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LA County Sheriff Says Super Bowl Draws Human Traffickers

LOS ANGELES—As Los Angeles prepares to host the Super Bowl, Sheriff Alex Villanueva Wednesday reminded residents that the event is a magnet for human trafficking. Villanueva also highlighted January as National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. “This is … always a lead-up to the Super Bowl, which ends up being one of the major events that draws human traffickers to the region,” the sheriff said. “Sadly, millions of people worldwide are forced to endure this form of modern-day slavery. And they prey on the most vulnerable—those looking for opportunities in the U.S., those that have come without families and unsuspecting people that may be lured online.” He urged residents, “if you see something, say something,” asking them to report human trafficking to their local law enforcement agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security tip line at 866-347-2423 or Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477). “Anyone can become a victim of human trafficking,” Villanueva …

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