Native women, babies, exploited in Lake Superior sex trade

Native women, babies, exploited in Lake Superior sex trade

though the phrase “human trafficking” often evokes images of women being stuffed into wooden crates and being shipped halfway around the world, a masters student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Christine Stark, says trafficking is more prominent in the U.S. than many realize, particularly for Native American women in northern Minnesota.

Known as the Lake Superior sex trade, Stark says women, teenage girls and boys, and even babies are being sold on ships in the Duluth, Minn. harbors and being sent to Ontario, Canada.

Indigenous women from Canada, specifically Thunder Bay, are also being sold on ships headed for Duluth.

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