By now, many of you have heard of the statistics surrounding the Super Bowl and human trafficking. According to Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbot "It's commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States."
Sex traffickers are drawn to large sporting events like the Super Bowl because of the large volume of people in one place, with many men looking to pay for sex.
"It's not so much that you become a victim at the Super Bowl, but that "many victims are brought in to be used for all the men at the Super Bowl" (Stephanie Kilper of Operation Freedom Taskforce in Akron, OH). Arizona wants to make this year’s Super Bowl different. Through awareness campaigns they are working to address and reduce sex trafficking.
Similarly, ZOE works to prevent human trafficking through awareness. In Thailand, we give information to people in the hilltribes about trafficking so that they won’t fall victim to it. The Super Bowl is an event that can be used to bring understanding of human trafficking in the U.S.
Wondering what you can do? The task seems insurmountable when looking at the big picture. Yet, as one person, you can affect many lives. Familiarize yourself with the facts of human trafficking and the things that one person can do.
Ultimately, as long as there is demand, there will be trafficking. And as long as there is trafficking, ZOE will be there to bring intervention and restoration to victims.
On February 1st, when you sit down to watch the Super Bowl, would you take a moment to remember those who become victims of human trafficking because of this event. Would you take a moment to remember them and pray?