Just in Time for February, the Myth of Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl Returns

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MetLife Stadium, where this year's Super Bowl will be played.
It's almost Super Bowl time, and you know what that means: sex slaves, thousands of them, flooding into the area around New Jersey's MetLife stadium to be raped by morally bankrupt football fans.

That's the story from the Associated Press, anyway; an article by Katie Zezima and Samantha Henry published this month warned that sex trafficking is always a huge problem around the Super Bowl, and that the Jersey location of this year's game will only make matters worse: "Many believe the state's sprawling highway system, proximity to New York City and diverse population make it an attractive base of operations for traffickers."

The only problem is, that story -- about trafficked women and children being driven into Super Bowl towns in large numbers to be brutalized every year when game time rolls around -- isn't true. It wasn't true 10 years ago, when a version of the story first started circulating, and it will continue to not be true this year. So, why are you reading about it in an Associated Press article, on PolicyMic, in the New York Daily News, the Huffington Post, and dozens of other media outlets, not one of which can apparently refrain from using some version of the phrase "a dark side to the big game"?

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The NFL's Tourist's Guide to NY and NJ Includes a Rest Stop on the Jersey Turnpike in Its Top 5 Attractions

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Some 400,000 tourists are expected to descend on New York City and parts of New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII. If you are one of them, you probably have some time to kill before Sunday, and the NFL, at your service, has created a Snow Fall-quality flash website to guide you through this concrete jungle (where dreams are made of).

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What Time Does The Super Bowl Start?

What Time Does the Super Bowl Start? A poem to enthrall and inspire!:

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Nate Silver (and Puppies) Knows Who Wins the Super Bowl

Nate Silver, the statistical genius who predicted the outcome of the last two presidential elections and the most recent Senate race, has now revealed his pick for the winner of the Super Bowl. Are you ready for it?

It's Beyonce!

Nope, it's actually the San Francisco 49ers. And, unfortunately for Baltimore Ravens fans, Silver's not the only one who thinks the Niners will emerge on top during this Sunday's game -- the puppies of Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl are also placing their bets on San Francisco.

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