Indian Country 52 #46 – Minnesota Sex Trafficking
“A recent study “Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minor Girls in Minneapolis: Structures, Functions and Patterns,” reveals how pimps and gangs ruthlessly sort and prepare their “product” (young girls) for maximum financial return. Lauren Martin and Sandi Pierce are the two lead researchers of the report.
One example of such systemic brutality is the use of “trap houses,” a variation on the brothel theme usually located in abandoned houses for short-term use. Girls are invited to come party, given free drugs and alcohol and eventually trapped and forced to have sex with large groups of men hosting/attending the party. Typically trap houses cater to neighborhood specific male groups of lower income sex buyers. The researchers found that this can also be a recruiting tactic by gangs and mostly attracts younger men. Some facilitators running such operations post ads online and texts alerting customers to such parties. In addition to “breaking the girls,” trap houses are sometimes used as placement of girls deemed to be of less earning potential by gang operations.”
– Indianz.com, Mary Pember: Changing attitudes on trafficking of Native girls.
“The Garden of Truth is the first study detailing the personal experiences of Native women who have been prostituted and trafficked in Minnesota. The 105 women interviewed for the report describe extreme and frequent violence including child sexual abuse, rape, beatings, and traumatic brain injuries, with a majority experiencing symptoms of PTSD.”
– William Mitchell College of Law, Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota study to be released on Oct. 27 at William Mitchell.
The study (PDF) can be found at: Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota
Download the 18″x24″ poster (.pdf), Indian Country 52 #46 – Minnesota Sex Trafficking.
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