Does the Superbowl make you horny?
The rows of cheerleaders with their massive, throbbing fake pom poms. The vats of urine-flavored Bud Light. The thick, cheesy dips and snot-colored guac. All those fit men in very tight pants.
It doesn’t get us hot at all, but evidently we’re in the minority. The Superbowl, as GodBlogger Brad Greenberg writes, means Super Porn. Authorities expect the that many of the 100,000 fans who will converge on Dallas to attend the Superbowl this Sunday will go looking for sex. And they fear that many of them will turn to prostitutes ferried in through America’s massive, throbbing sex trafficking trade.
According to one source, traffickers will transport some 12,000 children to the Dallas area to slake the sexual appetites of football fans. (A great movie on this is Holly, whose star is in our photo.) Newsweek magazine reported this week that in 2009, Tampa, FL, which hosted the Superbowl that year, was the site of a major sex trafficking ring. Texas, they say, is second only to California when it comes to sex trafficking.
Traffickers worldwide earn $7 billion to $10 billion each year, according to a 2003 State Department report (“Trafficking in Persons Report”), thereby making human trafficking one of the three largest criminal enterprises, together with drug and arms dealing.
In fiscal year 2003, the U.S. government spent about $91 million on international anti-trafficking programs, according to a 2004 Department of Justice Report.
Traffickers sell slaves to Europe, Israel and, increasingly, to North America. In the United States, human trafficking is a growing problem. In 1999, a report issued by the CIA estimated that 50,000 people are trafficked into the United States a year. But in 2004, when the Department of Justice put that number at between 14,000 and 17,000 a year.
Church groups in Dallas have joined forces with authorities to beat back trafficking. According to The Baptist Press News:
The Dallas-Fort Worth region competes even with Las Vegas as one of the major hotbeds of sexual slavery, especially during large events like the Super Bowl, Frugé said. However, he is not without hope for the young girls enslaved by sex trafficking.
“In Fort Worth, we have a huge opportunity to make an impact right now,” Frugé said. He and his wife Katie have joined several other Southwestern students to form a grassroots advocacy group called Lose the Chains.
During a recent chapel service at the seminary, the group challenged students to inform their churches of the plight of these enslaved girls, and to help congregations see what they can do to break the chains of the sex trade. In a message on their website, www.losethechains.com, the group calls church members to watch for the signs of sex slavery in their communities.
“Pimps have a lot of tactics, one of which is to rent homes in your neighborhood, turning them into brothels,” according to the website, designed by David Wallace, a student in the College at Southwestern.
“They’re most vulnerable in our neighborhoods because hundreds of thousands of church members live in these same neighborhoods. Pimps aren’t expecting Christians to have an eye out for them.”
Christians can call 911, Frugé noted, if they spot signs of sex slavery in their neighborhoods.
Presumably, non-Christians can call 911 too. And they can urge local newspapers and web sites to refuse massage, escort and stripper ads that are linked to human trafficking. (Unfortunately, many of the country’s most progressive papers dirty themselves with these ads).
If you suspect a girl, boy, man or woman is the victim of human trafficking, immediately call 1(888)-KEY-2-FREEDOM or 1(888)-539-2373. That’s the number for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.
As for actually finding sex in Dallas, we do want to help you. Our suggestions:
1. Ask someone. Who knows, maybe they’re as drunk, horny and excited as you. Maybe they’re even MARRIED to you. That would really be hot.
2. Go to the Ghost Bar. It’s a known singles happy hunting ground. http://www.sneakysunday.com/dallas/bars-clubs/best-singles-scene-bar-club/
3. Buy a big fake Superbowl ring and a nice suit.
4. If you absolutely can’t find a nice woman (or, if that’s your thing, guy) to make mad, passionate, Bud Light-fueled love to, go the hotel On Demand “Adult Entertainment” route. There’s even Jewish porn—who knew?. Whatever your race, faith, gender or preference, it’s much, much better than supporting human trafficking.