FBI sex-trafficking sting before Super Bowl nets 169
February 6, 2019 | Brainwave Science
169 people have been arrested in an operation which had been launched to counter the threat of increased sex trafficking leading up to the Super Bowl LIII. The sting operation was 11-day long and began on the 23rd of January. Out of the arrested, 26 are alleged traffickers, 34 are accused of trying to engage in sexual acts with minors, nine are alleged juvenile sex-trafficking victims, and nine more alleged adult victims.
Through this operation, the agencies wanted to proactively bring attention to the increased incidence of sex-trafficking during the Super Bowl and the events leading up to the Super Bowl. The two teams which worked on this are the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children/Human Trafficking Program and Metro Atlanta Child (MATCH) Task Force. These teams coordinated with 25 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to carry out the arrests.
FBI Special Agent Taylor Dervish told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that major events like the Super Bowl bring in a lot of people, money and crime – increasing the odds of people willing to pay for sex.
“Sex trafficking is not just a problem during large-scale events, it is a 365-day-a-year problem in communities all across the country.” The need of so many agencies to coordinate in order to net sex-traffickers and rescue victims shows how big and deep-rooted this problem is.
Other events like the Detroit auto show are where a lot of children and adults are trafficked for sex. It is known by the FBI that during the time of the Detroit Auto Show, there is a 280-300 per cent increase in the number of sex workers in the area. Read the scenario analysis here as to how the agencies can utilize modern forensic technology to grab this problem by the horns.
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The stimuli to be used in the iCognative of the alleged sex traffickers is the details of the online advertisements made by them on pages like backpage.com, the cell phone and online transaction records where they communicated with solicitors, the details of victims rescued during this sting and earlier, etc. The solicitors of sex with minors and adults can also be made to undergo the iCognative test. For them, the stimuli could be their online history of them soliciting sex, their bank details, suspicious transfers, their geo-locations on specific days when related traffickers or victims were discovered, their interactions with other solicitors through CCTV footage, phone records and online exchanges, etc.
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