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Why I’m Not Watching The Super Bowl (Again)

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Why I’m Not Watching The Super Bowl (Again)

Sarah Stanley

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Editor’s note: we’re preempting our normal wellness content today with a topic that is very near and dear to our heart. We love people and our heart cries for justice on a variety of situations. May you be part of the solution!

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Integrity and justice are two things near and dear to my heart. As is real, organic food, pure water, daily sweat fests, freedom and my voice. (These last two will make sense when you read my book to be published in May 2014.)

With the Super Bowl only a few days away and the teams preparing for the the game of their life, there is another group of people I am deeply concerned about.

Human and sex trafficking victims.

Yes, you read that correctly. According to the U.S. Attorney General the Super Bowl is the largest human and sex trafficking incident in the United States. This is not new news but it is tragically not talked about much in the media (as is usually the case with really important things).

  • At the 2010 Miami Super Bowl, 10,000 prostitutes were brought to the city. (Forbes)
  • At the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas, 133 underage arrests for prostitution were made. (Forbes)
  • During the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, a young girl was expected to sleep with men 25-50 times a day and was repeatedly raped. (Huffington Post)
  • 27 million people are being trafficked at any given moment according to U.S Department of State.

I don’t know about you, but all of these stories and statistics breaks my heart. These are our fellow human citizens! Where is the outcry? Where is the justice?

Local law enforcement and task forces and communities (for 2014: New Jersey) have been trained on how to spot human and sex trafficking, but that is not enough. These victims need your voice! Before you watch the game, post this graphic on your networks. YOU are the voice in this issue. Let others know that you care and that human trafficking is not okay with you. This is how advocacy and action starts.

If you do decide to watch the game this year, stop and imagine for a minute if this was your sister, daughter or another relative? And they were being held against her/his will and forced to perform despicable things by cruel, evil people? When we put it in those terms, human and sex trafficking hits close to home. As it should. We’re talking about flesh and blood. Souls.

Regardless of which team loses, there will be another set of people that lose. They will lose their dignity, value and worth.  They will lose their voice. And it’s up to you and me to help these precious women and children (and men) get their voice back again.

Will you join me in the fight to free these voices?

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I've not watched the Super Bowl in years and I will continue that tradition again this year. I know I am only person but I pray, hope and believe that my choice will inspire others to think of theirs too.

Some resources for you:

The A21 Campaign is a fantastic resource I highly recommend.

The Campaign to End Human Trafficking 

Other articles on this topic:

Super Bowl 2014

Super Bowl Largest Incident of Human and Sex Trafficking 

"Not coming to Super Bowl to Watch Game"

Super Bowl Prostitution