On the eve of Sunday’s Big Game, the Anti-Trafficking Coalition has launched a campaign to educate the public about the epidemic of human trafficking and highlight the penalties for those who buy sex. The Super Bowl comes just one day a year, but sex trafficking is a 365-day a year problem.
Children are exploited across New York and nationwide; up to 300,000 kids are at risk everyday of being targeted by traffickers. It is the most hidden form of child abuse in our country.
Major sporting events like the Super Bowl with a large male-attendance will result in incidents of human trafficking. The demand created by the influx of men – men who may order women “for delivery” from backpage.com, who may go to massage parlors for timed sex sessions, etc. – is a demand that pimps are willing to step right up to meet.
The demand created by men looking for paid sex is so great that we have to import women and coerce American kids to take part – taking advantage of our most neglected, poor, run-away and already sexually abused kids.
Sex buyers need to be held accountable by all of us. We’ve turned a blind eye to the millions of adult men who create the demand because they believe they have the right to purchase another human being. Our great challenge as a society with human trafficking is to change attitudes and to stigmatize going “to a prostitute.” If we don’t stem the tide of demand for young girl’s bodies, that demand will continue to be met by coercion, violence, force and exploitation.
Buying Sex is Punishable in NJ:
A first conviction for soliciting prostitution could mean six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. For every subsequent offense, a conviction carries up to 18 months in prison and fines up to $10,000. Offenders could also lose their driver’s license and, if convicted, may need to register as a sex offender. Megan’s Law requires those convicted of specific sex crimes to register their personal information with their local community.