The FBI has made another dent into another sex trafficking operation after they were able to rescue 16 children between the ages of 13 and 17 that were being forced to have sex with Super Bowl tourists for money.
"High-profile special events, which draw large crowds, have become lucrative opportunities for child prostitution criminal enterprises," Ron Hosko, AD of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division.
Some of the children were foreign nationals, who are forced into prostitution to pay their debt for being brought to America, and the others were kids who had been reported missing by their families. They were taken to New Jersey for the Super Bowl weekend by pimps, reports Fox News.
The FBI prepared way ahead of time by preparing for the operation six-months before. They also went to hotels in the New York City area and taught employees how to identify victims of sex trafficking. The result was an arrest of more than 45 pimps and their associates on Tuesday.
"The FBI and our partners remain committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and putting those who try to profit from this type of criminal activity behind bars," said Hosko.
According to the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking:
Raising human trafficking awareness is not a one time, one event, cause. Rather, promoting Human Trafficking awareness, especially during a national event such as the Super Bowl, allows for wide-spread community attentiveness to the issue. The problem of Human Trafficking in New Jersey will not end with the Super Bowl. It is the hope that the NJ Coalition’s awareness campaign will help to prevent Human Trafficking in New Jersey and when it does occur, to reach out to victims, providing them with aid and resources.