The Super Bowl is highly publicized and hyped up, yet this infamous game is not just about a pigskin and the half-time show, for it has a dark secret many are unaware of as they gear up each year for February fun. Young underage girls are expected to sleep with twenty-five to fifty men that day, and close to 10,000 prostitutes are imported to the Super Bowl location each year.
The Super Bowl is the largest human trafficking incident in the United States. But it is not just the big events like the Super Bowl when young girls are exploited and sold, their lives trivialized to pigskins in the pimp’s own games. The Internet: the modern-day pimp’s biggest platform.
Thus, the hotel industry plays a significant role in sex trafficking, serving as the perfect venue for the pimps to deliver the underage girls to the johns—ranging from construction workers and truck drivers to doctors and engineers.“For the next few months, Andrea said she was one of seven girls, between age 13 and 18, who spent day and night satisfying the sexual fantasies of men around the world.Paying per minute, male customers typed their instructions onto a computer and then watched via a live camera as the girls performed sexual acts.A big question on the table then is whether a potential sex trafficking victim could hold these hotels liable. Common law says failing to act or failing to realize that action would facilitate aid does not impose liability. However, there is a potential hook for liability in the case of special relations: “an innkeeper is under the duty to its guests to take reasonable action to protect them against unreasonable risk of physical harm.” Id.Currently there is no case law on point to hold hotels liable for human trafficking and failing to report or respond. “The relation existing between an innkeeper and his guest is much like that existing between a common carrier and its passenger, and, while not an insurer of the personal safety of the guest, the proprietor of the hotel is held, and ought to be held, to the exercise of a very high degree of care for the protection of his guests against the negligent acts of servants employed therein.” at 215.