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Investigator: Nuns plan to tackle Super Bowl sex traffickers

11:49 PM, Feb 2, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The Giants and Patriots aren't the only ones preparing for battle this Super Bowl Sunday.

The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Cleveland is among 11 congregations of Catholic nuns who have their own game plan to discourage sex traffickers from exploiting young women at the big sporting event.

"We want to share with the traffickers that we will be watching them," said Sister Marilyn Nickol of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. 

The sisters have been planning since about the time NFL teams opened training camp last summer.

"We thought someone has to do this.  Someone has to take it on," said Sister Anne Victory, the education coordinator of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking. 

The nuns have contacted 220 hotels within a 50-mile radius of Indianapolis to get their cooperation to identify and to stop human trafficking.

"We've been in the background training people on what to do in this situation," said Sister Nancy Conway of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

The federal government estimates human trafficking is a $15 billion a year business.  It's also estimated about a 1000 girls are trafficked every year in Ohio alone.

For the sisters of St. Joseph, taking on modern day slavery is part of their mission to stop violations of human rights.

"We're here for the most vulnerable in society," Sister Conway said.

"If one woman is saved at the Super Bowl, it will all be worth it."

If you suspect someone is being trafficked, you are encouraged to report it to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or call 9-1-1 if you believe someone is in immediate danger.

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