- Larry McCoyCFO
- Bill LivelyPresident and CEO
- Kit SawyersVP of Special Events
- Tony FayVP of Communications
- Robert CluckArlington Mayor
- Clay ChristopherBoard Member
- Tara GreenPresident, COO
- Paige SmithVP, Sponsor Services
Ask the Super Bowl Host Committee to Stand Up and Protect Children
The trafficking of children for sale at the Super Bowl is well documented. Texas Attorney General Abbott is taking a stand and has prepared a task force to identify and respond to traffickers who plan to sell children at the Super Bowl. However, it is not enough to expect law enforcement and victim advocates to bear the entire burden of responding to this issue, which is expected to include many victims. In support of the efforts of the task force, we are requesting the Super Bowl Host Committee embrace a proactive approach with community members by endorsing the “I’m Not buying It” campaign, which would raise awareness and deter the buying of children during the Super Bowl.
As evidenced by the tremendous amount of work and money the Host Committee has channeled into Slant 45, clearly improving the lives of children is a priority. Countless children in the DFW region have benefitted by the commitment and opportunities provided by this program.
However, the children trafficked to DFW to meet the demand of the Super Bowl are being left to fend for themselves. According to the Dallas Police Department children exploited through sex trafficking have an average life expectancy is just seven short years. The average age a child is tricked and trapped in sexual slavery is just 13 years old. These children are beaten, brutalized and tortured for the profit and pleasure of others.
This Super Bowl Host Committee’s hard work has turned the North Texas Region into a showcase with a record number of million-dollar sponsors, state-of-the-art infrastructure and events that appeal across audiences. They’ve set the standard for the Super Bowl experience.
Now, let’s join together and ask the Host Committee to take a stand and set the standard for all Super Bowl Host Committees to come. The Host Committee has the biggest megaphone to prevent the buying and selling of American children during this year’s festivities. Law enforcement, legislators, non-profits, churches and business all are stepping up to the plate to stop this horrific abuse of our children. It’s time that the Host Committee faces the reality that children will be trafficked to North Texas and answer the question – What role will they play in preventing the sex trafficking of children during the Super Bowl?
DFW-based Traffick911 is leading a comprehensive game plan to protect American children. Local, national and international organizations have joined forces with Traffick911 in the I’m Not Buying It campaign. This Super Bowl Host Committee has proven it has the power and influence to make history. Join me in asking the Super Bowl Host Committee to endorse and fund the “I’m Not buying it” campaign to protect and defend children during the Super Bowl!!
Photo credit: Lady DragonflyCC
- President and CEO
- VP of Special Events
- VP of Communications
- Arlington Mayor
- Board Member
- President, COO
- VP, Sponsor Services
We commend your hard work to showcase the North Texas region during the 2011 Super Bowl festivities. This will be a clear boost to the area’s long-term economic stability and growth. We also commend the money and time you have invested in North Texas children through the Slant 45 program.
We now ask you to invest time and money into protecting and defending the innocent children who will be trafficked to North Texas because of the Super Bowl. You have a unique platform to prevent the crime of child sex trafficking during the Super Bowl celebrations.
We ask you to join the many other local, national and international organizations endorsing and supporting the I’m Not Buying It Super Bowl campaign. By endorsing and funding this campaign during the Super Bowl you are sending a clear message to traffickers that they are not welcome in North Texas. That OUR children are not a tourist destination.
Traffick911, a local anti-trafficking organization has already created several PSA’s, posters, banners and informational cards. These amazing resources are available for FREE and can be used by the Host Committee in various ways to raise awareness and protect children from being abuse and raped in our communities. As former New England Patriot Devin Wyman states in the “I’m Not Buying It” PSA – “What would you do if it was your daughter?”
Please you have the power to save the lives of countless children by:
- Funding a set of strategically located electronic billboards for one month.
- Equipping your volunteer airport greeters, hotel welcome desk volunteers and transportation volunteers with I’m Not Buying It informational cards to hand out to Super Bowl tourists.
- Playing a 30-second PSA on the stadium jumbo tran during the Super Bowl.
- Displaying an I’m Not Buying It banner in the stadium during the game.
- Contributing to the building of the Traffick911 safe house for children who are victims of this crime.
Thank you for your consideration of this important and urgent request. We look forward to standing together to fight those who plan to exploit innocent children in our community.
Melissa Snow started this petition with a single signature, and now has 79,471 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.