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To, The Honorable Senator Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto
204 Russell Senate Office Building, United States Senate, Washington, DC 20510
RE: S. 3280: End Trafficking of Native Americans Act of 2018
Dear Senator Catherine Cortez Masto,
As a citizen of the United States, I think that the United States and the Federal Government need to support the unique rights of Native American Women who have been, and are being, abducted, part of human trafficking, in the sex trade underground. I am a believer in the rights of these women. Your bill “to increase intergovernmental coordination to identify and combat human trafficking within Indian lands and of Indians” is well grounded in this issue and I support bill S. 3280: End Trafficking of Native Americans Act of 2018.
Researching the subject, I have found it a very complex one. It includes a history of Federal Government and Native American Indian Treaties. It also includes an intense and problematic look at Native American Indian reservations, tribal leaders and their form of government and police force, in contrast or contrary to, a look at the federal government, state government and their police force.
It seems because of this complexity that the victims, Native American women, have found themselves in a vulnerable place. It seems the human traffickers know this and seem to prey on these women living within this complexity. I read on the website, The Human Trafficking Search Web site an article entitled Trafficking in Tribal Nations: the impact of sex trafficking on Native Americans posted by Liza Kane-Hartnett, that some of the problems stem from, “The proliferation of the fracking industry also contributed to a rise in sex trafficking of Native girls and women as “man camps” were established in remote areas of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, creating a high-demand for sex in an environment rampant with drugs, alcohol, and limited supervision.”
Regardless to this there is a positive growing action by state and federal government to help these women. On the website, The Voice of America. I read an article entitled Lawmakers Propose New Ways to Help Native American Women. It states that the “Federal and state lawmakers have proposed or adopted a series of measures designed to address the problem of missing and slain Native American women and related issues, such as human trafficking, domestic violence and rape.”
I believe that the End Trafficking of Native Americans Act of 2018 is a promising way to help Native American women by fighting for their rights and showing these women the proposed new ways to help them. A way of bringing the federal, state lawmakers and Native American tribal communities together to stop sex trafficking of Native girls and women. In the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report – United States of America, “Advocates called for increased training of prosecutors and judges on mandatory restitution for victims of trafficking. Multiple federal agencies continue to engage in extensive capacity-building for law enforcement, judges, military personnel. pro Bono attorneys, and others to more effectively investigate and prosecute trafficking cases.”I support bill S. 3280: End Trafficking of Native Americans Act of 2018 and the many advocacy groups supporting the great need to stop sex trafficking of Native girls and women.
Masto, Catherine Cortez. Sponsor. Junior Senator for Nevada. Bill, S. 3280: End Trafficking of
Native Americans Act of 2018 Referehttps://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s3280nces
Associated Press. Lawmakers Propose New Ways to Help Native American Women. Voice Of
America. September 11, 2018 ;36(9):52-64. https://www.voanews.com/a/lawmakers-propose-new-ways-to-help-native-american-women/4567983.html. Accessed October 5, 2018.
Hartnett, Liza Kane. Human trafficking in Tribal Nations: the impact of sex trafficking on Native
Americans. Human Trafficking Search. humantraffickingsearch.org/traffickingofnativeamericans/. Published 2018. Accessed October 3, 2018.
United States Senate Committee On Indian Affairs. Bill S.3280 End Trafficking of Native
Americans Act of 2018. United States Senate Committee On Indian Affairs. https://www.indian.senate.gov/legislation. Published 07/26/2018 S.3280. Accessed October 3, 2018.
United States Department of State. 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report – United States of
America. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/history-of-unhcr.html. Published 27 June 2017. Accessed October 3, 2018