Friday, 31. January 2014
Authorities in New York arrested 11 individuals Thursday in a prostitution sting in hopes of preventing further criminal activity with the large influx of out-of-town individuals arriving for the Super Bowl.
According to the police report, the operation advertised “party packs” on public access cable television. Police uncovered that party packs often included cocaine and sexual favors, so they decided to conduct a large raid Thursday morning in hopes of disrupting any parties that were planned to take place Super Bowl weekend.
Police were able to detain 11 suspects during their initial sweep, including to purported ringleader. Police brought charges against seven other individuals who have yet to be found.
New York Attorney General Eric Schniederman said investigators had found more than $3 million in credit card charges on a electronic reader that had been seized during the raid, noting that the figure may only be the tip of the iceberg.
“Keep in mind that most johns pay cash,” Schneiderman said. “So that’s a staggering number for an enterprise like this.”
Although they likely thought the Super Bowl would be a big money making opportunity for the sex ring, they shouldn’t be too surprised they got caught. Just this month, New Jersey announced that it planned to crack down on sex trafficking in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said officials instituted a coordinated effort among precincts to prevent the illicit behavior from taking place.
“We’ve enlisted, basically, every service provider that people coming to the Super Bowl are going to run into,” Hoffman said. “There are a lot of eyes that are going to be on their activities and going to be on spotting potential victims of this crime.”
Authorities had gathered evidence for 11 months before conducting the raid. Documents show that police have credit card records, wiretapped recordings talking about transactions and clients, and text messages that all point to an underground drug and sex ring. The group was even
bold stupid enough to advertise their activities on late night television, which featured ads for the “Asian Wave” escort service that was “always a treat, and always fast to your door.”
Schneiderman said his team didn’t have a lot of information on the sex workers involved in the ring, but he believes many of them were victims. He added that the exploited victims would not be charged with crimes.
Related source: The Associated Press, ESPN