The Super Bowl is the ‘Super Bowl’ of Sex Trafficking
This Sunday there will be a lot of scoring, big plays, and large men rolling around. What am I talking about? Sex trafficking associated with the Super Bowl. For some, the Super Bowl is about the halftime show and those funny TV commercials with talking babies and crazy celebrities. To others, the Super Bowl is the single largest sex trafficking event in the world.
There are a lot of men, lots of money, and plenty of alcohol – thus the rise in the demand for prostitution. It’s as American as it gets! football, banging hookers, and a 12-pack of Coors Light. The number of online ads soliciting sex in New York jumped by 50% last weekend and is expected to jump by 75% this weekend. Want a crazy stat? Major sporting events are a prime venue for sex trafficking, and America’s football finale is no exception. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, more than 10,000 women and girls were trafficked to Miami for the 2010 championship game.
Danielle Douglas, a speaker and advocate who identifies herself as a sex-trafficking survivor, said any major sporting event attracts sex traffickers looking to make money.
“The Super Bowl is a huge, huge arena for sex trafficking,” Douglas said. Some visitors “are coming to the Super Bowl not even to watch football — they are coming to the Super Bowl to have sex with women, and/or men or children.”
Let’s not end on a downer, because the Super Bowl is all about America and American values. (That’s why a Janet Jackson costume malfunction/nipple slip will NEVER be tolerated on our shores.) The Super Bowl is also the day where more women are victims of domestic violence (“MAKE ME A CHICKEN POT PIE, BITCH!”), traffic accidents spike, people eat themselves sick, drink until their bladders are too full to urinate, and gag and choke on aluminum beer can tabs. (IT HAPPENS MORE THAN YOU THINK!) Just keep all that in mind when you’re watching that funny Super Bowl commercial with a funny talking baby doing something funny-talking-baby-ish.