New Jersey Fighting Sex Trafficking Prior to Super Bowl XLVlll's Arrival

New Jersey Fighting Sex Trafficking Prior to Super Bowl XLVlll's ArrivalImage via Sports Input

Aside from potential snowfall, the biggest concern the state of New Jersey has surrounding Super Bowl XLVlll is controlling sex trafficking.

The Super Bowl is the biggest annual sports event, but it's also a smorgasbord of rampant illegal sexual activity, as buyers and sellers of sex from far and wide convene. "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," said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith. 

Smith added that New Jersey has a "huge trafficking problem," one that law enforcement has worked to curb for years. ABC News reports that state officials have organized training for law enforcement, high school students, airport employments and hospitality workers to spot sex trafficking identifiers. They've also been trained to look for pimps, as well as sex workers and customers. 

The NFL has similar concerns about sex trafficking at the Super Bowl, and it's security department hosted a meeting with law enforcement officials who specialize in fighting child prostitution and human trafficking back in September. 

In a statement, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy explained that the league plans to work "closely" with "We  federal, state and local law enforcement to ensure that the Super Bowl is a safe environment for the host community and the fans who enjoy the game and the celebration."

Super Bowl XLVlll will be held at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2.

[via ABC News]

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