MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A task force has found that Native American women and girls are far more likely than other Minnesota residents to be victims of homicide, go missing or experience others forms of violence.

According to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force, while American Indian people women and girls make up less than 1% of Minnesota's population, they accounted for 8% of all women and girls slain in Minnesota from 2010 through 2018.

The task force's report released Tuesday recommends several steps to address the problem, including passage of the 2020 Violence Against Women Act and an expansion of Minnesota's Safe Harbor Law to include all trafficking victims, not just those under 24.

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