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New Jersey plans crackdown on prostitution at Super Bowl

Published On: Jun 25 2013 01:14:07 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2013 03:06:21 PM EDT
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New Jersey law enforcement officials are discussing ways to crack down on those who force women and children into prostitution leading up to the National Football League's 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Feb. 2.

Authorities gathered Tuesday in Trenton to hear from police and prosecutors from New Orleans and Indiana who led human trafficking crackdowns during NFL Super Bowls held in those cities.

They've discussed methods for tracking online sex ads; training people to recognize indicators of human trafficking and providing victims with shelter and counseling.


Major events such as the Super Bowl increase the demand for commercial sex trafficking due to an influx of people coming to the event, authorities said.

The leader of the state's human trafficking task force said New Jersey is a major entry point for human trafficking due to its diverse, dense population.