(This concludes the excerpts from my e book, The Essential Abolitionist: What you might want to find out about human trafficking & trendy slavery, I’ve been posting for the previous weeks. I hope you’ve discovered these helpful, and insightful. Human trafficking – and the response to trafficking – are each complicated matters that require research and understanding if we would like be be efficient in our actions. I finish this collection with maybe the most typical delusion about human trafficking as we just some days away from the Super Bowl. As talked about, multi-agency activity forces are fashioned to function in the week as much as, and together with, Super Bowl weekend. As I write this colleagues have already initiated operations in Minneapolis, and with success.)
In the run-up to the 2011 Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas, the Texas Attorney General (now Governor) Greg Abbott made a number of feedback concerning human trafficking and the Super Bowl together with, “It’s commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.”[i]
Like any good delusion, this remark went viral and took on a lifetime of its personal. It is now widespread in the weeks earlier than the Super Bowl to see information articles and social media posts selling this delusion. Yet little proof exists supporting this declare.
The Arizona State University School of Social Work carefully examined human trafficking surrounding each the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey and the 2015 Super Bowl in Arizona.[ii] Though the outcomes have been inconclusive, this research features a helpful examination of internet marketing, ranges of demand, and different matters associated to internet marketing of economic intercourse. The report, issued in February 2015, states,
In years previous, media studies have speculated that the Super Bowl was certainly one of the most distinguished nationwide occasions the place intercourse trafficking happens; nonetheless, researchers have but to substantiate these statements. While there isn’t any empirical proof that the Super Bowl causes a rise in intercourse trafficking in comparison with different days and occasions all through the yr, there was a noticeable improve in these actions meant to find victims from each regulation enforcement and repair provision organizations.
The assertion features a important statement: the improve in regulation enforcement and VSP actions geared toward finding victims. Any improve in effort to find victims and traffickers ought to improve outcomes. This—by itself—shouldn’t be seen as proof of a rise in human trafficking round the Super Bowl.
In current years momentary activity forces have been created inside the host metropolis to deal with human trafficking, sometimes working from the weekend earlier than the recreation by means of Super Bowl Sunday, about ten days. The most simple analysis methodology would demand a management research with the identical effort being made, for the identical period of time, in the identical or an analogous metropolis. The Arizona State University research factors to this lack of management teams and different analysis challenges that should be addressed.
Exacerbating this delusion are headlines like this from a 2015 Los Angeles Times article, “National sex trafficking sting nets nearly 600 arrests before Super Bowl.”[iii] The informal reader could consider the article cites arrests in the host metropolis, however the article really addresses sting operations in 17 states throughout the two weeks earlier than the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl, like every other main occasion in a big metropolis, supplies a possibility for crime to extend, together with intercourse trafficking. Dispelling this delusion is to not say trafficking doesn’t happen in any respect at the Super Bowl, however specializing in particular occasions can provide the impression that anti-trafficking actions are necessary solely at particular occasions. But we all know the fact: Sex and labor trafficking happen on daily basis, and efforts should be constant on daily basis of the yr.
[i] Jervis, A. (2011, February 1). Child intercourse rings spike throughout Super Bowl week. USA TODAY. Available at http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-01-31-child-prostitution-super-bowl_N.htm
[ii] Roe-Sepowitz, D., & Gallagher, J. (2015). Exploring the affect of the Super Bowl on intercourse trafficking. Phoenix: Arizona State University School of Social Work. Available at https://www.mccaininstitute.org/programs/humanitarian-action/exploring-the-impact-of-the-super-bowl-on-sex-trafficking-2015
[iii] Queally, J. (2015, February 2). National intercourse trafficking sting nets practically 600 arrests earlier than Super Bowl. Los Angeles Times. Available at http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-sex-trafficking-sting-super-bowl-20150202-story.html
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