- The Los Angeles Police Department is focusing on human trafficking ahead of Super Bowl LVI.
- Los Angeles is already a high-risk area, but the Super Bowl has proven to increase the danger.
LOS ANGELES – The local police force is spreading awareness on the dangers of Super Bowl 56 being in their home city.
The Super Bowl is one of the best times of the year for many, legal sports betting sites included. However, the event doesn’t come without negatives as the local police in Los Angeles are aware of.
According to a Los Angeles County Sheriff, the Super Bowl draws human traffickers to the region which is worrisome since the area is already considered to be a hot spot for human trafficking.
Unfortunately, this is nothing new. Over 70 people were arrested in Tampa last year during the Super Bowl in relation to sexual exploitation and 2020 saw a man get 25 years for trafficking during the Super Bowl as well.
In response, multiple different law enforcement agencies will be patrolling the area, including 300 LASD officers and was is expected to be around 500 DHS personnel to help the local police departments.
The NFL’s Involvement
The It’s A Penalty campaign works to prevent abuse, exploitation and human trafficking worldwide and has NFL ambassadors such as Aaron Rodgers, Chris Godwin and Johnny Hekker.
Uber has also decided to participate in the campaign by providing the phone number to the human trafficking hotline, 1-888-373-7888, on 2,500 of their vehicles. Multiple airlines, including American and Southwest, will partake as well.
While many will be betting on the NFL on Super Bowl Sunday, be aware of what else is going on in the world and say something if you happen to see something.
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