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The ugly underbelly of Super Bowl Sunday

By Lindsay Dahl
On February 3, 2015

 

Super Bowl Sunday is very much a big part of the American culture.

This years Super Bowl marked the most viewed matchup in history. However, some may or may not be aware of another surging trend that takes place on the same day, which is human trafficking.

For such big events that take place in big cities, victims easily go unnoticed as they are brought into the area, where they serve men who are willing to increase the amount they to pay for sex.

Such practices also involve minors in this type of federal crime. Victims are often go missing from their homes and are pulled in sex trafficking rings, where these fall into the torturous life of being forced to sleep with numerous customers daily, and run the risk of severe punishment if these numbers are not met.

According to Forbes, approximately 10,000 prostitutes were brought to the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami, and 133 arrests were made in Dallas during the 2011 Super Bowl involving underage prostitution.

The city of Phoenix released their plan to reduce these incidents in the days leading up to the event. However, the LA Times reported only a day following this year’s Super Bowl that 600 arrests were made and 68 victims were rescued as a result of a national sting operation.

 

 

For information on campaigns against the federal crime of human trafficking, visit:

http://www.humantrafficking.org/combat_trafficking/prevention

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