Texas Attorney General brands Super Bowl 'greatest prostitution incident in US'
Washington. Feb 4: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has claimed the Super Bowl, which is the greatest show on earth, has an ugly underbelly, branding it as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.
Advocates claim that the sporting event attracts more traffickers than any other in the U.S, the Huffington Post reports.
Clemmie Greenlee, a former sex trafficking victim who was abducted and raped by her captors at 12, claimed she was expected to sleep with 25 to 50 men a day during the Super Bowl, and added that she was ferried around cities in the South to work as a prostitute at large-scale events.
The arrival of fans provides the perfect breeding ground for pimps, who look to increase their sales and profits during the mega event.
Experts claim that the absolute number of men looking to pay for sex considerably increases demand and the enormous crowds allow for pimps and victims to essentially go unnoticed, the paper reports.
According to Forbes, 10,000 prostitutes were brought to Miami for the Super Bowl in 2010 and 133 underage arrests for prostitution were made in Dallas during the 2011 Super Bowl.
Greenlee, who now works as an advocate for sex trafficking victims in Louisiana, said there was immense pressure to meet her traffickers' demands at events like the Super Bowl.
As of Friday, five women were rescued and eight human-trafficking related arrests were made in New Orleans, according to reports.