Wassup! Remember that Budweiser commercial that was popular during the 2000 Super Bowl? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W16qzZ7J5YQ
I think I practiced that ridiculous ‘wassup’ for weeks with coworkers. I’m one of the one in 12 who will be suffering through the football game just to see the commercials.
I must confess, until a week ago I didn’t know what teams were even playing in Super Bowl 50. Give me some college football and now that’s another thing altogether.
They say that something like 5,000 pounds of hot dogs will be sold during the game. So will thousands of people. Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the US.
The sad fact is that people are easier to move than illegal drugs.
If you were to ask me three years ago about what human trafficking was, I would have told you that it was the global transporting of people for labor. I thought it didn’t happen here.
Fast forward to 2016. I will tell you that it does happen here. I’ve learned about it. I’ve read about it. I’ve attended conferences. I’ve seen it.
I relate so deeply to the emotional state of the women who are lured, coerced, and forced into sex trafficking. In their vulnerability, they’re lured and seduced by a veiled act of treachery.
Only later to be hustled to another state, drugged, threatened, beaten and tortured, forced to commit unspeakable acts.
Did I mention, it happens here? It happens in all 50 US states. It happens to women, men, and children. It’s ugly.
As a parent we should know the signs and talk to our kids. As responsible adults, we should educate ourselves and share the knowledge. Here’s a great resource by the Polaris Project. https://polarisproject.org/recognize-signs
Small town, big town no town is immune.
Major sporting events are said to be a big draw for human sex trafficking. I read that for one Super Bowl held in Arizona, 10,000+ women were brought to the city specifically to be sold and trafficked during Super Bowl week.
It’s reported to happen during big sporting events like the Kentucky Derby, Major League Baseball’s All Star Game, and the US Open.
Next to the Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day for food consumption in the US.
So instead of doing my part to consume a portion of the 100 million pounds of guacamole that will be devoured this Super Bowl Sunday, I’ll be putting on a fundraiser called Traffic Jam.
I’m a fitness instructor so it involves a workout for one of Austin’s non-profits that fights human sex trafficking and supports survivors called The Key2Free.
Thanks to the generosity of 20 local businesses, more than $1,000 worth of goodies will be auctioned in a silent auction with the event including three hours of workout.
Traffic Jam is in its second year. The gym I teach at regularly is generously hosting the event and I’m so grateful to all of my friends who support this cause that I’m so passionate about.
I’ll have a little chips and dip, but first, there’s work to be done.
What’s one of your Super Bowl traditions? Headed to a party?
Maybe you’ll have the opportunity to mention this issue. Let’s fight the good fight.