E va was found at dusk in late December , standing in an Albuquerque parking lot. She drove three hours, from her house outside Gallup, and arrived a few minutes after 1am to see Eva emerge from the juvenile holding area, quiet and hunched. Her cheeks and neck looked skeletal. She kept her answers short and rolled her eyes.
'Nobody saw me': why are so many Native American women and girls trafficked?
Native Americans Are Some Of The Most Vulnerable To Sex Trafficking
In the National Congress of American Indians found that an estimated 40 percent of women who are victims of sex trafficking identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, or First Nations. Phoenix, Arizona — which has a large Native community — has also been identified as a major jurisdiction for trafficking for sexual exploitation by the US Department of Justice. Accordingly to Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya, a Hopi expert on human trafficking in Indian country, targeting of Native women occurs for several reasons. The Navajo-Hopi Observer reports:. Why seek Natives?
Why Traffickers Go After Native American Women
The following post contains mature themes and references. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This post comes a difficult time for all people.
Soon after Abigail Echo-Hawk started her job as director of the Urban Indian Health Institute in , she opened a drawer in her Seattle office and found something surprising: a survey of Native-American women in the city, asking if they had experienced sexual violence. What did shock her was that the survey results had never been published. Movements such as MeToo have opened up this conversation nationwide and, I believe, created a more welcoming environment for stories like these. Our land was taken, our people were slaughtered and our languages were wiped out. The effects last for generations.