Christine Stark said the port at Duluth is notorious among First Nations people as a site for trafficking women. Stark said the sex trade on ships has been going on for generations, and includes Indigenous women from Canada. Her current research is an offshoot of a report on prostitution in Minnesota, in conjunction with the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition. That report included interviews with indigenous women in Minnesota who have been trafficked in the sex trade. Stark said the stories that "women get brought out onto the boats and never come back" that she heard as part of that study begged further exploration. She's currently conducting interviews with 15 people to learn more about what happens on the ships.
Aboriginal women in Canada frequently experience challenges and discrimination that are not necessarily shared by non-Aboriginal women, nor are by Aboriginal men. As non-Aboriginal settlers first arrived in what is now Canada, they brought with them their patriarchal social codes and beliefs, and tried to make sense of Aboriginal society through a patriarchal lens. These policies had profound effects on Aboriginal women across the country. These impacts continue to be felt by Aboriginal women across Canada today. Women were respected for their spiritual and mental strength and men were respected for their spiritual and physical strength.
Notable cases have included 19 women killed in the Highway of Tears murders , and some of the 49 women from the Vancouver area murdered by serial killer Robert Pickton. In the US, Native American women are more than twice as likely to experience violence than any other demographic. The bill was not taken up by the Senate , which at the time had a Republican majority.
AP — The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. The group moves outside into knee-deep weeds, checking out a rusted garbage can, an old washing machine — and a surprise: bones. Since then her older sister, Kimberly, has been looking for her.