Yes, there is a connection.
My friend Lucy Ann Moll posted something about this on her blog -- and apparently upset some people who think she was a little extreme.
They left some nasty comments saying she was out in left field (I know, I'm mixing sports metaphors, but you know what I mean).
So Lucy Ann asked me to comment on the comments.
You can read what I wrote here -- scroll down for my comment. I list 6 sources, posts (including my own), and other evidence that as much as we love the Super Bowl (and I do, I do), there's documented evidence that like many major sporting events (World Cup, Olympics, etc.), it attracts traffickers.
We can hide our heads in the sand. We can pretend trafficking doesn't exist at major sporting events. Or we can wake up and start dealing with it.
Which do you want to do?