Advocates Use Super Bowl Frenzy to Promote Fight against Human Trafficking

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Source: KQED News

During the flood of 1 million Super Bowl-goers this week, Bay Area law enforcement officials are putting the public on high alert for human trafficking activity during the event’s frenzy.

“The annual game that brings together a lot of men, money and parties is often linked to a big spike in sex trafficking….There’s no evidence to back that up. But for several years the big event has nonetheless been used to shine a bright light on an often hidden industry,” reports KQED.

This year, nonprofits, local government agencies, and the FBI have teamed up to launch the “No Traffick Ahead Campaign,” which has trained workers and volunteers around the festivities to spot tell-tale signs of trafficking, including subservience, lack of eye contact, or even signature tattoos.

Although the campaign provides much needed publicity to an important issue, some legal advocates worry that trafficking survivors will face prosecution in rush to crackdown on criminal activity.

Read full story at: KQED

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