His estimate was astonishing. At the higher figure, it meant that every man, woman and child holding a ticket would have their own personal hooker, from the vice presidential wing of FedEx to Little Timmy from Green Bay.
And if you believed a study commissioned by the Dallas Womens Foundation, the hordes would include 38,000 underage prostitutes. Doe-eyed beauties from the Heartland would be peddled like Jell-O shots at the Delta Phi soiree.
Official Dallas would not be caught flat-footed. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and the FBI pledged extra manpower to fight human trafficking. The Arlington Police Department put up billboards near Cowboys Stadium. They featured flashing photos of busted johns, warning visitors: We dont take kindly to perverts like you, son.
Even the Shapiro Law Firm leaped in. Noting that an estimated 40,000 hookers showed up in Dallas for the NBA All-Star game last year, it wanted to make sure that, should a hedge fund manager find himself ensnared in naked compromise, our attorneys provide experienced defense for sex crimes, including the solicitation of a prostitute.
The city was gearing up for a massive invasion of skanks and sex fiends. It would be like Normandy, only with way more plastic surgerythe largest single gathering of freaks and pedophiles the world has ever seen. At least outside of a Vatican staff meeting.
But if Dallas is like any other Super Bowlor Olympics or World Cup, for that mattertodays four-alarm panic will tinkle as softly as a servants bell by next week. All evidence says that Americas call girls will be at home, watching the game of TV, just like you and me.
Judging by Super Bowls past, the mass migration of teenage sex slaves is nothing more than myth. Yet the Women's Fund of Miami Dade County and the Women's Funding Network plan a meeting at 9 a.m. tomorrow-- February 2 -- at the Riviera Theater in Coral Gables to discuss this allegedly huge threat.
Read between his very terse lines, and you can tell that Brian McCarthy isnt happy. Hes a spokesman for the NFL. Every year hes forced to hear from mopes like yours truly, wondering why his customers are adulterers and child molesters.
The routine is the same in every Super Bowl city. The media beats the drum of impending invasion, warning that anywhere from 15,000 to 100,000 hookers will soon arrive. Politicians lather on their special sauce of manufactured outrage. Cops and prosecutors vow stings and beefed up manpower.
By implication, the NFLs wealthiest and most connected fanscaptains of industry and senators from Utahwill be plotting a week of sexual rampage not seen since the Vikings sailed on Scotland. And they must be stopped.
This is urban legend that is pure pulp fiction, the NFLs McCarthy says. I would refer you to your local law enforcement officials.
So thats what we did. Meet police Sergeant Tommy Thompson of Phoenix, which hosted the 2008 Super Bowl. We may have had certain precincts that were going gangbusters looking for prostitutes, but they were picking up your everyday street prostitutes, Thompson says of his vice cops. They didnt notice any sort of glitch in the number of prostitution arrests leading up to the Super Bowl.
Conspicuously noted: He doesnt recall a single arrest of an underage girl.
Perhaps Phoenix was an anomaly. So lets go to Tampa, host of Super Bowl 2009. Police spokeswoman Andrea Davis says her department ran special operations on the sex trade. They came up empty. We didnt see a huge influx in prostitutes coming into Tampa, she says. The arrests were not a lot higher. They were almost the same.
Now it could be that both departments are incompetent, mistaking tens of thousands of women in fishnet stockings for a very large synchronized swimming team. So lets travel to Europe, where the hooker influx for the World Cup is routinely pegged at 40,000. If anyones going to break the record for the worlds largest orgy, its the Godless Eurotrash, right?
Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup. U.S congressmen warned the promiscuous Krauts that fleshly opportunism would not be tolerated. So the government spent millions of euros to crush human trafficking. No one could say the Germans were perv enablers.
But apparently 39,995 of the blasphemers had carburetor trouble in Prague and never showed. The final Cup tally for forced prostitution arrests: 5. German brothels couldnt even report a surge in business. And a further study by the Swedish government ruled the 40,000 estimate was unfounded and unrealistic.