What You Can Do to Stop Human Trafficking at the Super Bowl and Beyond
- Wednesday, January 29, 2014
For the past several years, more awareness has been brought to human trafficking at the Super Bowl, and for good reason. The annual event not only floods host cities with tens of thousands of fans, but a large influx of violence and organized criminal activity as well. In 2010, 10,000 prostitutes were brought into Miami for the Super Bowl, and in 2011, 133 minors were arrested for prostitution during the Super Bowl in Dallas. According to the anti-trafficking organization Polaris Project, hundreds of thousands of citizen minors are estimated to be at risk for commercial sexual exploitation in the America, and large, crowded events like the Super Bowl can be an easy place to carry out that crime with little fear of getting caught.
Though it might seem like a social issue too large to solve, there’s a lot you can do to stop human trafficking. All of following suggestions are relatively easy, simple ways to help bring awareness and justice to the oppressed, both at the Super Bowl and beyond.
If you live close to where the Super Bowl is being played, go to the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking Website. They have several ways to get involved, including a “Help Us Locate Missing Children” blitz—they need help distributing 5,000 Missing Children Booklets around the city before Sunday’s game. The Huffington Post also released a helpful list (courtesy of End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) of behaviors, key words, and interactions to be on the lookout for if you work, live close to or plan to attend the Super Bowl. Keeping your eyes and ears open may just save a life.
But, what if you don’t live near where the Super Bowl is being played? Or, you’re reading this after the big game is over? Well, human trafficking doesn’t just happen once a year. There are plenty of other ways to help end and prevent trafficking.
If you’re a college or high school student, you can start a UNICEF club at your school. These clubs engage with their local communities by holding a variety of events which raise awareness and funds to help fight trafficking.
If you’re an educator or parent, incorporate justice issues into your classroom or home. UNICEF also has an incredible amount of grade-level appropriate material to help you teach young people about trafficking and to encourage them to take their own steps in addressing the issue. Find out more here.
If you’re a movie buff, host a viewing party. Not My Life is a powerful documentary that can serve to raise awareness and bring people to action. Visit notmylife.org to find out how to host a viewing party in your community.
If you own or work for a business, hang a poster. The Department of Homeland Security has several posters you can download, print and hang courtesy of their Blue Campaign—a resource for materials and information on human trafficking.
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