For weeks we have heard the hype and had previews to the ads for Super Bowl Sunday, January 5, 2012. The New England Patriots and the New York giants’ best players are both loved and hated, but they are ready to battle for the big bucks in Indianapolis, rain, snow or shine. The fans will be cheering, beer and soda flowing, and probably thousands of hot dogs consumed. For many in attendance this will be a great time with family and friends.
Sadly, this will also be an event guaranteed to have a dark side. It is estimated that the Super Bowl is the biggest sexual trafficking event in the United States, possibly even the world. As more than 100,000 fans descend on the city, thousands of pimps will be bringing bus loads of young men and women, boys and girls, to sexually service the men who pour into local bars, strip clubs and hotels. Up to 300,000 girls between 11 and 17 are lured annually into the United States through the sex trade industry.
No. 90, Dallas Cowboy, Jay Ratliff, is just one participant of Traffick911, a celebrity studded campaign against the sexual trafficking of children, especially at sports events. As the father of two young daughters, he said, “It has recently come to my attention that in America children are being bought and sold for profit and pleasure and I’m mad.”
Enjoy watching football with those that you love, but don’t forget the children at the game. Not all of them want to be there. Please, let’s spread the word as best we can.