I don’t usually delve into the macabre. I don’t even look Law. Thinking of monstrous people is not something I enjoy. I understand the obsession with real crime, but podcasts featuring stories of sex trafficking, torture, murder, and rape are the last thing I associate with relaxation.
There’s a place to talk about crazy and fucked up things, and sports often aren’t. Bring up a story about human trafficking at the Super Bowl in the lead up to The Big Game and watch how many people fidget uncomfortably until they can get back to talking about wide receiver matchups.
a recent southwestern history it caught my eye because the headline was so alarming and attention grabbing, and I thought, hell, this is a good time to draw attention to a horrible aspect of our world.
A Texas family is reunited with their 15-year-old daughter after she left her seat to use the bathroom at a Mavs game and never returned. The girl was located, with more help from a Houston-based human trafficking agency than police, 200 miles away as part of a sex-trafficking ring.
The girl’s father notified police in the game, who told him to call the police department where he lives in North Richland Hills. They told him they couldn’t help him because the incident happened in Dallas, according to history.
Missing persons reports were filed and time passed. The family was not satisfied and contacted the Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative, which located a nude photo of the girl used for online sex ads through facial recognition software and notified Oklahoma City police. Police then found the teenager and arrested eight people in connection with the case.
That’s mortifying, and thank God the girl is safe. Let’s hope she doesn’t have an irrevocable scar. Things don’t always work out, and there probably wouldn’t be a story if she was still missing.
Zeke Fortenberry, the girl’s family attorney, said the parents sent letters to various parties involved in the case: the American Airlines Arena, the Mavericks, Dallas police and the Oklahoma City hotel where the girl was found. the girl, to see how they could have avoided the horrible situation. As of the publication of this story, the family has yet to receive a response, and Fortenberry said he hopes to get a response soon so the matter can be resolved without a lawsuit.
Sports and sex trafficking
I’m just going to recite some human trafficking statistics while I have them here, because the numbers are staggering/appalling and need to be acknowledged.
AN 2017 report found that there are nearly 25 million people trapped in human trafficking, also known as human slavery. It’s a $150 billion a year business, and while only 19 percent of victims are trafficked for sexual purposes, 66 percent of global profits come from sexual exploitation.
While situations like the one in Dallas can occur, those cases are atypical, according to the Polaris Project, a group dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking and educating the public. Usually the victims come from vulnerable and exploitable situations, and not from Liam Neeson. taken-as abductions.
There have also been numerous articles looking at the relationship between major sporting events and human trafficking. In 2019 ESPN piece He said that although it has not been documented, the Super Bowl is the largest sex trafficking event in the world.
Nevertheless, a Washington Post article Before this year’s Super Bowl, he interviewed sex workers who argued that the perception of sex trafficking at the Super Bowl leads to the arrest of sex workers, not traffickers. In academic study found that traffic does not increase during those periods.
Crackdown during this year’s Super Bowl week in Los Angeles rescued more than 80 victims, so who the hell knows how true that is. However, I think we can agree that whatever the impetus for the stings, it’s great that people have been rescued.
Headlines like the one at the top of this article get clicks and shares because it’s a scary story. It may be good content for a podcast, but in reality, human trafficking seems much more difficult to combat than Neeson does.
Thank God the girl was located and reunited with her family. Hopefully her story brings something good and leads to greater awareness and victims returning to the arms of their loved ones.