Though I get weary of titles like Why Won’t the 2011 Super Bowl Committee Protect Kids from Rape?, they serve a purpose. This kind of thing doesn’t just happen in far off places, it happens right here in little ole America. The Super Bowl, evidently being a venue in which the demand for such is high.
While the Super Bowl is a time of celebration for football fans in America, it’s often a time of exploitation for trafficked children. Last year, traffickers from as far away as Hawaii brought underage girls to the Super Bowl in Miami, where adult men paid to rape them. This year is shaping up to be more of the same. That is, unless the Super Bowl XLV host committee is willing to stand up for kids in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Sadly, so far, they’re not.
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From the Documentary Playground, still being screened across the country
25 percent of the World’s Sex Tourists are from the United States and US citizens account for as much as 80 percent of South American sex tourist trade.
Sexual exploitation of children is a problem that we tend to relegate to back-alley brothels in developing countries, the province of a particularly inhuman, and invariably foreign, criminal element. Such is the initial premise of Libby Spears’ sensitive investigation into the topic. But she quickly concludes that very little thrives on this planet without American capital, and the commercial child sex industry is certainly thriving. Spears intelligently traces the epidemic to its disparate, and decidedly domestic, roots—among them the way children are educated about sex, and the problem of raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown. Her cultural observations are couched in an ongoing mystery story: the search for Michelle, an American girl lost to the underbelly of childhood sexual exploitation who has yet to resurface a decade later.
The trailer can be viewed here.