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This website provides comprehensive information on sex trafficking as it impacts Native people and Native nations; including, publication resources, victim service directories, and training calendars. Be sure to visit our blog, Sex Trafficking in Indian Country Update, which contains the latest media, news articles, and policy updates on sex trafficking in Indian Country.


We envision this site as a place for Native people to find help when dealing with violence. Individuals can reach out to their local Tribal Coalition(s) for assistance or they can easily use our Victim Services Directory themselves. We suggest, however, that individuals contact their local tribal coalition for assistance first. A Tribal Coalition is comprised of tribal advocates that work to end domestic violence and sexual assault and can help individuals navigate options and services. Utilizing coalition connections can increase a person's chances of receiving services or referrals immediately. 



National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault 


NICCSA strives to be your one-stop, comprehensive source for information on sexual violence in Indian Country. Visit the site to find important federal legislation, tribal codes, cutting edge articles by Indian Country experts, and funding opportunities. Each month will feature innovative practice tips by seasoned advocates and legal professionals.

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center


Native nonprofit created specifically to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) addressing domestic violence and safety for Indian women. Under this grant project, the NIWRC seeks to enhance the capacity of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, Native Hawaiians, and Tribal and Native Hawaiian organizations to respond to domestic violence.


National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)


National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Toll Free:1-888-373-7888 or text Be Free (233733)


The Rape Abuse Incest National Network

1-800-656-HOPE (4673) 


National Runaway Safeline

1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929



The legal definition of sex trafficking is codified in 18 U.S.C. §1591 set forth below. 

Note that there are two separate criminal offenses of sex trafficking: sex trafficking of an adult and sex trafficking of a minor.


Sex trafficking is defined as:

(a)Whoever knowingly—

(1) in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, recruits, entices, harbors, transports, provides, obtains, advertises, maintains, patronizes, or solicits by any means a person; or

(2) benefits, financially or by receiving anything of value, from participation in a venture which has engaged in an act described in violation of paragraph (1), knowing, or, except where the act constituting the violation of paragraph (1) is advertising, in reckless disregard of the fact, that means of force, threats of force, fraud, coercion described in subsection (e)(2), or any combination of such means will be used to cause the person to engage in a commercial sex act, or that the person has not attained the age of 18 years and will be caused to engage in a commercial sex act, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b).”

Please visit our Trafficking Laws page for specific information and some legal definitions of federal, tribal, and state trafficking laws.


There is an unfortunate lack of reliable data on the problem of sex trafficking in Indian country. This lack of reliable data is tied to the limited amount of methodologically sound research, articles, and reports on the topic. However, the limited Native-specific research that has been done, and anecdotal evidence, suggest that Native women and girls are over-represented in the sex industry and that sex trafficking disproportionately impacts Native women and girls. 


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