More big news around the Super Bowl and human trafficking as a major busted has happened in Tampa. This seems to be a common trend around the Super Bowl as elites look to traffic women and children.
A grand total of 71 people have been arrested so far doing the investigation that’s been dubbed “Operation Interception.”
“With less than a month until the big game, our covert operations continue, seeking those who choose to sexually exploit others here in our community,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Our goal, as the operation name explains, is to ‘intercept’ individuals involved in sexual exploitation before they are able to take advantage of vulnerable individuals, and ultimately, to deter others.”
The Sheriff says they will continue to undergo undercover efforts throughout the weekend of the upcoming Super Bowl to stop the Human Trafficking the event is now becoming known for.
“Like any major sporting event, the Super Bowl should not be a venue where these types of crimes occur on the sidelines, whether it’s before, during, or after the game,” said Sheriff Chronister. “We know from past experiences with major sporting events that there will be some who travel for the exclusive purpose of taking advantage of women and children. I want to make it very clear, if you are planning to engage in the sexual exploitation of others, I’m urging you to think twice. We will find you, and you will be arrested.”
Sheriff Chronister says that Hillsborough County has a zero-tolerance for such activity. This is an ongoing story as the investigation is currently ongoing.