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Bridget Johnson


February 4, 2014 - 9:08 am

The FBI said today that it recovered 16 juveniles being sold during the time around the Super Bowl in a child sex trafficking operation.

More than 45 pimps and their associates were arrested, some claiming that they came to New Jersey for the purpose of taking advantage of increased tourism in conjunction with the event.

“High-profile special events, which draw large crowds, have become lucrative opportunities for child prostitution criminal enterprises,” said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “The FBI and our partners remain committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and putting those who try to profit from this type of criminal activity behind bars.”

The youngest of the victims being trafficked for sex was just 13 years old. The teens included children who had been reported missing by their families.

The FBI added that “enforcement actions resulted in the recovery of international human trafficking victims.”

“Through partnerships, enhanced as a result of this operation, we hope to build a lasting framework that helps the community address this problem,” said Michael Harpster, chief of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Section. “It’s easy to focus on this issue in light of a high-profile event, but the sad reality is, this is a problem we see every day in communities across the country.”

The New York Police Department made nearly 200 arrests in a sex-trafficking sweep before the Super Bowl.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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This is another misleading article on "human sex trafficking". Regular prostitutes, or actually who knows what, are arrested (see last line of article) and declared sex-trafficking victims. 45 pimps and associates? "Some said" they came to NJ. No actual quotes though. From where did they come? NYC?
Notice that the sweep was done "during the time around the SuperBowl" however no mention is made of actual Super Bowl visitors trying to hire them. Really, what nitwit spends thousands of dollars on tickets and then goes looking for children for sex? The answer would be none. "Children reported missing"? These were runaways. Very sad when they resort to prostitution, but how is this international trafficking? The sweeps had nothing to do with the SuperBowl, but the government agencies, NGOs, and other hangers-on, are desperate to obtain donations and funding. It is fantastic whenever law enforcement can bust people for abusing minor children, but lumping this together with the SuperBowl and with standard prostitution is just a money and power grab. It is also an attempt to make the problem seem far larger than it is. The problem with this is that when everything becomes "sex trafficking" the real sex trafficking will get ignored in favor of busting easy to find targets and showing how great a job you are doing. Net result - real child sex trafficking will not be addressed. Sad.
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But I thought critics of this policy told us that child sex and prostitution during the Super Bowl was overblown?
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Its the satanic worshippers stealing babies for blood sacfirices of the 2010s.
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