The Super Bowl may have been a nightmare for fans who actually attended the game but federal agents saved the lives of 16 kids who were being pimped out as party favors for sports biggest event.
Children ranging from the ages of 13 to 17 were rescued after the FBI conducted a two-week long crackdown on a prostitution ring used to lure in perverted fans of football.
A total of 50 adult women who were also forced into the ring were also rescued and agents arrested 45 pimps.
In a unfortunate finding, it turns out that a Super Bowl prostitution ring is nothing new.
Via The Grio:
Some of the victims were from other countries, authorities said.
One of the minors, a 17-year-old girl, had spent the past two years with her pimp, said Michael Osborn, chief of the Violent Crimes Against Children unit at the FBI.
Osborn said pimps forced their victims to come to the New York City area from 13 states ahead of the game held Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The rescues and arrests all took place during the two weeks leading up to the game.
Authorities said the Super Bowl and other big sporting events provide potentially lucrative opportunities for sex traffickers. There are scant statistics and significant debate over how much trafficking actually increases during such events, but New Jersey, like previous hosts for the game, paid particularly close attention to it.
This is a sad story indeed, but much like the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, police responded quickly to tackle the source of the problem.