In recent years, NJ legislators have strengthened human trafficking laws as part of ongoing efforts to prevent forced prostitution. However, combating sex trafficking could prove especially difficult in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. This is because many of the prostitutes involved in Super Bowl week are from out of town. It has been estimated that as many as 400,000 people will come to the Tri-state area for the Super Bowl. Among these visitors will be a high number of sex traffickers.
New Jersey authorities have two main objectives when it comes to curbing the sex trade during Super Bowl week: (1) arresting people who solicit prostitutes, and (2) helping victims of the sex trade. NJ authorities are particularly concerned about the exploitation of women and children who have been forced into sex trafficking. As a result, many prostitutes who are arrested during Super Bowl week will be offered assistance and counseling.
Shortly after it was announced that the 2014 Super Bowl would take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, state and local law enforcement agencies began to train personnel, hospitality workers, high school students, and others on how to identify and report the signs of sex trafficking. According to acting Attorney General John Hoffman, the state has “enlisted, basically, every service provider that people coming to the Super Bowl are going to run into.”
To learn more, see the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Works to Curb Sex Trafficking Before Super Bowl.”
If you have been accused of a sex crime in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Alissa D. Hascup for a free consultation about your case.