By Vinciane Ngomsi | August 15, 2017 | thefederalist.com
With a highly anticipated fight between boxing’s biggest star Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and MMA firebrand Conor McGregor just around the corner on August 26, almost all of the stories surrounding the historic event have focused on the animosity between the two fighters, the revenue it’ll bring to Las Vegas (and the fighters themselves), and predictions of its result.
But what has gone underreported is the human cost that will inevitably come to this event in the form of prostitutes and other victims of human trafficking—especially since it’s in Las Vegas, home of the sex industry and one of the highest risk cities in the country for human trafficking.
Major sporting events like this and the Super Bowl every year draw unprecedented amounts of human trafficking. Just this year, during Super Bowl weekend, police arrested 750 suspects in sex trafficking stings across the U.S. In 2015, in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, law enforcement agencies in 17 states arrested nearly 600 people and rescued 68 victims of human trafficking during a sting. In 2012, the week before the Super Bowl over 1,000 postings on Backpage.com, an online postings site that recently came under fire in a new Senate report, listed services from women and escort services, and a quarter referenced the Super Bowl, or “Super Bowl Specials.” The Mayweather-McGregor fight is expected to bring much of the same.
Preventing Sex Trafficking and Protecting Its Victims
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