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Super Bowl: The Greatest Sex Trafficking Incident in the United States

Date: January 23, 2013 Categories: Blog

Super Bowl: The Greatest Sex Trafficking Incident in the United States

The Super Bowl is considered the greatest sex trafficking incident in the United StatesAs you are aware, the Super Bowl is in New Orleans this year. While the city will greatly benefit from the increased revenue, we must be conscious of the influx of trafficking victims to the area. 
Sex trafficking is defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as:

“A commercial sex act that was induced through force, fraud or coercion” OR

“A commercial sex act involving a person who is under the age of 18.”

According to the Innocents at Risk—a non-profit that works to end Human Trafficking and provide support to those who have been trafficked–here are indicators that one has been trafficked:
  • ” Have injuries or signs of physical abuse.

  • Appear malnourished.

  • Seem disoriented and not know where he or she is.

  • Have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes regardless of the weather or circumstances.

  • Not have identification documents.

  • Avoid eye contact and appear hesitant to talk to strangers.

  • Be fearful of authority figures, especially law enforcement.

  • Rarely be allowed to come and go independently and may be accompanied by someone who controls their every movement.

  • Work excessively long hours.”
The NationalCenter for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that 10,000 children were brought to the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami to be used for sex (see this article). Pimps—those who sell women and children in the sex trade—recognize that commercial sex is sought in high numbers during the festivities surrounding the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl, therefore, is prime-time for these criminals to profit from those they exploit.   
    If you suspect human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: