Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Super Bowl, Sex Trafficking & What Mercy Ministries is Doing About It

Football fans across the country will flood the Dallas/Ft. Worth area this weekend for the Super Bowl; unfortunately, so will pimps and sex trafficking victims. "The Super Bowl is one of the biggest human trafficking events in the United States," said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott at a trafficking prevention meeting in January. Texas is already a major hub for sex trafficking, second only to California, and according to estimates, up to 15,000 additional pimps and prostitutes will be brought into Dallas/Ft. Worth this week.

Law enforcement is taking the threat seriously and has been preparing for months. The FBI and attorney general’s office will have extra staff working to investigate and arrest pimps and johns who trade in underage girls. Many activist groups are also coming together to fight this issue including hundreds of bikers from across North Texas who will ride around Cowboys Stadium behind an 18 wheeler, flying a banner that says, “Kids are NOT for sale.” Over 74,000 people have signed a petition asking the Super Bowl Host Committee to endorse Trafficking911’s “I’m Not Buying It” campaign to raise awareness and deter potential johns. Dallas Cowboy, Jay Ratliff, is also on board and made a public service announcement entitled "Real men don't buy children. They don't buy sex.”

Traffick 911 PSA 10 from Nate Bernard on Vimeo.

While traffickers are using the Super Bowl to exploit thousands of young women, we can use this amazing sporting event as a platform to speak out against this horrific crime. Mercy Ministries has been helping victims of sex trafficking for years, and we continue to receive more and more calls for help. To find out how you can partner with us to bring hope and healing to these hurting young women, go to