Below is a link to an article by Tamara Cherry published in the TorontoSun addressing the issue of the sex trade involving indigenous women-some as young as seven years old.
This is a global issue and should be addressed with a global outcry and the adoption by all countries of a zero tolerance policy.
The sex trade can be likened to the hub of a wheel with radiating connecting spokes to other crimes such as drugs, murder, rape, abduction, assault, abuse, and pedophilia- a many headed hydra that by extrapolation impacts all of society. It should be addressed as such.
To some degree or another we all products of our environment, the reality of poverty and a lack of opportunity in indigenous communities are a contributing factor to alcohol and substance abuse, which in turn can be a contributing factor to the sex trade.Not in the classic abduction and use of force but in the need created to feed an addiction.
The fact that as a minority we aren’t seen to have much of voice is part of the equation that lends itself to vulnerability and being seen as easy prey. If our communities become dysfunctional in any way that too will contribute to the perception and exacerbate the problem.
There is no easy fix-no legislation or law that will be a cureall – no political rhetoric. But it would go a long way if such laws and legislation were given a priority-if our communities would literally raise hell within them and out demanding that our women and children be seen the equals of any other.
Existing attitudes seem to have their origins and are embedded in the patriarchal concept that women are chattel, that a defense of having “elk medicine” suffices, or a recent example by a Japanese politician who defended what he referred to as the need for “comfort women” by troops during WW2.
It is chilling to watch a young man in the video Rape On The Reservation refer to women and young girls in our communities as being a target rich environment -perhaps more so in the same video for a young girl to say that’s just the way it is.
I see much of what is transpiring on the global stage as indifference, and much of what is happening within our communities as indications of the erosive effects of assimilation that have led to breaking away from traditions.
We as a people either do what is right or we don’t and suffer the consequences…there is no middle ground. We either help and defend those of our own in need of it or they will pay the price, and we as nations will as well.