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Here’s How Las Vegas Cracked Down On Sex Trafficking During Super Bowl

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2009, file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sgt. Rick Mejia, left, interviews Andrea, a prostitute, about her activities, as she stands along Long Beach Boulevard in Compton, Calif. A yearlong academic study of sex trafficking in Las Vegas is providing a glimpse at a shadowy world behind the neon where underage girls threatened by pimps solicit for business in casinos, on streets and online. Of 190 identified sex-trafficking victims in 2014, Arizona State University researchers found two-thirds were under 18 years old, one in five was brought to southern Nevada from somewhere else and more than half were never reported as missing. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

The Daily Signal has the good news: Police investigated over 400 cases related to human trafficking during Super Bowl week in Las Vegas, authorities said.

Cases involved pandering, adult and minor sex trafficking, and solicitation attempts (known also as “John” arrests), Las Vegas Sheriff Kevin McMahill said Tuesday during a town hall.

Las Vegas logged 12 confirmed arrests for human trafficking and 26 so-called bot cases online around the time of Super Bowl LVII, McMahill said.

In a bot (or robot) case, a detective uses the internet to covertly converse with individuals who say they desire to “pick up a kid and do sex trafficking with them” the sheriff said.

Without providing details, McMahill also listed 303 arrests or citations for solicitation, loitering, and trespassing; 21 “John” arrests or citations; and 49 other transgressions related to human trafficking.

In total, the Police Department reported 411 violations of law connected with trafficking.

From 2013 to 2016, Nevada logged only 356 cases of human trafficking. In 2021, the state recorded 201 cases.

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