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New Jersey Leadership: No Human Trafficking At Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl is seven months away, but already preparation in New Jersey has begun and that has some of New Jersey leadership bracing for business that may not be above board.

The Super Bowl and other large events tend to be a magnet for human trafficking and the Garden State says they won't stand for it.

Human trafficking encompasses both the sex trade and labor traffickers, both practices are illegal. It's the modern day slave trade. So months before the super bowl, which is expected to drawn thousands to the Garden State, the leadership has a message and a plan.

"The message we want to send is don't bring that business here. NJ is closed to trafficking. You cannot profit from trafficking here," says Tracy Thompson, the Assistant Attorney General of New Jersey.

When you have huge crowds of people from all over the country in one place for a short period of time, it can become a black market breeding ground that keeps the horrific human trafficking business in the shadows.

"A major event is about to occur in the state of NJ and we anticipate an influx of online ads and a demand for cheap labor," explains Thompson.

John Hoffman, the acting Attorney General in NJ is working with law enforcement, the state, and faith based leaders to teach people what trafficking is, so it won't go unnoticed or mislabeled.

"What we are here today to do is establish systems, institutions, and practices that go far beyond what happens in a football game next January,"

The plan is to educate the public on what trafficking is, how to spot it, and who to call.

"We're in the process of a training program to train people who can go out and educate various sectors who may have a business or entity or group that touches upon human trafficking. The taxi cab industry, hotels truck drivers..." says Thompson.

It's incredibly difficult to find a victim of trafficking who's escaped and willing to talk about it...but FOX 29's obtained an exclusive interviewed a woman in Easton a few months ago who escaped the sex trade after 30 years of bondage, this was her message:

"There is a way out. I'm a living example... If you're a victim of trafficking, reach out to someone. Don't keep it a secret. Don't think this is what it has to be like I did. Don't feel as though your soul is worthless."

As we get closer to the Super Bowl you can expect New Jersey's faith based organizations, law enforcement offices, and towns to host seminars on human trafficking. They're also planning on launching a media campaign. In the meantime, if you are being trafficked or think you know someone who is, call the number on your screen 877-986-7534.

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