January 30, 2017

You Can Help Tackle Sex Trafficking and Prostitution at the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is only a few days away and you can secure your place on the winning team by stopping the demand for sex trafficking around the Super Bowl.

Join the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and over 20 partner organizations in our #TackleDemand campaign!

For the past several years, there has been a lot of buzz around the Super Bowl and other large commercial sporting events about their ties to an increase in sex trafficking.

With so much attention and information, it can be hard to know what are myths and what are facts, but what is even harder to know is how to get involved.

Dawn Hawkins, our Executive Director here at NCOSE, recognizes the difficulty and potential confusion, noting, “This kind of activity happens at the Super Bowl, as well as similar major events known to attract large numbers of men from the Olympics to motorcycle rallies. The sad fact is that the demand for sex trafficking is a problem 365 days a year. But everyone, including sports fans, can play a role in combating it.”

You can visit our website endsexualexploitation.org/tackledemand to learn the latest research, learn more about your new teammates, and find shareable social media graphics with the hashtag #TackleDemand.

You can also pledge a one-time social media post to send the message that “Real sports fans don’t buy sex,” on the evening of the Super Bowl, below:

As Nita Bells, Founder of In Our Backyard notes, “Every citizen can be a part of the solution by talking about the human trafficking in our backyards and raising awareness. All the traffickers ask is that we remain silent. We will not remain silent.”

Raise your voice loud with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and our many partners this Super Bowl season and 365 days a year.

While the players on the field tackle the opponent, we can #TackleDemand and regardless of the Super Bowl outcome, you’ll be on our team, winning against sexual exploitation.

Partners on this campaign include:

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, A Call to Men, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Coalition to Abolish Human Trafficking in the Inland Northwest, Demand Abolition, Elijah Rising, Exodus Cry, Global Center for Women & Justice from Vanguard University, Global Centurion, Illinois Family Institute, In Our Backyard, International Athletes’ Abolition Mission, Legal Momentum, Museum of Modern Day Slavery, Nexus, One in Four, Prayer for Freedom, Porn Know, Shared Hope International, Texas Advocates United for Sexual Health, U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, United Against Human Trafficking, VCU United, Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking, and more.

Madison Darling

Director of Operations

Madison’s eagerness for advocacy was cultivated at the University of Alabama while studying Social Work, but began much earlier. In 2010, Madison created and ran the Suicide Prevention Organization which was recognized by the Alabama Department of Public Health and is now the basis for pending Alabama legislation. Madison has given over 120 presentations and keynote speeches on Teen Suicide Prevention in the Educational Setting.

After writing the educational curriculum for Blanket Fort Hope, an Alabama-based non-profit, she joined the staff as Education Coordinator in early 2015. Here, she spoke to over 1000 people on recognizing and reporting the signs of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). She has been a keynote speaker for the Center for Financial Social Work, developed a Tattoo Parlor Intervention Program to train tattoo artists to recognize trafficking victims, and fostered interdisciplinary approaches to fighting DMST amongst Alabama agencies. Additionally, Madison owned and operated a sole proprietorship specializing in program development. Madison has developed programs for Blanket Fort Hope, the University of Alabama, and the Birmingham Police Department.

Madison is honored to serve the staff as Director of Operations and hopes to aid in optimizing the organization’s processes and procedures, as well as in supporting its growth for future fights against all forms of sexual exploitation. When not at the office, Madison enjoys taking in a comedy show, exploring Washington, D.C., finding the best local ice cream places, and relaxing on her front porch. 

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