The buying and selling of Native American young people has increased in towns such as Williston, North Dakota. These sex slaves and others of different heritages began being pimped immediately following the colonization of “man camps” in Williston. These collections of trailers have cropped up as the demand for workers grows well beyond what towns are capable of handling.
Such man camps have been acknowledged by mass media sites such as Bloomberg, though the specific mention of their impact on violent crime is typically limited to local news sources such as the one cited above.
In Williston, long-time North Dakota residents have expressed concerns about the recently developed slave trade.
“When you have a big oil boom like this, it brings big city problems with it,” former Williston fixture Mike Bartel said to the the Williston Herald last year. Citing statistics linked to the trend and expressing a hope to work together with oil companies, he said the following:
There’s a need to protect our own kids in our schools… There’s just a vulnerability in 15-year-old girls when there’s so much money flowing into an area, and so many guys running around promising the world.
The trend in North Dakota mimics what has been seen in Canada in recent years. In addition to the crime and apparent cause being the same, the racial demographic of victims has remained consistent. The Canadian Department of Justice has released a study showing that violent crime is far more likely to happen to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people.