In hotels and brothels, and via the Internet over a 10-day period ending Monday night, 314 “johns” were arrested and charged in a multi-state effort targeting sex traffickers.
It’s the result of the second “National Day of Johns Arrests,” following the momentum of last year’s Columbus Day weekend pilot sweep of “johns,” according to the Cook County’s Sheriff’s Office.
The FBI Chicago Division, Aurora police, Elgin police and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office were some of the local law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation.
“Large sporting events such as the Super Bowl bring out competitiveness in all of us — including, unfortunately, pimps and sex traffickers,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said in the release. “In the days leading up to and including Super Bowl Sunday, my office coordinated with 19 other law enforcement agencies from around the country to send a strong message that our communities refuse to tolerate the sale of human beings for sex.”
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INDIANAPOLIS (1/17/11)—As the roar of the crowd fills Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5, two teams will struggle for victory in Super Bowl XLVI. Fans will cheer for their chosen heros, unaware that a darker struggle will be taking place in the cheap hotels and brothels surrounding the stadium.
The annual Super Bowl weekend is considered to be the largest sex trafficking event in the United States, and some even say it is the largest in the world. In dimly lit rooms, pimps and johns will buy and sell child prostitutes as part of the reprehensible crime of sex trafficking.
Human trafficking for purposes of sex has become an increasing problem surrounding major sporting events. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the fight against human trafficking was elevated to a new level. Here in the U.S., the Indiana and Michagan based Coalition for Corporate Responsibility (CCR) will be leading the charge against human trafficking during the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI.
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INDIANAPOLIS (1/30/12)— Indiana has its first new law of 2012’s legislative session: A crackdown on human trafficking, just in time for Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the measure into law Monday, saying he hopes it will “put up the ‘Don’t Try It Here’ sign in Indiana” just in time for a game that Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says has a history of attracting increased activity in the commercial sex trade.
“Let’s home that the law has a deterrent effect,” Daniels said, “and that these criminals will take their horrible business somewhere else.”
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Buy Sex, Buy Rape is a sex trafficking prevention campaign to help end the demand of men buying sex in prostitution. Many reports reveal tens of thousands of prostituted girls and women are trafficked every year into the host city of the Super Bowl or other major sporting events such as the World Cup. In fact, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and sex trafficking have reached a point of worldwide crisis. Some shocking statistics:
- 1.8 million new children are coerced into the sex trade each year in the world
- At least 100,000 and up to 300,000 U.S. domestic youth are trafficked within U.S. borders
- Average age of girls entering into prostitution is 12-14 years old
This sex trafficking prevention campaign aims to target men, informing and appealing to their better selves to not buy sex because they are fueling this sex trafficking crisis worldwide. Stop the demand, stop the rape!
Sources: 1 UNICEF| World Children | NY Times | 2 Shared Hope International | 3 U.S. Dept. of Justice | Polaris Project | Prostitution Research & Education | GEMS
DALLAS (2/6/11)–Aside from the occasional wardrobe malfunction and GoDaddy.com’s annual censor-baiting commercials, most people don’t associate the Super Bowl with sex. But this year, religious anti-pornography and anti-trafficking activists are using the nation’s biggest sporting event to take on the sex industry.
Because the hoopla surrounding the Super Bowl has expanded beyond Game Day to an entire week of parties and other festivities, large numbers of pimps and their workers flood into the host city each year. In Miami last year, police estimated that as many as 10,000 prostitutes from outside the area arrived for Super Bowl week.
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