By Chelsea Mickel
After Sunday’s game, many sports analysts are discussing the embarrassing defeat of the Denver Broncos by the Seahawks in one of the largest scoring gaps in NFL history. However, there is a darker side to the Super Bowl. Many people may have noticed that there have been articles floating around the Internet about the surge of human trafficking in the days leading up to and during the big game.
The national spectacle is used as a way to distract from the trafficking of women, and is also seen by predators as a prime way to find victims. Not all agencies agree that the Super Bowl is statistically related to a great increase in human trafficking. The Huffington Post quotes a representative from the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women saying, “This myth trivializes trafficking … and wastes needed resources that could be used to actually address trafficking.”
Whatever your perspective on the effect of the Super Bowl, it is fact that human trafficking is a large problem in the United States.
Since the Janet Jackson incident in 2004, there have been a lot of questions as to the motives and morals behind the game.
Are sports attractions forgoing morals and decency in order to create spectacle?
It is well known that many NFL players have criminal records, and still they are paid millions and receive admiration from children and adults alike. The question is, how are these images affecting youth who idolize these players? Shouldn’t they be more interested in Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela?
Just the payrolls of national leagues call into question the morality of paying players such large salaries. How would sports be different if they weren’t seen as super prestigious and profitable?
Perhaps more athletes would finish college, and players who were more dedicated to the game and less dedicated to their pockets would increase the legitimacy of their sports. Discussions on morals of sports are controversial, as many argue that athletics enable those who come from difficult or impoverished backgrounds a chance to improve their lives. This may be true, but there are many angles to look at when thinking about this issue.
Whatever your opinion, this discussion is not likely to dissipate anytime soon, and its relevance is worth thinking about.