Its like chicken wings and beer, chips and dip, sex trafficking and The Superbowl. The big game is the largest, most-watched single-day sporting event in the world. Unfortunately, this means that the sex trafficking industry INCREASES during the weekend leading up to the game with women and girls being brought and sold for pregame parties and tailgating.
Nita Belles, managing director of anti-trafficking nonprofit called In Our Backyard discussed the truth behind sex trafficking and football. She discusses that while it is impossible to determine just how big of an increase this sporting event causes, we can make a good estimate using the advertisements on the trafficking website! There is a 30-300% increase of sex slave ads in preparation for the game. This means thousands of extra people are being sold to fulfill the high demand.
Belles also stresses that while sex trafficking does increase on the day of, that doesn't mean that normal days has a low number. The buying and selling of people for sex is the largest form of modern day slavery. This horror happens every day and it isn't just people being shipped in crates to the States. Thousands of American citizens are forced or tricked into sex slavery daily.
The only way to stop sex trafficking is to become educated on the facts and teach others that none of these people are willing participants.