In 2006, the Parshall Oil Field was discovered in North Dakota, and oil companies joined a frenzied rush to extract the black gold. Thousands of oil workers moved in to take high-paying jobs in the industry. Unusually high incomes, boredom and long working hours in a mostly male environment combine to create the perfect marketplace for traffickers selling sex and drugs. Incidents of road death and domestic violence have also risen dramatically.
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- 1.“Men here are 100% worse… They’re animals.” – Life in a North Dakota oil & gas boomtown – BBC News
- 2.Why North Dakota’s oil fields are so deadly for workers
- 3.Oil, Corruption and Death on the Reservation | Times Documentaries | The New York Times
- 4.‘In the Land of Hell’: Life as a Female Trucker in North Dakota | Op-Docs | The New York Times
- 5.Sex and the Oil City: The dark side of North Dakota’s oil boom (RT Documentary)