Ricardo Ernesto Batres

Businessman Facing Trial on Labor Trafficking Charges

State prosecutors have filed nine labor trafficking charges over the past decade.

MINNEAPOLIS–A businessman accused of exploiting his construction workers is going on trial in Minneapolis for rare labor trafficking charges. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Ricardo Ernesto Batres denied the employees health coverage and workers’ compensation and forced them to live in overcrowded housing with no hot water. A criminal complaint says the construction workers did not have authorization to be in the…