If you haven’t read the news yet, authorities rescued children and women from prostitution in the Northeast.
Over a two-week span up to the Super Bowl, authorities rescued 16 juveniles and 54 women in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Authorities arrested more than 45 pimps and their helpers, some of whom said they had traveled to the New York region to traffic the women and juveniles at the Super Bowl in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The FBI had prepared for the past six months, coordinating efforts with more than 50 other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the Northeast. The juveniles rescued during Super Bowl Week included some as young as 13 and others who had been reported missing by their families. Among the offenders arrested by New York police included a Florida mother who allegedly traveled to Manhattan to prostitute her 15-year-old daughter.
There are disputes as to whether or not sex trafficking actually increases during large social events, especially the Super Bowl. Some believe it is a full-blown myth. Regardless of the statistics, the arrests made during this year’s Super Bowl shows that sex and labor trafficking is an everyday problem. Having campaigns during the Super Bowl is a way to make a large audience aware of the issue, since a vast majority of Americans watch the event every year.
PATH NC takes pride in working with fellow non-profits and local law enforcement every day to raise awareness, in hopes to ultimately eliminate human trafficking from society.