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Department of Justice (DOJ) statistics show that 83% of alleged sex trafficking incidents reported in 2008-2010 involved U.S. citizens trafficked within the United States. Experts and advocates estimate that the number of U.S. citizen sex trafficking victims is between 100,000 and 300,000, compared with foreign sex workers trafficked to the United States, which number between 14,500 and 17,500. A 2001 report by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania lent support to these estimates, finding that about 293,000 American youth are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation. These striking numbers make the United States the only advanced democracy in the world where the majority of its sex trafficking victims are its own citizens. The DOJ has acknowledged that the disproportionate representation of Native American women among sex trafficking victims is a problem nationally.
 
The trafficking of Native American women and girls is a growing problem associated with the increased presence of gangs and drug trafficking rings on tribal land. Weaknesses and potential improvements to anti-trafficking efforts need to be identified before sex trafficking operations become better organized and are driven deeper underground. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act--the statutory leader of all U.S. anti-trafficking efforts--was reauthorized in 2012. This presents an opportunity to rebalance the anti-trafficking structure to protect foreign and domestic victims. It is also an opportunity to be an example to the rest of the world of respect for indigenous rights. Aboriginal women are disproportionately represented among prostituted women. Under international and federal law, the U.S. government has a responsibility to protect the rights and well-being of Native Americans. The Violence Against Women Act specifically recognized that this responsibility extends to assisting tribal governments in safeguarding the lives of Native women. The Native Americian Women's Resource Center is dedicated to helping Native American Women trafficking victims.
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