Anti-sex trafficking crusaders contend that the Super Bowl, set for Sunday in New Jersey, is a major venue for sex crimes. Maggie McNeill, a blogger and former madam, writes for Reason.com, that the notion is a one of the “myths of our time: the idea that some Lost Tribe of Gypsy Harlots, tens of thousands strong, wanders about the world from mega-event to mega-event, unimpeded by the usual logistics of transport and lodging which should make the migration of such a large group a daunting task indeed.” McNeill disputes such claims made about a long list of major sports events.
In 2011, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott declared the Super Bowl “one of the largest human trafficking events in the United States” but a task force of federal, state and local agencies arrested one pimp, McNeill says. She notes that the website snopes.com says, “While there is certainly prostitution in Super Bowl host cities during the week of the Big Game, that vice exists in those locales at other times too. The number of prostitution arrests don’t go up all that much during the week culminating in the pigskin classic, if at all.”