In just a few short days hundreds of thousands of visitors will flood to the University of Phoenix Stadium for Super Bowl XLIX. Many visitors will be coming to show their pride and cheer on their favorite team, but tragically, thousands more will be coming for something entirely different. What most people don’t know is that the single biggest game of the year has also been called the single largest human trafficking event on the planet.

Just beyond the stadium lights, hidden within the shadows will be thousands of women, children and even men, caught in the inhumane web of sex trafficking. For them this day will bring something much different than football, loud cheers, hot dog stands and painted beer bellies. For them it will bring pain, abuse, rape and even fear of death. The exact numbers of trafficking cases in a given year or place are unknown because so much goes unreported but according The Florida Commission Against Human Trafficking an estimated 10,000 women and girls were trafficked to Miami for sex before the Super Bowl in 2010, and similar numbers if not more can be expected for the Phoenix game.

It is a traffickers playground. The influx of large crowds, anonymity, drunken binges, and lowered inhibitions foster a breeding ground for pimps and traffickers alike looking to boost their profits. Traffickers are able to make more money in one day from their victims than any other single day of the year. According to the Huff Post “One such trafficker, Manuel A. Walcott, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for offering a 14-year-old girl as a ‘Super Bowl Special’ during the 2009 game in Tampa. When undercover investigators inquired about ‘the special’, they were quoted a price of $300 for two girls — a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old who had been a prostitute for two years.” This is the trend. Young women, children and even men are shuttled from city to city, venue to venue, sold to have sex with sports fans and conventioneers who are traveling without their families. Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world, raking in an estimated $9.5 billion a year in the U.S. alone, and $32 billion worldwide. The only reason this business continues to boom is because there is such a huge demand for it and as long as there is a demand the supply will continue.

It is potentially our nations dirtiest secret. The sad part about it is that for the victims it doesn’t stop the day after the big game. Yes profits are increased and the epidemic is heightened during this time but for these girls it is a 365 day a year reality. They don’t have the convenience of waving goodbye and heading back to the comfort and safety of their homes once it is all over. People like Jane Wells, a filmmaker who recently released Tricked, a documentary about human trafficking, are advocating for law enforcement to focus on the crime all the time, not just around sporting events.

So I don’t write this just to call your attention to the hideous underbelly of the Super Bowl. I don’t write this just to offer up facts and information so you can learn something new today and then go on your way. I write this to call us all to be aware, to not be naive. To not be blind to the junk that is happening right under our noses. The truth is this is not just happening on Super Bowl Sunday in Phoenix. This is not just happening in the brothels of Amsterdam, Cambodia and Thailand. This is not just happening on the streets of inner city Los Angeles or Dallas. This is happening all around us, in our cities, in our neighborhoods, just steps from our front door. These are our children; sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. The average age of a girl who is sold into trafficking is 12 years old, some as young as 9 years old. These are real people. Not just numbers.

And we can all play a part in combatting it. Whether it be through prayer, through getting involved with an anti-trafficking organization or simply through being aware and paying attention to our surroundings as we go on our day to day. We can combat it through not contributing in our own lives to the things that fuel the industry, such as internet pornography, pornographic magazines and films that promote entertainment at the expense of human lives. We can combat it through playing our part and not tolerating the injustice all around us. A hotline is available for victims and people who suspect a person is being trafficked, through the National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 1-888-373-7888. Please put this number in your phone. Save it. Be ready. Be aware. And pray for those who are being trafficked this SuperBowl Sunday and the days, weeks, months and years to follow.

Mandy Dobbelmann

Founder and editor of Forte E Bello. Mandy is writer, singer/songwriter, and music teacher with a love for life, people, adventure and living simply. She is passionate about using her gift for writing and music to be a voice for change.

339 Comments

  1. Reply

    LoLee

    January 30, 2014

    thank you for sharing! I had nooo idea. sharing with friends right now!

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      January 31, 2014

      @Definitely LoLee. Thanks for sharing.

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        beckymaag

        January 31, 2014

        I am going to reblog this. Thank you for bringing attention to such an important issue.

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      Katie Raspberry

      February 3, 2014

      I didn’t know about this happening at the super bowl either – It’s so sad to force someone into that with no escape… and to think the industry goes up to 35 billion world wide is extremely crazy….

      Katie from the Business Blog

  2. Reply

    Liz B

    January 30, 2014

    My heart grieves!!!

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      January 31, 2014

      @Liz, mine too. :/

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    littledivamom

    January 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on ; and commented:
    This is a serious, inhumane issue that the entire world seems to overlook or be uneducated about. It’s time to open your eyes, people! What if that were your sons or daughters, being abducted and forced to have sex with strangers for money? Spread the word, don’t allow this cruelty to keep happening! #prayers #STOPhumantrafficking

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 2, 2014

      Thanks for helping spread the word @littledivamom

  4. Reply

    Jenelle

    January 31, 2014

    Soo sad!! 🙁 I agree that pornography is related to this issue, as it grows so will this issue. Kind of scared to leave the house alone..

  5. Reply

    Snickers' Mom

    January 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on Reflections and commented:
    This is incredibly disturbing as all reports of human trafficking are. A reminder the super bowl isn’t fun for everyone. 🙁

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    rami ungar the writer

    January 31, 2014

    I read an article about this during a previous Super Bowl and it still shocks and saddens me. The article also had recommendations for people who wanted to take a more proactive part in combating human traffickers, including recognizing potential traffickers and victims on plane rides. I think if we pay attention to advice like that and be ever aware of what is happening around us, we can minimize trafficking significantly. Thank you for this timely reminder.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 2, 2014

      Agreed @ramiungarthewriter. Thanks for sharing

      • Reply

        rami ungar the writer

        February 2, 2014

        Thanks for giving me something to read.

  7. Reply

    securitydog56

    January 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on securitydog56 and commented:
    Information on Super Bowl human trafficking.

  8. Reply

    longandluxe

    January 31, 2014

    My heart is breaking, I had no idea. I’m praying for all victims. And I’m praying for this whole world that could find itself in a place so dark that this continues. The fact that there is demand for this is sickening. Thank you for making us aware.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      Definitely @longandluxe. The prayers are vital. Thank you.

  9. Reply

    Cheryl Petersen

    January 31, 2014

    Excellent write-up. Thank you.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      For sure. Thanks Cheryl.

  10. Reply

    beckymaag

    January 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on Peace in the Pod and commented:
    Today I am reblogging a post from the blog Forte E Bello. This is such an important topic. Please share this on your social media accounts so we can raise awareness.

  11. Reply

    segmation

    January 31, 2014

    What you wrote is so sad but true!

  12. Reply

    deweydecimalsbutler

    January 31, 2014

    Thank you for your activism. I wasn’t aware of this at all.

  13. Reply

    danielbefu

    January 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on Investigatii cenzurate.

  14. Reply

    jpaulwoff

    January 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on jpaulwoff and commented:
    For some the Super Bowl isn’t so super… Human trafficking

  15. Reply

    jpaulwoff

    January 31, 2014

    I truly appreciate the redirected focus and information. The thought that a 14 year old girl can be trapped in that situation just makes my heart sink.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      Glad it could help. Agreed. It’s tragic.

  16. Reply

    cuissblog1

    January 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on cuiss's blog.

  17. Reply

    rebeccanewell

    January 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on rebeccanewell and commented:
    This is something 90% of America doesn’t think about, but it needs the attention.

  18. Reply

    Jeff

    January 31, 2014

    One can only hope that the cold weather will dampen the ardor of the preditors, and keep them from visiting the city. But as you mention, it happens everywhere…everyday

  19. Reply

    Kylie

    January 31, 2014

    This is horrifying. Thank you for writing this, and thank you to WP for highlighting your post!

  20. Reply

    dustylynn73

    January 31, 2014

    I am a huge fan of football, but I had no idea traffickers took advantage of the event(SB). Reading your blog, I’m definitely grieved over this issue, but I’m also angry about it. Society standards are at an all time low and its continuously dropping. .. Thank you for sharing and for all the comments. It’s quite the eye opener for me.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      Agreed @dustylynn73. I’m glad it’s an eye opener. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Reply

    scherlingsweet

    January 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on ScherlingSweet and commented:
    Wow! Something to think about!

  22. Reply

    seunstrueself

    January 31, 2014

    Well said indeed. How depraved and debased society has become. So bad that we now resort to minors. I personally think regulation should be stricter. I propose a life jail term for anybody caught in this act. We must also turn to the internet where minors now feature in pornographic movies. There’s just so much madness. May God help us..

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      Agreed @seunstrueself. It is tragic.

  23. Reply

    fumpage

    January 31, 2014

    I had no idea this was an issue in North America, not on this scale. I’m sure it’s as bad in the rest of the ‘civilised’ world too.

  24. Reply

    L

    January 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on omphaloskepsis and commented:
    please read this and share!

  25. Reply

    superpham

    January 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on ThePhamLife and commented:

  26. Reply

    But First, Live!

    January 31, 2014

    WOW 🙁 This just brought an entire new perspective. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      For sure. Glad it could help

  27. Reply

    Tonya R. Moore

    January 31, 2014

    It’s a harrowing, ugly reality. Thanks for sharing the vital information included in your post!

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      For sure Tonya.

  28. Reply

    alixbruson

    January 31, 2014

    This is such a heartbreaking atrocity. Thanks for writing such an in-depth article!

  29. Reply

    threepointeightbillionyears.com

    February 1, 2014

    I heard a discussion about this on the news today and people discussed how to spot a trafficker and a trafficked girl walking through a crowd. The trafficker tries to make them look like a family, holding the girls hand too tightly but never making eye contact with her. Or he might walk behind her as if he doesn’t know her and be talking to her (giving instructions) at the same time, or cutting in front of her suddenly. Useful info. Thanks so much for this.
    Brock Haussamen

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      Maggie

      February 2, 2014

      Thank you for your useful information. I’ll research more ways to spot traffickers.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      For sure. Thanks for sharing Brock.

  30. Reply

    ampd2014

    February 1, 2014

    This jut absolutely saddens and sickens me. Our world NEEDS God. Sadly as new generations are born and grow the younger our children willingly participate or are forced to participate in these immoral activities. Jesus is the only answer to this madness. May God truly bless America and not destroy us for how far we have strayed from Him.

  31. Reply

    W. Noel Robbins

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Words from the Peaceful Village and commented:
    An unfortunate truth…

  32. Reply

    kathrinedreyer

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on An Attempt At Progress… taking my foot off first and commented:
    This is an extremelly important message. An event where inhibitions are low and “fun” is what all are looking for, human trafficking occurs. Your eyes and ears can save a life. Speak up when you suspect something is not right.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      Definitely @kathrinedreyer

  33. Reply

    kristinemft

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on kristinemft and commented:
    Can it be true that this horrifying issue is still so prevalent in our own country?

  34. Reply

    Taylor

    February 1, 2014

    I have always been “interested” in this topic since I saw the movie “Taken” a few years ago. Seems so unreal but just this past week there was 2 human trafficking cases in my area. So unbelievable. Thank you for posting this.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      For sure @Taylor. Wow. I’m so sad to hear that. It definitely is a crisis.

  35. Reply

    bravemeblogger

    February 1, 2014

    Thanks for sharing, I especially agree with you that for the victims, it doesn’t stop the day after the game. The scars will leave a big mark but God is able to heal anything so let’s keep praying and making a stand.

    • Reply

      iblogstr8sicit

      February 1, 2014

      I had no idea! But thanks for sharing this valuable information! Putting the number in my phone now. Again, thank you! You’re a fantastic journalist!

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      Definitely @braveblogger!

  36. Reply

    polaris299

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on John Looks Out On Life and commented:
    One day I hope that we will be able to dispose of the animals who perpetrate this crime

  37. Reply

    livmay

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on january.

  38. Reply

    stevequeen

    February 1, 2014

    definitely will be praying for those victims who have been lost in the shadows through human greed that God may rescue them. To those who engage in such activity may they be found out and prosecuted to the fullest extent. Blessing to you for writing about such tragic reality that hits home and how we can make a difference.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Thanks @stevequeen.

  39. Reply

    iblogstr8sicit

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on iblogstr8sicit's Blog and commented:
    This needs national attention!

  40. Reply

    lilyflowercake

    February 1, 2014

    I used to mentor for an organization that helped minor trafficking victims. It was heartbreaking to say the least. If you are interested in writing a guest blog for our website illiterat.com on the topic, you can email our editor anna@illiterat.com

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      Thanks for sharing @lilyflowercake. I just checked out your site and it looks like you guys have a similar vision and passion as I do for trafficking and women’s issues. I will definitely email the editor. Thanks

      • Reply

        lilyflowercake

        February 8, 2014

        I’m glad you liked it Mandy. Did you hear how many people were arrested for trafficking during the superbowl. I huge victory i’d say. looking forward to working with you!

  41. Reply

    livcape18

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Liv it up. and commented:
    This just makes my heart hurt. Trafficking is so disgusting and inhumane. Those who sell these people should be given the same treatment behind bars. Such a good and informational post! I just imagine Liam Neeson coming and kicking all their asses.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Thanks @livcape18. And ha. 😉 I would pay to see Liam Neeson kick all of their asses.

      • Reply

        livcape18

        February 6, 2014

        Me too. My family always jokes that if that ever happened to my sister or I my dad would go Liam Neeson on their ass. It’s not a joke either. He’d rip their limbs off haha!

  42. Reply

    JMG

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on JMG's Blog.

  43. Reply

    elmerfgantry

    February 1, 2014

    Thanks for writing this! It is depressing to think how vigilant we have to be to protect each other. It’s hard to believe this crime is so prevalent in the U.S. Reality sucks….

  44. Reply

    Laxman Prajapati

    February 1, 2014

    Good 🙂

  45. Reply

    SHE SAY.....HE SAY

    February 1, 2014

    WOW!!!

  46. Reply

    kevinty7

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on kevinty7's Blog.

  47. Reply

    warriorbride4christ

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on warriorbride4christ and commented:
    This is the reality regarding the “Super Bowl”. The football game is nothing but a distraction, and the half time show is nothing but a huge satanic ritual. What is stated in this post is what REALLY goes on, and of course not only at the “Super Bowl”, but WORLDWIDE. Remember that reality when you’re watching 2 teams knock each other senseless and try to be more superior than each other just so you can be “entertained”.

  48. Reply

    jcwood7

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on jcwood7 and commented:
    Unbelievable, hard to understand

  49. Reply

    summermayl

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on summermayl and commented:

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    loomingtsunami

    February 1, 2014

    Check your facts & stats. Horrible situation, though. Good job raising awareness.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 5, 2014

      @loomingtsunami, thanks. Please let me know if there are any facts and stats that I shared that are inaccurate. Everything I shared in this article is from reputable sources. I try my best to ensure all the numbers and facts I share are fully accurate. Please let me know if you found any discrepancy.

  51. Reply

    Adam Drake

    February 1, 2014

    What a great post! I’m so glad it got Freshly Pressed, not only to bring light to this horrible trade, but also because it was so well written. I am donating 10% of my latest book to an organization called Death to Chains, which fights human trafficking. I know if everyone will do something, no matter how small, we could all but wipe out modern slavery.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      Thanks @Adam. And that’s great. I wish you the best with your book and raising funds to fight trafficking. Thanks for sharing.

  52. Reply

    marlenjmdz

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Life of a twenty something year old..

  53. Reply

    Random Repeat

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Random Repeat.

  54. Reply

    susipet

    February 1, 2014

    Oh my…have never heard of the connection with sport events like this.

  55. Reply

    sarabainter

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Sara Bainter.

  56. Reply

    LaVagabonde

    February 1, 2014

    Thank you for posting about this. There has been more focus on this issue in recent years in the media. Now it’s our turn to make an effort and observe what’s going on around us and refuse to participate in the things that, as you said, “fuel this industry”.

  57. Reply

    incaunipocrit

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on The International Blogspaper.

  58. Reply

    Pardeep

    February 1, 2014

    Thank you for sharing all this with us. Appreciate your efforts!

    Sharing with my friends!

  59. Reply

    beewhimsyshop

    February 1, 2014

    I am touched and moved by your post. It made me realize that I am sometime selfish while others aren’t so lucky. Thank you for the eye-opening reality!

    • Reply

      architect of the jungle

      February 1, 2014

      Yet more evidence of our decadence. The greed and soulless nature of the modern world can’t be denied.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      Thanks @beewhimsyshop. I’m glad it could be an eye-opener.

  60. Reply

    lifewithkaye

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on lifewithkaye.

  61. Reply

    Edgymama

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Raisingaboy's Blog and commented:
    Shocking and horrifying. Be warned. Here is the extreme underbelly of turning a blind eye to aggression and violence against women in organized sport.

  62. Reply

    Edgymama

    February 1, 2014

    Thank you for raising awareness of this – I had no idea. Reblogging now

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      For sure. Thanks @Edgymama

  63. Reply

    Ed siegel

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on esiegeliii and commented:
    Unbelievable crimes!

  64. Reply

    ashhuffman

    February 1, 2014

    Wow this is crazy. And so disturbing! Thanks for sharing.

  65. Reply

    lucydoza

    February 1, 2014

    Thank you for this!

  66. Reply

    logatfer

    February 1, 2014

    A pray never solved anything, and will do even less for these victims… let’s be realistic. Let’s start pointing out the traffickers and the users in our cities, instead.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      @logatfer, I respectfully disagree. I’ve seen prayer change things first hand. We all can’t do everything but we all can do something and if that something is prayer then I’m thankful for those people who are praying. I agree with your last point though. I think more people need to be about getting their hands dirty. “Faith without works is dead”

  67. Reply

    R Crow

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on A Crow's View and commented:
    I’m going to repress this because it’s such an interesting post.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      THanks @R Crow

  68. Reply

    journalplace

    February 1, 2014

    I will be sharing your post with a class. You are to be commended for calling attention to this injustice.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Thanks for spreading the word @journalplace

  69. Reply

    Jodie

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Jodie's Journey.

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    andy1076

    February 1, 2014

    Oh geez, that’s just so wrong on so many levels. For this to happen, during an even that’s supposed to bring crowds to cheer for something together. Wrong..so very wrong 🙁

  71. Reply

    buhrats

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Second Chances.

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    minimalistlifestyle

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Minimalist Living.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Thanks for sharing @minimalistlifestyle

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        minimalistlifestyle

        February 6, 2014

        My pleasure. Very important message. And I will assume that you have seen the news that t authorities did break up a large prostitution ring in connection with the Super Bowl?

  74. Reply

    MissFit

    February 1, 2014

    Such an important message. We are notorious for being blind and arrogant in the country. With so much stimuli around us all the time, it’s so easy to mask over the dark spots and tune out the uncomfortable . We have let technology and media think for us to a great extent.
    Thank you for reminding us to reclaim our critical thinking skills. After all, it is what set us apart in the beginning.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Agreed @MissFit, thanks for sharing.

  75. Reply

    silverbells2012

    February 1, 2014

    Totally totallt appalling – am going to use this post with my students next week!

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      Thanks for helping get the word out!

  76. Reply

    ramseyallen

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Ramsey Allen and commented:
    This blog post is very interesting. I will be reviewing it in my next post.

  77. Reply

    Tarek Elbakry

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Tarek Elbakry's Blog.

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    fallenapostate

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Fallen Apostate.

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    thedreamings

    February 1, 2014

    Thank you for writing this. I will reblog and share in facebook to help your effort.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      Thanks for helping get the word out @thedreamings

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    thedreamings

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on The Dreaming.

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    diamondfire42

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on dolphins and strippers and commented:
    This is the first time I have reblogged another person’s blog. I think it is an extremely important issue and needs to be addressed more publicly. I pray that God will shine a light on the traffickers and people that take part in abuse. Thank you for writing this.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      Thanks @diamondfire42. I’m glad it could be helpful and thanks for helping get the word out.

  82. Reply

    John

    February 1, 2014

    Never realized this before. Such a sick world in the shadows. Stay in the light!!

  83. Reply

    John

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on THE PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECT.

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    uf82

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on uf82's Blog.

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      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      So sad. Thanks for sharing John

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    thenewphalls

    February 1, 2014

    Slavers and those who make use of their services are undeniably abhorrent. However, I feel there’s something else that should be raised here.

    Not that I question anyone’s beliefs, but should we really advocate praying to a supernatural being to fix all of our problems? Worse still are those who believe there’s a divine reason that all this is happening, because said supernatural being allows it. Ultimately, it’s good for little more than pacification.

    inb4 “some people need to believe there’s a reason or they won’t be able to get out of bed in the morning” … etc: Bad things are happening. Life is serious. The world, for all its beauty, is also full of darkness. Here’s a novel idea: Put some effort into doing something about it.

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      mommyx4boys

      February 2, 2014

      God does not control people we have free will, and if all people lived by his laws like we are supposed to, things would not be the way they are now but we do not so there are terrible things that happen every second

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      @thenewphalls. Thanks for sharing. I’m not suggesting here that we all just pray to God so he can fix all of our problems. That’s not the God I serve and that’s not scriptural. I am however advocating prayer to God because He is God, He is relational and He hears our prayers. I’ve seen prayer change things first hand. And I believe He cares and is grieved by it even more than I am. I’m not suggesting we end at prayer. That is merely a foundation and a beginning. “Faith without works is dead.” I’m suggesting having knowledge and being proactive, doing the things I suggested above and getting our hands dirty. You’re right, the world is full of darkness so let’s jump in the arena, fight and not hide on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to do it.

  86. Reply

    oneandonlyckb

    February 1, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this! More people need to be aware that this happens in large numbers in America. I’d just like to add for your readers the link to Polaris Project: polarisproject.org. It’s a non-profit organization fighting sex trafficking. I’ll be reblogging.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2014

      Thanks @oneandonlyckb! The link I included in the article near the end with the phone number actually is The Polaris Project. 🙂 (National Human Trafficking Resource Center)

  87. Reply

    oneandonlyckb

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on CKB's Blog.

  88. Reply

    msadetunji

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on ayamstuffed.

  89. Reply

    bren9198

    February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on bren9198 and commented:
    Sick thinking people are watching a football game while human trafficking is going on right around the corner

  90. Reply

    manonmovies

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on manonmovies and commented:
    Great article. Pass it on

  91. Reply

    WaterSalt

    February 2, 2014

    Thanks for putting this out there. I wasn’t aware of the connection . I’ll definitely share this.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 5, 2014

      Thanks @WaterSalt for getting the word out.

  92. Reply

    thekinkyworldofvile

    February 2, 2014

    I have blogged about this thank you

  93. Reply

    thekinkyworldofvile

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on thekinkyworldofvile and commented:
    It is alive and well

  94. Reply

    Miss Lizzy

    February 2, 2014

    I was shocked to read this. I hope you don’t mind, but I feel the need to share this

  95. Reply

    Miss Lizzy

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Miss Lizzy and commented:
    Holy Fuck!! thats all I can say

  96. Reply

    Dada Space Cat

    February 2, 2014

    Thank you for writing this post and keeping us aware of what is going on outside.

  97. Reply

    susanlmcgee64

    February 2, 2014

    It is so sad to think that while millions are watching with their families, some families will be missing their daughters, sisters, or wives. Keep up your work at informing us of the reality.

  98. Reply

    mrsrawls

    February 2, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this

  99. Reply

    Ann Kilter

    February 2, 2014

    Evil, obscene, wicked, criminal, opressive, awful.

    • Reply

      Ann Kilter

      February 2, 2014

      This the powerful preying on the weak and defenceless. Thank you for bringing this to light.

  100. Reply

    dederants

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on From Slacker To Scribe.

  101. Reply

    EverEvolvingSoul

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Energy's Soul Mission and commented:
    Tears are falling…

  102. Reply

    CansNet (Can'ın Ağına Takılanlar)

    February 2, 2014

    This is not human…

  103. Reply

    loveandlifeandpassion.com

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Love – Life & Passion and commented:
    I’ve read a few articles on Sex Trafficking at the Super Bowl. So far, this has been one of the better ones so I thought I would re-post it.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 5, 2014

      Thanks @loveandlifeandpassion.com

  104. Reply

    Levi Thetford

    February 2, 2014

    I had no idea. Thank you for this. What bondage.

  105. Reply

    College Girl Dai

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on College Girl Dai and commented:
    Please read!

  106. Reply

    iloverxhab

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on I LOVE RxHAB and commented:
    This reality is disturbing and needs to be exposed!

  107. Reply

    josem06

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on josem06's Blog and commented:
    Sin estar completamente de acuerdo con este escrito, es importante estar alerta y en conocimiento de éste que no es un problema sino una aberración.

  108. Reply

    everythingmommy2009

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on everythingmommy2009 and commented:
    Interesting read…

  109. Reply

    surprisebjg

    February 2, 2014

    You hit it on the head ‘… as long as there is demand there will be trafficking’ – so solving the root cause is important. And what do you think is going to happen at Soci Olympic Games???

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 5, 2014

      @surprisebjg. yes, the Olympic Games will be a similar crisis. Awareness. awareness. Thanks for sharing.

  110. Reply

    LEVI

    February 2, 2014

    This is horrible wicked satanic sex crimes satan want to kill steal and destroy human beings and he will do anything to do it and use any sick human being to create a huge sex prostitution ring these poor people are
    Held captive by these satanic sick greedy people that are living selfishly for the love of money at the cost of human lives so they can have pleasure at the cost of other people
    ;-( so sickening
    Like the movie Taken horrible reality of what happens everyday and how people don’t even give a crap nor have any regret doing so there’s no shame in our society these people of smutt need to have a mill stone wrapped around their feet and cast into the waters of Australia where the great whites swim and let nature take care of the rest 😉

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Agreed @Levi. Thanks for sharing.

  111. Reply

    Tony

    February 2, 2014

    God Bless you for speaking out about this, Jesus came to set the captive free. May the ones trapped in this be set free,

  112. Reply

    sarabeisel

    February 2, 2014

    I walked through Superbowl boulevard today in Manhattan, and while I knew that this was an issue, I had no idea it was this bad. I learned about this issue at my Church years ago, and I hope someday it will be stopped. Thank you for this eye opening article.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      For sure @sarabeisel. I’m glad it was an eye opener.

  113. Reply

    keshafay

    February 2, 2014

    this reminds me of Eden, a sex trafficking movie based on a true story I just watched, awful to think this type of thing still actually happens! The films well worth a watch… kinda disturbing though.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Oh wow. Thanks for sharing @keshafay. I’ll definitely watch this.

  114. Reply

    theruggedchunkymonkey

    February 2, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this. Very sad:(

  115. Reply

    carringtonpwilson

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Carrington P and commented:
    Sad! So sad! This is crazy to think about!

  116. Reply

    Liz

    February 2, 2014

    Great Article, thanks for helping bringing awareness to human trafficking 🙂

  117. Reply

    Manisha

    February 2, 2014

    I had no clue that this was happening. Thank you for writing and sharing this. It saddens me to know that human nature has stooped to this low levels. Sigh.

  118. Reply

    lallibel

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Cléo part mais Cléo narre and commented:
    Human traffic during superbowl

  119. Reply

    itstiarashenea

    February 2, 2014

    Thanks for writing and informing others so well. This is very true and like you mentioned it is pretty much a booming business sadly. And if we all just committed to paying a little more attention to our surroundings and neighborhood we could help stop or prevent it

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Definitely @itstiarashenea

  120. Reply

    sosaysalicia

    February 2, 2014

    A huge report was issued in CA regarding this issue. We are doing a lot to highlight the problem and provide different points of intervention. I work in politics and there is going to be lots of legislation rolling out. Check it out http://www.youthlaw.org/fileadmin/ncyl/youthlaw/publications/Ending-CSEC-A-Call-for-Multi-System_Collaboration-in-CA.pdf

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Awesome. Thanks so much for sharing @sosaysalicia

  121. Reply

    Archie

    February 2, 2014

    More power and prayers to you.

  122. Reply

    sosaysalicia

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Alicia and the Beast do life. and commented:
    Not the typical topic for my blog but this is such an important issue we need everyone to be aware. Many people have no idea that human trafficking is very real and very present here in the US. Efforts need to be done to protect all victims, especially minors who are being targeted.

  123. Reply

    booe2435

    February 2, 2014

    Well said.

  124. Reply

    Sikander Jamil

    February 2, 2014

    Thank you Mandy for sharing this. This is your good contribution. Keep writing..
    Dr.Sikander Jamil
    Aligarh University, Aligarh India
    http://www.mydxn4u.com

  125. Reply

    isaidso

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on BETWEEN ME AND YOU.

  126. Reply

    Arsha bee

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Dream Dressed Bee.

  127. Reply

    3shadesoferotica

    February 2, 2014

    Thanks for posting. My faith in human nature is eroded a little more every time. We are supposedly evolving, not the opposite! What organisations are in the UK for reporting suspected cases?

  128. Reply

    inik5791

    February 2, 2014

    It’s alarming to consider that such a horrific, criminal business is patronized by so many Super Bowl “fans.” What a shame. Thank you for making so many aware.

  129. Reply

    mendingbrokenwings

    February 2, 2014

    My father, unfortunately, has been a child predator all of his life. Yes, that includes me. And it has been tough overcoming. One thing that helps me is helping other women by volunteering with prison ministry, sharing my story with both men and women. Being able to to assign a purpose to the pain is very healing. Having said that I do NOT fully compare the the pain of my own childhood with the horror these trafficked children face as what they endure is inconceivable. It is beyond my comprehension that anyone can find pleasure in this . . . but it is not beyond my ability to believe it because I know all too well it is true, and it is happening all around us.

    • Reply

      silverbells2012

      February 4, 2014

      You experiences are difference but the pain no less valid. I am glad you are finding a positive way of dealing with it. How awful it must have been to be betrayed by your own parent! Good luck.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Wow. I’m so sorry to hear that @mendingbrokenwings. Thanks for being willing to be vulnerable and share your story. I’m glad to hear that God is bringing healing and using you in powerful ways to bring hope and healing to others as well. And I agree with @silverbells2012, “your experience is different but that doesn’t make your pain less valid.” I’ll pray for you right now that God will continue to mend your wounds and use your testimony to impact lives. God Bless.

  130. Reply

    mendingbrokenwings

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Let's Write, Shall We?.

  131. Reply

    The Map

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on myviewfromtheedge.

  132. Reply

    femdog

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Femdog Africanus.

  133. Reply

    paulibrams

    February 2, 2014

    Nice Piece, thanks for sharing

  134. Reply

    mikkis

    February 2, 2014

    Thanks for bringing attention to this “invisible” side of mega events, I don’t think there’s any words to describe the awfulness of it. I think it’s really difficult to recognize sometimes what is taking place behind the scenes, if you are just there cheering on your favorite team yourself! I hope to see more action taken also from legal point of view — at the moment it seems like the traffickers are free to play however they like!

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      Agreed @mikkis. There aren’t words to describe how awful it is. However thanks to organization like The International Justice Mission there is increasingly more and more action being taken at a legal and governmental level. 🙂

  135. Reply

    Jessica

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on steel and starry eyes and commented:
    Will be sharing with my violence against women class.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Thanks for helping get the word out @Jessica

  136. Reply

    Rick Clinard

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Rick Clinard and commented:
    Please take the time to read this sobering post on the reality of human-trafficking and it’s connection with pornography. May we have the courage to speak out, stand up and get active in ridding our culture of such heinous acts.

  137. Reply

    lk245

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Leteti Beogradom.

  138. Reply

    ploxo303

    February 2, 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I despite human trafficking. I think it’s not only crime, but it should be classified as crime against human kind. It is the worst punishment a man can have, not by destroying his body but destroying his mind, his memory and fill them with terror and despair. Such things can never be undo!!! Say NO to Street Sex!!

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Agreed @ploxo303

      • Reply

        ploxo303

        February 6, 2014

        at least there is one who agrees with me. thank you so much

  139. Reply

    tenaciousz

    February 2, 2014

    I had absolutely no Idea that the two were intertwined. I’m from the UK and we have a major trafficking problem here, but nobody has pointed out a correlation between the trafficking and any major sporting events.
    Bringing awareness, might just save a life.

  140. Reply

    1veggieatatime

    February 2, 2014

    Yes – thank you for sharing this. It is something that wouldn’t have even crossed my mind. Just shared it via social media as well.

  141. Reply

    Sara Yori

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Sincerely, Sara and commented:
    Please be aware!

  142. Reply

    So bluntly sincere

    February 2, 2014

    Perhaps our nation’s dirtiest secret indeed…. I like that you have the courage to bring this to light, for the many people who have no idea, and a reminder for the people who know; that these alleyways, parking garages, even our parks and places we frequent everyday are crawling with contributors to this inhumane crime. There are ways to help PLEASE PLEASE store this number in your phones everyone and more importantly- listen to your instincts- it is your business what goes on in your backyard.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      @Agreed @sobluntlysincere. Thanks for sharing.

  143. Reply

    vampyre905

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Fake Agenda Blog.

  144. Reply

    heyneems

    February 2, 2014

    I volunteer with The Art2Healing Project who provide healing and therapy to victims of trafficking. Everyone can do something to help. Thank you for writing this and raising awareness around this issue.

  145. Reply

    1girlontour

    February 2, 2014

    Sadly trafficking is a huge problem
    Worldwide especially in developed countries. The fact is that more people are in slavery today than ever before and tragically it is often sexual. Stop the traffik are a really good charity trying to stop this.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Agreed. That’s a great organization. Thanks for sharing @1girlontour

  146. Reply

    atown87

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on The American Corner and commented:
    A great read on a real problem. Be enlightened!

  147. Reply

    pardonmyenthusiasm

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Sweetened-Condensed.

  148. Reply

    Untamed Blogger

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on 3rdeyeviZion and commented:
    The same people that make our laws are the same one destroying our youth, check out http://deliberatedumbingdown.com/MomsPDFs/DDDoA.sml.pdf

  149. Reply

    debadams29

    February 2, 2014

    Thank you for bringing this up!

  150. Reply

    mkbeautyexpert

    February 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Life is an adventure and commented:
    Feeling the need to bring awareness to this issue today. This is sickening but we cannot just pretend it doesn’t happen.

  151. Reply

    samanthafbuttigieg

    February 2, 2014

    This is crazy… and very sad. Those poor girls 🙁

  152. Reply

    snsnightlifemagazine

    February 3, 2014

    This is so sad but at least the internet is bringing more light to a cross-state business that’s been in operation since the 1800s. Smh

  153. Reply

    laalba

    February 3, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this, honestly, I consider myself decently well informed re: the topic but I have never heard about prostitution and sex trafficking influx during and after the super bowl season. I saw a link on my social networking site and was appalled. Thank you again for this very informative post. I just hope with the extra media attention an increase in awareness can continue.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      For sure. Agreed. Thanks for sharing @laalba

      • Reply

        laalba

        February 6, 2014

        Of course! Thank you so much for the great post! I look forward to reading more!

  154. Reply

    laalba

    February 3, 2014

    Reblogged this on The Working Nurse and commented:
    This is a very informative blog post especially with today being Superbowl Sunday. This is about a secret that I never was even associated to the Super Bowl (by associated I mean why this is such an issue around this time.

  155. Reply

    personal reflection

    February 3, 2014

    Thank you for providing the information that so few people even know exists in the United States. A lot of people think that this is something that just happens “Elsewhere” or in third world countries. If someone has heard the expression “Sex Sells” and understands that concept they know that this is more than possible in our own neighborhoods.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      For sure. Agreed @personalreflection

  156. Reply

    pooriast

    February 3, 2014

    Reblogged this on Pooriast.

  157. Reply

    Into the Soul

    February 3, 2014

    We must stand up and be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. People must come to understand that when they turn their eyes away from wrong doing they enable it. Sometimes it can be scary to stand up for another – but nowhere near as scary as it is to be that ”other” …

  158. Reply

    Kimberly Mason

    February 3, 2014

    Reblogged this on immerseindifferences and commented:
    I believe that everyone should read this article and be aware of what is currently going on in this world. No one should be forced to commit any kind of sexual act that they did not consent to. I could not imagine having to endure this kind of torture. My prayers go out to those currently suffering in this.

  159. Reply

    03alwi

    February 3, 2014

    I wish I had seen this earlier and reblogged it. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This probably happens in Holland too where i am from. I have reblogged it.

  160. Reply

    abdulhafiiiz

    February 3, 2014

    Reblogged this on abdulhafiiiz's Blog and commented:
    Stale but relevant

  161. Reply

    richardwaustin

    February 3, 2014

    Reblogged this on richardwaustin and commented:
    Reality can sometimes be so disturbingly dark ..

  162. Reply

    heartofawiccanpriestess

    February 3, 2014

    How do you know if someone is trafficked!? You didn’t even say…

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      @heartofawiccanpriestess, here are some possible indicators that someone might be a victim.
      This is from the U.S. Department of State. I included a link to their site if you want more info:
      http://www.state.gov/j/tip/id/
      • Living with employer
      • Poor living conditions
      • Multiple people in cramped space
      • Inability to speak to individual alone
      • Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
      • Employer is holding identity documents
      • Signs of physical abuse
      • Submissive or fearful
      • Unpaid or paid very little
      • Under 18 and in prostitution
      If you are able to communicate with the suspected victim without jeopardizing their safety ask these questions:
      • Can you leave your job if you want to?
      • Can you come and go as you please?
      • Have you been hurt or threatened if you tried to leave?
      • Has your family been threatened?
      • Do you live with your employer?
      • Where do you sleep and eat?
      • Are you in debt to your employer?
      • Do you have your passport/identification? Who has it?

  163. Reply

    grungetankbum

    February 3, 2014

    Reblogged this on grungetankbum and commented:
    I find this very eye opening

  164. Reply

    alizehlatif

    February 3, 2014

    Reblogged this on Alizeh Latif Photography and commented:
    this is a brilliant and inspiring article

  165. Reply

    ChelseaH

    February 3, 2014

    Something that many of us never even thought to consider. This is serious and needs to be addressed. Thank you for sharing with us!

  166. Reply

    tn5421

    February 3, 2014

    Is there any conclusive proof or is this still ‘just’ a rumor?

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 5, 2014

      @tn5421, yes there is proof. Because the majority of trafficking happens “under the radar” it is impossible to know exact statistics and numbers but at the governmental level there is an acknowledgement of the increase of Human Trafficking around large sporting events. Just today the FBI revealed that they freed 16 juveniles and 54 women who had allegedly been trafficked during the Super Bowl festivities in and around New Jersey. They arrested more than 45 alleged pimps and their helpers. Here is a link to the news story on USA Today.http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/04/super-bowl-prostitution/5207399/. In my article I also shared the story of the bust at the 2009 Tampa game. Those are just a couple of many. Whether the actual numbers are more or less than we predict, they exist and that is where the crisis is.

  167. Reply

    theblissfulscribe

    February 3, 2014

    I had no idea. This wouldn’t have even occurred to me. How horrible. Thanks for casting light on this subject.

  168. Reply

    trl653

    February 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on Richard III gets educated and commented:
    This is a sad and horrible reality. It happens all over the world and like this blog said the reason it exists is because there is a demand for it.

  169. Reply

    J & A

    February 4, 2014

    Sigh. I kind of hate this world.

  170. Reply

    tofromaboutthejourney

    February 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on Life's A Journey.

  171. Reply

    alm383

    February 4, 2014

    اسال الله ان ينتقم منهم وكل من عاونهم

  172. Reply

    alm383

    February 4, 2014

    اين الدولة والبوليس

  173. Reply

    dorothypang911

    February 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on A Big Girl in a Small City and commented:
    Reblogged. Another fact about human trafficking people should know!

  174. Reply

    stephaniemortonmommyof4

    February 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on Mommy of Four on a Mission and commented:
    This is serious! Praying for all the victims of this horrible crime. It is so sad that there are so many victims and the industry goes up to 35 billion world wide is very scary… This issue is inhumane and the entire world does seem to ignore or overlook this issue. Please be aware and think about if it was your son or daughter in this situation.. You can help by raising the awareness. My company sponsors an organization called Selah Freedom. I sat at conference and listened to the president of that organization and her story and it is so very sad! I cried for what seemed like hours after hearing what these poor people go through. Praying for the victims everywhere.

  175. Reply

    stephaniemortonmommyof4

    February 4, 2014

    Sad but so true! Reblogged and prayer! Raising awareness is the best way to help the situation I do believe!

  176. Reply

    rachelshanklin

    February 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on romans8twenty8.

  177. Reply

    jimmonan

    February 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on Edinburgh Streets and commented:
    Excellent post about the sex trade and people trafficking !

  178. Reply

    C.J.

    February 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on Warrior Princess.

  179. Reply

    stephaniewandering

    February 4, 2014

    Prayers going out for all of the victims. I speechless. I cannot believe that we humans can inflict so much torment, suffering and pain on our own kind and still live with ourselves.

  180. Reply

    stephaniewandering

    February 4, 2014

    Prayers going out for all of the victims. I speechless. I cannot believe that we humans can inflict so much torment, suffering and pain on our own kind and still live with ourselves.

  181. Reply

    daisyheathabbott

    February 4, 2014

    Wow I had no idea. How on earth is this not portrayed in the media more! Well done

    • Reply

      Lizzi Newton

      February 5, 2014

      I agree it does need to be shown in the media more often. We need to raise awareness and find ways to address the issues.

  182. Reply

    daisyheathabbott

    February 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on Daisy Ponders and commented:
    Wow, I really did not realise just how bad human-trafficking is. How naive we all are.

  183. Reply

    Maxwell

    February 5, 2014

    I did a re-blog. I’ve signed up for alerts. I live in a small town near Florida. What else can I do?

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 6, 2014

      Thanks @Maxwell. I’m glad to hear you want to be proactive. Pray. Staying informed is huge. You can find out if there are any anti-trafficking organizations in your area that you can volunteer with. Do some research and know how to identify trafficking victims. Here is a link that offers some guidance. http://www.state.gov/j/tip/id/ for that.

      • Reply

        Maxwell

        February 11, 2014

        Thank you. You’re awesome.

        • Reply

          Mandy Dobbelmann

          February 17, 2014

          Thanks @Maxwell

  184. Reply

    ulaynataylor

    February 5, 2014

    This is so sad! I have never been a fan of the Superbowl and never participated, but it makes me sick to think about what goes on and what happens to those poor victims. Prayers going out to all of them.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      Thanks for the prayers @ulaynataylor

  185. Reply

    picnicswiththecrazy

    February 5, 2014

    Reblogged this on picnicswiththecrazy and commented:
    Did not realise how serious this was!!

  186. Reply

    Lizzi Newton

    February 5, 2014

    It seems so many in the US view sex trafficking as an international issue. They don’t seem to see how huge the problem is here at home. Thank you for helping raise awareness of these atrocities.

  187. Reply

    itdoesntalladdup

    February 5, 2014

    Reblogged this on It Doesnt A.D.D. Up's Blog.

  188. Reply

    itdoesntalladdup

    February 5, 2014

    You are an amazing writer. Loved your blog . Please view my blog & comment opinions. It would mean a lot to me .

    • Reply

      Lizzi Newton

      February 5, 2014

      Powerful message well delivered. You really hit the nail on the head. Thanks for raising awareness!!

      • Reply

        Mandy Dobbelmann

        February 17, 2014

        Thanks Lizzi. For sure!

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      Thanks so much @itdoesntalladdup. Will do!

  189. Reply

    kikialaine

    February 5, 2014

    Reblogged this on kikialaine and commented:
    Wow, I never even knew something like this was going on. This post has really opened my eyes to the dangers that are not always publicized. I am not big on the whole read and share thing. But I think it would be a good idea to read and reblog.

  190. Reply

    Lizzi Newton

    February 5, 2014

    Reblogged this on Between the Beats and commented:
    A powerful examination of a serious issue.

  191. Reply

    xcommsdirect

    February 5, 2014

    Shocking!
    http://xcommsdirect.com/

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    nigelrobinson

    February 5, 2014

    Good work. I helped an NGO in Europe fund-raise on this a few years back. Awareness, awareness, awareness.

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    juniperleo

    February 6, 2014

    Thank you for not saying we should all just boycott the Super Bowl…it is so much deeper than that, as you have written. I appreciate your call to action too…awareness is good but is just the first step. Great post.

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      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      For sure @juniperleo. THanks!

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    thatssojacob

    February 6, 2014

    Found via FreshlyPressed. Wow…what a concise and concrete way to address what is a shocking, morally repugnant, and deeply overlooked issue. Definitely a fan and giving you a follow right about…now. Tell me what you think of my blog? http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com 🙂 thanks 🙂

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      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      Thanks so much @thatssojacob. I appreciate the support. Just checked out your blog and gave you a follow. 🙂

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    tapdancefever

    February 6, 2014

    It’s sad really. Sports are a fine past time, but they seem to cost so many people so much. The trafficking, the rapes that are covered up to protect the star player. When you look at it in victims instead of points, the whole thing seems pointless.

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    naivebutterfly

    February 7, 2014

    Reblogged this on scripturient.

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    msjess419

    February 7, 2014

    Wow. This is so insightful and horrifying. I had no idea. I will share.

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    culturecounsel

    February 8, 2014

    Reblogged this on Culture Counsel and commented:
    That was a good point the author ended with. Don’t just read this and think, “hey, that’s an interesting piece” and simply put it aside. Look out around you. Even pray from the comforts of your home. These are indeed our children.

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    Linton's Legacy

    February 8, 2014

    I have never been a sports fan, probably because I have often seen the madness which ensues before, during and after the game here in England. But the existence of trafficking was not something I had factored in. Horrifying.

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    julieehaynes

    February 9, 2014

    Thank you so much for opening peoples’ eyes to this and writing on such an incredibly important issue.

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    Love Goddess

    February 9, 2014

    Reblogged this on Official Love Goddess and commented:
    A Sex Trafficker’s Playground: Behind the Shadows of Super Bowl

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    juliebolen

    February 9, 2014

    Reblogged this on juliebolen70 and commented:
    If you are like me, until a few years ago I had no idea that something like human trafficking was going on in today’s world, especially hear in our country! But thanks to a few friends of mine who are very active in putting an end to this atrocity image learned that it’s not only happening, but it’s a thriving business. Those dedicated to ending this are heros in my book. The key to ending human trafficking – for one, is to make sure people KNOW there is a problem!
    I’m sorry I found this post after the Super Bowl… But better late than never. This is an amazing post!
    If you are looking for a way to get involved hear in the Cape Girardeau area check out the Crisis Aid Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/icaheartland

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    srfink12

    February 9, 2014

    This was very shocking to find out about; who would have thought that human trafficking would take place at the Super Bowl. A few years ago I participated in a group d presentation raising awareness for human trafficking and found this website, it was very helpful (http://www.humantraffickingsearch.net/?gclid=CM_J89SHwLwCFfFDMgodt00A1g).

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      Thanks for sharing @srfink12

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    kekeedee1

    February 10, 2014

    I heard about human trafficing when I was in college; a classmate of mine was going for criminal justice. I had know idea things went on like this at events that are supposed to be so family fun but then that’s a regular thing among others. What a world…

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    fig000

    February 10, 2014

    I know this has been going on for years but it seems like the newest evil on the block in terms of public perception., The worst part is that this not random abuse but organized crime and all that goes with it. Fighting this is like the war on drugs; there’s more tentacles to this monster then there are crusaders to fight it. I was appalled to hear that one of the centers of trafficking is my home: Queens, NY.
    Politicians will only do what they are forced to do. We need to commit an army of people to fighting this to make legislators see this as an issue that could cost them an election.

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      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      Agreed @figOOO. Thanks for sharing

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    fig000

    February 10, 2014

    Reblogged this on Where the buck stops.

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    kekeedee1

    February 10, 2014

    Reblogged this on Kekee's Thoughts On Shit and commented:
    This def needs to be brought to the light…both sick and sadening!

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    odd20somethingfemale

    February 11, 2014

    Reblogged this on Mumbles and Grumbles of a 20 something .

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    jackiealtieri

    February 11, 2014

    Reblogged this on Story – of – a – Girl and commented:
    this just saddens me. it makes me disappointed with the people on this earth. one would never even think that sex trafficking could happen in the United States!! it is so crazy to think that not only does this happen all over the world, but it also happens right here in our neighborhoods in the states. I just want to reach out to all those young boys and girls and save them. i want to let them know that there is a God out there that loves them.

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    blogizing

    February 12, 2014

    Reblogged this on Blogizing and commented:
    Working in a Children Sexual Exploitation Project this issue is definately close to my heart. It needs to be known that this goes on EVERYWHERE. Raising awareness is key to tackling CSE/trafficking.

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    blogizing

    February 12, 2014

    Working in a Children Sexual Exploitation Project this issue is definately close to my heart. It needs to be known that this goes on EVERYWHERE. Raising awareness is key to tackling CSE/trafficking.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      Agreed! Thanks for sharing @blogizing

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    blogizing

    February 12, 2014

    Reblogged on Blogizing

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    mintvalf

    February 12, 2014

    Reblogged this on mintvalf.

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    kaathurts123

    February 13, 2014

    This freaks me out, especially being 16 and all.. I mean, just, wow..

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    Cane Jason

    February 14, 2014

    Reblogged this on Cane Jason.

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    calamity93

    February 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on Calamity's Closet and commented:
    Great insight on the epidemic of Human Trafficking. The heartbeat behind this article is moving and refreshing. I definitely encourage readers to sacrifice a few minutes of their time to engage in this blog.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 24, 2014

      Thanks for sharing @calamity. Glad it spoke to you.

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    mahfyb32

    February 18, 2014

    A friend of mine mentioned this while watching this year’s Super Bowl. I had no idea. Thank you for this.

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      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 24, 2014

      For sure @mahfyb32

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    denisescreativity

    February 18, 2014

    Prayers …. Thanks for reminding us of whats happening right outside the front door.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 24, 2014

      Definitely @denisescreativity. Prayers appreciate

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        denisescreativity

        March 18, 2014

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    Áine

    February 19, 2014

    Reblogged this on Copperhead Crafts and commented:
    I was going to post a nice little link for a free knitting pattern, but this is just too important not to rebloggd. There are no words to describe how important. Do the same. Many voices are louder than one. It’s easy to get bogged down in life, but remember, the people who are trafficked don’t get breaks, me time, craft time or any time, they are worked until they are too broken and then they are thrown away. Let us not forget these people, who deserve so much more.

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    Áine

    February 19, 2014

    Reblogged on http://www.copperheadcrafts.wordpress.com thank you for writing this

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      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 24, 2014

      For sure @Aine

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        Áine

        February 24, 2014

        I’m still sickened by this! Ireland (where I’m from) has been having increased trafficking. There was a raid last year (might have been late 2012) and a lot of ppl were freed and a ring was broken but of course a new ring opened up to fill that vacuum. It’s sick. I am all for nonviolence but I would love to napalm those who perpetrate this sickening crime!

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    elliott001

    February 21, 2014

    This does not get enough coverage. I had no idea this went on before stumbling across this article. It is abhorrent that this is a part of one of the worlds biggest spectacles.

    Visit New Gen Journo for unbiased opinions on everything

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      Mandy Dobbelmann

      March 9, 2014

      Agreed @elliott001

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    Love Notes By Terri Durden

    February 21, 2014

    Things that make you go Hummm…

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    AngelEyes: My Journey through photos and words...

    February 23, 2014

    Reblogged this on AngelEyes: Journey of Photos and Words and commented:
    The sad and disturbing reality for so many unfortunate children and adults in the shadows of cities and towns everywhere in the world, not just the United States.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      March 9, 2014

      Thanks for helping get the word out @AngelEyes

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        AngelEyes: My Journey through photos and words...

        March 9, 2014

        Absolutely! This is a very important topic to me for years! Thank you for reminding me to get back into bringing awareness to the masses! @Mandy

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          Mandy Dobbelmann

          March 11, 2014

          Awesome. For sure! @AngelEyes 🙂

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    glidingthrough

    February 24, 2014

    also had no idea of the scale of this, mind you its not just the states its Europe also.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      March 9, 2014

      Agreed. It’s all across the world. Tragic.

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    jonah696

    February 26, 2014

    A great and thought provoking piece of writing. Thanks

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      March 9, 2014

      Thanks @jonah696. I’m glad it was thought provoking.

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    cupcakenova

    February 26, 2014

    I did my senior thesis in graduate school about human trafficking and this was one of the big things we highlighted. Another sad things is that the next two “biggest conventions” for trafficking are the Republican and Democratic Conventions during election time…

    Figure that one out 🙁

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      March 9, 2014

      Wow. That’s is tremendously tragic. :/ Thanks for sharing @cupcakenova

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    The Blazing Trail

    March 19, 2014

    Amazing just how much can happen behind the flashy and busy screen savers of life. Thank you for this eye opening piece

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      March 25, 2014

      Definitely @TheBlazingTrail.

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    Abbie

    February 1, 2015

    This is such a large issue that has gone unmentioned for far to long. I am in it to end it. You can help raise even more awareness! Go to enditmovement.com for details. Thank you for shouting out for those who can not speak themselves.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 2, 2015

      Agreed @Abbie. I’ll check it out. Thanks for sharing!

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    PJM

    February 2, 2015

    There should be a death penalty for the crimes of human trafficking and producing child pornography, and it should be such a swift, certain and horrific one that it would terrify these criminals to the core of their cowardly souls. These perpetrators have no heart, and no tolerance should be shown them.

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    ken black

    February 2, 2015

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention

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    Janine Vause

    February 2, 2015

    The award-winning documentary called “Nefarious” is very eye opening. I recommend watching it. If you want to spread more awareness and education then purchase a copy and play it for everyone you know, including government leaders, educators, pastors, etc along with friends and neighbors. There are many organizations out there that are trying to make a difference like Not For Sale and Exodus Cry. They need funds, volunteers and lots of prayer.
    Get involved somehow, even if it’s just awareness. Every little bit helps. This country is in a desperate state and human trafficking has been on the rise in America for quite some time. The darkness is increasing but we can all make a difference with our support and crying out to God for mercy. He’s our only hope.

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    Anthony P.

    February 2, 2015

    This article has absolutely nothing to do with the Super Bowl. They are two completely different things. While it is extremely tragic that these people are subject to this inhumane “trade” so to speak, I can’t say that it is appropriate to compare this issue to a football game. The title of this article leads me to believe that sex trafficking is taking place at the Super Bowl, but after reading it I realize that it’s the complete opposite, and it’s completely irrelevant. Don’t get me wrong, I am completely against sex trafficking in every way, its inhumane, and its a severe violation of human rights. But to compare it to an exciting, happy, and memorable day is just unnecessary.

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      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 3, 2015

      @Anthony, I am wondering where in the article you read that sex trafficking isn’t happening at the super bowl? That is the whole point of the article. The nature of trafficking is that it is underground so no of course it’s not happening on the field at the game but instead at the events/parties surrounding the super bowl among fans and tourists who come to the city for the superbowl. It is supply and demand…and demand is always significantly higher at a large sporting event. The number of trafficking victims rises significantly during the super bowl. I’m not saying that merits us boycotting the super bowl. I am a football fan myself and enjoy watching the game. I am merely saying that it is an opportunity for us to be aware and not naive to what is happening. There are victims literally within the shadows of the stadium walls who are brought there for the superbowl. It is a crisis and most definitely not completely irrelevant/unrelated as you suggested.

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    Molly

    February 2, 2015

    just wanted to say you have the wrong phone number for human trafficking contact. It’s 1-888-373-7888.

    • Reply

      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 2, 2015

      Thanks Molly!!

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    drgreen1969

    February 2, 2014

    Powerful everyone should know this shared on Facebook

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