It seems to happen every week in the days leading up to the Super Bowl and this week is no different: On Thursday, New York law enforcement authorities cracked down on a prostitution ring that had been under surveillance for 11 months, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
Authorities decided to act now in the hopes of disrupting any parties that may have been planned for Super Bowl week, the Associated Press reported.
More details via the AP:
More than half of the 18 suspects charged in the case were under arrest Thursday afternoon, including a Long Island woman who authorities said went by the code-name "Beige" and was the primary ringleader. The rest were being sought.
At a midday news conference, Schneiderman ... said investigators had so far identified $3 million worth of charges processed in connection with sex and drug sales.
"Keep in mind that most johns pay cash," Schneiderman said. "So that's a staggering number for an enterprise like this."
Many of the people involved with the organization were Asian immigrants. ...
Schneiderman said investigators didn't have a lot of information on the sex workers involved in the operation, because women cycled in and out, but he said that authorities considered the women to be exploited "victims," and said only their managers would face charges.
But New York isn't alone in fighting prostitution rings. On Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sent out a series of warning tweets to would-be johns (via Shutdown Corner).
We are only a few days away from the Super Bowl. A time, where sex trafficking is at a high risk.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 29, 2014
So to anyone out there that is even thinking about it. Don't even try it. We have eyes and ears on the ground and on the web.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 29, 2014
If you do try it, expect to be caught. And when you are caught, expect to be prosecuted.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 29, 2014
This is not just about the Super Bowl. NJ has recognized this problem early on and will continue to do everything in our power to end it.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 29, 2014