UPDATED: 2019/02/04 2:00PM
Investigators in Atlanta, Georgia said on Friday, February 1st, 2019, that 40 people have been arrested for sex trafficking as a result of the crackdown during Super Bowl week. Atlanta is considered one of the biggest hubs of sex trafficking in all of America, and many do not realize that it thrives during major sporting events like the Super Bowl.
Everyone is doing their part to ensure that the horrific crime is stopped and the people involved are recovered. Even airport and hotel staff are trained to spot signs of human trafficking.
An advocacy group, Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution, had been handing out fliers with the photos of 16 missing girls. On January 28th, the organization reported that two of the young women were identified as having been to hotels in the city. Homeland Security spokesperson Brian Cox said that there have been 7 more arrests and four more people recovered since then–two adults and two juveniles.