NOW-NYC Commends Police Commissioner Bratton’s Focus on Sex Trafficking in Lead Up to Super Bowl
January 30, 2014 – NEW YORK CITY – Early media coverage of the NYPD’s increased activity in connection with the Super Bowl demonstrates that vice units have been proactively clamping down on sex trafficking, a crime they are specifically trained to address. It’s estimated that 200 arrests have already been made for sex trafficking and related crimes. Big sporting events like the Super Bowl, which draw huge numbers of visitors from around the country, are also seen as huge revenue generators for traffickers and pimps.
“We commend Commissioner Bratton for prioritizing human trafficking as one of his first major initiatives,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW-NYC. “This sends a strong message that sex trafficking will not be tolerated in our city. It is critical to target the johns who create the demand that fuels human trafficking and the pimps who profit from it.”
From the livery cab drivers who provide connections to pimps to the airport hotels that turn a blind eye, many of our legal businesses are complicit in this unconscionable abuse of women and girls. This is especially true of the buyers, who drive such a high demand for commercial sex that girls as young as 12 are trafficked across state lines to meet it.
“The Super Bowl comes just one day a year, but sex trafficking happens 365 days a year. We urge the commissioner to address human trafficking in New York City on a daily basis,” Ossorio said. “We need to address the day in and day out demand to bankrupt the business model and make an impact on the buying and selling of young girls in our city.”
Prioritizing the investigation and prevention of human trafficking is part of NOW-NYC’s priority agenda for Mayor de Blasio and his administration to advance the women and girls of New York City.