The Super Bowl is coming back to Minneapolis, Minnesota!
The Super Bowl was hosted in 15 different cities and Minneapolis, Minnesota hosted the Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.
The economic impact on Minnesota was the Hotels and restaurants were the prime economic beneficiaries of the boost that came to the seven-county Twin Cities area despite the recession.
What does Super Bowl LII mean for Minnesotans this year?
For millions of Minnesotans, their taxpayer dollars might be poured into this 10-day long elite party around the Superbowl in which corporations may benefit and working class people of color might continue to experience over-policing, wage theft, and regressive immigration policy.
Traffic will be a nightmare and the police force and military are out in full force to handle minor issues and major crimes!
Fights might break out amongst rival teams in public areas, bars, and nightclubs!
So is the Super Bowl LII all together going to be a bad experience for the Twin Cities?
The economic impact will again be profitable for many hotels and restaurants in and around the Twin Cities area, which will also give a boost to Minnesota Tourism!
However, there is also another negative impact on the Twin Cities that many do not realize.
Many are unaware of the impact this epidemic is already having in Minnesota!
The issue is Slavery! This may sound odd since slavery was said to be abolished in the United States in on January 31, 1865.
Passed by Congress and ratified on December 6, 1865, the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
The 13th amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the United States, passed the Senate on April 8,1864, and the House on January 31, 1865.
However as early as 2001 Human trafficking in the United States may have started, or may have even started earlier than that year.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work released a study on CSEC in 2001 that conducted in 17 cities across the United States.
While they did not interview any of the adolescent subjects of the inquiry, they estimated through a secondary response that as many as 300,000 American youths may be at risk of commercial sexual exploitation at any time.
So what exactly is Human Trafficking, or Sex Trafficking?
Human trafficking is the modern form of slavery, with illegal smuggling and trading of people, for forced labor or sexual exploitation.
It has been a problem in the United States due to staying hidden in the shadows! How could these criminals get away with this?
Unfortunately, it was discovered in 2016 that CEOs of several corporations were funding Human Trafficking, and it doesn’t stop there.
Some Law Enforcement and some politicians were in on this heinous act, and either turned their heads to this or were taking money under the table.
Thankfully there are several organizations coming together to fight this invisible beast as it tries to infect the United States.
When it comes to Super Bowls, it is often a huge magnet for Human Trafficking.
Thankfully Law authorities have led sting operations in connection with Super Bowl games.
During the Super Bowl XLVIII, authorities arrested 45 pimps and rescued 25 child victims of human trafficking.
During Super Bowl XLIX, authorities led a sting operation entitled “National Day of Johns” and arrested almost 600 people and rescued 68 victims.
I am hoping that Super Bowl LII will be even more successful and Minnesota sees a double or triple number of arrested johns and rescued victims.
So how can you put a stop to Human Trafficking or Sex Trafficking?
Get involved in volunteering with local organizations who have shelters or living arrangements to rescue these slaves! And get educated on this issue and help spread the word!
Let’s get this issue out into the light of day and demolish Human Trafficking, and Sex Trafficking, once and for all!
Thank You for reading!
To your Journey!
Neil Saint Angeland
Web and Copy Content Writer