JPANet: Score big against trafficking!

It’s late in the game. The Indiana State legislature has the goal in sight, but not much time to move the ball.  With the Super Bowl in Indianapolis approaching February 6, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has said it is critical the State pass tough anti-trafficking legislation in the brief New Year’s window before the NFL championship game. The NFL and Indiana authorities are working with groups to address the problem, training thousands of volunteers to spread the message against trafficking. But an effective law enforcement game plan is necessary to prevent and prosecute the wave of sex trafficking that accompanies the Super Bowl.

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“The number one destination for criminals exploiting young girls is that event, large sporting events, and (the Super Bowl is) the largest one,” Governor Daniels said recently, encouraging the Indiana General Assembly to take action on anti-trafficking legislation when it convenes January 4. The statistics are predictable. Major sporting events around the world like the soccer World Cup and the Olympics, but also like the Super Bowl in the U.S., encourage increased sex trafficking, including the exploitation of young girls.  It is estimated that between 10,000-15,000 prostitutes were working during the Super Bowl activities last year in Dallas and two years ago in Miami.

Of the global surge in trafficking in persons for forced labor, sex, or criminal enterprise, at least 100,000 children are trafficked into the U.S. each year, and many more, especially at-risk youth are trafficking from state to state. Indiana is a state where trafficking has been a problem.  In May 2011 Indianapolis authorities helped successfully break up a multistate prostitution ring that smuggled women into the United States from Mexico and Central America.  Arrested ringleaders were charged with interstate conspiracy and prostitution, but like other states Indiana lacks tough legal parameters specifically designed to prosecute and deter human trafficking.

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Contact Governor Mitch Daniels and the NFL to encourage them to keep pushing the Indiana general Assembly strengthen its anti-trafficking laws in advance of Super Bowl XLVI. 

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