On the day of last year’s Super Bowl in Dallas, a human trafficking suspect told police, “There was big money to be made during the Super Bowl,” said a Dallas Morning News report quoted by Stateline.org. For Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday in Indianapolis, state officials are going out of their way to show that human trafficking won't be tolerated. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels called on lawmakers to tighten the state's law on human trafficking before the Super Bowl. An anti-trafficking law was quickly passed and signed.
Lawmakers in 20 states are debating human trafficking bills. West Virginia is working on creating its first anti-trafficking statute, while the other states are refining existing laws surrounding prostitution, in many cases moving the criminal burden away from those forced into the commercial sex trade and placing it with the traffickers. Legislators are also working to provide resources to fight trafficking by appropriating more funding for victim's services, increasing criminal penalties for traffickers, and giving police authority to use wiretaps or to subpoena internet service providers to investigate potential child sexual exploitation.