Just Another Indian

Aboriginal women  Domestic trafficking occurs in Canada. It is a reality. It is a fact. Women and children especially are bought sold for both in-country use and abroad. But far from the glamorous portrayal of 'Taken' (Liam Neeson), where the victims are well-off, upper-class girls with ex-Special Ops dads, Canada's victims are largely aboriginal. Shuttled from isolated areas to urban centers, many girls walking Canadians streets today are First Nations, Metis or Inuit.

And the church struggles with this.

Apart from the dark history of the Residential School system and the blot the church as a system has left on Canada's aboriginal peoples, the church as a body today seems to rankle with the amount of "drunks", "druggies", "pros", "cons", "gangstas", and "wife-beaters" that are of aboriginal descent.

"They deserve it."

"They're dirty drunks."

"They made their choices. They have to live with them."

"They've been given more help than any white people have and they still drink, do drugs and sell sex. Why can't they get it together?"

No, not every Canadian feels or thinks this way (thank heaven). But the truth of the matter is when we offer the salvation of Jesus Christ and it is abused and spurned and ignored or taunted, we tend to get a little bitterly self-righteous. Furthermore, we are afraid of being accused of mixing 'culture' with 'spirituality'. Aboriginal people have a far stronger tie to the land than Caucasian Canadians. We have separated church and state. We have poo-pooed tradition and mysticism and many things that create 'culture'.

For example… drums. Aboriginal drumming is a form of worship to the Great Spirit. Thus many believers are afraid that if they participate in any form of drum ceremony, they will be committing idolatry. But not all drumming is spiritually linked. Much is cultural… like we have songs for love, beauty and life that sing nothing of God.

So with our fearful jaded goggles on, we see our aboriginal people as deserving of their own violence. Instead of mercy, we fall deeper into our prejudice. Instead of grace, we look down upon another people. Sure there are many aboriginal believers, but they've already come to the good side. No worries there. Others have mainlined into secular society, keep jobs, earn their right to be respectable citizens. No worries their either. But the rest?

They just don't get it.

But to shed light on this attitude brings about defensiveness and justification. It's not a popular statement to make because we all want to believe we have dealt with our demons, we are accepting of all cultures, and would do exactly as Jesus would do. Yet here it is — once again, the old coin: us and them.

People… if we don't lay down our tongues of hatred, trafficking will flourish. We are not responsible for the choices of others, rich or poor, Jew or Gentile (or Aboriginal), whether they reek of alcohol or swindle us at a corporate level. We are responsible for our own choices and attitudes. And racism is one that must be decimated.

I cannot speak to the data represented in the following article, but I can attest to the victimization of aboriginal girls across our country. And unless believers replace stereotypes with love… it will not change.
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Not everyone is equal in Canada: aboriginal teenage sex trafficking victims unprotected by law

November 6, 3:05 PMHuman Rights ExaminerYoungbee Dale

thinking about Canada, he or she thinks of well protected environment,
animal rights, and humanitarianism. Still, there is a group of people
who falls outside of that protection by the Canadian society, and their
rights are still neglected. 

Aboriginal people are neglected

According to the research, the
UN Human development index ranked Canadian aboriginal group has ranked
in 68th while Canada ranked in the 8th. Further, the Canadian
government only spends $7000-$8000 on aboriginal people while spending
$15000-$16000 on Canadians. Furthermore, though the Canadian Health and
Social Transfers provision is growing at an average rate of 6.6.%, the
budgets have declined by 13% for aboriginal people. Lastly, in 2001,
the unemployment rate for Aboriginal people was 19.1% when it was 7.4%
for the total population in Canada. 

Aboriginal teenagers are the targeted victims of sex trafficking

women continuously become victims of violence, including human
trafficking, which demands particular attention from the government.
 According to the limited data available
on the sex trafficking of aboriginal women and children, more than 500
Aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the
last few decades. Michael Cettleburgh, a Canadian gang expert,
testified that 90% of the teenage urban prostitutes in Canada are
aboriginal population.  Moreover, roughly 75% of Aboriginal teenage
girls are sexually abused. And, 50% of these population are under the
age of 14 and a quarter of them are under the age of 7. Experts also
testified that the Aboriginal teenagers are in the age between 12 and
14 are prostituting in the north Winnipeg. They are pimped by gang
members and selling their bodies for 20 dollars per sex.

Ironically, Canadian socialist parties oppose child trafficking bills to protect these victims

to a news report in Canada, Canadian socialists refuse to impose
harsher crimes on child trafficking offenders. They are according to the report,
firmly supported by the criminals and are generally soft on crime. They
also believe that 'law-abiding victims of crime are actually
responsible for criminal behavior, and that criminals are the real
victims of crime.' Even those who are convicted of sex trafficking in
the past spent less than five years in jail since their prison time
during the pre-trial custody counts as part of sentencing time. For instance, Micheal Lennox mark, a sex trafficking offender, only spent a week in jail for sex trafficking 4 teenagers victims. 

?Canadian legislation needs to take sex trafficking more seriously

It was only last May 2008 that the first conviction of human trafficking case in Canada was held. Toronto Sun earlier
this year exposed the lack of legal mechanisms to prosecute minor
domestic trafficking in Canada. Though 14 years old girl had sexually
abused by her pimp, the police could not prosecuted the pimp because
she said he was her boyfriend and that she was in love with him. The
case is similar to a typical domestic minor trafficking in the U.S., in
which the pimp will be dealt severely for pimping a minor regardless of
her consent. Perhaps, one is better off if he or she were born as a
friendly animal to Canadians or a tree in one of their backyards than
an aboriginal teenager in Canadian soil.

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