2023 Arizona Super Bowl LVII Campaign

It’s a Penalty campaigns around major sporting events, harnessing the power of sport to prevent abuse, exploitation and trafficking worldwide. We work with some of the biggest names in sport, sporting governing bodies, the travel and tourism industry, NGOs and the general public to end these forms of violence.

In advance of Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona, It’s a Penalty will launch our sixth Super Bowl campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking, exploitation and abuse, the penalties for offenders, signs to look out for, how to report a suspected case and support available for survivors. Scheduled to run from the beginning of January through the end of February 2023, the It’s a Penalty Arizona Campaign, with support from our partners and local NGOs, will encourage millions of people to help prevent modern slavery and protect survivors throughout the United States and worldwide.

Human trafficking, exploitation and abuse is a major issue in Arizona, the US and globally.

It is estimated that between 15,000 to 50,000 women and children are forced into sexual slavery in the United States every year, and the total number varies wildly as it is very difficult to research. One study from the Department of Health and Human Services estimated the number between 240,000 and 325,000, while a report from the University of Pennsylvania put it at between 100,000 and 300,000.
A total of 2,198 persons were referred to U.S. Attorneys for human trafficking offenses in fiscal year 2020, a 62% increase from the 1,360 persons referred in 2011. ( Bureau of Justice Statistics)
The Polaris National Human Hotline has identified Arizona as the eighteenth highest State for Human Trafficking 2022.
90% of children trafficked in the United States are U.S. citizens. ( U.S. Department of Justice)

Our goals for the campaign are to:

EDUCATE

EDUCATE sports fans and the general public about what human trafficking is, the penalties for offenders and how to #KNOWTHESIGNS of exploitation and human trafficking.

EQUIP

EQUIP sports fans and the general public with ways to report anything suspicious.

ENCOURAGE

ENCOURAGE If you SUSPECT IT? REPORT IT! and encourage victims to speak up.

Thank you to our partners!