N.J. plans crack down on prostitution at Super Bowl

Participants at a symposium at New Jersey State Police Headquarters in Trenton last year discuss strategies to combat human trafficking. An Assembly committee Monday advanced legislation for a pilot program in selected school districts to identify and respond to child trafficking. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

Participants at a symposium at New Jersey State Police Headquarters in Trenton last year discuss strategies to combat human trafficking. An Assembly committee Monday advanced legislation for a pilot program in selected school districts to identify and respond to child trafficking. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

New Jersey law enforcement officials are discussing ways to crack down on those who force women and children into prostitution leading up to the 2014 Super Bowl.

Authorities gathered Tuesday in Trenton to hear from police and prosecutors from New Orleans and Indiana who led human trafficking crackdowns during Super Bowls held in those cities.

They’ve discussed methods for tracking online sex ads; training people to recognize indicators of human trafficking and providing victims with shelter and counseling.

Authorities say major events such as the Super Bowl increase the demand for commercial sex trafficking due to an influx of people coming to the event.

The leader of the state’s human trafficking task force says New Jersey is a major entry point for human trafficking due to its diverse, dense population.

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