The big day is tomorrow, and I’ve been looking forward to it all week. I’ve even got special Super Bowl food planned for the evening.
But what should be a time of celebration and enjoyment for football fans everywhere has become a nightmare for people caught in the world of human trafficking.
This blog post reminds us the Super Bowl is also the biggest human trafficking event in the world.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It’s the fastest-growing crime in America, faster than even the drug trade. And while women make up the largest percentile of victims, they’re by far not the only ones. Increasingly children and men are disappearing into this world, where they are forced to work without pay, often forced to ‘serve’ ten or more ‘customers’ a day.
Public awareness is the key to fighting this devastating practice. Learn to recognize the victims of human trafficking including victims in lines of work other than sex trafficking. And because victims of trafficking are moved around the country frequently, learn how to spot a trafficker in a crowd or on a plane.
If you suspect you see a trafficker or know someone who is being trafficked, DO NOT take direct action yourself . Instead notify authorities or call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 and report your observations.