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Another Super Bowl; Another Bout Of Sex-Trafficking Fake News

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Sex Workers Condemn Annual Epidemic Of Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Fake News

The Super Bowl is over. And finally the hysteria about sex trafficking at the Super Bowl has subsided. At least until before next year’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis – when it will most likely start up all over again.

“It feels like Groundhog Day,” said Claire Alwyne of the Erotic Service Providers Legal Education Research and Education Project (ESPLERP). “Every year the same fake stories about sex-trafficking at the Super Bowl resurface. There’s not a shred of evidence to support it, and even a simple web search or checking would show it is false. Even the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women has debunked it. So why does it keep on coming back?”

The annual rash of lurid coverage about hordes of traffickers is “fake news”. The facts paint a very different story. Despite enormous publicity and a major police operation, as of February 7, Houston police had made 22 prostitution related arrests during Super Bowl week, but had not made a single arrest related to trafficking.

“The Super Bowl trafficking hysteria is just an excuse for local police to mount lucrative vice stings,” said Maxine Doogan, President of ESPLERP. “Catching real traffickers is too much like hard work. Rounding up prostitutes and their clients who are engaged in commercial consensual sex is a quick way to boost arrest numbers. But all it does is waste US Government money.”

Underpinning all this is the criminalization of prostitution. ESPLERP has mounted a ground breaking lawsuit,ESPLERP v Gascon, which challenges California’s anti-prostitution law 647(b) as unconstitutional, arguing that commercial consensual sex between adults should not be criminalized. The case is being appealed in the Ninth Circuit, where thirty six civil rights and LGBT organisations filed amicus (friend of the court) briefs supporting ESPLERP’s position.

Contributions to support the court case can be submitted through our crowd fundraiser –


The Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLERP) is a diverse community-based coalition advancing sexual privacy rights through litigation, education, and research.,
About cjasher (1470 Articles)
C.J. Asher is a blogger on various subject matters and trending topics related to sexuality, such as prostitution, women's rights, sex trafficking and LGBT issues as well as the adult entertainment industry, having interviewed celebrities such as Dennis Hof and Joanna Angel. C.J. currently resides in Philadelphia, PA and his blog can be found at

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