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**TAKE ACTION** Ask Backpage to Stop Child Sex Trafficking at Super Bowl XLV and Beyond **PLEASE SIGN**

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As Texas prepares for the upcoming Super Bowl, law enforcement, local and national non-profit organizations, members of Congress and even professional football players have teamed up to announce zero tolerance for child sex trafficking.

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Kit B (276)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 6:49 am
As Texas prepares for the upcoming Super Bowl, law enforcement, local and national non-profit organizations, members of Congress and even professional football players have teamed up to announce zero tolerance for child sex trafficking. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) met with Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and Dallas police officials to learn more about efforts to crack down on the expected spike in sex trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott joined forces with the FBI in order to bring nearly two dozen staffers to assist law enforcement with combating human trafficking during the Super Bowl. Dallas Cowboy and three time Pro-Bowl player Jay Ratliff was outraged when he learned about child sex trafficking in America and he took a stand partnering with Dallas Anti-Trafficking Group Traffick 911 to endorse their I’m Not Buying It Campaign.

However, there is one player missing from the field:, the new leader in online prostitution advertisements. Since the Craigslist adult services section shut down, Backpage has emerged as the leader in online trafficking. Meanwhile, Backpage has taken steps in the right direction. The company hired an internet security advisor who, according to reports, has put in place “a holistic plan centered around preventing criminal activity” on the website. Yet, children are still being bought and sold on Backpage, so in spite of increased efforts we must recognize that the holistic plan simply is not enough. The Center for Missing and Exploited Children has rescued as many as17 children from sex slavery, and all of these children were found on Backpage. And more recently, a CNN investigative report found cases all over the country of underage girls being sold for sex on Backpage.

Texas already ranks as one of the top states for trafficking. The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state. This is particularly concerning considering demand spikes when major sporting events come to town, as evidenced at the last two Super Bowls in Miami and Tampa. Prior to last years Super Bowl in Miami, federal agents acknowledged that “the Super Bowl is a big destination for child prostitution and adult prostitution.” Past Super Bowls have also shown that there is an the internet plays a major role in child sex trafficking. At the 2009 Super Bowl, one trafficker used craigslist to advertise a “Super Bowl Special,” his victim was only 14 years old. With craigslist out of the picture, Backpage is primed to take over as child sex trafficking website during the Super Bowl. The website has already seen an increase in traffic and revenue since the craigslist, the former Walmart of child sex trafficking, shut down. We commend the local and national efforts that are happening in Texas now in order to prevent child sex trafficking, but we ask that Backpage join the team and stop allowing for child sex ads to be posted on their website.

Please sign this important petition.

Beverly L (72)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 6:57 am
Noted and signed ~ thank you Kit!

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 7:23 am
Signed and noted.

Joanne A (47)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 8:33 am
Noted and signed. Thanks for sharing

Mike S (86)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 8:35 am
Noted and signed. Thank you Kit.

Vallee R (280)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 8:45 am
This really needs to be stopped. Signed and cross-posted.

Kay F (550)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 9:18 am
Noted & signed, thanks Kit!

patricia lasek (317)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 9:19 am
Signed this one and a few others against child trafficking.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 9:35 am
Thank you for signing the petition "Ask Backpage to Stop Child Sex Trafficking at Super Bowl XLV and Beyond"
This needs to stop, children need the adults in the world to protect them, not exploit them.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 9:59 am
signed, thanks (#93)

Anna M (112)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:55 pm
Glad to see another petition against this Super Bowl mess! This is so unbelievable--- I hear something new and horrifying every day on this issue. Read some comments from people on who refused to accept that this happens in the US....they have to wake up and start pressuring the enablers NOW! Signed and will share at Care2 Slavery Today group. Thank you, Kit!!

Mike M (40)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:56 pm

Krasimira B (175)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 2:30 pm

Mandi T (375)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 6:30 pm
Done, thank you Kit.

Pat B (356)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 6:38 pm
TY, Kit. Done!!

Susan S (187)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 7:21 pm
Signed and noted.

Jae A (316)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 10:02 pm
Noted and signed .....! Seems there is always another evil to promote this waiting in the shadows of those shut down. The pressure must be kept on those responsible and when possible ..legally , with arrest etc.

Paula G (3)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 11:57 pm
It should be stopped everywhere. Evil triumphs when good people do nothing.

Signed and noted.

Destiney E (3)
Monday January 24, 2011, 3:03 am
We know the sites, yet we are leaving them up? UH HELLO?!?!? Is there anybody IN there? This is supposed to be a huge war right now, yet we know where the criminals live and are keeping hostages, yet we pleasantly ASK them to PLEASE STOP IT... WTF!?!?

Carol H (229)
Monday January 24, 2011, 4:59 am
signed and noted

Esther Z (94)
Monday January 24, 2011, 5:25 am
Noted and signed.

Sharon Balloch (127)
Monday January 24, 2011, 5:40 am
signed and noted..thanks

Helena K (57)
Monday January 24, 2011, 7:49 am
signed this one and some others thank you

Debbie G (306)
Monday January 24, 2011, 7:50 am
S&N. Thanks Kit. This is so horrifying.

Brenda Towers (0)
Monday January 24, 2011, 8:04 am

Sandra T (126)
Monday January 24, 2011, 9:03 am
Sports and child sex trafficing- Am I missing something? I don't understand the sick connection! Putting that aside, I have to ask, if there is awareness that there is a website "byuing and selling children"- I have a hard time even typing that- then all we can do is to ask them to PLease Stop It??? These are criminal activities, they should be hunted down like the criminals they are and prosecuted for these unspeakable crimes!!! I don't see this being solved by any petition of that kind, they are beasts with no senses and no compassion. If it's not Backpage, then they'll come up with something else to continue their children's abuse. It's not a matter of the site being shut down or the adds removed, it's a matter of the perpetrators being singled out and incarcerated, LIFELONG preferably. If these childabuse issues aren't addressed with the most sever consequences for the perpetrators they have no reason to fear anything and injustice will keep spreading and many more helpless and innocent children will have to suffer avoidable abuse. Shouldn't we instead seek a petition where we demand strict and severe punishment for the perpetrators?

Monday January 24, 2011, 9:13 am
Gladly done!

Ira M (211)
Monday January 24, 2011, 9:30 am
Signed and noted, thank you!

alicia m (97)
Monday January 24, 2011, 9:46 am
signed, gracias

Donna B (39)
Monday January 24, 2011, 12:57 pm

Katie Pope (14)
Monday January 24, 2011, 1:19 pm
Done and done

Lidia E F (8)
Monday January 24, 2011, 2:02 pm
Noted,and signed.

Stand Up (1)
Monday January 24, 2011, 2:35 pm

Charmaine C (177)
Monday January 24, 2011, 3:13 pm
I agree Sandra T! We sure do talk up a storm! Our laws protect the criminals and the crimes and we compromise the weak and the frail for money.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday January 24, 2011, 10:42 pm
Noted, signed added to facebook & twitters
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