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Is Las Vegas likely to experience a significant increase in sex trafficking when it hosts the 2024 Super Bowl?

By Todd Butterworth on 02/17/2023

NO

Evidence suggests major sporting events such as the Super Bowl do not cause increased sex trafficking.

A study of academic literature found 76% of U.S. print media stories reported a causal link between the Super Bowl and sex trafficking. However, studies of major sporting events found no such link. Conversely, studies suggest major sporting events may constrict sex markets, possibly because of reduced availability of regular clients and an increase in policing.

Another study, by the McCain Institute, found no evidence the 2014 Super Bowl caused additional sex trafficking in the days preceding the game.

Two years later, the Santa Clara County, California Police Department said, “We actually were able to contact more sex workers and had more john arrests in one day in October 2016 than we did during a three-week period leading up to the Super Bowl.” 

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