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Former prostitute warns chiefs about dangers of sex trade –

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012575 Views

An advocate for women in the sex trade told First Nations leaders this week that the cycle of addictions in their communities will push their sisters, daughters and granddaughters into prostitution.

Bridget Perrier was the keynote speaker at a conference dealing with an epidemic of prescription drug abuse in remote northern Ontario First Nations. Some communities report up to 80 per cent of their population is hooked on painkillers, such as OxyContin.

“For First Nations women who become heavily addicted, they have to prostitute themselves and they don’t even realize they’re doing it,” Perrier said. “They’re sleeping with the dope dealer, they’re sleeping with someone to get money [for drugs].”

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