If you live in the United States you know Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend. Really if you live even in a neighboring country you can probably hear the cheers from across the border for the Super Bowl, they might be loud enough to hear across the ocean! I’m not a football fan, but even I have been to Super Bowl parties and join in the festivities! My sister and I also love to watch the Puppy Bowl on animal planet when we’re home, lol.
With any large event like this, there are always human rights violations. Even with the Olympics, there are massive human rights violations. This year I am participating in a social media campaign against Human Trafficking during the Super Bowl. Prostitution is a massive problem and women are brought to where the game is held to be sold and used for sex. According to Shared Hope International, “during the Super Bowl in Miami 3 years ago, 10,000 prostituted women were brought into the city to be trafficked”.
I read this great quote, “let’s stop reading statistics and let’s start changing them”, This is a great place to start, so easy, the ability to share this information is at your fingertips.
This campaign is focused on spreading the word. Yes this is a fun event and should be enjoyed but people also have to remember what goes on at these events aren’t always positive. If you tell yourself that you can do nothing so why think about it, just imagine if every one thought like that, if everyone believed that they should do nothing because it won’t make a difference. We wouldn’t have some of these amazing organizations we have, children wouldn’t be rescued from abusive homes, men and women wouldn’t be saved from trafficking, there would be no aid for lesser developed countries. Don’t put limits on the positivity you can bring to the world.
This campaign is not about boycotting the game, instead, throughout the Super Bowl, Shared Hope International and the Defenders USA (which is a part of Shared Hope International, a coalition of men that fight human trafficking) will be posting information on Facebook and tweeting information to be re-tweeted and re-posted. During the Super Bowl last year there were “12.2 million posts on social networking sites” (Shared Hope International). Imagine if you were posting during the game and you just hit one button to re-tweet or re-post information, information to fight Human Trafficking, an awful by-product of this event. While you are loving the game and every minute, there are thousands of women and children being used in the sex industry.
I have joined this event on Facebook. The link is here. You have to be logged in to Facebook to access it. The title is “Super Bowl Media Activism:Human Trafficking. The Facebook for the Defenders USA is here. The Facebook for Shared Hope International is here. For just a little more information, here is a video from WAR (Women at Risk) International about human trafficking (Click here).
Take two seconds, join our campaign and during the game to re-post or re-tweet something, one post or every single one. This is something that affects us all. Imagine if it was your mother, sister, daughter or son, brother or father who was kidnapped or sold and forced into the sex industry. These are family members, loved ones. Enjoy your day, have fun at your Super Bowl parties with friends and family, but just remember and think about the other side of that joy, spreading information only takes a few seconds.
“Let’s stop reading statistics and start changing them”