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Preventing human trafficking at Super Bowl 48

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What do Super Bowl 48 and human trafficking have to do with each other? A lot more than one might think.

Events of this magnitude attract traffickers from all areas of the globe. Airports, bus stations, train stations, and hotels become swarmed with visitors. The influx of people surrounding events such as the Super Bowl or the Olympics produce a prime breeding ground for trafficking.

Movement and containment are large components of the trafficking business. Airline personnel receive training to identify potential victims and possible trafficking situations. These programs are critical to securing borders and preventing the transportation of victims.

Catholic News reports that New Jersey’s “Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness has been distributing informational pamphlets to emergency workers “so that these front line professionals will know when to be concerned that someone is a trafficking victim and how to respond appropriately. In addition, a trafficking identification training program for airlines is being expanded to other transportation officials, such as bus drivers and station operators, train conductors, trucking associations, and other transportation industry professionals.”

The 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report released by the U.S. Department of State reports that there are currently 27 million people enslaved by traffickers worldwide. Last year, 46,000 new victims were uncovered. The publicity surrounding the Super Bowl has done wonders for promoting human trafficking awareness. Awareness campaigns and initiatives will continue through the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as well as long after to prevent more individuals from becoming victimized.

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