NYTimes: Link Between Super Bowl and Rise in Sex Trafficking is “Just Rhetoric”

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  1. There have been several articles and reports that debunk the myth and document the impact of the pre-Super Bowl crackdowns, sweeps and stings, which primarily impact sex workers, transgender people, youth of color and immigrants; resulting in traumatic arrests, convictions, broken families,and hurdles to employment and housing.

    A round up of articles is available at http://cfpdx.blogspot.com/

  2. As a survivor, I’m more concerned with real resources not reaching survivors because they’ve been diverted to awareness, the credibility of the movement being impacted due to poorly constructed research studies, and the inability/refusal to differentiate between sex work and trafficking. Trafficking is real, so let’s work with integrity by thinking critically about our abolition efforts so that we can see reduction, healing and restoration for survivors.

  3. http://katiecouric.com/2014/01/30/sex-trafficking-and-sporting-events/
    Katie Couric featured the sex trafficking part of the Super Bowl.
    I don’t believe your theory that it is all rhetoric and
    that you would ignore the ongoing facts of sex trafficking
    that is happening around the world.

  4. Like the “sex trafficking skyrockets during the Wold Cup” headlines I have a hard time putting stock in them because often the statements are made with nothing to back them. I’m not saying that such things don’t happen but I do stop and wonder if there really is an increase during those events.

    (And if anyone is going to ask something to the effect of, “Why are you so stuck on how often its happening? The important part is that its happening?” I’d answer by saying, “If the issue itself is so important then why are you using inflated or even false numbers. If the issue is that important it can stand on its own legs right?”)

    Here you have the NY Times saying “show me the numbers,” but there are no concrete numbers to show—yet.
    That’s basically asking people to trust that there is an epidemic of sex trafficking around these events with nothing to back it up.

    And if the people on the ground, the people who SEE and KNOW these statements are true can’t present numbers to back up their claims, will people eventually stop listening?
    I think this is a very real concern. Its essentially crying wolf. The people who SEE and KNOW that this stuff is going on are gonna have to show SOMETHING to back up the statements. Or else its just expecting people to show blind faith and believe that there is an uptick in sex trafficking because someone said so.

    Will society eventually become numb to the cry of the anti-trafficking movement in the same way they have seemed to become numb to so many other issues that still need our attention?
    That’s a real possibility.

    I think what’s going on is so many anti-____ efforts have latched on to the idea of, “The issue is so serious that we can just tug on heart strings and get attention without evidence.” and some have even adopted the idea that, “This is a serious topic so its even okay to make up myths and outright lies to draw attention.”

  5. You know what’s rhetoric? Saying that The NYTimes said something that actually just one person stated in an opinion piece.
    This type of claim seems popular online to try to substantiate other news sources. Gawker does it, too.
    Newsflash: the NYTimes is a pretty credible news source, for those who know the difference between investigative journalism and editorial.
    This piece, btw, falls under editorial.


  1. […] The human trafficking awareness campaigns are in full throttle as they attempt to attach their cause with one of America’s largest sporting events. Because there’s a lack of overwhelming statistics, and because the Super Bowl is regarded as the untouchable finale in what is perhaps America’s truest sense of worship save for Christmas, major publications such as The New York Times are calling it all “just rhetoric.” […]

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