The conditions around large, commercial sporting events, such as the demographics of visitors, and a celebratory atmosphere occurring within a concentrated geographic area, create an increased demand for purchasing sex. Enticed by the potential for greater profits, this leads sex traffickers to increase the supply of sexually trafficked persons in the area. Help us stop sex trafficking associated with large sporting events by tackling the demand.
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In recent years, the Super Bowl has become synonymous with sex trafficking. However, it is important to clarify it is not the Super Bowl itself, but rather, the conditions surrounding the event that are conducive to increased sexual exploitation. The primary condition? Demand for commercial sex.
Large sporting events such as the Super Bowl, NASCAR, and the World Cup, cater to the male demographic. Business-savvy sex traffickers capitalize on the increased male population in one geographic location with a party attitude and money to burn. The best way to put these traffickers out of “business” is to stop the demand for commercial sex. Without potential sex buyers, sex traffickers will have no reason to supply prostituted women and children for exploitation in the sex trade.
Help us defend dignity and stop sexploitation surrounding sporting events by joining our Tackle Demand 365 campaign, not just during the Super Bowl, but 365 days a year. You can make a difference – you can be the “interception” that stops sex trafficking before it happens.
At roughly 2:00 AM on a day in 1990, Patrick Trueman, then Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) at the U.S. Department of Justice, was surprised to find himself stuck in a traffic jam. Where was the long line of vehicles ahead of him going at such an early hour? Into the […]
This interview is from Fox8. It was originally published here. CLEVELAND – She is a young mother, forced into sex trafficking and rescued during the biggest event in Cleveland over the summer of 2016 – the Republican National Convention. The survivor was brought downtown to be sold during the RNC, but she was eventually given […]
We live in a hyper-sexualized, pornified culture where pornography is mainstream, accepted and shaping the sexual template of the next generation.
The anti-human trafficking non-profit, In Our Backyard (IOB) conducted a ten-day advocacy blitz surrounding Super Bowl LII and compiled a comprehensive report detailing their efforts to combat sex trafficking. Working with law enforcement, local leaders, convenience store owners, and generous volunteers, IOB provided viable leads to law enforcement who arrested 94 sex buyers and recovered […]
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (B) — Sex trafficking demand increases when large crowds gather for such events as the Super Bowl, an advocacy group said in launching a Feb. 4 Twitter campaign to spread awareness of sexual exploitation. While sex trafficking remains a crime that must be tackled all year round, the demand has been proven to […]
Washington, DC – 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 […]
In Our Backyard Founder and Executive Director Nita Belles is an author, a leader in the movement to end sexual exploitation, and a survivor of domestic violence. She sees the similarities between what a domestic violence victim has to endure and what a victim of sex trafficking endures. She is passionate about ending sex trafficking […]
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation works with dozens of anti-sexual exploitation groups every year on the #TackleDemand campaign to raise awareness about the need to combat the demand for commercial sex. Why? In part, because the demand for commercial sex fuels sex trafficking. Every year some people make hyperbolic and false claims that the Super […]
The Super Bowl. Football, half-time, hilarious commercials. And sex trafficking. In recent years, the public has become more aware of the tragedy of sex trafficking at large sporting events or conferences. Because of this awareness, law enforcement is preemptively striving to ensure safety and security to the many thousands of men and women that will be […]
Recently, claims about the prevalence of sex trafficking at the Super Bowl have garnered skepticism, with some people even asserting that sex trafficking at the Super Bowl is an urban legend. Do these claims hold water? Acknowledging the Hype To begin it’s important to acknowledge that in the past some well-intentioned individuals and groups have […]