Idle No More: Sex Trafficking Awareness Month

By KBJR News 1

January 28, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Members from the group "Idle No More" gathered in Duluth's Canal Park this afternoon for a dance to protest the sex trafficking of Anishinaabeg, women and children.

The dance is part of the Global Day of Action on indigenous rights and is designed to give a voice to those who are, and have been, the victims of trafficking here in the Northland.

"Idle No More" participants say they want to create awareness that no one in the community is for sale.

Members say trafficking is connected with colonialism and on–going racial discrimination.

"The round dance today...around a specific issue of trafficking g of native women and girls... so often takes place in Downtown Duluth...an 80 year history as the hub of traffic," Reyna Crow, an "Idle No More" organizer, said.

Group members say most of those who are victims of sex trafficking are women and girls, however boys are sold as well.

January is sex trafficking awareness month in Duluth.

Justin Reis, NNC
jreis@kbjr.com