Kevin Malone, President and Co-Founder of USIAHT, led the charge for the NFL’s anti-trafficking efforts leading up to Super Bowl LVI Los Angeles.
In 2022, we partnered with local and national nonprofits to create a National Alliance to fight human trafficking.
Anytime large crowds are gathering for sporting events or concerts, human trafficking and sexual exploitation increases. According to the McCain Institute, up to 10,000 victims of human trafficking are brought in before the Super Bowl. It’s no secret that Super Bowl cities become breeding grounds for crime and sex abuse.
We are creating a uniformed approach to outreach in Los Angeles leading up to the Super Bowl. USIAHT is leading the executive committee to raise awareness, offer community trainings, provide victim services, and coordinate with local law enforcement agencies. We are not alone in this fight. Thank you to our Alliance partners:
At the 2021 Super Bowl in Tampa, It’s A Penalty saw a staggering impact: 146 arrests were made, 6 victims were recovered, and 18 missing children were identified. During the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami, 47 traffickers were arrested, 22 victims were found and assisted. And there was a 163% increase in human trafficking reports to the national hotline.
Collaborative efforts have proven effective in helping free victims from trafficking.