The New England Patriots and the New York Giants will take the field in Indianapolis Sunday night for Super Bowl XLVI. To be totally transparent, I really couldn’t care less, but there is one issue that surrounds the Super Bowl that has my full attention. Sex Trafficking.
According to Sojourners, the “seamy underside of the Super Bowl is the increase in sex trafficking that accompanies it. Like any large gathering of people, it attracts traffickers peddling their victims, many of them minors.”
In recent weeks, organizations of Catholic nuns and students began calling 220 hotels in the Indianapolis area, informing them about sex-trafficking laws and signs of sex-trafficking. Sojourners reports that 200 hotel managers answered questions, while 99 asked for materials. Of the 200, 45 said they had trained or planned to train the hotel staff about sex-trafficking issues. Check out the full story here.
“Indiana lawmakers passed tough human trafficking legislation this week — just in time to prevent an event where thousands of young girls could get bought and sold for sex.” Read more here.
This is a MAJOR issue and the Super Bowl just amplifies what is happening every single day throughout America. Women, minors, children, forced to perform the most ghastly of acts with total strangers for money they will never see and a life enslaved to their “owners”. This has to stop. This has to change. Below I’ve posted a talk I did on the subject.
Will you get involved?
Educate yourself by visiting the following websites:
The Polaris Project (U.S./International)
- The National Human Trafficking Hotline: Call 1-888-3737-888 to report a tip; to connect with anti-trafficking services in your area; or to request training and technical assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources.
- Take Action: http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/action/
- Slavery Map: http://slaverymap.org/ This is a map which locates various cases of documented slavery
- Get involved: http://www.ijm.org/getinvolved
- Sex trafficking and the Super Bowl – Washington Post (blog) (washingtonpost.com)
- Nuns Are Trying to Stop Sex Trafficking At the Super Bowl (suburbanmen.com)
- The seedier side of the Super Bowl* (ilifejourney.wordpress.com)