you take photos anyway. If you are on public property or private property without a “no photography” sign, and someone asks you to delete a photograph of them, you do NOT need to delete it, provided you are following all other laws.