Indigenous women make up 59% of sexual exploitation and sex trade cases depending on the region in western Canada, despite representing only about 5% of the population. That’s according to Dr. Dustin Louie; a professor and researcher from the University of Calgary who made a special presentation at UNBC. Dr. Louie spoke on preventative education for indigenous girls vulnerable to sexual exploitation. He says there are certain things that increase their risk of being abused, including specific life experiences, substance abuse, the prison system, and transition from a reserve to the city. He would like to see more being done at the school level, something one participant agrees with.