The Super Bowl has been dubbed the “single largest human trafficking incident” in the United States
By Sebastien Malo
NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With a million party-minded football fans flocking to Minneapolis for Sunday’s Super Bowl – dubbed the biggest trafficking event in the United States – dozens of agencies are gearing up to bust criminal networks and rescue victims.
Minneapolis police says it is working with 23 law enforcement agencies, patroling the web to target people buying sex online and monitoring hotels for sex trafficking.
While the anti-slavery group Polaris will be staffing up its anti-trafficking hotline, its chief executive Bradley Myles cautioned against painting the country’s largest sporting event as a sex trafficking magnet.
“All this is, is a one-day snapshot into what otherwise is a 365-day problem,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“The same traffickers that are committing trafficking …