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I am interested in the relationship between economically motivated prostitution for women and girls from indigenous communities and how legislation promotes their vulnerability. Often, these women are murdered, disappeared (sex trafficked?), and raped because of social relationships to the "high-risk lifestyle" they are thought to live. Because prostitution is illegal policing institutions are able to rationalize "deserved" violence for prostitutes, or those they associate with prostitutes. In Canada their is a huge problem with murders and disappearances of Aboriginal women [800+ in 20 yrs] that permeates all of the provinces because of mismanagement of crimes by the police. Police have rationalized these crimes because of high risk behavior that they associate with Aboriginal women. Even in cases of hit and runs that result in an Aboriginal woman's death, the police continue this blame the victim mentality. It is hard to ignore that this culture that permits violence against Aboriginal women, is also one with Aboriginal girls making up 90 % of the prostitutes in Vancouver. The moral characterization of these economically motivated sex workers, and the influence this has on the humans that make up the police force, is extended to Aboriginal women as a whole, and is just another institutional mechanism that promotes their vulnerability to violence.