New Jersey Officials Work to Fight Sex Trafficking Ahead of Super Bowl

As New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium prepares to host the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, officials in the state are ramping up their efforts to fight sex trafficking. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey is the co-chairman of the House anti-human trafficking caucus. He told the AP, “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.” The state has set up new training programs for law enforcement officers, hospitality industry workers and transportation employees, teaching them the signs of what to look for to identify women and even children who may be the victims of sex trafficking.

The state’s 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.” Officials say that because New York is such a large city and the stadium is in close proximity to a complex highway system, sex trafficking victims are at greater risk. Even the NFL is getting involved. The league held a special meeting recently to have members of its security team receive training from law enforcement officers who specialize in human trafficking and child prostitution …

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