Since 1867, aboriginal women and girls have been going

 Since
1867, aboriginal women and girls have been going missing as well as
have been

victims
of murder. This issue has only gotten progressively worse over time
rather than better

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even
though racism towards aboriginals has decreased over time. Many
people have looked into

and
figured out what is really going on, why it is happening and who is
involved/responsible.

There
is a lot of confusion as to what is really going on with these women.
Aboriginal

peoples
are often victims of racism and it is inferred that lots of these
deaths that happened

earlier
in time were an act of racism towards these women, but most of these
missing and

murdered
individuals are absorbed into a line of work that most would not want
to be absorbed

into.
What is happening is aboriginal women and girls who decide to leave
their tribes/

homelands
to start a new life in a city and become more of a part of
civilization. The majority of

these
women are very poor and unknowledgeable as they are in search of jobs
in big cities which

are
not at all like their homelands. As women desperate for work with
very few useful skills,

they
are easy targets people who bring them into the sex trade. A CBC
news article states

“Aboriginal
women and girls are easy prey for human traffickers because they are
more likely to

suffer
from poverty, drug addictions and mental health problems”. Another
factor contributing to

why
it is so easy to kidnap or lure these women away is because they are
not people who have

others
who would be looking for them as they do not have communication forms
or people who

would
care to look for them. As indicated by thecanadianencyclopedia.ca,
the RCMP says

“because
of the marginal lifestyle and transient habits of the victims and
other people Downtown

Eastside,
disappearances often went unnoticed”.

Many
may wonder why these aboriginals are main targets and why this is
happening.

Women
are beginning to lose culture and disconnect with their aboriginal
roots. They want to be

absorbed
into society but in order to do so they must find a job with the of
little value skills they

have.
As these women leave their reserves, people are planted just down
the roads, ready to

kidnap
or lure them into their industry. This is happening to many women
and girls daily, but the

majority
of these women and girls are aboriginal. These women do not go to
the police because

they
could be in life-threatening situations, may need the money they are
being payed, do not

have
access to a phone or they do not trust the police. A statement made
by Yvonne Boyer in a

CBC
news article “there is a big distrust between these women and
police so getting help for

these
women is even more difficult”. Another reason this issue is
happening without any police

involvement
is because some police men are actually helping or using these sex
workers to

benefit
themselves. As indicated in a CBC news article “The impact of the
lack of trust issues

with
the police stems from the general mistrust of the justice system by
aboriginal people, stories

regarding
the behavior of individual officers who pay for sexual services or
who coerce sex

workers,
and the inherent systemic racism perceived to be part of Canadian
institutions”. A lot

of
these women get dragged into a bad business and then are trapped with
no way out due to fear

of
their life and distrust with officials.

A
pressing question regarding the missing aboriginal women and girls is
who is

responsible
for this. The activities going on concerning these women are very
illegal, especially

if
the women are taken against their will. The reason that this is
happening is because it makes

the
people running it a lot of money. There are a lot of people involved
in this business, but one

very
big and widely known name is Robert Pickton. According to Google and
Wikipedia, the

description
provided of Robert Pickton is “Canadian Serial Killer” and he has
6-49 victims of

murder
between 1983 and 2002, many of which are aboriginal women. After
being put in

prison,
Pickton wrote a book and claimed to not be guilty, but Stevie Cameron
said to CTV news

that
“the man is a maniac: he admitted to killing all of those women,
he’s been put into prison; he

loves
the attention”. Pickton is just one big name of the many people
who are partaking in this

illegal
business. This issue , unfortunately, is ongoing and as stated by
the US Federal Bureau of

Investigation
in an article on TheGlobeandMail.com “Sex trafficking may be
organized crime’s

fastest-growing
business and one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world”.
This is not

okay
and because this business is growing, it is vital that people are
informed and aware and that

governments
should do something about it.

People
need to be informed about what is happening to aboriginal women and
girls, why

it
is happening and who is responsible. Over time the issue of sex
trade has only gotten worse,

and
is continuing to expand as an enterprise. Aboriginal women have been
targets of

kidnappings
and murders since 1867 and is an issue that is not talked about
enough, especially as

it
has been happening for so long.