Child Advocates Say Super Bowl Is Hotbed Of Underage Prostitution

Law enforcement officials and child advocacy groups say the Super Bowl is a prime occasion for child prostitution, with pimps taking advantage of the influx of tourists, money and mayhem to sell sex with underage prostitutes.

MSNBC quotes the Texas attorney general, who says “The Super Bowl is one of the biggest human trafficking events in the United States.” The AG’s spokesman estimated as many as 10,000 underage prostitutes have come to previous Super Bowl cities, and at the past two Super Bowls, authorities have rescued 50 total girls, six of which were registered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Flight crews from American Airlines, Delta, United, Qantas and American Eagle are holding a training session to spot signs of trafficking, and Dallas area law enforcement will step up efforts to catch pimps and prostitutes.

Super Bowl a magnet for under-age sex trade [MSNBC]

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  1. Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

    It’s the Super Bowl.

    There’s a mass influx of frigging everything.

    • bethshanin says:

      Thankfully, someone actually asked “How do you know?”

      http://www.wfaa.com/sports/football/super-bowl/Super-Bowl-prostitution-prediction-has-no-proof–114983179.html

      “Phoenix hosted the big game three years ago. Police there told News 8 they received similar warnings about an increase in prostitution and prepared for it, but never uncovered any evidence of a spike in illegal sexual activity.
      “I think one of the things people automatically assume is that while you’ve got influential people in town, people with significant amounts of money and therefore a whole lot of prostitution is going to follow with that,” said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson. “We did not notice an increase or anything out of the ordinary.”
      Tampa hosted the Super Bowl in 2009. A police spokeswoman there said officers there made 11 prostitution arrests during the entire week leading up to the game.
      And last year, Miami police told News 8 they arrested 14 for prostitution.
      Those figures are not uncommon for large cities during a seven-day period, experts said.”

      • ChuckECheese says:

        So in other words you’re telling us that a lot of dudes aren’t going to get laid in Dallas this weekend.

    • xxmichaelxx says:

      Remember when people used to say that incidents of domestic violence went way up on Superbowl Sunday? Yeah, that was a lie, too. (http://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/superbowl.asp)

      • AlphaLackey says:

        Ah, back in the glory days, before the internet made it all the much easier to research and debunk claims invented entirely from whole cloth.

  2. haggis for the soul says:

    Say what? I always thought that the worst thing about the Superbowl were the crappy entertainment and usually mediocre game play.

  3. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Where do you house 10,000 prostitutes? Wouldn’t you be checking hotel rooms rather than airplanes? And wouldn’t they bus them in? It seems to be cheaper to get a charter bus, and also easier to have someone on the bus to keep the hostages hostage. I mean, if you are getting on a plane, you pretty much know the person who is escorting you is unarmed, so it would be easy to make a run for it….

    • gparlett says:

      The imprisonment is much more psychological than physical. Even if they know that their captor is unarmed the girls normally won’t say anything. Many of them are from Southeast Asia and scared of being deported or of repercussions against their families.

      • suez says:

        Plus things like the Stockholm syndrom start to kick in. There are documented cases of adult failing to run away when they’ve had opportunities to do so–multiply that effect when it comes to children.

      • INsano says:

        This isn’t some South East Asian thing, most of the girls are American. American born, raised, abused, forced or coerced into prostitution. God knows there are hundreds of thousands of these poor kids in S.E. Asia, but the U.S. has plenty of poor, uneducated, abandoned, addict teenagers as a nation–we don’t need to import them. That’s not at all to say human trafficking doesn’t exist in the U.S., but that underage prostitution and trafficking is certainly a domestic problem just as much if not more so.

        • K-Bo says:

          There was a case in NC about a year ago where a mom sold her 6 yr old into sex slavery to pay off a drug debt. Sad but true.

      • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

        “Many of them are from Southeast Asia and scared of being deported or of repercussions against their families.”

        Most of them are STILL IN southeast Asia.
        The sheer logistics of smuggling underage prostitutes – costs, airlines, boats, passports, immigration – prevents there being a large problem of human trafficking from overseas.

        Most of the international human smuggling occurs across the southern, and to a much lesser extent, northern borders, where crossing a large undocumented group is not as big a problem.
        http://www.cnn.com/video/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_freevideo+%28RSS%3A+Video%29#/video/world/2010/09/16/pkg.prostitution.trafficking.2.romo.cnn

    • INsano says:

      Lol, yeah just charter a bus for your Bus o’ TeenHos.

      “Hi, Greyhound? Got a proposition for you–no not that kind–well, actually funny you mention it, I need…”

    • rpm773 says:

      Where do you house 10,000 prostitutes?

      I don’t know, but I’d bet Charlie Sheen would somehow be involved.

  4. dolemite says:

    I’m not too big on common people being recruited to do police work. Like computer techs being required report suspicious photos, flight crews trying to catch pimps, etc.

    • Gramin says:

      Or school teachers reporting abuse on a child? Or doctors reporting abuse on children?

      It’s your civil responsiblity, your duty as a member of humanity, to report such things. I’m not too big on your “it’s not my problem” attitude. If even one child is rescued because of the actions of an alert flight attendant, then it was worth it. End of discussion.

      • dolemite says:

        Fine with me…as long as they are open to lawsuits when they accuse innocent people.

      • Doubts42 says:

        end of discussion why? because you said so?
        The cost of such programs is far too high when one innocent person is detained and has their reputation ruined because nosy nellie at the airport decided that they were a sex trafficing terrorist. End of descission.

      • sonneillon says:

        Doctors are experts on injuries. Teachers are in contact with children for a third of their life and have the opportunity to see abuse, and in many cases they are experts on children.

        If the flight attendants are experts on prostitution and pimping, I am taking the wrong flights.

        • Billy says:

          The article says that they are being trained…I’m assuming by “experts” who know what to look for. I assure you that the training isn’t anywhere near the amount that a doctor would need.

          Besides, the airlines would only have a suspicion anyway. It’s up to law enforcement to make a decision to actually step in and investigate based on the suspicion.

        • Billy says:

          The article says that they are being trained…I’m assuming by “experts” who know what to look for. I assure you that the training isn’t anywhere near the amount that a doctor would need.

          Besides, the airlines would only have a suspicion anyway. It’s up to law enforcement to make a decision to actually step in and investigate based on the suspicion.

          • sonneillon says:

            I’m not sure if you disagree with me or agree with me. But a training seminar is likely going to go through obvious signs and unless it is something a bit more extreme than a one hour meeting it will likely not help. Federal employee training is never just right. It’s either too skimp on details or full of lots of useless information.

            • Billy says:

              I understand your point that the training would be basic or flawed in some way. But what type of training is 100%? In any event I don’t think anyone expects flight attendants to conduct stealth investigations and citizen arrests.

              I imagine that the main thing is that there is some awareness of the issue among the people who actually might see this (and to pick up on your argument: flight attendants ARE in contact with people travelling, like a teacher is in contact with students).

              But even if flight attendants aren’t expected to be heroic in these instances, sometimes picking up on the obvious signs is all anyone can ask for and it’s better than nothing.

            • Billy says:

              I understand your point that the training would be basic or flawed in some way. But what type of training is 100%? In any event I don’t think anyone expects flight attendants to conduct stealth investigations and citizen arrests.

              I imagine that the main thing is that there is some awareness of the issue among the people who actually might see this (and to pick up on your argument: flight attendants ARE in contact with people travelling, like a teacher is in contact with students).

              But even if flight attendants aren’t expected to be heroic in these instances, sometimes picking up on the obvious signs is all anyone can ask for and it’s better than nothing.

          • SuperSnackTime says:

            1-hour of a person talking in front of bored and tired airline workers. Yeah…

  5. sonneillon says:

    You can say that about any large event and have it be true.

    Where a large amount of people with discretionary income and expense accounts go, vice will also go. It’s not about morality. It is simply about having the means to pursue their chosen vice.

    • AlphaLackey says:

      it’s also about inventing statistics about a cause that’s quite noble in the public eye, as any attempt to look at the stats with a critical eye will cause one to be regarded with much aspersion.

  6. Limewater says:

    This is consumerist. Don’t tell us about underage prostitutes without advising us on getting slick deals, or at least avoiding being robbed by pimps.

    • Reading_Comprehension says:

      haha guess what, you are human scum

      • YOXIM says:

        No. He’s a guy on the Internet making a joke. You’re uptight and take everything too seriously. I highly doubt he is trying to downplay the severity of the issue at hand or get deals on underage prostitutes. I mean, have some decency! It’s not bad enough they’re physically and psychologically abused on a daily basis; now you gonna lowball them, too? That, my friend, is the kind of world I don’t wanna live in!

        • Reading_Comprehension says:

          It makes sense that you know so much about me, as we have been friends for many years. You also seem to be aware of Limewater’s motives as well, you have many friends I see.

          Actually, I take little seriously, especially to the extent of commenting my displeasure on the internet, but child prostitution is one of the few things where I draw the line. How prudish of me!

          • Limewater says:

            I don’t mind that you think I’m human scum. I appreciate your sincerity.

            I was joking primarily because this is supposed to be a consumer-issues blog and they’re posting a (ridiculous) story about 10,000 underage prostitutes heading to Dallas. It’s only a consumer issue to those who patronize underage prostitutes.

            • Reading_Comprehension says:

              Everything you’ve said is true, I just didn’t like the way it was said is all.

              I may be giving him too much credit, but perhaps Phil’s consumer angle is “If you support the Super Bowl you are inadvertently supporting child prostitution.”

        • jebarringer says:

          What’s funny is that his name is “reading comprehension”.

  7. Alvis says:

    Underage prostitutes? Is there an age in Texas at which one can become a legitimate prostitute?

  8. whosyer12 says:

    Because as everyone knows—–Steeler fans are notorious pedophiles.

  9. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    10,000? I doubt there’s 10,000 prostitutes OF ANY AGE coming to any superbowl city.
    25 girls each in 2 un named superbowls. That’s the only thing that even approaches a verifiable number.

    It’s in the best interest of the groups who make up these estimates to grossly exaggerate.

    • Doubts42 says:

      +1 firther proof that these groups are full of it. There have also been articles running saying there is a 10,000 stripper shortage for this weekend.
      It makes no sense that we would have a hooker overflow and a stripper shortage at the same time.

    • Jachim says:

      Reading the article, it DOES say “10,000 adult and underage girls” are expected to come to Dallas.

      Way to blow the story.

      It could be 30 underage girls and 9970 adults for all we know.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Well, they wanted to say over 9,000, but someone told them not to, because it would become a meme.

  10. Platypi {Redacted} says:

    Guess I will have to cancel my Pimps and Hos party in Dallas this weekend.

  11. Newto-Rah says:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/07/olympic_workers/
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/11/2012_prostitute_invasion/

    Every large event has these rumoured prostitutes…they never seem to actually show up

    People don’t seem to realize the logistics of moving, housing, and feeding 10000-40000 people is ridiculous. Now multiply that by the difficulty of doing all these things illegally without any ever actually being

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      “Every large event has these rumored prostitutes…they never seem to actually show up”

      No kidding. They predict 10,000, there’s 5 raggedy old toothless crack hos show up. I’m always disappointed.

    • lostalaska says:

      I say the whole thing is pretty much bunk. I’ll file it away in the same part of my brain as the 80’s continual fear by parents of Satanic Organizations targeting their children.

      It really is a fun game, get a paranoid parent and then allow them to start coming up with “What if?” scenarios eventually one of them should sound right enough for the media to grab it and run.

  12. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Consumerist just informed me where I can easily find underage prostitutes. I think that violates their own Comments Code.

  13. Alvis says:

    To be fair, a hotbed really is the best place for prostitutes.

  14. ArgusRun says:

    I’m calling bullshit.

    No verifiable statistics given. The one first person account says nothing about the Superbowl.

    All of the groups in every news article are evangelical christian groups.

    This is a faux trend story pushed by fundamentalist “Christians”

  15. Thumprr says:

    First, let me say that child prostitution/sex trafficking is bad.

    However, the splashy headline number (10,000 prostitutes) is a complete guess, and doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The stadium holds about 100,000 people. I’d guess that each prostitute would be expected to work more than once to cover the costs of bringing her in. Let’s guess that each prostitute works five times. So 50,000 incidents of illegal activity spread across 100,000 people? Half of the people who attend the Super Bowl are johns? Doesn’t have the ring of truth (or plausibility) to me.

  16. duxup says:

    “estimated as many as 10,000 underage prostitutes have come to previous Super Bowl cities”

    How is the AG coming up with those numbers… he seems to know awfully well how all this works…

    • Bodger says:

      AGs are politicians and they make quite a bit of money selling their services to the highest bidder and as frequently as possible and this, in and of itself, probably makes each of them true experts in prostitution.

  17. ReaperRob says:

    I love the smell of moral panic in the morning.

  18. Mold says:

    Is this AG anything like the one in VA?
    Wonder if MSNBC is trying to out-stoopid FOX Nooz.
    Ummm…seems to me that many child prostitutes are pimped by family members.

  19. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    Only 50 girls rescued out of an estimated 10,000 under-aged prostitutes?

    Pimpin’ FTW!

  20. YokoOhNo says:

    Sounds like a lot of overreaction, fallacy and BS that someone needed to spew to get paid…someone mention “underage prostitutes” and nobody can question them.

    it’s for the children….what about the CHILDREN!!?!??!?!?….and terrorists too.

  21. bhr says:

    $50 says this turns out to be a scam like the whole “more women are abused” lie.

  22. bbf says:

    Okey dokey, let’s crunch some numbers.
    Superbowl XLV is estimated to have 105,000 attendees.
    So 10,000 prostitutes are estimated to be brought in (in addition to the locals)
    That’s a 10:1 ratio of superbowl attendees to shipped in whores… wow.

    I guess the rich do “live it up”.

    Sources:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-superbowl-attendance
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41360579/

    PS The consumerist article misquotes the MSNBC article, the Original Article states “Up to 10,000 adult and under age girls” not “10,000 underage prostitutes” as the consumerist article claims.

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      Still, 10,000 hos is a lot o’ hos, underage or not. I don’t know what orifice they pull that statistic out of.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      And assume 25% are women, who more than likely won’t be using a underage gigolo.

  23. TerpBE says:

    Does this mean we’ll get to see Lawrence Taylor go to another Super Bowl?

  24. Hi_Hello says:

    age 11-17… In D.C 16+ is the age of consent, so they won’t be consider underage.

    I wonder how many girls in each age…

    anyway, I don’t understand why they can’t just make it legal, nationally. What is the difference of paying people to have sex on camera (legal – porn industry) vs paying people to save sex without a camera?

    • YokoOhNo says:

      what about the children!?!?! has anyone thought of the children?!?!??!?

      it’s the children and prude religious “teachings”.

    • evnmorlo says:

      It’s usually still considered child prostitution if they are a minor, i.e. under 18.

    • BlkSwanPres says:

      If you want to get technical filming porn is only legal in a few states, usually states that define prostitution as paying someone to have sex with you, rather than just to have sex. (I am over simplifying) I think that’s only New York, California, and maybe Florida, not sure though.

  25. PercyChuggs Was Found At JFK Airport says:

    Since the Super Bowl is in Dallas, I am willing to bet Michael Irvin has probably already used up all the prostitutes and cocaine.

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      I understand how he may have used up all the cocaine, but how can you “use up” all the prostitutes? They’re re-usable. Wash them out, dry them off, nearly good as new.

  26. HoneyB says:

    so then are schools hotspots as well? there’s a lot of those little humans there

  27. Bill610 says:

    Let’s remember that “advocates” get their money and other support by connecting their advocacy to a big problem, and the more they inflate the numbers affected, the more important their work appears to be. This reminds me a bit of the Satanic Ritual Abuse hysteria of the nineties…or remember the Super Bowl spousal abuse thing that turned out to be just hot air?

    If the Cowboys Stadium seats 80,000, then what percentage of that 80,000 has to patronize a prostitute, and how many times, in order for bringing 10,000 prostitutes into town to be profitable? (I apologize if that sounds too much like the word problems you used to get in grade school. If it does, your grade school was probably a lot more interesting than mine.)

    I am not saying that sex trafficking isn’t a problem, but it seems to me that it is being wildly exaggerated.

    Maggie MacNeill does some debunking of this new hysteria here: http://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/don%E2%80%99t-buy-it/

  28. delphi_ote says:

    Why is this article full of implausible paranoia on a consumer advocacy web site? The only customers involved here are child molesters. Are you worried they’re going to get ripped off, Phil?

    • evnmorlo says:

      What is being implied is that consumers should be negotiating prices down. If some old lady in her 20s approaches, you’re a sucker if you don’t ask for everything she has to offer for 25% of her price.

  29. pegr says:

    Too bad the numbers don’t add up: http://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/numerology/

    By her estimates, there are 15,000 underage prostitutes in the entire country. Apparently, 2/3rds of them are going to the Superbowl.

  30. Cooneymike says:

    How long till we see the subsequent story buried deep in section two below the fold, that this whole thing is based on the speculation of an advocacy group with an interest in greater public funding and requoted by a journalist of dubious quality before being seized upon by an politian with an agenda?

    • lucky13 says:

      Don’t hold your breath…it’s not like the Dallas Morning News is going to start printing actual facts.

    • AlphaLackey says:

      “The slander runs on the front page, the retraction runs with the deodorant ads” – Richard Nixon.

  31. sirwired says:

    Slate did a story on these dubious statistics several months ago. Namely, these inflated predictions are made for EVERY major sporting event (the World Cup especially), and they are backed with absolutely NO verifiable facts. None. Zilch. Nada. Yes, it possibly does happen to at least some limited extent. But “as many as” 10,000 is completely bogus.

  32. Jayrandom says:

    My evidence that if you say something that involves the Super Bowl and moral outrage in early February, people will listen, even if it’s obvious you’re just making stuff up. I wonder what group will use this time tested method next.

  33. stevied says:

    Wouldn’t it be simpler to look out for the chartered flight from Thialand?

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      They don’t fly them in from Asia, way too expensive and difficult. Look to the southern border. Even there, it’s a trickle of underage girls rather than a flood. Most underage prostitutes in the USA are US citizens. Groups have been overstating the numbers for years. That said, girls under 18 shouldn’t be turning tricks, period.

  34. caknuck says:

    The AG is full of it. Recent Super Bowl host cities Jacksonville and Tampa Bay say 11 and 14 prostitution arrests during Super Bowl week respectively.

  35. FilthyHarry says:

    “Texas attorney general, who says…” Someone is up for re-election in ’12.

    Which is not to make light of the horror of child prostitution but our politicians and greedy/cowardly media has be often too willing to cry ‘wolf’ about public scourges and generally ride fear to re-election or sales.

  36. Pax says:

    Phil says: “The AG’s spokesman estimated as many as 10,000 underage prostitutes have come to previous Super Bowl cities”

    Yet, the article actually says: “Up to 10,000 adult and under age girls have come to previous Super Bowls, said Jerry Strickland, communications director in the Texas attorney general’s office, who acknowledged that precise figures are hard to gauge.”

    Got news for you, Phil: that 10,000 figure was given in relation to underaged AND ADULT sex workers.

    #Phil_is_a_Hack
    #Inexcusable_Misquotes
    #Good_Grief

  37. Das G says:

    No wonder Ben Roethlisberger worked so hard to get back to the big game!

  38. zzyzzx says:

    Article is useless without pics of underage prostitutes.

  39. pot_roast says:

    And other reports and interviews with police chiefs from towns that had previous super bowls have said that this is complete and utter BS. There is NO truth to this rumor whatsoever. It also didn’t happen at the Olympics, World Cup, or anywhere else.

    http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-01-27/news/the-super-bowl-prostitute-myth-100-000-hookers-won-t-be-showing-up-in-dallas/

    Lots of good information there. This is a myth, along with the “women get beaten up on Super Bowl Sunday” myth that keeps floating around. See Snopes for that one.

  40. Mold says:

    Is this the same person asking Planned Parenthood about child prostitutes? Seems some folks have a ‘thing’ for the subject.

  41. MrEvil says:

    This is Greg “HEY ABBOT!” Abbot grandstanding to curry political favor amongst the moral conservatives. It’s an overblown figure with no actual concrete evidence to back it up. And really, does the Superbowl attract THAT many people to the host city? I mean the seats and even the parking lot has limited space. What are people coming to Dallas for if they can’t tailgate or even sit in the stadium?

  42. conscious says:

    Guess what, this story is about how a lobbyist watchdog group is using the Superbowl as means of attracting attention to itself and gaining publicity.

    Nothing to see here other than someone’s attempt to package fear into one the last remaining bastions of Americana.