February 2, 2018

The Super Bowl is for Football, Not Buying Sex

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is conducting its annual Tackle Demand activism campaign to shed light on the sex trafficking that occurs every year at the Super Bowl. While the claim that the Super Bowl is the largest sex trafficking venue or event of the year is inaccurate, the atmosphere at major sporting events does increase the demand for the purchase of sex. For instance, 183 sex buyers and 9 sex traffickers were arrested at the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston, Texas, not to mention the sex trafficking that went undetected.

Often when we think of the scourge of sex trafficking, our minds go right to the traffickers. Sex traffickers are certainly a major part of the problem, and they must be dealt justice. However,  it’s also vital to tackle the demand for sex trafficking caused by people going out to purchase a prostituted or sex trafficked person. Without the demand for the purchase of sex, sex traffickers would be out of business.

By partnering with dozens of other anti-sex trafficking organizations, this campaign has been hugely successful in the past, with the 2017 campaign garnering over 1 million impressions on social media. This year, the campaign already has surpassed its goal of support, and 20 groups have partnered with NCOSE to amplify the campaign’s message.

This is a problem 365 days a year, not only at the Super Bowl, but with the public and media attention given to the Super Bowl, this is a crucial time to engage in activism and spread awareness about the sex trafficking that happens right in our own neighborhoods and during one of the nation’s most beloved pastimes.

To learn more about the Tackle Demand campaign, click here.

Haley Halverson

Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach

Haley Halverson is the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she develops and executes national campaigns to change policies and raise awareness. Most notably, she promotes corporate social responsibility by constructing annual activism campaigns like the Dirty Dozen List, which names 12 mainstream private companies that facilitate sexual exploitation. Her advocacy work has contributed to instigating policy improvements in the native online advertising, retail, and hotel industries.

Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Croatian government officials. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

Previously, Haley served for two years as Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she oversaw strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) with a double major, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internships in the DC area.

Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Times, NBC’s The Today Show, BBC News, New York Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Fox News, the Washington Post, Yahoo News, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, the Washington Examiner, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, The Detroit News, Lifezette, The Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

She has written op-eds for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, FoxNews.com, Townhall.com, Darling Magazine, the Daytona-Beach News Journal, and has been published in the Journal of Internet Law and the journal Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence.

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