The biggest news from the Super Bowl may not be what happens on the field, but who’s lurking outside it. Most fans are so preoccupied with the Patriots and Seahawks that they have no idea Phoenix is hosting another event: the Super Bowl of Sex Trafficking. Every year, the FBI gets ready for the dark side of America’s biggest game — rings of child and teen prostitution. Some cities have seen as many as 10,000 girls brought in before the game hoping to do business with men who have “money to burn.”
House leaders are doing their best to put the brakes on America’s trafficking nightmare with a dozen bills aimed at the heart of the trade. On Monday, Republican and Democratic members stood together in a rare show of bipartisanship to protect the victims of this ballooning problem by passing 11 measures that attack the epidemic from every possible angle — from new advertising rules and State Department training to youth runaway prevention and recovery programs.
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