By Shannon Coenen
I am a football fan. I like watching the game. I enjoy cheering for my team. But there is a dark side to the Super Bowl that many don’t know about, and it’s time we do.
Because of the large numbers of people that gather for a sporting event like the Super Bowl, there is an increase of human trafficking as well. Though most commonly attributed with the sex industry, human trafficking goes far beyond that. Trafficked individuals may be forced into labor within factories, domestic service, and agriculture or forced into service as child soldiers. However, the largest percentage of trafficked individuals are for prostitution.
An estimated 800,000 people are trafficked worldwide each year, creating a $32 billion business. The U.S. alone has approximately 14,500 – 17,500 humans trafficked into its borders, 50% of whom are children.
So…back to the Super Bowl. Statistically there is an increase in human trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl each year. In fact, the Super Bowl is commonly known as the single largest incident of human trafficking in the United States.
In 2010, there were 10,000 prostitutes brought in for the Miami Super Bowl.
In 2011 Dallas Super Bowl, 133 prostitution arrests were children.
While most trafficking is for the sex industry, Super Bowl trafficking also includes forced labor for service industries and domestic help.
Clearly our prayers are needed!! Let us pray against this horrid treatment of humans! Pray specifically that the Spirit of God would convict those involved in enslaving others, that His protection would be upon the victims and that they would receive freedom, and that all who intend to pay for services of victims would be foiled in their plane and encounter Christ instead.
On February 2nd, I’ll be watching the game. I’ll be cheering for my team. But I’ll also be interceding for those who are involved in the dark side of the Super Bowl. May the Light of Christ be found there and the immoral business of enslaving and trafficking humans be broken in Jesus’ name!