First of its kind report details bleak experiences of Minnesota's American Indian prostitutes

Nearly all of the American Indian women who wind up in the sex trade entered into it through a deception. Report interviewer Guadelupe Lopez says 'being asked by your boyfriend to sleep with three other guys is just a part of life.' From there its a life of violence, drug abuse and homelessness. American Indian women make up a disproportionately large percentage of women on probation for prostitution.
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Nearly all of the American Indian women who wind up in the sex trade entered into it through a deception. Report interviewer Guadelupe Lopez says 'being asked by your boyfriend to sleep with three other guys is just a part of life.' From there its a life of violence, drug abuse and homelessness. American Indian women make up a disproportionately large percentage of women on probation for prostitution.

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