More than 30 people have been arrested in the Atlanta area on the cusp of Super Bowl 53, which take place on Sunday in Georgia’s capitol city.
“With the Super Bowl just days away, federal law enforcement officials announced Wednesday they have arrested 33 people in metro Atlanta on sex-trafficking charges. Authorities said they had also rescued four victims as part of the operation,” according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The event attracts high rollers with cash to spare, and as such, becomes a hub for sex trafficking.
“The 33 arrests came during the past four days, according to Nick Annan, Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge,” the report stated. “But Annan declined to discuss specifics of the cases, citing ongoing efforts that will continue throughout the week.”
More than 40 local and state law enforcement entities, as well as 25 federal agencies, are working together to provide security for the event.
“On Jan. 23 and 24, Homeland Security assisted in a joint operation in Douglas County using undercover officers, social media sites and local hotel rooms, the Douglasville Police Department said Wednesday. Sixteen people were arrested, according to police, and the youngest person involved was 17. The timing of the crackdown was related to the Super Bowl, police said,” according to the report.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration are just a pair of the federal agencies working security for the big game. The latter conducts low-altitude helicopter flights around the city.
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