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New Jersey Leadership: No Human Trafficking At Super Bowl

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on July 12, 2013 at 10:26 am

The Super Bowl is seven months away, but already preparation in New Jersey has begun and that has some of New Jersey leadership bracing for business that may not be above board.

The Super Bowl and other large events tend to be a magnet for human trafficking and the Garden State says they won’t stand for it.

Human trafficking encompasses both the sex trade and labor traffickers, both practices are illegal. It’s the modern day slave trade. So months before the super bowl, which is expected to drawn thousands to the Garden State, the leadership has a message and a plan.

“The message we want to send is don’t bring that business here. NJ is closed to trafficking. You cannot profit from trafficking here,” says Tracy Thompson, the Assistant Attorney General of New Jersey.

When you have huge crowds of people from all over the country in one place for a short period of time, it can become a black market breeding ground that keeps the horrific human trafficking business in the shadows.

Source: My Fox

More than 80 booked in Superbowl crackdown on prostitution, human trafficking

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies booked more than 80 people in connection with prostitution, pandering and human trafficking during Super Bowl, officials announced on Thursday.

The arrests came as part of Operation Innocence Lost, a national initiative by the FBI where the agency partners with state and local law enforcement groups to target sex trafficking, particularly activities involving children. The partnership has existed since 2008 and typically gears up whenever there are major events that have the potential to encourage an increase in sex crimes.

The operation during Super Bowl week resulted in 85 arrests in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, along with five children removed from situations connected to prostitution, according to statistics released by the group. Most of the arrests were related to prostitution or pandering, but there were two arrests related to human trafficking.

Source: The Advocate

Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking Incident In U.S.: Attorney General

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

When it came time for the Super Bowl, Clemmie Greenlee was expected to sleep with anywhere from 25 to 50 men a day. It’s a staggering figure, but it doesn’t shock advocates who say that the sporting event attracts more traffickers than any other in the U.S.

“The Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly,”Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told USA Today in 2011 when his state was gearing up to host the event. “It’s commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.”

The influx of fans fosters the optimal breeding ground for pimps looking to boost their profits. Experts say that the sheer number of men looking to pay for sex substantially increases demand and the massive crowds allow for pimps and victims to essentially go unnoticed, reports.

Source: Huffington Post

Village Voice’s Backpage had 1,000 prostitution ads for the Super Bowl

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 8, 2012 at 9:27 am

Here’s something that the bosses of Village Voice Media, the newspaper chain that owns the classified web site, do not want to hear.

It’s a telling statistic – courtesy of Forbes Magazine – that takes a look back at the scene in Indianapolis during the just-concluded Super Bowl week.

“Over 1,000 listings were posted this week on in Indianapolis, advertising “young,” “curvy” women and girls for in-calls and out-calls, “un-rushed” body rubs and “total” satisfaction. Of that number nearly a quarter reference the Super Bowl.”

The key word in the above paragraph is “young” which can be understood as code for “underage” in the seamy underground world of pimps and sex predators who look to lure underage victims into the criminal interstate flesh-peddling trade.

The Social Impact of America’s Most Watched Event

In Human Trafficking on February 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm


Super Bowl Sunday.  Those three words are on almost every American’s mind this week.  Whether you’re a die hard fan waiting to see the Giants and the Patriots clash it out, or if you just want an excuse to throw a party and watch the commercials, many of us look forward to this weekend year round.  Amid all the excitement and festivities however, there exists a dark potential threat; a huge upsurge of human trafficking.

Along with the thousands of fans 
that will descend upon Indianapolis this weekend, many traffickers and their victims will likely follow suit.  For pimps and traffickers, this massive influx of predominately male, and soon-to-be inebriated fans, offers a large customer base for their illegal operations.  For the past three Super Bowls, cities, law enforcement, and NGO’s have made efforts to combat any potential spike of human trafficking, and this year’s efforts look to be the largest yet.  Indiana Governor Mitch Davis passed legislation Monday that expands the definition of sex trafficking to any forced, sexual act, and increases its penalties.  The law also calls for added training for hotel workers and taxi drivers on the warning signs of trafficking.

Indianapolis officials aren’t the only ones stepping up their game for the big day; non-profits are also doing their part to fight any surge of Super Bowl sex trafficking.  150 volunteers from Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution, or S.O.A.P. are currently visiting city motels, passing out just that; bars of soap inscribed with a human trafficking hotline for victims to call.  Along with the thousands of bars of soap, the organization is also providing awareness training for workers at motels surrounding the stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

Some have argued that this threat of sex trafficking is sensationalized by the media, and that very little hard evidence exists.  It’s entirely possible that the numbers could be exaggerated, or the threat may be over-hyped by the media to increase viewers/readers.  However, it doesn’t take an expert to see that thousands of men coming to a huge sporting event where alcohol is widely available would be appealing to  pimps and sex traffickers.  At the very least, this possible threat has made the government ramp up its safety efforts and establish new anti-trafficking laws, and awareness among workers has been raised by organizations such as S.O.A.P.

This Sunday, as you celebrate with friends and family, cheer for your favorite team, and rate/be-rate the new crop of million-dollar commercials, keep in mind those who do not have such luxuries.  Keep a watchful eye as you shop for the big Super Bowl party, talk to friends about their thoughts on the relationship between sporting events and human trafficking, and just be aware of the larger social impact of America’s most-watched event.  Enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday and whatever traditions it entails, I’ll be right there with you watching the 46th battle for the Lombardi trophy.

-Joe Famularo

Human trafficking survivor in Indianapolis before Super Bowl

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

Thousands of people are heading to Indianapolis this week, and it’s not only to attend Super Bowl festivities. Volunteers are there, working to stop human sex trafficking. Among them is Theresa Flores.

She grew up in northern Indiana, and she’s a survivor.

“I think of all those other girls out there that don’t have a voice, that can’t do this,” she said.

(Teresa Mackin for WISH-TV)

Scope of Indianapolis child sex trafficking elusive

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

The extent of local sex trafficking year-round isn’t known.

Nor is it clear, amid the Super Bowl merriment, how much trafficking of minors, some as young as 11, will go on, using local girls or those brought in from other cities.

But during last year’s Super Bowl in Miami, for example, child-advocacy group Klaas Kids Foundation and Miami-based Kristi House identified at least 16 out-of-town underage prostitutes. In 2009, Florida’s Department of Children and Families said 24 children were sex-trafficking victims during Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl.

(Barb Berggoetz for The Indianapolis Star)

Human trafficking bill passes legislature

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

The Indiana General Assembly unanimously passed Senate Bill 4, a bill that would strengthen Indiana’s laws against human trafficking.

The bill was sent to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.

The bill passed on its third reading with a vote of 93-0. On Jan. 10, the bill passed in the Indiana Senate, 48-0.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has recommended that legislators pass the new law before Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5.

(Indiana Daily Student)

Hershey’s to be Called-Out for Alleged Use of Child-Slave Labor in Ad at Super Bowl

In Awareness, Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on January 31, 2012 at 9:06 am

Hershey’s use of child-slave labor will be the subject of a commercial titled “Hershey’s Chocolate: Kissed by Child Labor.” The first-ever Super Bowl “brand-jamming” ad will appear on a jumbotron screen immediately outside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where the game will be played on Sunday, February 5th, alongside spots by McDonalds, AllState, and others and is expected to reach over 250,000 consumers attending Super Bowl day activities.

The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), an organization dedicated to ending the worst forms of child labor, sponsored the ad which features West African children forced to harvest cocoa for the giant chocolate maker alongside Hershey’s iconic happy chocolate Kisses.

Sex Trafficking Law Nears Final Approval

In Human Trafficking on January 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

Indiana will just miss its goal of beefing up sex-trafficking laws in time for Super Bowl festivities. But authorities say the tightened law and other efforts should still have an impact.The House is expected to give final approval Friday to a bill closing loopholes and toughening penalties. The law will take effect as soon as Governor Daniels signs it.

(Eric Berman for
Sex Trafficking Law Nears Final Approval

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