UPDATED 7:34 AM PT — Friday, February 1, 2019
Federal law enforcement agents announce at least 33 people have been arrested in Atlanta over the last four-days on sex trafficking charges.
The Department of Homeland Security confirmed the arrests on Wednesday, and said the agency was able to rescue four victims of trafficking during the operation.
This comes just days before Sunday’s Super Bowl 53. According to officials, large sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, are likely to bring more criminal activity to the area due to the sheer population increase.
“We’re also ensuring that criminals don’t use these events to exploit the most vulnerable among us, so we are conducting proactive human trafficking enforcement operations as we speak and I’m proud to say, thanks to our efforts, we have already rescued four victims, made 33 arrests and have trained businesses and state and local entities to spot the signs of trafficking,” stated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
The crackdown on sex trafficking is expected to continue throughout the week.