Target: Dear U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., co-Chairman of the House Anti-Human Trafficking Caucus
Goal: Thank U.S. Rep. Chris Smith and law enforcement officials for doubling their efforts to fight sex trafficking during Super Bowl
Sports are exciting. Leading up to big events, like game days, many fans are so concentrated on the sport itself that they do not stop to think about what impact sports have on local communities, especially for events as big as the Super Bowl. Usually the impact of hosting an event as big as the Super Bowl is positive: more money flowing into a community to help the local economy. However, there is a darker side to these events, too. Whenever a big event like this occurs, the potential for sex trafficking crimes skyrockets. Luckily, law enforcement in New Jersey has doubled their efforts to crack down on these types of crime before the Super Bowl on February 2.
Law enforcement officers are taking these crimes very seriously. Due to the set-up of New Jersey, which has a lot of highways and is closely connected to dense urban areas like New York, their chances of being solved after the matter are slim. Additionally, and more importantly, because of these circumstances, sex trafficking happens very frequently and this sexual assault must be stopped.
Commend the efforts of law enforcement officers for doing everything they can to prevent these atrocious crimes from happening in the first place. By putting the safety of both locals and out-of-town visitors first, both groups of which could fall prey to people involved in sex trafficking rings, these officers are showing their true commitment to human rights.
Dear U.S. Rep. Chris Smith,
While sex trafficking crimes do not just happen during sports games, I want to commend you for recognizing that their prevalence will increase during the Super Bowl, and for taking active measures to crack down on these crimes before they occur. New Jersey already has a serious sex trafficking problem and there is compelling evidence to suggest that human trafficking spikes during big sports events like the Super Bowl.
Some people take advantage of the crowds to engage in these crimes, since so many extra people in the city can make it difficult for law enforcement officers to handle all their duties. Of course, sex trafficking is not the only crime that people engage in during times like these. Theft and other financial crimes happen, too, which of course are very serious. But fighting sex trafficking is often not given enough of an emphasis during normal times, let alone during big game days.
Thank you for taking this cause seriously and raising the number of people who are dedicated to fighting this issue, especially during this time when incidents are expected to increase. By being proactive, hopefully the numbers will not increase, but go down, ideally to zero.
Thank you for serving the people, not just in New Jersey, but worldwide by showing how seriously sex trafficking crimes need to be taken.
[Your Name Here]
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