Dear Engaged Bystander: I recently received a notice that said: “Tell the Super Bowl Host Committee: Don't be a bystander to child trafficking.” Of course I had to read it.
The note went onto give some very disturbing statistics.
·Every year, children as young as 11 are trafficked involuntarily to Super Bowl cities. There, football fans – usually men, often inebriated – will pay traffickers to have sex with them.
·The Texas Attorney General estimates these kids have a life expectancy of just seven years from the time they're first trafficked.
Although the Super Bowl Host Committee has been asked "to engage in responsible planning” they have refused to work with local anti-trafficking groups to educate fans and the public about the dangers of child trafficking. This local organization, Traffick911 has created the "I'm Not Buying It" campaign but the Host Committee refused to display any of the free PSAs, posters, banners or informational cards.
My guess is that they are afraid that it would generate bad publicity.
It might be time to let the Host Committee know that to generate good publicity for North Texas and the game, it might be time to show that they care deeply about their fans and about the safety of the community they are working with.
If you want to get involved, look at the Traffick911 website. They have a number of simple things that you can do, today.
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