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ESPLERP: Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Myth Won't Go Away

ESPLERP: Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Myth Won't Go Away
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Jan 25, 2016 8:46 AM PST    Text size: 

SAN FRANCISCO —  Over the next few weeks, tens of thousands of football fans and thousands of members of the media will be in the San Francisco Bay Area for Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Anti-prostitution activists, as history tells, will be busily spreading the story that there will also be an influx of tens of thousands of sex traffickers, pimps and trafficked prostitutes before and after the game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

The Erotic Service Providers Legal Education and Research Project (ESPLERP) today called on the media not to help spread the discredited urban myth that there is an increase in sex-trafficking around major sports events such as the Super Bowl.

“This story has been a recurring one at Super Bowls — and for other major sports events such as the Olympics,” ESPLERP said in a statement. “But there is zero evidence that it has ever happened.”

But despite a lack of evidence, ESPLERP — a San Francisco-based organization that calls itself a “diverse community-based coalition advancing sexual privacy rights through litigation, education and research” — said the FBI is still planning on mounting an operation to combat trafficking at Super Bowl 50.

“It claims that this will be a softer, victim-centric approach that relies on nonprofit groups such as the [nonprofit anti-human trafficking group] Polaris Project to make initial contact with the women before the agency steps in,” ESPLERP said.

“The FBI is very unlikely to catch any traffickers or trafficked victims. But if history is any indication, they will certainly entrap adult sex workers and their clients in sting operations. And to add insult to injury, the FBI and their nonprofit partners will provide no services whatsoever to the arrested sex workers.

“The U.S. is funding anti-trafficking groups to the tune of $686 million annually, but most of that money goes to ‘creating awareness on sex trafficking’ and paying their board members six-figure salaries. Hardly any of that money goes to the people they claim to be rescuing. Indeed the Polaris Project has stated that they do not provide direct services to ‘victims.’”

Bella Robinson, a board member of ESPLERP, said: “I am outraged that the Polaris Project gets millions a year in funding, to create policies that violate the human rights of sex workers, and put them at great risk of violence, often from the police during the raids they claim are rescues.”

“#endhumantrafficking is a scam and it’s one of the biggest criminal enterprises I have ever seen,” Robinson said. “And it is all supported by our tax dollars.”

In the statement, ESPERP said, “The anti-trafficking movement has a vested interest in keeping the ‘trafficking increase at the Super Bowl’ myth alive.”

“It’s not about rescuing and helping trafficked victims. It’s about keeping the grants flowing,” the group said. “And responsible journalists shouldn’t be helping them spread their misleading claims.”


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