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Super Bowl sex trafficking largest incident in US

The Super Bowl is the largest sex trafficking incident in the US.
The Super Bowl is the largest sex trafficking incident in the US.

Sex trafficking is the most egregious type of child abuse. Prostitution of minors is considered trafficking under federal law. Girls as young as 11 or 12, many kidnapped, enslaved, and transported from Europe and Asia are expected to participate in sex with upwards of 50 men per day during Super Bowl week.

Where large groups of men gather, women appear, ready for exploiting. Sex trafficking is not new. Camp followers have pursued armies throughout history. Mobile brothels abound where testosterone levels are high, whether sporting events, political conventions, business conventions, or any similar event luring fans and tourists. The horror of sex trafficking versus prostitution is that minor girls are repeatedly raped and held against their will, often beaten, drugged and threatened with death for any noncompliance.

While politicians and law enforcement officials decry the situation, the problem is that there is no substantiation of these claims. The rhetoric turns out to be just that. After all, no one is gathering and reporting statistics.

According to The New York Times, no data actually support the notion that increased sex trafficking accompanies the Super Bowl. The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, a network of nongovernmental organizations, published a report in 2011 examining the record on sex trafficking related to World Cup soccer games, the Olympics and the Super Bowl. It found that, “despite massive media attention, law enforcement measures and efforts by prostitution abolitionist groups, there is no empirical evidence that trafficking for prostitution increases around large sporting events.”

According to Forbes, 10,000 prostitutes were brought to Miami for the Super Bowl in 2010 and 133 underage arrests for prostitution were made in Dallas during the 2011 Super Bowl. This year, it's being reported that prostitution ads have jumped in New York City by 50% and are expected to triple by the weekend.

Each Super Bowl host state forms a trafficking task force to “respond” to the issue; the task force issues a foreboding statement; the National Football League pledges to work with local law enforcement to address trafficking; and news conference after news conference is held. The actual number of traffickers investigated or prosecuted hovers around zero.

This year TSA agents at New York area airports received special training to spot and stop suspicious travelers, especially men with girls who appeared in distress, and several reported incidents have led to arrests and the disbanding of prostitution rings. These flash in the pan tactics make host cities look good, and that is the public image that will continue to bring in revenue.

It does not address the fundamental issue. As long as society, the entertainment industry, politicians and the common man and woman turn their backs to, and passively allow the dignity of human rights of any person to be violated, nothing will change.

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