When I received an email about how important it is to boycott Pepsi because of its unhealthy influence on America and the company’s backing of genetically engineered foods, I couldn’t help but scowl. It’s not that I don’t think that boycotts are important, or that genetically engineered foods may be dangerous; I know other nations have imposed boycotts or even bans on GE foods, which should set off a warning signal for us Americans.
But when it comes to the many issues around the grotesque Super Bowl—the hero worship of violence, the gross commercialism and insane amount of money wasted while so many go homeless and hungry, and yes, the sexist and racist ads during the game—I think there is one issue that stands above all the rest, and that is human trafficking.
How the hell can we continue to ignore the fact that people are kidnapped, sold, and used as slaves—often sexually—and property? That the majority of these kidnappings are children? That Super Bowl Sunday is the largest day of human trafficking in the country? This makes me sick to my stomach. It’s a day of rape and abuse, a day of using humans as objects—and people are worried about Pepsi products.
I’ll tell you what. Tomorrow I will write a letter to Pepsi and tell them how I am against their GE foods campaign and won’t buy their crap anymore until they stop. It won’t be difficult; I don’t buy much Pepsi anyway. But today I want to know how we can stop the kidnapping, selling, and raping of human beings. You may think that this doesn’t include US citizens, but that’s wrong, too; thousands of people are kidnapped here and sold as slaves, too. Human trafficking is the second largest “industry” in the world, with at least 12.3 million slaves in captivity today.
Children who are trafficked are expected to be sold to 10-15 buyers per night, averaging 6,000 rapes in a lifetime of exploitation. The average age in the United States of kidnapped victims is 12 to 14, though thousands of children as young as toddlers are kidnapped and sold around the world every year.
If this doesn’t sicken you more than sexist ads, GE foods, and other issues, you might be missing your humanity. Tomorrow, take action against those things—but today, please speak up for the millions of victims forced to submit to rape day after day, and who are specially “bussed in” for rich men during the Super Bowl.
Click here to support Prop 35 to stop human trafficking.
If anything, please share this information so we can make this the issue we talk about—and the one we fight to stop right now.