Human Trafficking and Mobility of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Human trafficking is a major concern. The women of CLS understand that this is a matter that affects all cultures, ages, creeds and races.

In an effort to spread the word, the members watched a webinar regarding missing and murdered Indigenous women and shared the information they learned on their social media platforms. Spreading the word about this issue is crucial to bringing further awareness.

Thousands of Native American women and girls disappear or are killed each year. These women and girls vanish from tribal lands, rural communities, and cities with no official accounting. The Transportation Research Board (TRB) conducted a webinar exploring the unique mobility patterns of Native Americans as they travel from rural tribal territories to urban centers. Certain social structures have made mobility difficult for indigenous women and girls, and as a result, there are inadequate accounts of human trafficking from this community. Presenters discussed current federal Indian laws and tribal guidelines that may affect human trafficking, identified the social determinants and risk factors of murdered and missing indigenous women, and described the critical issues of human sex trafficking with regards to tribal jurisdiction.

This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Native American Transportation Issues.

To view the webinar and to learn more click here.

Source: http://www.trb.org/Calendar/Blurbs/180827.aspx

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