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Yurok Tribe declares emergency over intended human trafficking

Linda Tanner, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31893926

It's become a common acronym in our time: MMIW, for missing and murdered indigenous women.

Native American women are killed and disappear at a higher rate than that of the general population. And in our region, the Yurok Tribe declared an emergency in mid-December.

The tribe reports several cases in which women were approached in what appeared to be potential trafficking situations.

Yurok Tribal Court Director Jessica Carter joins us to shed additional light on the situation and the moves to guard against abduction and trafficking.

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