If you thought 2011 was Jennifer Lopez’s busiest year to date, you’re probably right. For another 365 days at least. The backup dancer-dating, "On The Floor" pop goddess has three movies coming out (Parker, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and Ice Age: Continental Drift) and a Greatest Hits album in the works as well. And of course she will be back on American Idol, plus she will premiere her new reality show Q'Viva on Univision. J.Lo's busy, work-filled year will officially pick up with Idol's return on January 18 and 19, with a "special presentation"of the season 11 premiere after the NFC Championship Game on January 22.
Do you know who else's work picks back up in January during NFL playoffs? Victims of human trafficking. No, I'm not changing the subject. We’ll get back to J.Lo shortly. Let me explain. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told USA Today ahead of last year's Super Bowl in Dallas that "the Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly: It's commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States."
Let's quickly investigate what this all means. First of all, this is the greatest show on Earth. Secondly, yup. The Super Bowl may be known for the advertisements (and Championship rings...anyone?), but booze and GoDaddy domains aren't the only commodities being advertised and sold that day. Among the thousands and thousands of ballgame attendees that weekend are sadly a growing group of commercially sexually exploited children. The president of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that 100,000 to 300,000 American kids, some as young as 12 years old, are at risk of being exploited in the sex trade each year, according to the same USA Today report.