In an interview earlier today, CPR Director Brandon Darby responded to CPR contributor Bob Price’s piece on human trafficking at the Super Bowl.
Ben Grivno: What are your thoughts on human trafficking and the Super Bowl?
Brandon Darby: First, we’re honored to have someone of Bob Price’s caliber writing for the site.
There’s a lot of complications that come into play when we talk about human trafficking. First, some left-of-center people will do everything they can to attack sports culture. The Super Bowl is the pinnacle of sports culture so they attack it under the guise of human trafficking. There actually is an in increase in human trafficking when it comes to the Super Bowl, but it’s not just the Super Bowl. Anytime that there’s a large gathering of people there’s going to be an increase in prostitution. Some are prostitutes because they choose to be, but the vast majority are in situations where there’s some form of binding obligation or addiction. Anytime there’s an increase in prostitution there’s going to be an increase in human trafficking; it’s not unique to the Super Bowl.
There has been a failure in human trafficking prosecutions. The Department of Justice under Eric Holder and the US Attorney’s Office, which is under the DOJ, they’ve really gone the easy route these days. We’ve seen an increase in prosecutions of narcotics and drugs and a decrease in human trafficking prosecutions. That’s not because they’re not making busts; it’s just easier for them to charge someone for a narcotics violation or a firearms violation than it is for them to actually charge them with a human trafficking charge or a slavery charge. They have witnesses and they have to provide for the victims and they don’t want to do that. They take the easy way out and that’s why we’re seeing an increase in the issue. While they’re saying the prosecutions are down, advocates are saying instances of human trafficking are increasing and it’s getting increasingly harder to get the DOJ to do anything about these cases.
People need to realize that when they solicit prostitutes there’s a great likelihood they are participating in and encouraging human trafficking and slavery.
BG: Because the demand for prostitutes is higher during sporting events some pimps will resort to bringing in more prostitutes?
BG: What do you think the average citizen can do to help, what can our readers do to help?
BD: The first thing they can do is get a hold of all the safe places for women in town and ask them if they need any help or if there’s an increase in need. Another thing they can do is spread the story, spread the knowledge, make sure that people realize that getting a prostitute isn’t victimless. Change the culture, talk about it, share. Also call our helpline if they know of a human trafficking victim and are having a hard time getting law enforcement to respond. We’ll try to work with law enforcement to get something done, and if we can’t get something done we’ll go to the media.
The Citizen Patriot Response helpline number is 512-749-8578.