Report: Native American women victimized in prostition
A disturbing report out of Minnesota this week focuses on the high level of victimization occurring in the terrible, but often overlooked, world of Native women who have been forced by poverty into prostitution.
It’s a first of it’s kinds study, the St. Paul’s Pioneer Press reports, the delves into the world of people like Violet, who lured from a foster home by a pimp at the age of 12. The study, “Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota,” reveals a horrfying reality for Native women forced into prostitution.
“Native women are at exceptionally high risk for poverty and sexual violence, which are both elements in the trafficking of women,” said report co-author Nicole Matthews, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Woman’s Sexual Assault Coalition. “The specific needs of Native women are not being met. Our goal was to assess the life circumstances of Native women in prostitution in Minnesota, a group of women not previously studied in research such as this.”
Although forced prostitution of mostly females cuts across all walks of life and carries similar trauma,
American Indian women may be among the most marginalized and vulnerable of all groups.
NCAI hosts national convention this week
Watch for news this week from the National Congress of American Indians hosts its national week long convention and cultural celebration starting Sunday in Portlan, Ore.
This year’s convention is entitled “Footprints into the Future: Our shared journey toward tribal prosperity.”
NCAI will launch a number of initiatives during the Convention including its 2012 Native Vote initiative, and American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month focused on Native youth. The Convention will also include preparations for the 2011 White House Tribal Nations Conference with President Obama scheduled for December 2, 2011, in Washington, DC.
What’s the most important topic you think should be discussed at the NCAI convention this year?