Cops and Advocates Tackle Super Bowl Sex Traffic

Feb 2, 2011
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.
Will this campaign stop sex trafficking at the Super Bowl?

More than 100,000 fans are expected to attend Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Texas, this weekend.

The championship game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers is the most anticipated sporting event of the year. The event is also a hotbed for human trafficking—specifically child sex trafficking.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in preparation for this Sunday's game: "The Super Bowl is one of the biggest human trafficking events in the United States." 

Police officials estimate that last year's Super Bowl in Miami drew as many as 10,000 prostitutes, including children and human trafficking victims.

Precautionary measures are put in place every year. But Malika Saada Saar, the executive director of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, observed that: "The involvement of the attorney general and law enforcement [for the 2011 Super Bowl] is far greater than anything we've seen before."

Attorney General Abbott's task force of federal, state and city agencies is committed to not doubly victimizing trafficked girls. In the past, trafficked young women have been imprisoned or deported instead of given help.

A local organization, Traffick911, has launched the "I’m Not Buying It" campaign.

For weeks, local Dallas volunteers have been distributing door hangars, posters and placing coasters in bars and restaurants to spread the word about Super Bowl sex trafficking.

Check out Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff's public-service announcement about why he's "Not Buying It."

Traffick911 wants the Super Bowl Host Committee to get involved by, like, for instance, endorsing the campaign.

With only a few days left before the big game, sign the petition asking the Host Committee to join Traffick911's efforts to raise awareness.

(Traffick 911 PSA 10 from Nate Bernard on Vimeo.)

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