NYPD cracks down on sex trafficking before the Super Bowl

By Elaine Alluin ,

With the Super Bowl right around the corner the New York Police Department won't be having to break down the high activity and tension of who will be the winning team, Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos, but sex trafficking.

CNN reports that there have been nearly 200 arrests and related crimes made in New York.

Federal and local authorities have been worried about the increased prostitution around high profile sporting events like the Super Bowl for years.

The NYPD and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are going to dedicate more resources to the issue of sex trafficking. The main focus is to track down the people who are victimizing the young women and men.

According to USA Today the demand for the tickets for the Super Bowl is low and it has nothing to do with the cold New York weather.

Lance Patania, president/CEO of Prominent Tickets, said his firm was selling $800 face value tickets for $1,200, compared to previous years of tickets being priced at $2,300 to $2,500.

Patania went on to reiterate that the desire of attending the Super Bowl has little to do with the weather, but with the appeal of the teams playing. He said, “If this game was in San Diego or Miami, it would still not be a good ticket because the teams are not sexy. ... You don't have these huge fan bases that you would have if Washington or Dallas or New York or someone else was in it."

Brian McCarthy, NFL vice president of corporate communications, went on to comment about ticket sales. "No, we are not concerned with secondary (resale) markets which will ebb and flow but will perhaps enable fans to buy tickets at even more reasonable prices. The concerns about the weather continue to dissipate and we've seen an influx of demand today."

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