U.S Senator Maizie Hirono is asking for the FBI’s help in stemming the sex trafficking of Native Hawaiians.
According to Maui Now, the Senator from Hawaii questioned FBI director Christopher Wray during a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the FBI’s efforts to stop the sex trafficking of Native Hawaiians.
“Native Hawaiian women and girls represent 67% of sex trafficking victims identified in recent studies. Native Hawaiians also represent 37% of child sex trafficking cases. Can you begin to talk about it, to include them in your programmatic efforts?,” Hirono asked, according to Hawaii News Now.
Wray claimed that the FBI were “very aggressively working that issue,” according to Maui Now. He said that the FBI had recovered three girls who were missing on Hawaii Island this past week, Hawaii News Now reports.
It appears that Wray did not specify what the FBI is doing to help Native Hawaiians who are being trafficked.
Sen. Hirono has long been an advocate for those who have suffered because of human trafficking in Hawaii. According to Maui Now, she introduced a resolution to designate May 5 as “National Day of Awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.”
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