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Super Bowl Human Trafficking Concerns

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. June 25, 2013

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Participants at a symposium in Trenton discuss human trafficking concerns (photo by Phil Gregory)

New Jersey is preparing for a possible increase in human trafficking activity when the state hosts the Super Bowl at the Meadowlands in January.

Louisiana State Police Sgt. Chad Gremillion says there was an increase in prostitution when New Orleans hosted this year’s Super Bowl, and it could happen in New Jersey.

 “A pimp can make in excess of $600,000 a year. That’s a huge business in today’s economy. So obviously they’re out there bringing them to where the market is, where the demand is.”

Gremillion says girls as young as 15 who run away from home end up being forced into the traveling prostitution rings, and it’s hard to convince them to cooperate with authorities.

“They’re forced, they’re coerced, they’re beaten. It’s just a bad game that they’re in and a lifestyle that is horrible.”

Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman says the suggestions made at a symposium at State Police Headquarters will be used to strengthen the state’s anti-trafficking strategy.

“I am fully confident that the State Police, the community partners, the faith based partners, all of law enforcement have any potential problem well in hand. What we are simply doing is looking at the Super Bowl as an opportunity to create a focus to make sure that we are putting into place permanent solutions for these problems.”

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