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Officials use Super Bowl to raise awareness of human trafficking

ATLANTA (WKOW) — While many are planning Super Bowl parties, Atlanta officials have something else at top of mind besides the celebration, sex trafficking.

According to a CNN report, Atlanta is already a U.S. hub for sex trafficking. 33 people were arrested and four victims were saved in a sting ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.

Studies have shown big events, like the Super Bowl, don’t necessarily lead to more sex trafficking crimes.  However, it’s an opportunity where a lot of people will be watching and visiting Atlanta, to raise awareness.

“I think that you have to look for opportunities to educate the public, and we know that when people are talking about the Super Bowl, there’s an opportunity for us to increase awareness,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN.

The Super Bowl is typically the most watched live event in the country every year.

Activists will have campaigns and literature all over the city from airports to hotels to cabs to clubs, even convenient stores.  Traffickers frequently bring their victims into convenience stores, so if you ever see a human trafficking hotline number inside a bathroom stall, that’s why.  It’s in hopes the victim may be alone and can use it to escape.

 

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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