As reported by Elizabeth Nolan Brown in Reason Magazine this past few weeks…

Outside of some reporters with dubious judgement, the only people who are still earnestly pushing the idea that sporting events like the super bowl are hotbeds of human trafficking seem to be:

1) politicians who have made a name for themselves stirring up crime panic, 2) state prosecutors, who like to use the prospect of “sex slaves” to justify ramping up their routine vice stings during the big game, and 3) the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for whom the panic dovetails nicely with their efforts to round up immigrants and promiscuous women. But poke any “Super Bowl sex trafficking sting” headline from the past decade and all you’ll find is a bunch of sex workers and their customers arrested for trying to hook up with another consenting adult.

LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE three times MORE LIKELY TO BE JAILED and at risk of abuse. Many CAN’T AFFORD BAIL. The Freedom Fund posts bail to secure the safety and liberty of people in jail and immigration detention. We work to build a critical mass against the mass detention of LGBTQ individuals. 

FACTS


Mass incarceration: an LGBTQ issue
 
1 in 2
 transgender prisoners is sexually abused. 
1 in 2 homeless children is LGBTQ and half of homeless people experience incarceration.
 
1 in 3 American adults has a criminal record and sexual minorities are three times more likely to be incarcerated.

Trans folks and women of color trade sex in the areas around the stadium in Miami all the way up to Ft Lauderdale and Palm Beach. We are prioritizing their release so that they can actively participate in their own defense and hopefully mitigate some of the damage done by the violent experience of being arrested. Bonds will run in amounts from $200 to $500 for a soliciting for a prostitution offence. We will be posting bonds after they make their first appearance in court – many times after which they are released on their own recognizance.

The Community Support Line will be open 24 hours and we have staffed it with volunteers who are prepared to help us get as many people released as possible. We will be collecting data that will be released regarding specific circumstances leading up to their arrest to Elizabeth Nolan Brown of reason Magazine after release and we have support services for both sex workers and sex trafficking victims. We will only be bonding out adults over the age of 18.

SWOP Behind Bars