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NJ Uses Super Bowl to Spotlight Human Trafficking

The Super Bowl is bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the New York-New Jersey area, and law enforcement authorities want to make sure they don’t worsen an already widespread human trafficking problem.

Human Trafficking Press Conference
Human Trafficking Press Conference (Tim Larsen, Governor’s Office)

Gov. Chris Christie, acting Attorney General John Hoffman and other officials appeared at a news conference Wednesday to discuss their efforts to crack down on the illegal sex trade and the human traffickers who fuel it.

Christie said the illegal sex trade flourishes at every Super Bowl because of the influx of out-of-towners with cash to spend. Hoffman said a task force is coordinating undercover operations and scanning websites that specialize in adult services to watch for any spike in activity.

They said the effort won’t cease when the Super Bowl leaves town after Sunday.

To report human trafficking, call 1-800-855-END-NJHP.


(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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