A Quantitative Analysis of Commercial Sex Advertisements During Super Bowl XLVIII



Jesse Bach, PhD
Cleveland State University. Executive Director of The Imagine Foundation

Courtney Mintz
Student, Business Administration and Criminal Justice, University of Dubuque

Jennifer Dohy, MS
Doctoral Candidate, MS and BS in Education, Cleveland State University


The Super Bowl is commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States where an inordinate number of children may be trafficked in or around the host area to engage in commercial sex. To examine this claim, our research team mined publicly available data from a major website known to host commercial sex advertisements for three months before and two months after Super Bowl XLVIII, held in East Rutherford, New Jersey.