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Fighting to Stop NJ Sex Slaves [AUDIO]

With three days to go until the Super Bowl and hundreds of thousands of out-of-towners in New Jersey for the big game, authorities are ramping up efforts to crack down on human traffickers.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman
Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, flanked by Gov. Chris Christie and former AG Jeff Chiesa (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)

During a news conference at the Meadowlands, acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said over the past few years, law enforcement officials have had extensive meetings with police in other parts of the country where the Super Bowl has been played. The New Jersey representatives were given a warning.

“They said you’re going to have a lot of young men who are going to come into your city with a lot of money, they’re not going to be from the area, they’re going to be looking for a good time, they’re not going to have any family or wives or any other social constraints,” Hoffman said. “And with that, often will come a search for sex and prostitution — and where there is prostitution, there is human trafficking that often lurks in the shadows.”

To Hoffman, the state’s message is simple and clear.

“Degrade, dehumanize and victimize at your own peril,” Hoffman said, “because you are just as likely to hook up with a pair of our handcuffs as you are with a victim of sex slavery.”

The attorney general said authorities have developed an anti-trafficking game plan, one that involves aggressive investigation and prosecution of human traffickers.

“Anyone inclined to hire out trafficked women or men for sex this weekend, be forewarned: The customers you are dealing with on the street, on the phone, or online may be one of our undercovers,” Hoffman said, “and if they are, you are going to spend a long, long time in jail.”

According to Hoffman, New Jersey has a new law that increases penalties for human traffickers and gives law enforcement stronger investigative and prosecution tools.

“Plans are in place to identify and stop sex slavery,” Hoffman said, “and to aggressively prosecute those who are involved and to provide comfort and aid to the victims.”

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