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FBI Recovers 16 Juveniles During Super Bowl

February 4, 2014

Some harrowing – albeit good – news from the FBI.  As part of law enforcement’s focus on human trafficking during the Super Bowl, the agency successfully recovered sixteen juvenile victims.  Six were from New Jersey and all were between the ages of 13 and 17.  Here’s what the FBI had to say about its investigation:

The FBI, in partnership with more than 50 law enforcement agencies, recovered 16 juveniles during an enforcement action focused on commercial child sex trafficking. Additionally, more than 45 pimps and their associates were arrested, some of whom claimed to have traveled to New Jersey from other states specifically for the purpose of prostituting women and children at the Super Bowl.

The minors recovered during the Super Bowl operations range in ages from 13 to 17 years old and include high school students and children who had been reported missing by their families.

Additionally, enforcement actions resulted in the recovery of international human trafficking victims.

Click here for the Star-Ledger’s coverage of the arrests.