By Aakriti Gupta
Elm Staff Writer
Sex trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, is a circumstance “in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.” The Super Bowl is an annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) is the highest level of professional football in the United States. If we connect the two together, namely sex trafficking and the Super Bowl, we find ourselves in a situation questioning humanity.
While the majority of America prepared themselves for the Seahawks and Patriots’ kick-off, the human traffickers got ready for their most profitable event of the year. The Super Bowl is the event with the highest levels of sex trafficking activity in the US.
There are two reasons why this happens. Firstly, traffickers are catering to the needs of the fans attending the Super Bowl, who bring about a great rise in the human trafficking levels around this time. The large influx of fans creates a breeding grounds for the pimps looking for the opportunity to cater their services and make some money. The Super Bowl is a festival for the football lovers where, along with cheering on their favorite teams, they look to have a good time outside of the game, too. This often leads to an over-indulgence in food and alcohol. This gluttony eventually makes its way to prostitution.
The second reason that makes the Super Bowl the event with the highest human trafficking levels is the possibility of pimps going unnoticed due to the massive crowds that collect during the Super Bowl. Hundreds of thousands of people come to be a part of the event, which causes a distraction and allows the pimps and the victims to essentially carry on their jobs while being unnoticed.
Former victim Clemmie Greenlee was expected to sleep with 25 to 50 people in a day during the Super Bowl. Greenlee was abducted and raped by her captors at 12 and shuttled around cities in the South to work as a prostitute at large-scale events. Greenlee is now 53 years old and now works as an advocate for sex trafficking victims in Louisiana, and said there is immense pressure to meet her trafficker’s demands at events like the Super Bowl, according to The Huffington Post.
There are millions of cases similar or even worse in nature that take place every year during this joyous event for the mere entertainment of the fans. The real crimes take place when no one’s looking and where no one really bothers to search. Even though it seems unfair and inhuman, this is, in fact, the harsh reality that ruins millions of lives every year.