Aboriginal women, girls targets for human trafficking, says new report

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Sep 19, 2014

Trafficking report found a deep distrust of the police among many aboriginal women and girls

Aboriginal women and girls are easy prey for human traffickers because they are more likely to suffer from poverty, drug addictions and mental-health problems, says a newly disclosed report.

The Public Safety Canada study sheds new light on how women and girls are forced into the sex trade by pimps acting as boyfriends, small, loosely defined gangs and even members of their own families.

The previously unreleased research is bound to add fuel to the fire raging in Canada over the Conservative government’s refusal to hold a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women and girls.

Many people who took part in the study said human trafficking and murdered and missing women and girls are just symptoms of a much larger problem.

“A number of participants believed that the trafficking of…

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