The Super Bowl is here.
While many individuals are worrying about the type of snacks they will serve, the company that they will bring over for the game or their bets on the outcome, others are worrying about if they will survive their trip to the event.
That’s because the Super Bowl is a major venue for human trafficking, where children are brought from out-of-state or internationally to be sold or used for sex work. It is a horrific disgusting practice and frequently occurs around large, festive events such as the Super Bowl, FIFA World Cup and Olympics.
The Polaris Project, a non-profit dedicated to combatting human trafficking, estimates that there are over 40 million people still living in slavery. These individuals are used for labor, kidnapped or sold as sex slaves.
This is just one of many reasons that sex work, like most drugs, must be legalized. By legalizing the profession beyond strip clubs, governments have the ability to reduce the number of exploitative and illegal operations, generate tons of revenue for governments and reduce the stigma surrounding the trade. Many people who get into porn, sex work and stripping have been abused, come from economic distress and are looking to better themselves.
The sooner that governments can take steps toward making sure that fewer people fall into the hands of predatory pimps, the better.