Super Bowl is right around the corner! It is being called the old school (Denver Broncos) versus new school (Carolina Panthers) football matchup. Super Bowl is the time where most of us spend hours rooting for our favorite team with family and/or friends over food, drinks and TV. However, not everyone will be celebrating. Would you believe me if I was to say there are Super Bowl victims?
What a lot of individuals do not know is the dark side of Super Bowl: an increase within the sex industry. While the football teams draw in large crowds, there are those that are flocking to the trading of women. The peak of sex trafficking occurs during Super Bowl, where an influx of CHILDREN and women are shipped in for sex trade. Houses will turn into brothels, there will be pimps and prostitutes readily available, along with $32 BILLION in revenue!
These facts come from an article from The Christian Chronicle in 2011 from the Super Bowl that was held in Dallas, Texas. I can only image the numbers have increased within the past 5 years. Numbers are important, nevertheless, the people are more important. We’re talking about daughters, wives, sisters, aunts, nieces, neighbors, friends… they are all human beings with worth. A worth that should NOT have a price attached to them, thus they do.
So, I encourage each of us to remember the price of Super Bowl – beyond tailgating in the parking lot before the game, the outrageous price of a ticket in the nose bleed section, the glamorous half-time show and the celebratory aftermath of your team winning – instead, those that may not have a choice or a voice of exiting the crude industry. If you are looking to make a difference by assisting those in the sex industry escape the demeaning lifestyle, contact your local charities and churches in your city. For Dallas/Ft. Worth area we have:
World Relief http://worldrelief.org/fortworth/humantrafficking
Children at Risk http://childrenatrisk.org/content/
Human Rights Initiative http://www.hrionline.org/
Mosaic Family Services, Inc. http://mosaicservices.org/
New Friends New Life http://www.newfriendsnewlife.org/
The Friends of Letot http://letotgirlscenter.org/
You Can Free Us http://www.youcanfree.us/