Hospitality industry staffers were trained to spot the signs of human trafficking. It's important to remember that even if you spot a number of these signs, it doesn't necessarily mean someone is being trafficked.
Officers initially claimed it was a "trafficking bust," but police did not file any trafficking charges and seemingly watched victims be repeatedly sexually exploited on undercover security cameras for weeks without intervening.
But the Super Bowl brings together stakeholders to create much-needed responses and prevention approaches to sex trafficking, he said. Sex traffickers go unpunished. If someone calls during the Super Bowl weekend to report being trafficked, "they were very likely being trafficked before that too," Bouchard said.
An anti-trafficking sticker is pictured on a door as part of Convenience Stores Against Trafficking, a program of the nonprofit In Our Backyard. Jerry Iannelli 4. The campaigns coincide with law enforcement efforts to step up patrols as crowds descend upon a city that its mayor says ranks third in the country for reports of human trafficking.
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The dates of the arrests "were specifically selected to be near the Super Bowl, as this is always a time of increased prostitution and pandering activity in the host city," the department said. The International Labor Organization estimates that The five-day operation involved undercover agents and investigators who chatted with potential sex buyers over social media -- another reminder of just how far technology has taken us.