A 10-month long investigation into sex trafficking aimed at curtailing the illegal activity surround the Super Bowl ended with the rescue of 25 child prostitutes and about 45 ‘pimps.’
Those arrests, according to nj.com, were made across the state in towns like Atlantic City, Fairfield, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Franklin, South Plainfield, Edison, Bridgewater, Paterson, and Parsippany.
Names of the suspects have not been released by the FBI, but they will be charged with facilitating prostitution or child endangerment, the report said.
Investigators conducting the sting operation pretended to be “johns” and would respond to advertisements, then rescue victims and arrest whomever they were with, nj.com reported.
The effort was ramped up in 2012 as the Super Bowl, played at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, drew tens of thousands of out-of-towners to the area for the event. In the past two weeks alone, 27 people were arrested as part of the investigation, the report said.
An estimated 50 law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation.