The Super Bowl: A Sex Trafficker’s Playground

Originally posted on Forte E Bello:

woman hostageIn just a few short days hundreds of thousands of visitors will flood to the MetLife stadium in New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII. Many visitors will be coming to show their pride and cheer on their favorite team, but tragically, thousands more will be coming for something entirely different. What most people don’t know is that the single biggest game of the year has also been called the single largest human trafficking event on the planet.

Just beyond the stadium lights, hidden within the shadows will be thousands of victims, women, children and even men, caught in the inhumane web of sex trafficking. For them this day will bring something much different than football, loud cheers, hot dog stands and painted beer bellies. For them it will bring pain, abuse, repeated rapes and even fear of death. The exact numbers of trafficking cases in a given year or…

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Which apple are you?

My friend, mentor, and hopefully future colleague, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli, recently shared with me the link to a TED Talk with Philip Zimbardo as the lecturer. If that name sounds familiar, you may recall his famous Stanford Prison Experiment that went awry, but taught us some valuable lessons. It was the beginning of understanding how good people can become bad.

The TED Talk is one worth watching. I would encourage my readers to watch and listen for yourself. I found it enlightening and Dr. Zimbardo gives an explanation that should be further explored in the area of social media. The following picture is courtesy of Philip Zimbardo’s TED Talk:

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Time is Valuable

When I started this blog, I had far too much time on my hands. I started the spring term, and since then, my free time to explore and write is fewer and farther between.

Two weeks ago, I spent 48 hours in classes at two locations. My weekly courses carry a decent amount of homework that has kept me busy (not to mention the daily care as a mother).

I’ve been sitting with a draft I’ve wanted to finish before publishing, but I haven’t had the time to finish my thought on the subject. I’m about to publish my unfinished thought to get the links out and when I have the time, I’ll get the rest of my thought out.