Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl

Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl Jan. 28, 2019

Over the years, the discussion of whether sex trafficking increased in cities during the Super Bowl shows that people are of two minds. Some believe that the incidents of sex trafficking are no worse than any other time of the year in cities that host the big game while others say the incidents do increase. However, both sides do agree that the Super Bowl is not the source of sex trafficking in host cities.

Coming Out of the Woodwork

Do sex traffickers suddenly recruit young women during the Super Bowl? No evidence has been found to support this theory. May times, however, males do travel to the Super Bowl with one or more females in order to view a sport that many say is male-dominated. Many criminals believe that mostly men are interested in the Super Bowl and think that, as a result, sex can be sold more easily in host cities. This may make sex trafficking numbers in a host city increase around the time of the Super Bowl.

Sex Trafficking Stats

A Reuters article from Feb. 1, 2018, states that “1.5 million people in the United States are victims of trafficking, mostly for sexual exploitation.” Reuters referred to a U.S. Senate report reflecting the fact that most of those victims were children. The article also stated that “about 750 people” were arrested nationwide in sex trafficking stings in 2018, and that was the largest number arrested since police started running stings in 2005.

Regardless of whether you believe sex trafficking increases during the Super Bowl and other large events, everyone should be on the lookout for sex traffickers. While everyone should be vigilant, those with young children – male and female – should be more vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

What To Do

If you suspect that someone has been victimized at Super Bowl LIII, do not hesitate to contact the police. Be sure to tell them everything you know, including the last time and location you saw the victim. Memorize what that person was wearing and with whom she was last seen.