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Fact or Fiction: Sex Trafficking at the Super Bowl

February 10, 2022
6:00 pm PT / 9:00 pm ET

Los Angeles, CA

In recent years, an urban legend has proliferated that sex trafficking is pervasive at major sporting events. Not only is this myth misleading, but it has led to increased policing and detention of sex workers during events such as the Super Bowl. Attempts to conflate consensual adult sex work with “sex trafficking” have created a dangerous misconception leading to policies that put lives in danger. The legislation and cultural attitudes arising from the myth of sex trafficking at the Super Bowl has made adult sex workers more vulnerable to exploitation and arrest, while doing nothing to help victims of exploitation.

Woodhull’s Human Rights Commissions investigate, promote, and protect human rights, and this Commission will be centered on sex worker rights. We’ll hear testimony debunking the misleading rhetoric around the assertion of sex trafficking at the Super Bowl, and from criminal justice reform advocates, impacted sex workers, labor rights activists, health care experts, and researchers.

This Commission will bring together diverse voices from interconnected communities for testimonials and strategic conversations about what policies, legislation, and programs will provide better policy for adult consensual sex workers, as well as proposed mechanisms to address sexual labor exploitation.

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Close up of two blue chairs in a stadium. (Photo by Toni Cuenca)

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