While Native nations are sovereign governments, federal sex trafficking laws apply to Indians and Indian country. However, like other areas of the law, Native nations are beginning to assert the full jurisdiction of their tribal courts and developing increasingly sophisticated laws and codes in addition to their traditional forms of self governance already in place.


So, there are a few places in Indian Country where both federal and tribal laws apply.


In the United States, sex trafficking laws were originally a matter for the federal government, however, states are increasing their involvement with the issue and now every state has their own trafficking laws that apply in addition to the federal laws.


Please select from the menu below to learn more about trafficking laws.





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