Miami set for sex trafficking spike as Super Bowl hits town

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Miami set for sex trafficking spike as Super Bowl hits town

Dark side to the vast spectacle that draws in celebrity superstars and thousands of visitors to the host city

AFP

Every year, the American football season ends with the vast spectacle of the Super Bowl, drawing in celebrity superstars, hugely expensive advertising and 100 million viewers.

But the sporting mega-event also has a darker side: a spike in human trafficking, in particular a rise in sexual exploitation.

This year, Miami will host the Super Bowl on February 2, but the party city in southern Florida – already the state with the third highest rate of human trafficking in the US, after California and Texas – worries that the combination of the huge sporting event in proximity to its world-famous beaches and clubs will create a perfect storm of sex trafficking. ..

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