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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INDIANAPOLIS (1/28/12) — Several Indiana groups are taking action to combat an increase in prostitution and human trafficking that’s often associated with large sporting events.
A bill to toughen Indiana’s penalties for sex trafficking is on its way to Gov. Mitch Daniels for him to sign into law ahead of next weekend’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
The Indiana House voted 93-0 in favor of the bill Friday that cleared the state Senate in a 48-0 vote earlier this month.
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INDIANAPOLIS (12/17/11) State lawmakers will try to fast-track a bill before the Super Bowl that would strengthen penalties against human trafficking.
The legislation, to be introduced by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, targets human traffickers who flood Super Bowl sites with teen prostitutes.
“We must be realistic and candid about the fact that organized criminals who exploit young women and children through human trafficking have gravitated to such gatherings in other cities,” Head said at a news conference at the Statehouse attended by Gov. Mitch Daniels and other officials.
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INDIANAPOLIS (12/19/11)— Indiana political leaders are looking to fast-track sex-trafficking legislation before football fans flood Indianapolis for the Super Bowl.
Gov. Mitch Daniels, Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Logansport Republican Sen. Randy Head and other leaders say they want to arm prosecutors with more tools to combat an expected rise in prostitution that has accompanied the Super Bowl in other cities.
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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 (2/1/11)–Texas law enforcement agents will be hunting for a little-known crime during this week’sSuper Bowl festivities in metropolitan Dallas: child sex rings.
Incidents of underage prostitution have spiked during previous Super Bowls, leading to some arrests, says Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
His office, working closely with the FBI, is bringing in at least a dozen extra agents from Austin and other cities to monitor and combat cases of trafficking in underage prostitutes during Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas, he says.
“The Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly,” Abbott says. “It’s commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.”
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DALLAS (1/3/11)–Super Bowl XLV will bring money, athletes and fans to North Texas, but that’s not all, a sex trade expert warns pimps and prostitutes will also come to Dallas-Fort Worth.
“We will have an influx of pimps and traffickers bringing women and children into North Texas,” said Katie Pedigo director of New Friends, New Life which is dedicated to helping young, often abused women escape the sex trade.
Pedigo estimates 15,000 prostitutes will be brought to North Texas for the Super Bowl, many against their will and that many of the women selling their bodies are underage and on the verge of homelessness.
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