The FBI has shut down a sex trafficking ring just before the Super Bowl.
According to law enforcement, the sex trafficking ring was forcing juveniles as young as 13 years old to engage in work as prostitutes.
The FBI rescued 16 underage victims in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, which was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Many of the victims had been brought to the Tri-State area to provide sexual services to people attending the football game. Six of the rescued children were found in Newark, New Jersey.
The rescue came after months of investigative work by more than 50 federal and state law enforcement agencies. This came on the heels of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office setting up a Super Bowl sex trafficking task force.
After the rescue, the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Unit stated that the victims had come to the NYC area from 13 different states.
The FBI also rescued more than 50 adult women who had allegedly been forced into prostitution. Additionally, more than 45 pimps were arrested, and several of them were found in possession of illegal guns.
FBI officials indicated that the FBI will be working with local authorities to ensure that the underage sex trafficking victims receive counseling, medical care, and access to educational opportunities.
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To learn more, read the HuffingtonPost.com article entitled “Super Bowl Prostitution Ring Forced Teens as Young as 13 into Sex Work: FBI.“
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