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Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Myth

Here come the Super Bowl prostitutes! An annual exercise in fear-mongering over a threat that never materializes. This myth says as many as 100,000 sex workers will come into town for the big game. Now compare that to the total number of people who come to the game: 200,000 to 300,000.

The media is spinning the usual BS about how these big sporting events create dollar signs in the eyes of prostitutes, pimps, and sex traffickers, all of whom allegedly flock to the host city in slavering hordes. The media repeats the big lie that a large sports venue—especially the Super Bowl—acts as a "sex-trafficking magnet." It's an effective fundraising strategy. It gets a lot of media attention. But the statistics are exaggerated.

According to all the media hype there would have been hundreds of thousands of underage child sex-slaves kidnapped and forced to have sex with Super Bowl fans each year. But it never happens. What happens is they re-play the same BS hype each year. So what happens to all of these thousands of kidnapped underage sex-slaves? Where are these kidnapped, forced into Super Bowl sex slaves? Where did they go?

Politicians, women's groups, police, and child advocates always predict large numbers of hookers (e.g., 100,000 or more) will be shipped into the big cities for the Super Bowl. But they lie. Big, fat lies told by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, government officials, and various anti-prostitution groups: Traffick911, Not for Sale, Change-org, Future Not A Past, Polaris Project, Salvation Army, Women's Funding Network, and the Dallas Women’s Foundation. Anti-prostitution groups that tell these lies do it in order to get grant money from the government and charities to pay their high salaries, and get huge amounts of money into their organizations.

Sex trafficking is a legitimate issue outside of the convenient Super Bowl news bubble. But there's no evidence that a mass influx of sports fans increases the problem or contributes to it in some way. Ultimately, spreading misinformation can end up undercutting efforts to bring awareness to the very real problem of sex trafficking and forced prostitution.

The "Super Bowl = Prostitutes" story is just a lazy journalistic trope. An urban legend. A cheap attempt by politicians using the Super Bowl media blitz to score points by trying to stand up to the "menace" of sex work. A host of lies spread by anti-prostitution groups so they can get easy grant money.

All the evidence shows the statistics regarding hookers at the Super Bowl are nothing out of the ordinary. Law enforcement officials in the cities where past Super Bowls occurred never actually saw any increases in prostitution busts or the number of trafficked prostitutes, even despite increased efforts to catch johns, pimps, and traffickers. No influx in prostitutes, the arrests were not a lot higher. They were almost the same, nothing at all out of the ordinary.

The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Story That Just Won't Die (The Wire)

The Myth of the Super Bowl Sex Slaves, Sex Trafficking in Sports, Football Myths, Facts (The True Facts About Sex Trafficking Blog)

The Super Bowl Trafficking Myth (Salon)

Super Bowl Prostitution Myth (snopes.com)

The Mythical Invasion of the Super Bowl Hookers (Reason.com)


Anonymous said...

There is a growing number of well respected researchers, journalists, scientists, professors, that have concluded in their research that the sex trafficking, sex slavery concept is based on emotion, morals, and monetary funding rather than facts, evidence and proof. They state that very few kidnapped, forced against their will, physically abused, raped sex slave prostitutes for profit have been found throughout the world. Their research concludes that women who enter into this type of work do so of their own free will. They also state that there are many anti-prostitution groups who simply do not like the idea of consensual adult prostitution and have distorted the facts in order to push their agenda and receive funding and money into their organizations in the form of donations, grants and to change the laws about prostitution. They state that these anti-prostitution groups use made up child sex trafficking statistics which they have no proof or evidence of in order to gain public acceptance for their cause. Which they then pass on to the media as press releases.


Anonymous said...

Sex trafficking is illegal and the penalties are very severe. It is very difficult to force someone to be a sex slave, they would have to have 24 hour guards posted and be watched 365 days a year, 24 hours per day. Have the threat of violence if they refused, and have no one notice and complain to the authorities or police. They would need to hide from the general public yet still manage to see customers from the general public and not have the customers turn the traffickers in to the police. They would need to provide them with medical care, food, shelter, and have all their basic needs met. They would need to have the sex slaves put on a fake front that they enjoyed what they were doing, act flirtatious and do their job well.

They would have to deal with the authorities looking for the missing women and children and hide any money they may make, since it comes from illegal activity. They must do all of this while constantly trying to prevent the sex slaves from escaping and reporting them to the police. They would need to prevent the general public from reporting them into the police. This is extremely difficult to do, which makes this activity rare.

How many men do you know you would be interested in having forced sex with a kidnapped, chained-up screaming, kicking, raped small 8 year old child prostitute? According to the media and the government ALL men would jump at the chance. -Really? All men are evil? Really?

When the police arrest customers of prostitutes and the prostitutes themselves: They try to get the adult women prostitutes to say that they were forced and victims of sex trafficking even though they weren’t.

These adult women just flat out say, ‘Nope, that’s not what’s happening.’ No one is forcing me”

Then the U.S. Attorney general, senators, the police and government officials say:

“We have to help them realize they are victims,”

They must be brainwashed by their pimps, and johns.

They say that adult women do not have the ability to make decisions for themselves about sex, therefore The government must make all their decisions about sex and who they have sex with for them.

So… the police are trying to invent victims? Where no victim exist?

The adult women say that no one is forcing them to work in prostitution and the police don’t believe them?

So the police want these adult women to lie? and the police are forcing the women to lie about being forced?

If the prostitute says she was NOT forced she goes to prison. If she says that was WAS forced she is not arrested and gets many victim benefits from the government and charity.

What would you tell the police? This will encourage prostitutes to lie about being forced. To stay out of prison and get victim benefits.

I thought lying was wrong? And isn’t it against the law to lie? -Not for the police, attorney general and other government officials.

I would like to see a news organization do a full report on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about forced child sex trafficking slaves. The articles about the super bowl, Olympic, world cup sex slaves, forced prostitutes, has been proved wrong many times, but news organizations still report about it, as if it were fact.