This is the face of Game Day…and the months and weeks that run up to it….For militant football fans it’s frenzy; if you’re in food service it’s bigger than new years’. Gamblers’ adrenaline has been pumping for a month.
I can imagine that for a lot of you “The Plan” for “The Day” is already at least sketched out. Me? I’ve got my name in some boxes in the local pool at a dollar a box. So much for gambling…
There’s another face to the Superbowl, though, that needs to be told. It’s the underside that gets hidden in the hype; but it’s a real as the coin toss. And the headlines go something like this:
SUPERBOWL ARE “MAGNETS” FOR HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKERS
“Last year, while the two teams battled it out on the field, a young trafficked girl prayed for her life while sold for sex. These are women and children who have been taken as sex slaves, becoming sought-after entertainment on Super Bowl weekend.”
SUPER BOWL PROSTITUTION: NEW JERSEY BRACES FOR 2014 SUPER BOWL SEX TRAFFICKING
The Super Bowl is a huge, huge arena for sex trafficking,” ( Danielle) Douglas said. Some visitors “are coming to the Super Bowl not even to watch football — they are coming to the Super Bowl to have sex with women, and/or men or children.”
According to EqualityNow.org Trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.
This, despite the fact international law and the laws of 128 countries criminalize sex trafficking.
- At least 12.3 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor and bonded labor.
- About 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade.
- 8 in 10 identified trafficking survivors were trafficked for sexual exploitation.
- Women and girls make up 98% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Why am I telling you this? Maybe because you know that sometimes things aren’t always what they seem. Maybe because you need to know that almost anything can have dollar signs for people with no ethical principles. Maybe because in the eyes of these folks, the women, children and men who are targeted have ceased to be human and have become “product”. Maybe because it is going on. Now. Here. And now that you’ve read this, you know and can’t un-know. Just be aware. Because if you are, you’ll grow in your capacity to recognize “man’s inhumanity to man” where it exists, and maybe if and when you encounter it, you’ll know what to do.