It's a shame.
It's a shame that it takes a sport to crack down on sex trafficking, and it's a shame that there's a spike in trafficking at all when a sporting event like this happens.
The Super Bowl is bringing legitimate sex trafficking concerns to New Jersey, and they're trying to curb it before the game happens.
"New Jersey has a huge trafficking problem. One Super Bowl after another after another has shown itself to be one of the largest events in the world where the cruelty of human trafficking goes on for several weeks."
That is just AWFUL.
The thing is, there isn't enough data on how much sex trafficking exactly goes up during the Super Bowl, but what people have seen in the past is enough to worry. New Jersey isn't the first to be concerned, either.
Right when the announcement came down that the game would be held in Jersey, things got pret-ty tight — and officials started reaching out to more than just law enforcement! That includes hospitality workers, high school students, airport employees, truck drivers, and churches.
Here's what the acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said:
"We've enlisted, basically, every service provider that people coming to the Super Bowl are going to run into. "There are a lot of eyes that are going to be on their activities and going to be on spotting potential victims of this crime."
As for the basics, make sure you're always looking out for women, men, and children who may not be in control, who look frightened and are showing signs of physical abuse.
Here's the thing, though — these crimes happens all the time, not just around major sporting events. We need to be vigilant about this awful issue CONSTANTLY. No slacking off once the Bowl is over. Too many lives are at risk!
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