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The Super Bowl trafficking myth

There are a few things I have come to expect during the Super Bowl: some maybe-OK commercials, an overwrought halftime show, superior programming on Animal Planet, and sex trafficking hysteria. On the last count, Sunday’s game has already delivered my expectations.

The media is spinning the usual yarn about how massive sporting events create dollar signs in the eyes of prostitutes, pimps and sex traffickers, all of whom allegedly flock to the host city in slavering hordes. Local officials are assuring the media that they have trained everyone from police officers to cab drivers to spot trafficked women during the game. Yesterday, Rep. Chris Smith told a House subcommittee, “We know from the past, any sports venue — especially the Super Bowl — acts as a sex-trafficking magnet.”

It’s just not true — and even anti-trafficking activists will tell you this. Full Article

Related: The Mythical Invasion of the Super Bowl Hookers

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  1. Q

    The reasons listed below are just some of the strategies/lies used against victims of the registry and I think these reasons/lies and many more have been used to argue for the plethora of anti human rights laws aimed at people on the registry. This society must rid it’s self of these opportunistic low life’s that prey on the emotions of a largely apathetic and misled/brainwashed public.

    “You might wonder: Why does this story line persist, then?”

    “It’s an effective fundraising strategy”

    “it gets media attention”

    The report goes on to argue that the Super Bowl myth wastes “needed resources,” misrepresents the real issues and leads to “increased criminal penalties and human rights violations against sex workers.” Not only is there no compelling evidence of a Super Bowl-related trafficking boom, but suggesting otherwise could undermine anti-trafficking aims.

  2. mch

    Very timely article. I saw a news report on Fox and some idiot politician/expert said that 246,000 kids were at risk from human traffickers…246,000!? He said it was a DOJ number, I say he pulled it out of his lower-rear orifice, but people believe…UFO’s Bigfoot, Nessie, Pyramid power, tooth fairies, Santa Clause, and now multiplied thousands coming to the Super Bowl just to have sex and traffic minors? Come on dude, tell the truth, who’s paying you?

  3. G4Change

    Oh I’m sure the politicians can spot prostitutes…many of them are their best customers!

    • Q

      Many of them are prostitutes them selves, they sell themselves for money/reelection.

  4. mike

    Wait a minute… When did the battered housewives on Superbowl Sunday become hookers? I haven’t watched television in years. All through the 90’s the push during the Superbowl season was for Battered Wife Awareness. It seems these pseudo-holidays like Superbowl Sunday and Halloween are ripe for opportunistic politicians to spew these fear inducing commercials for extra credits collected during campaign season.

    This is the same Chris Smith from New Jersey that put together the “International Megan’s law” a few years ago which is prohibiting registrants from entering Mexico, Canada and other countries.
    http://chrissmith.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hr_5138_intl_megans_law.pdf
    Video with Katie Couric about Superbowl sex traficking:
    http://chrissmith.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=368482

    Not to be confused with another fear monger “Merry Chris Smith” from Fort Lauderdale featured on this site last month for proposing more draconian registrant law’s in Florida.

    “There is clear evidence the laws we have on the books are not working well enough,” said Sen. Chris Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat. He added that the legislation would “deliver some reassurances to parents that our communities and neighborhoods would be safer.”

  5. B

    I’m going with the George Carlin quote: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in a large group.”

  6. Eric Knight

    Don’t forget: “Human Trafficking” was the excuse they fascists used to try to sneak in the email identifier proposition. Keep in mind that there were no real changes to the human trafficking laws that couldn’t have been made through legitimate legislative means, but the REAL reason was to get the email address thingee put through.

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