The Strike Out Sex Trafficking World Series Challenge

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Now, I’m just as opposed to sex trafficking as anyone else, but what the heck does this have to do with baseball? No worries, CBS News has the scoop.

“Well, both of our cities are obviously very passionate about our baseball teams so we set up a challenge with St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boston,” Rev. Mike Kinman of Christ Church said.

Oh, okay, now it all makes sense.

“And then to make it a little more interesting, the losing team’s Cathedral Dean has to wear the winning team’s hat at the service on Sunday morning after the series is over,” Kinman said.

Yes, we’re going to stop sex trafficking, but JUST TO MAKE IT MORE INTERESTING, someone has to wear the other team’s cap. Okay. I’ve posted the actual links in this post, because certainly stopping sex trafficking seems like a worthy cause, and I guess I’m happy to help spread the word. But I’m still very confused why this has anything to do with the World Series, and please contribute to my Bases Loaded Walk Away From The Unlicensed Practice of Dentistry World Series Challenge, where you can donate money to professional license inspectors in Boston and St. Louis and help close illegal dental clinics. Thanks.

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Jeremy Blachman is the author of Anonymous Lawyer, a satirical novel that should make people who didn't go to law school feel good about their life choices. Read more at McSweeney's or elsewhere. He likes e-mail.

13 Responses to “The Strike Out Sex Trafficking World Series Challenge”

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  1. Mr. Smooth says:

    Can Joe West eject sex trafficking?

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  2. nickolai says:

    holy sh*t, this is a real thing? And not just a notgraphs photoshop job, like that goblin shark thing from a few months back???

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  3. steex says:

    I heard this on the radio this morning in St. Louis. It struck me as a very odd thing to tie to the World Series. Also, it seems odd to me that all of the winnings go to the city that wins – so if the Cardinals beat the Red Sox, tough luck to those people who were trying to fight sex trafficking in Boston?

    Am I out of line to suggest that a hasty Bud Selig decision now impacts the sex trade? The Red Sox get home field advantage because the AL wins the All-Star Game, improving the chance that Boston brings home the dollars to fight sex trafficking. If nothing else, at least someone may have stolen his crown for most bizarre outcome tied to results of baseball games.

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  4. Colin says:

    Naw man, I’m getting my grill in a few weeks in St. Louis. Can’t have none of that.

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  5. Bill says:

    I know major sporting events result in a surge in prostitutes being shipped into said city to fulfill the temporary increase in demand – see the super bowl. But I’m not sure that the world series is similar.

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    • Bill says:

      To clarify, most prostitutes are probably not slaves, but you can be sure a good deal of them are.

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      • Big Nerd says:

        It’s actually pretty horrible. The Super Bowl is the largest sex trafficking event in the world each year. They are setting up special law enforcement task forces in Santa Clara for next year’s Super Bowl to try to rescue as many girls as they can.

        It’s the sort of thing that you just can’t believe is happening in the modern day, and yet it is.

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  6. Ron says:

    One could argue that the baseball metaphor trivializes the issues a bit.

    Strike Out Sex Trafficking
    Catch Sex Trafficking Stealing
    Throw Sex Trafficking Out At The Plate
    Get Sex Trafficking In A Rundown
    Catch Sex Trafficking Leaning The Other Way
    Throw It Up And In To Sex Trafficking
    Bench Sex Trafficking
    Send Sex Trafficking To An Early Shower
    Waive Sex Trafficking

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  7. Jaybo Shaw says:

    To piggy-back on what Bill said, this is pretty ignorant post. By ignorant I don’t mean “offensive” or “generally disagreeable” as people often do, but ignorant in terms of the actual definition of the word- the author doesn’t know what he is talking about. I am not posting this because the author touched on a sensitive issue.

    The general question that is being asked has a very simple answer. What does sex trafficking have to do with the World Series? Many studies have shown that sex trafficking increases significantly around major sporting events. The Kentucky Derby and Superbowl draw more sex-trafficking than any other events in the US. Unlike the author, the MLB is aware of this and trying to shed light on the issue. This is not only reasonable, but very good. For a site that responsibly sheds light on how the MLB has a DUI issue, its a bummer to see an article like this posted.

    Also, this article isn’t funny.

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  8. robin says:

    You are right Jaybo, the article is not funny and one would think a writer would get his facts straight before posting something as serious as this… women are “prostituted” or “trafficked”. As as survivor, I was a little put off by the lack of sensitivity and education by the author. And, I am certain the same thing in happening in both cities during the world series!

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