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Christians Launch Anti-Slavery Efforts for Super Bowl XLV


Jan 25 2011
This year's game is located in one of the nation's seedbeds of human trafficking.

Cowboys stadium. Troy Polamalu. Black Eyed Peas. Ben Roethlisberger. Sex trafficking of minors. Christina Aguilera. Doritos' controversy-tinged "Crash the Super Bowl" contest. Those irritating Go Daddy commercials.

Which of these things is not like the others? Believe it or not, they all describe the close-at-hand Super Bowl XLV, where cheese heads and yellow-towel touters will cheer on their respective teams, Dallas hotels and airports will receive an estimated 100,000 visitors, with a projected economic impact of $611.7 million on the area, and pimps and traffickers will set up makeshift brothels in hotels and blocks of houses, selling the bodies of vulnerable children and teens. And while major sporting events are well known as seedbeds of sexual exploitation, this year's game might be worse: Texas senator Leticia Van de Putte recently reported that over 20 percent of all trafficking victims into the U.S. come through Texas. And in 2008, reports the Fort Worth Star Telegram, 38 percent of all calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hot line were from Texas.

In response, several Christian anti-trafficking ministries are working alongside government officials to curb trafficking at next Sunday's game. Traffick911, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit founded by Deena Graves, has launched the "I'm Not Buying It" ad campaign, featuring singer Natalie Grant and former New England Patriot Devin Wyman, with the tag line, "What would you do if it was your daughter?" The group is petitioning the Super Bowl Host Committee to endorse the campaign and run a 30-second ad during the game, and has received over 65,000 signatures.

Graves told Baptist Press that Super Bowls are notorious as trafficking zones because "you have a large number of male tourists traveling without families. Second, there are large amounts of money at these events. For example, the Super Bowl host committee estimates there will be 40,000 people coming into our area who do not even have tickets to the Super Bowl. They're coming just for the party atmosphere. It's kind of that mindset of 'what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.' "

Love 146, a Christian anti-trafficking group based in Connecticut, is working alongside Dallas-based Irving Bible Church to spread the "It's Not My Fault" awareness campaign and provide other local churches with educational resources and personal prayer guides. (Read this post from Love 146 co-founder Lamont Hiebert for the campaign name's origins.) This past Sunday the group led a prayer walk around the Cowboys Stadium, and has planned an "Anti-Pimp My Ride" flash mob for Super Bowl Sunday, encouraging participants to deck out their cars with magnets and congregate in high-traffic areas.

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