With Super Bowl LIII set for this weekend in Atlanta, the first daughter is bringing attention to a less-talked about issue associated with the event human trafficking. Ivanka Trump"s Super Bowl tweet about trafficking on Thursday urged her followers to keep up to date on the problem, which has already spurred 33 arrests in Atlanta this week, according to the Associated Press.
-quot;As the Nation prepares to celebrate #SuperBowlLIII, the US government is taking aggressive action to combat trafficking at this years event.-quot; Trump wrote. -quot;Remain alert + Stay informed!-quot; In her tweet she also included a shout-out to the Department of Homeland Security"s (DHS) Blue Campaign, a public awareness effort to end trafficking.
Human trafficking is an issue that affects Atlanta and the rest of the country year-round, according to the International Human Trafficking Institute. And while a large influx of out-of-towners arriving for the weekend might exacerbate the issue, experts say there"s a bigger picture.
-quot;All this is, is a one-day snapshot into what otherwise is a 365-day problem,-quot; Bradley Myles, executive director of the Polaris Project, told Reuters ahead of the 2018 Super Bowl, which attracted more than 100,000 visitors. -quot;The same traffickers that are committing trafficking ... during the Super Bowl, theyre going to wake up in the morning on Monday and do the same thing.-quot;
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