The under-age sex trade was booming at the Super Bowl Sunday. Pimps trafficked thousands of under-age prostitutes to Texas for yesterday’s Super Bowl, hoping to do business with men arriving for the big game with money to burn. In fact, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest human trafficking events in the United States.
From UK Independent –
The country’s largest sporting event, the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will make the Dallas-Fort Worth area a magnet for business of all kinds, including the multimillion- dollar, under-age sex industry, said activists. Authorities are trying to combat the annual spike in trafficking of under-age girls that coincides with the game.
“The Super Bowl is one of the biggest human trafficking events in the United States,” Greg Abbott, the attorney general for Texas, told a recent trafficking prevention meeting.
Up to 300,000 girls between 11 and 17 are lured into the US sex industry annually, according to a 2007 report sponsored by the Department of Justice and written by the non-profit group Shared Hope International. Some 90 per cent of runaways and children whose parents force them to leave home fall into the trade and are often beaten, drugged, raped or imprisoned to force compliance, said the report.
Pimps tattoo girls with dollar signs or the word “Daddy”, and take them to unfamiliar cities where they are more vulnerable.
“At previous Super Bowls, pimps hired cab drivers to turn their vehicles into mobile brothels,” said Deena Graves, executive director of the child advocacy group Traffick911.
“We are expecting thousands of under-age domestic minors to be trafficked to the Super Bowl,” said Nancy Rivard, founder of the non-profit Airline Ambassadors International. Non-profit groups working at the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami supplied the figure, she said.
Girls who enter the grim trade face harsh treatment and danger, according to a Dallas police report in 2010. Few who emerge are willing to speak about it. Tina Frundt, 36, is an exception. Now married and living in Washington DC, Ms Frundt was lured into sex work at 14 after she fell for a 24-year-old who invited her to leave home in 1989 and join his “family” in Cleveland, Ohio. That family consisted of the man and three girls living in a motel.
When Ms Frundt declined on the first night to have sex with her boyfriend’s friends, they raped her. “I was angry with myself for not listening to him, so the next night when he sent me out on the street and told me… [to earn $500] I listened,” she said in a telephone interview.
Ms Frundt paced the streets for hours and finally got into a client’s car. When she came home in the morning with just $50, her pimp beat her in front of the other girls to teach them all a lesson and sent her back on to the street the next night with the warning not to return until she had reached her quota.
The scenario was repeated night after night as Ms Frundt’s pimp moved his stable across the Midwest. Any sign of rebellion led to further beatings. Escape seemed out of the question. “I was a teenager in a strange town with no money and no place to go,” she said. She finally escaped by getting herself arrested.