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Super Bowl “Magnet for Child Sex Traffickers” says Texas AG – SportsUntapped.com
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Added February 1st, 2011 by Chalk

Super Bowl “Magnet for Child Sex Traffickers” says Texas AG
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While there are plenty of positives about hosting a Super Bowl, America’s biggest annual sporting event also brings an influx of child prostitution. The problem is so serious that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is calling the Super Bowl “a magnet for child sex traffickers,” and Texas has created a local, state and federal task force to combat the problem.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman said Texas is trying to be proactive about the problem after hearing horror stories from the last two Super Bowls, which were held in Miami and Tampa. Kristi House, a child advocacy organization in Miami, sent over 150 volunteers out walking the streets before last year’s Super Bowl. According to the organization’s data, over that Super Bowl weekend, they generated 14 leads about missing children, recovered six missing children, and made contact with 23 young women who were potential victims of sexual exploitation.

“This is a side of the Super Bowl that we don’t want to talk about,” said Brad Dennis, the director of the KlaasKids Foundation, an advocacy group that works to find missing children. “It’s supposed to be fun. But unfortunately you can’t just ignore it either. It’s time that people recognize that this is going on.” Dennis has been at the past two Super Bowl sites trying to help missing and exploited children, and will also be traveling to Texas for this year’s game.

Attorney General Abbott:

“People are thinking of the Packers and the Steelers and the game on the field, having a good time and Super Bowl commercials. Most don’t think about a 12-year-old being forced to dance naked … There are several things at play here. There are maybe 100,000 or more coming in and out of town for a single event, and it seems to be a testosterone filled event. The Super Bowl is a magnet for child sex traffickers.

 
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