Joint statement on Bemidji sex trafficking arrests

June 28, 2021

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, two individuals working for a subcontractor on the Line 3 Replacement Project were arrested in a sex trafficking sting in Bemidji. Upon learning of their arrests, the employment of these two individuals was immediately terminated. Enbridge and our contractors have zero tolerance for illegal and exploitative actions. That is why we are joining with our contractors and unions to denounce the illegal and exploitive actions of those who participate in sex trafficking.

United together, Enbridge, our contractors, Precision Pipeline and Michels, and the four unions supplying skilled workers –International Union of Operating Engineers, Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 798, and Teamsters International—value the work of law enforcement in combatting sex crimes. 

We remain steadfast, united in our commitment to compliance with all anti-trafficking and anti-exploitation laws and our zero tolerance for those who seek to deprive others of their fundamental freedoms and human rights.

We encourage the employers of the other individuals charged in the Bemidji sting to stand with us to combat human trafficking in our community.

All Line 3 Replacement Project workers are required to complete human trafficking awareness training as part of their onboarding requirements as mandated in the route permit conditions issued by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Ongoing human trafficking awareness training and information includes the It’s Your Choice campaign emphasizing the consequences of participating in sexual exploitation, and encouraging workers to be part of the solution, identifying and reporting potential sex trafficking situations.

In addition to these efforts, Enbridge is committed to working with Native American Tribes and the communities along our pipeline route to raise awareness of human trafficking and support local educational programming, such as Your Call Minnesota, a training and public awareness program created in collaboration with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)-led MN Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force (MNHITF) and the Tribes United Against Sex Trafficking (TRUST) Task Force.

We recognize that human trafficking is an ongoing issue in our community and in society as a whole, and we encourage everyone to join us in our commitment to working together with law enforcement and government agencies to bring awareness to the victims of these crimes, and end this illegal and exploitative behavior.