08.22.131:24 PM ET

Canada’s Slave Ships

First Nations women sold into prostitution at Minnesota’s ports.

Canada’s First Nations women face unimaginable horrors as they are trafficked into America’s ports—and it’s been hidden for generations. The port in Duluth, Minnesota, is a hotspo for trafficking indigenous women from Thunder Bay, Ontario. “The women and children—and I’ve even had women talk about a couple of babies brought onto the ships and sold to the men on ships—are being sold or are exchanging sex for alcohol, a place to stay, drugs, money, and so forth,” says researcher Christine Stark, a master’s student at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Many do so out of poverty. She says she’s also heard stories that “women get brought out onto the boats and never come back.”