Indianapolis to Combat Super Bowl Weekend Sex Trafficking - Page 2
The law allows prosecutors to bring charges against people who use force or fraud to make another person participate in sexual activity or those who promote the participation of children under the age of 16 in sexual activities regardless of whether force was used or consent given. The law makes it a felony to sell or transfer custody of a child under 16 for the purposes of participating in sexual conduct.
It is designed to fight the criminals who exploit the girls, not the girls themselves.
According to the Chicago Post Tribune, police are monitoring known pimps' Facebook pages and have trained cab drivers on how to identify possible sex trafficking victims.
While statistics surrounding sex trafficking and the Super Bowl are difficult to track, a post on Project Rescue prior to the Dallas Super Bowl in 2011 states that children as young as 11 have been trafficked into Super Bowl cities, and the life expectancy of those children is only seven years from the time of trafficking. An estimated 10,000 women and children were trafficked to Miami for the 2010 game and 133 prostitution arrests in Dallas in 2011.
Chicago police Sergeant Traci Walker told the Post Tribune that the average age of a girl entering the sex trade is only 12 years old, and about 97% were forced, threatened, or coerced to enter the sex trade.
Super Bowl fans' appetite for sex typically increases the demand for the sex industry by 80%. If Indianapolis can successfully squelch that appetite, they will not only set a very positive precedent for future Super Bowl host cities to follow, they will save the lives of many young girls.