Super Bowl Prostitution Hoax: Indianapolis Mobilizes for an Epic Battle with an Urban Legend

Indianapolis is bracing for war. It's Super Bowl week, after all. Time for the Annual Invasion of the Hookers, which promises to be as harrowing as the Ottoman Empire's advance on Crete in 1647, though with considerably more nudity.

Yes, one of America's great urban legends is again being trotted out just in time for kick-off: the notion that legions of out-of-town prostitutes descend on whichever city hosts America's big game.

This time around, it's Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller who's milking the hysteria for political gain.

Village Voice Media photo-illustration. Source photography: iStockphoto.com

Zoeller is riding the momentum of a hoax that's reignited before every major sporting event, be it the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the Olympics, or the NBA All-Star game. Alarming figures are pulled from the mist of imagination, where extra zeros apparently come free with every purchase. Anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 hookers will be coming to town! Hide the women and children! And perhaps the more effeminate men, as well! You know, just in case!

It's a myth that's been playing to sell-out crowds for more than a decade. But there's been trouble at the box office in recent years. No one gets too excited about garden-variety prostitution anymore. As a wedge in the culture war, it's so 1912.

So promoters of the panic have changed their advertising. Instead of adult harlots, the siege now consists of underage girls.

This year, it's Indianapolis that's marshaling its defenses. Seven hundred cabbies have been trained to spot the victims of pimps. Nuns have been dispatched to hotels to lecture staff. Special soap — more than 16,000 bars, reports the Indiana Statesman — is being placed in hotel rooms, stamped with phrases like "Are You Witnessing Young Girls Being Prostituted?" In the event that the answer is yes, national hotline numbers are conveniently being stamped on bathroom walls.

Not to be left out, the Indiana Legislature rammed through an emergency bill to keep the state safe for the game. Sell a child under age 16 for sex in the Hoosier State, and you're now looking at up to 50 years.

The legislation passed unanimously in both houses. Not a single elected official questioned the need for the bill — or asked whether it might make more sense for the state to provide money for the treatment of actual victims of underage prostitution.

In the words of the Muncie Free Press, lawmakers "managed to outlaw underage prostitution in Indiana just in time for the Super Bowl on Sunday."

Villains of America, be forewarned.

"Our information is that it's typical for an increase in demand for commercial sex at a big event," says Abby Kuzma, director of consumer protection for Zoeller's office. "Our information is that it's all about the money. They are willing to go wherever the money is."

You don't have the heart to tell her her information is wrong. Very wrong.

Said Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson after the 2008 Super Bowl: "We may have had certain precincts that were going gangbusters looking for prostitutes, but they were picking up your everyday street prostitutes. They didn't notice any sort of glitch in the number of prostitution arrests leading up to the Super Bowl."

Said Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis after the 2009 Super Bowl: "We didn't see a huge influx in prostitutes coming into Tampa. The arrests were not a lot higher. They were almost the same."

Last year's panic came courtesy of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Maybe he didn't have access to Google, so he didn't know any better. Or maybe — just maybe — he decided that a little false delirium was a small price to pay to see the two most glorious words in the English language — "Greg Abbott" — prominently featured in headlines for months before the Dallas Super Bowl.

Abbott organized task forces with the FBI, ICE and Homeland Security. He raised an army of volunteers from religious and women's groups. All were on deck to rescue the thousands of underage girls who'd be sold like ground chuck throughout Big D.

Word was that 100,000 hookers could arrive — and that as many 38,000 would be underage. Even flight attendants were trained to spot trafficking victims — which shouldn't have been difficult, since it would have taken 57 Boeing 747s to fly them all to town.

As politicians and activists continued to crank up the fear factor, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy had had enough. "This is urban legend that is pure pulp fiction," he said in January 2011. "I would refer you to your local law enforcement officials."

Sure enough, when it was all over, cops had managed just 105 arrests metrowide, mostly by rousting the local talent. Twelve women faced penalties no greater than for speeding tickets. Only two arrests involved human trafficking.

Cops in Germany, Canada, and South Africa offered similar testimony following the World Cup and the Olympics. But the men and women who deal with prostitution every day aren't the ones crying wolf in the first place. The hysteria most always comes from the professionals of manufactured outrage: politicians.

The federal government now spends $80 million a year to combat human trafficking. Almost none of that money actually goes to offer help to trafficking victims. Instead, former President George W. Bush created task forces in 92 cities. Each only averages about two sex cases a year.

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Jillian Wilsman
Jillian Wilsman

I'm APPALLED by the ignorance of this article. Human trafficking is a huge world wide problem, and yes, it does happen here on our own streets. I live in Indianapolis, and for your information, no fewer than THREE underage girls were rescued from the sex trade during Super Bowl festivities. Even one girl being enslaved for men's perverted pleasures is horrible and revolting, and of course we should take measures to ensure it is not happening. This is an underground problem--it's like cockroaches: for every one you see, you can bet there are 100 more that you'll never find. It is an outrage, and for you to write such a scathing article against people who are actually doing something to make a difference in the lives of girls who are enslaved to be raped multiple times a day says mountains more about YOUR character than it does theirs.

Bob
Bob

Anyone check backpage.com around super bowl time to compare the amount of postings before to the time during/week of the game...might think differently...just sayin

annonymous
annonymous

HAHA, Finally someone pointed out that our politicians dont really have any idea whats going on in the world outside their own anus! Obviously human trafficing is a crime and a concern....if it was actually happening! maybe the slight occassion here and there but these assholes are fighting a problem that doesnt exist!!!! Prostitution has many faces, streetwalkers that should be arrested because they are generally drug addicts and I would be more grateful that they relieved the city of someone that needed help in that aspect but still a consenting adult and victimless crime in the sex aspect. Then you have your high end escorts who actually have half a brain and work to support themselves, again VICTIMLESS crime. Who are these politicians to tell women who they can and cant have sexual relations with? Shit half the time these politicians are consumers of this hobby. Not to mention what is the difference between a woman having a casual sexual relationship with a man who likes to give her money for the time he spent with her because he appreciates her and a man who buys his wife everything and has sex with her....NOTHING!

Lance
Lance

For Super Bowl XVLI, prostitutes will be charging XXXV dollars for basic services.

Jeff Lewis
Jeff Lewis

WFAA News Dallas, Texas
By JASON WHITELY
Posted on January 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Updated Tuesday, Feb 1 at 1:55 PM

DALLAS — For weeks now, police, politicians and non-profit agencies have warned that a wave of prostitutes will be coming to North Texas for Super Bowl festivities.
But News 8 has learned there is no evidence supporting such claims.
“I think it will be like nothing we’ve ever experienced before,” said Deena Graves, executive director of Traffick 911, a Fort Worth organization dedicated stopping the sale of children into sexual slavery.
Graves is among those warning of an alarming increase in underage girls sold for sex during the Super Bowl.“Traffickers follow the money, and there’s a whole lot of money that comes with the Super Bowl,” she said.
Police and politicians have also issued similar statements.
“The Super Bowl is, unfortunately, a major draw for human trafficking,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said during a news conference on the topic at Dallas Police headquarters recently.Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott gave reporters similar warnings in Arlington.
But no one can answer the question, “How do you know?”
since pimps and prostitutes don’t register anywhere. Still, what makes the problem so much worse during the Super Bowl? Similar stories about the sex trade surround almost every major sporting event — even the Olympics and the World Cup.
To investigate their validity, News 8 began checking with police departments in other cities that have also hosted the Super Bowl.Phoenix hosted the big game three years ago. Police there told News 8 they received similar warnings about an increase in prostitution and prepared for it, but never uncovered any evidence of a spike in illegal sexual activity.
“I think one of the things people automatically assume is that while you’ve got influential people in town, people with significant amounts of money and therefore a whole lot of prostitution is going to follow with that,” said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson. “We did not notice an increase or anything out of the ordinary.”Tampa hosted the Super Bowl in 2009. A police spokeswoman there said officers there made 11 prostitution arrests during the entire week leading up to the game.
And last year, Miami police told News 8 they arrested 14 for prostitution.

Those figures are not uncommon for large cities during a seven-day period, experts said.

Last year, Canada debunked similar hype about prostitutes around the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. British Columbia funded a study which concluded that “sex trafficking and mega-events are not linked.”

A European group called The International Organization for Migration arrived at the same conclusion in Germany after rumors that 40,000 prostitutes would go to the 2006 World Cup. The estimations are “unfounded and unrealistic,” the IOM reported.

Ernie Allen, director for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said he was misquoted last year when predicting 10,000 prostitutes would show up in Miami for Super Bowl XLIV.

Allen said the Super Bowl likely doesn’t attract more sex traffickers than any other large event. What’s more, he also conceded there is no way to quantify the problem.

Still, he and Graves both said the issue is under-recognized and under-reported.

“Sometimes when numbers are very high, people think it’s hopeless and they may not even try to address the issue,” said Becky Sykes of the Dallas Women’s Foundation.

The organization has commissioned a study to research Internet ads and escort services during February. It’s specifically looking for underage girls as prostitutes and hoping — for the first time — to see whether the Super Bowl really increases sex trafficking in the host city.

Critics blame some women’s groups for the prostitution myth as they try to raise awareness without facts.
No one disputes that trafficking is a serious and sickening problem, but whether the Super Bowl intensifies it is a prediction no one can yet prove.

Dallas TV News show about super bowl sex slave myth:

http://www.wfaa.com/sports/foo...

Video only:

http://www.wfaa.com/v/?i=11498...

Research report on sorting out the myths and facts about sex trafficking at sporting events: http://www.gaatw.org/publicati...

http://bebopper76.wordpress.co...

Jesus Cristo de Juarez
Jesus Cristo de Juarez

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Jesus Cristo de Nogales

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Jeff Lewis
Jeff Lewis

WFAA News Dallas, Texas
By JASON WHITELY
Posted on January 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Updated Tuesday, Feb 1 at 1:55 PM

DALLAS — For weeks now, police, politicians and non-profit agencies have warned that a wave of prostitutes will be coming to North Texas for Super Bowl festivities.
But News 8 has learned there is no evidence supporting such claims.
“I think it will be like nothing we’ve ever experienced before,” said Deena Graves, executive director of Traffick 911, a Fort Worth organization dedicated stopping the sale of children into sexual slavery.
Graves is among those warning of an alarming increase in underage girls sold for sex during the Super Bowl.“Traffickers follow the money, and there’s a whole lot of money that comes with the Super Bowl,” she said.
Police and politicians have also issued similar statements.
“The Super Bowl is, unfortunately, a major draw for human trafficking,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said during a news conference on the topic at Dallas Police headquarters recently.Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott gave reporters similar warnings in Arlington.
But no one can answer the question, “How do you know?”
since pimps and prostitutes don’t register anywhere. Still, what makes the problem so much worse during the Super Bowl? Similar stories about the sex trade surround almost every major sporting event — even the Olympics and the World Cup.
To investigate their validity, News 8 began checking with police departments in other cities that have also hosted the Super Bowl.Phoenix hosted the big game three years ago. Police there told News 8 they received similar warnings about an increase in prostitution and prepared for it, but never uncovered any evidence of a spike in illegal sexual activity.
“I think one of the things people automatically assume is that while you’ve got influential people in town, people with significant amounts of money and therefore a whole lot of prostitution is going to follow with that,” said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson. “We did not notice an increase or anything out of the ordinary.”Tampa hosted the Super Bowl in 2009. A police spokeswoman there said officers there made 11 prostitution arrests during the entire week leading up to the game.
And last year, Miami police told News 8 they arrested 14 for prostitution.

Those figures are not uncommon for large cities during a seven-day period, experts said.

Last year, Canada debunked similar hype about prostitutes around the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. British Columbia funded a study which concluded that “sex trafficking and mega-events are not linked.”

A European group called The International Organization for Migration arrived at the same conclusion in Germany after rumors that 40,000 prostitutes would go to the 2006 World Cup. The estimations are “unfounded and unrealistic,” the IOM reported.

Ernie Allen, director for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said he was misquoted last year when predicting 10,000 prostitutes would show up in Miami for Super Bowl XLIV.

Allen said the Super Bowl likely doesn’t attract more sex traffickers than any other large event. What’s more, he also conceded there is no way to quantify the problem.

Still, he and Graves both said the issue is under-recognized and under-reported.

“Sometimes when numbers are very high, people think it’s hopeless and they may not even try to address the issue,” said Becky Sykes of the Dallas Women’s Foundation.

The organization has commissioned a study to research Internet ads and escort services during February. It’s specifically looking for underage girls as prostitutes and hoping — for the first time — to see whether the Super Bowl really increases sex trafficking in the host city.

Critics blame some women’s groups for the prostitution myth as they try to raise awareness without facts.
No one disputes that trafficking is a serious and sickening problem, but whether the Super Bowl intensifies it is a prediction no one can yet prove.

Dallas TV News show about super bowl sex slave myth:

http://www.wfaa.com/sports/foo...

Video only:

http://www.wfaa.com/v/?i=11498...

Jeff Lewis
Jeff Lewis

Sex Trafficking/Slavery is used by many groups as a attempt to outlaw all prostitution around the world by saying that all women are victims even if they do it willing. This hurts any real victims because it labels all sex workers as victims.

This is done by the media, aid groups, NGO’s, feminists, politicians, and religious organizations that receive funds from the government. There are very strong groups who promote that all adult women who have sex are victims even if they are willing, enjoy it and go out of there way to get it. These groups try to get the public to believe that no adult women in their right mind would ever go into the sex business unless she was forced to do so, weather she knew it or not. They say that 100% of all sex workers are trafficking victims.

They do this in order to label all men as sex offenders and wipe out all consensual prostitution. Which is what their real goal is. There is almost no one who challenges or questions them about their false beliefs. Therefore, the only voices you hear are of these extreme groups. These groups want to label all men as terrible sex offenders for seeing a willing adult woman. No one stands up to say this is foolish, the passive public says nothing.

These groups even say that all men who marry foreign women are terrible sex predators who take advantage of these "helpless foreign women wives".

These groups believe that two adults having consensual sex in private should be outlawed. Since they believe that it is impossible for a man to have sex with a woman without abusing the woman in the process.

Here are some good links about sex trafficking:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
http://www.youtube.com/user/My...
http://bebopper76.wordpress.co...

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

The numbers are exaggerated ...but the craigslist-circuit hookers do flock into Super Bowl towns for sure. It really depends on the City and the availability of hotels. If room rates are $500 at the Super 8, that will deter the ho-vasion. The pimps love to come into town with their plated gold ‘joory’ and knock-off NFJ jerseys and try to sell themselves as B squad players and just all around Playaz if they don’t have the size to convince anyone of their athleticism. I would say the numbers are in the > 3,000 range. A Miami Super Bowl would draw 5000 + ho's because there are that many in the State of Florida alone.

Making up Stuff!!!
Making up Stuff!!!

Your math is way off!!! 38000 / (500seats per 747) = 76 planes to carry the lil Ho's!

Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie

Way to go, Cynthia! This article is just plain ignorant!

Cynthia
Cynthia

This article is ridiculous. Despite the fact that lots of arrests haven't been made, underage prostitution is, in fact, a real issue, and writing articles that make it sound like an urban legend is definitely not helping the thousands of girls being raped every day. Also, you should educate yourself a little bit before writing about such things, because according to ECPAT, (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Tracking of Children for Sexual Purposes), as many as100,000 U.S. children are forcefully engaged in prostitution or pornography each year. This may not all happen at the Super Bowl, but where there is money and demand, there are trafficking victims, and sporting events bring demand. If you are going to discuss politicians using this issue to gain election support, discuss that, don't bash on the actually issue and pretend like it doesn't happen. Did it ever occur to you that MAYBE the reason that tons of trafficking victims aren't found during the Super Bowl now is because of the work people do to raise awareness around the event? If the risk factor is high, the perpetrators aren't going to participate. Also, 75-80% of human trafficking is for sex. Do your homework next time before writing condescending articles on issues you only think you know about.

Ash
Ash

Way to take an effort to prevent human trafficking, tear it up and ridicule it in the process..Congratulations, you've just made the world a better place!

Ash
Ash

As a woman I can assure you that selling my body to a stranger and having sex with my husband are NOT the same things (how could you think that?!?!?!)...women do not WANT to sell their bodies, at times they see no other option...prostitution is a dirty business filled with STD's, rapes, pimps, drugs, and coersion (THAT is why it's a crime)...to get an idea of what it's REALLY like don't watch 'Pretty Woman' watch visit 'Not for Sale.'

Bobunf
Bobunf

Go away, one note troll. Nobody's buying.

Jason Cox
Jason Cox

You have issues with illegal hookers putting our legal hookers out of business?

Your post is so confusing in the context of this article

Bobunf
Bobunf

Cynthia, you remind me of the exterminator who presents the homeowner with a bill with an extra charge of $50 for "elephant proofing." The homeowner says, "But, but...I don't notice that you did anything to keep elephants out."

And the exterminator replies, "Well, you don't see any elephants. Do you?"

Jason Cox
Jason Cox

Cynthia - your passion and knowledge on the issue of child trafficking is strong...

But your reaction is similar to a passionate water conservative bashing myth busters for busting a myth about the super shammy holding more water than a sponge.

heymo
heymo

how much do they charge ..Ill take 2

woefatcat
woefatcat

The classic line in all of "studies" that people like you push usually goes like this: "More than (insert a large number) are AT RISK of child prostitution." You people never ever read those pesky two words. Most groups conflate their numbers to keep the government teat flowing freely. The criteria for those at risk in these studies is usually as such: 1. Under 18. 2. Have a vagina.
As far as homework goes I would give you an F- for YOUR effort.

check your facts
check your facts

Lets ignore the fact that the parent company ofvthe new times did an in depth investigative report last year and found that 100,000 number to be completely made up with no hard facts behind it... Hey but ifvthat organization told the truth it would lose all its federal funding to combat the phantom problem!

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

Are there underage prostitutes, both male & female, in the United States? Yes. Are these underage prostitutes being helped by such sensationalized "warnings" as goes on each time there is a major sporting event? Highly unlikely.

As pointed out in the article, Indiana even made a special law due to the sensationalism, but not one penny was budgeted to actually help underage prostitutes. No monies for housing, clothing, food, medical care and counseling.

As to your argument that "Also, 75-80% of human trafficking is for sex", I call bullshit. 75-80% of those who crossing our borders illegally are doing so to be prostitutes? Really? Sure, some might be, but not 75-80%.

Maybe if we were to legalize, regulate and tax prostitution (for those 18 and older), we might be able to refocus our "vice squads" to hone in on underage prostitution. Then, of course, politicians wouldn't have anything to rally the troops around come the next major sporting event.

teknik1200
teknik1200

you missed the point.

kiddie hookers don't go from town to town following major sporting events. they stay where they are and do their thing.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

what human trafficking. There is none. IT's a huge myth. I remember a few years back reading about the police in New Orleans talking the same myth up.

StillHungry
StillHungry

Way to ignore the facts presented in the article!

Jesus Cristo de Guadalajara
Jesus Cristo de Guadalajara

Millions of American Patriots are following my effort to end the illegal occupation of the United States of America by illegal Mexican occupiers. Do not try to insult Jesus you racist.

Jesus Cristo de Guadalajara
Jesus Cristo de Guadalajara

¡Larga vida a la ocupación de México de los Estados Unidos bajo la dirección de Gustavo Arellano, Steve Gallardo y La Raza

Cynthia
Cynthia

That comparison only works if trafficking at the Super Bowl were indeed an urban legend. It's not. The numbers may be exaggerated, but it happens. This article fails to address the reality of it, and instead makes the entire situation sound like a complete fabrication. It's not balanced, unbiased, or grounded in solid research, and it does damage to the reality of the issue. I'm sure the girls who have been rescued from this life don't think these precautions are over the top, because they have lived the horrors of trafficking and know that even if only one girl is rescued, that it is a life that has been saved.

Cynthia
Cynthia

Failure on your part. ECPAT estimates that 100,000 children are CURRENTLY in prostitution, and 300,000 are AT RISK in the US. I do read those words, maybe you should read my whole statement and attempt to process it again with your tiny mind. This doesn't mean that they include anyone who "has a vagina," it includes children who are in situations that put them at a serious risk, like foster care or having a parent who has raped them. And the vast majority of government funds that fight human trafficking go overseas; it wasn't until recently that the US even bothered to rate themselves along with other countries. You can give me an "F" all you want, but I just want to add that anti-trafficking work is my life; I have been studying every aspect of it for over two years non-stop, discussed the issue with the head of the vice squad here in Phoenix, heard many first-hand accounts of girls who have been rescued from their own mouths, and I am a board member for a non-profit that specifically fights human trafficking. As a side note, the head of the Vice squad, who has rescued tons of girls, does not contest these numbers, because he sees the issue firsthand. If you genuinely give a crap, here are some sources for you read to get started:

Renting Lacy, by Linda Smith
Not for Sale, by David Batstone
The Johns, by Victor Malarek

And be sure to watch Very Young Girls, available on Netflix. When you do these things, then we can talk about where these organizations get their statistics and how serious the problem really is.

The real issue here is that you are the one who hasn't done your research, because if you had, you would have a different attitude about this issue.

Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie

I'm sorry, but you are an idiot.

Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie

those who "cross our borders illegally" and those who are FORCED or TRICKED into crossing are two very different things!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

actually they are moved from one city to far away from where they lived to avoid detection.

Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie

Umm...b*llsh*t!! These pimps go where the money is at and take their "kiddie hookers" with them.

Cynthia
Cynthia

I did not miss the point. "Kiddie hookers," as you so disrespectfully put them, don't have to moved to be trafficking victims, but one of the tactics used by traffickers is to move the victims to new cities because it keeps them from knowing their area and from establishing connections that could lead to their escape. They do follow major sporting events because their pimps take them where the demand is highest.

Ash
Ash

Go tell the girl who was drugged up by a pimp, beaten and raped that human trafficking doesn't exist...

Ash
Ash

In this days and age you can find facts to support pretty much any arguement....The 'fact' that only a small number of arrests have been made in no way means that there aren't more cases out there... you have thousands of individuals at a sporting event, pimps are going to sell sex off the enslaved if they can, that is a fact...the article (and certain selected 'facts' that have plenty of other facts working against them) are not going to help the sex slaves that do exist, so why put it out their if it does more damage than good...or no good at all...it's like going up to a sex slave and saying, "you don't exist, you're irrelevant...'

Cynthia
Cynthia

Thanks for the excellent resource. This is the kind of information the article could have used if it wanted to be seen as reliable.

Bobunf
Bobunf

Potterat, J. J., Woodhouse, D. E., Muth, J. B. & Muth, S. Q. (1990) J. Sex Res.27, 233–243. "Prostitution and the sex discrepancy in reported number of sexual partners" http://www.pnas.org/content/97.... Brought to you by the University of California and peer reviewed no less.

They estimate the annual prevalence of full-time equivalent prostitutes in the United States to be less than 23 per 100,000 population or less than 70,000 total. The vast majority of prostitutes are adults. They estimate 4% are under age 18 - for a total of less than 2800 throughout the United States - about 50 per state with a few left over for DC.

Of these 2800, the majority are 17 years old. Not quite adults.

This is a bad thing, but it's also not as significant as the 6,000 people under the age of 25 who are murdered each year in the United States. Nor the 4,000 teenagers who commit suicide every year.

Using statistics that are wrong by an order or two of magnitude causes a loss of credibility. People sense the exaggeration and distortion. They sense that there really are not thousand of child prostitutes in their community.

One 14 year old forced into prostitution is horrendous. It really doesn't do any long term good to exaggerate the issue by a factor of 30. It just irritates people, including people like me who look at numbers very critically. Eventually people wise up to Chicken Little.

Cynthia
Cynthia

Here is much more balanced article on the issue. My main problem with this one is that it is one-sided, and in criticizing the politicians who are using the issue as springboard for next election it throws the victims under the bus as well. Yes, the numbers can be inflated, but it does happen. Read some other opinions before you decide this one is the gospel truth, since girls are indeed being brought in and advertised: http://www.forbes.com/sites/me...

Cathy
Cathy

Just because you read it does not make it true! I am so sickened by this article and the stupidity of its comments. What kind of heartless monsters are you? You know nothing of human trafficking, nothing! Have you been out there researching it trying to stop it? Then silence. As for the idiot that wrote this article, there are no words!
BTW, I just returned home from being out for the past two days educating local Indy Motel owners on Human Trafficking and leaving information and bars of soap with them. Several former victims of Human Trafficking were with us. In two days time we have rescued 3 girls from the National Missing and Exploited Children List. At last years Super Bowl, 60 girls were rescued. These are victims not prostitutes! There have not been tons of arrests and rescues in the past because there were not a lot of people out there working on it. Not anymore! I wish it were only a Urban legend but it is not sadly.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

you missed the point of what I was saying. During the superbowl there is NO fucking human trafficking.

 
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