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Press Release


January 30, 2014



Janet Bass
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George Atallah
NFL Players Association


NFL Players Association and American Federation of Teachers
Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking of At-Risk Youth During Super Bowl

WASHINGTON—Statement by leaders of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Football League Players Association on sex trafficking of at-risk youth during the Super Bowl.

"The despicable reality is that people prey on at-risk youth every day of the year, but there is additional concern about the problem at huge, crowded events like the Super Bowl. Human sex trafficking is a not-so-hidden crime that exploits the most vulnerable. The AFT and the NFLPA call on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and law enforcement and social service agencies in the New Jersey-New York area and throughout the I-95 corridor, to be especially vigilant so that everyone attending the Super Bowl is safe and well-protected. Raising community awareness of this devastating crime throughout the year is a joint responsibility of public officials, schools, community organizations and law enforcement," said Randi Weingarten, AFT president, and DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA executive director.



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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.