An organization is claiming not one but several victories from this year's Super Bowl.
In Our Backyard, which brings attention to sex trafficking during the period leading up to the Super Bowl, says a number of positive things happened this year out of Atlanta. For example, 13 of 34 missing and at-risk children in IOB's "Missing Children's Booklet" were recovered within one week of the Super Bowl.
"The Super Bowl is not the cause of sex trafficking, but it has become a catalyst to end it in host cities across America over the last year ten years," says a press release from In Our Backyard's Nita Belles. "Thank you for making the work we did in Atlanta this year possible."
Other "victories" this year include:
- 1,881 convenience stores equipped to stop human trafficking year-round
- 400+ individuals turned their awareness into action at "Linking Freedom In Our Backyard"
- CNN, BBC, NPR and others featured IOB's work and partnered with IOB by raising awareness of human trafficking nationally and internationally
The FBI also recognized In Our Backyard as one of its partners in the operations as they announced:
- 169 arrests, 26 traffickers and 34 attempting to buy sex from minors
- 9 recoveries of minor victims (youngest was 14)
- 9 adult victims were identified
"Human trafficking, both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, happens 365 days in every zip code in the United States," Belles tells OneNewsNow. "We have to change what our society thinks about what they call sex work because a majority of what is called sex work is actually human trafficking."