The Ontario Native Women's Association is asking commissioners with the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women inquiry not to forget about the impact of human trafficking.
"We know that Indigenous women and girls are overrepresented in human trafficking, and they continue to be societies most vulnerable and targeted group due to systemic racism and gender discrimination," it said in a media release from the association.
Commissioners are drafting their report, after wrapping up submissions and testimony last week. The national inquiry started in 2017, and it heard from more than 1,400 people. The mandate of the inquiry is to look at the systemic causes of violence against women and girls.
The Kenora Coalition to End Human Trafficking was created to change the mindset that it’s not happening in the community. Common misconceptions include somebody being chained in a basement, moved across the country, locked in a cube-van. It can also include psychological control, coercion, drug-addiction and people controlled through access to drugs.
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