Millions Are Waiting to See the NFL’s Champion – but That’s a Perfect Recipe for Modern Slavery.

It’s the main event in American sports with over 100 million people annually tuning into the game. It’s about what happens next (“We’re going to DisneyWorld!”). But despite the hype, the glitz, the hilarious and sometimes touching commercials, the athletes…the Super Bowl every year has a dark and sad underbelly. With so many people, mostly men, descending to one metropolitan location every year, the game is the nexus of human trafficking for several weeks. It is the single biggest sex trade event in the world, every year. As media prepares for the big game, law enforcement and volunteer associations are gearing up for the people it hurts. Cheering for football is okay, but ignoring the plight around it is not. Do you stand with consumerism, or with the victims of sex trafficking?

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.