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In-Training Site Features Sex Trafficking Series, links courtesy of this weeks Spotlight Member Preeti Panda

“Physicians on the Front Line in the Fight Against Sex Traffickers”
“Four Health Problems of Trafficking Survivors That Are Not STDs” 
“Your Somaticizing Patient Could Have Been Trafficked”

Super Bowl Sunday Brings more than just Football Fans to Houston

In recent years the Super Bowl has increasingly been associated with sex trafficking. It is not problem unique to the Superbowl, but rather a problem of supply and demand, as with most human trafficking.

In order to understand how a one of our most popular, All-American sporting events might attract a seedy entourage of pimps and sex trafficking victims, it is helpful to look at the numbers.

From a Houston tourism site:
10 – Number of days Super Bowl Live! will be activated in Downtown Houston

10,000 – Number of volunteers that will be on hand to help execute the event.
140,000 – Number of out-of-town visitors expected to come to Houston for Super Bowl.
1 million – Total number of people expected to attend some component of the Super Bowl experience over the 10-day period

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(Super Bowl Sunday cont.)

350 million – Net economic impact in dollars the Super Bowl will have on Houston.
84,000 – Number of hotel rooms in the Houston area, up from around 44,000 in 2004 the last time Houston hosted the game.

The point: All of this people movement adds up to an extra 140 thousand out of town visitors, a total of a million superbowl tourists, and 10 thousand volunteers all across at least 84 thousand hotel rooms. The increased transient population, anonymity, hotel environment, and increased alcohol and drug use, and increased cash flow all provide the necessary ingredients to sustain the economy of sex trafficking. 

Silver Linings: This year there are reports of 6 minors and 86 adults rescued as part of police operations in Houston which were timed in coordination with the event. As many as 750 people were arrested in sex-trafficking sting operations. 

Remaining Controversy: Opinions remain divided regarding how accurate estimates surrounding Superbowl associated sex trafficking really are. Sports Illustrated goes as far as to call it "The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Myth", relating the story of an innocent game-goer subjected to investigation. A 2011 GAATW study found no link between the two, while a 2016 Carnegie Mellon Univ. found that the event did draw sex workers to host cities. Police and FBI continue to organize targeted stings with high arrest and rescue yield surrounding the event. 

What do you think? Comments? 


PATH Spotlight: Preeti Panda, Public Relations Chair
Preeti Panda is a 4th year medical student at Albany Medical College. She first became interested in human trafficking while serving for AmeriCorps, where she met a teenage girl who became a victim of domestic child sex trafficking. Since then she has been involved in numerous research and advocacy efforts, including designing and implementing a validated tool to collect interdisciplinary data about sex trafficking on the community level. She was excited to join the student division of PATH as a public relations co-chair, and to connect with other students fighting human trafficking!

She is coordinating an awareness series on human trafficking written by student members of PATH. The series began in January 2017 and is being published on in-Training, a national peer-reviewed online magazine for medical students. Check out the articles in this week's header!
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