… Despite Minnesota’s significant efforts to identify sex trafficking victims and meet their needs, to our knowledge there had never been any sort of summary report produced in either Minnesota or the U.S. regarding the commercial sexual exploitation of this nation’s indigenous girls and women. MIWRC approached the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to request support to develop a report which would aggregate what is known to date about the commercial sexual exploitation of American Indian women and girls in Minnesota, and to develop a set of recommendations for addressing gaps in knowledge and addressing the needs of victims. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation agreed to support the project, which began in November 2008 and resulted in this report.
Organization of the Report
This report is organized to tell a story. For any story, there is always a setting, a context within which the story unfolds. Therefore,
Section I briefly describes the historical experiences of American Indian women in the U.S. that have made them uniquely vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation, and unique in the ways that such exploitation impacts their well-being.
Section II describes the methods and sources used to produce this report, and our definitions for the terms we use to describe the experiences of commercially sexually exploited Native women and girls.
Section III provides information about the prevalence of Native womenâ€Ÿs and girlsâ€Ÿ involvement in the sex trade in Minnesota, across the U.S. and in Canada.
Section IV describes Native womenâ€Ÿs and girlsâ€Ÿ patterns of entry into commercial sexual exploitation.
Section V is a summary of the risk factors that have been found to facilitate Native womenâ€Ÿs and girlsâ€Ÿ entry into commercial sexual exploitation, and of current data describing the representation of Native women and girls in those facilitating factors in Minnesota.
Section VI provides information about barriers and challenges to helping Native women and girls to escape commercial sexual exploitation.
Section VII contains our conclusions and recommendations.