As football fans travel to Atlanta this weekend to cheer on the Rams or Patriots at Super Bowl LIII, some local churches will be actively working to combat sex trafficking, which can spike around sporting events.
According to groups like the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, major sporting events like the Super Bowl often see an increase in sex trafficking due to conditions including visitor demographics and a celebratory atmosphere within a concentrated geographic space.
Courtney Dow, director of Out of Darkness, a nonprofit organization of the Atlanta Dream Center, told The Christian Post that she was helping to coordinate efforts to address the issue of trafficking during the Super Bowl.
Dow, who has been working to help exploitation victims for more than 13 years, directed CP to the website “Safe Zone Atlanta,” which features a coalition of groups seeking to end sex trafficking during large sporting events in the city.
“I’ve heard for years that trafficking increases during the Super Bowl, and when we found out Atlanta would be hosting Super Bowl 53, we were going to be ready,” said Dow.
“Because we’ve been working in Atlanta for over 10 years, we have a baseline of data and will be able to compare it to the data we receive from the weeks surrounding the Super Bowl and determine empirically whether or not trafficking increases during the Super Bowl.”
Hundreds of volunteers have signed up, according to Dow. They have been trained to identify and minister to exploitation victims.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski