Beyond the bright lights of this week’s Super Bowl parties in New York and New Jersey, sex trafficking will flourish in the shadows. I thought sex trafficking was some far off thing that the studios of Hollywood had dreamed up that happened in the deep dark corners of the world. That’s far from reality, the truth is sex trafficking exists in all 50 states in the U.S. Congress advocacy groups recently had a three hour hearing to highlight sex trafficking during a major sporting event. “In less than a week, New Jersey will be hosting the Super Bowl, and along with welcoming enthusiastic fans, the state also is preparing for a likely influx of both domestic and international traffickers,” Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) said at a House hearing.
“We know from the past, any sports venue — especially the Super Bowl — acts as a sex-trafficking magnet.”
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, over 10,000 woman and girls were trafficked to Miami for the Super Bowl in 2010. Training sessions have taken place over the past several months to give hotel and transportation workers in New Jersey and New York tools for spotting possible trafficking victims. Hotel receptionists and security guards have also been told to be on the lookout for people checking in multiple younger guests without luggage and paying in cash. Police and transit workers have also been told to watch for young people who act suspiciously and don’t carry forms of identification.
This issue should be prevalent in the minds of Americans and there are national charities and local causes that are in need of support. Please help stop sex and human trafficking.
- Love Sara Alina