Every year I see at least a few people claiming as a matter of fact that the Super Bowl is the worst day/event of the year for sex trafficking by a wide margin. It’s a logical claim. It is the most stereotypically-manly day of the year. A lot of men travel to the Super Bowl without their significant others. Plus these men have to be pretty wealthy to have Super Bowl tickets and willing to use that wealth for short-term good experiences, so it makes sense they would use it for prostitution as well. Put it all together and you get wealthy high-on-testosterone men without their significant others looking for other “manly” things to do, which apparently having sex with a slave qualifies as. In theory, it is the perfect storm for increased prostitution, including those who were trafficked.
The problem is that it simply isn’t true. Or more accurately, there is zero evidence that sex trafficking or even prostitution in general increases for the Super Bowl. (more…)