In advance of one of the biggest sports weekends of the year, law enforcement agencies in and around Indianapolis are gearing up to make sure the city and NFL fans stay safe.
Many people with a criminal justice degree or online criminal justice degree are working to ensure the event at Lucas Oil Field goes off without a hitch. One of the measures includes efforts to cut down on human trafficking, which hits its peak during Super Bowl weekend.
State legislators recently OK'd a bill that would make enforcement and prosecution of such crimes stricter. Lawmakers expect Governor Mitch Daniels to sign the bill this week.
"The clandestine nature of child sex trafficking is what makes it so difficult to investigate and prosecute," said Deputy Attorney General Abigail Kuzma, director of Consumer Protection for the Indiana Attorney General's office. "Indiana's tougher anti-trafficking legislation, poised for approval ahead of Super Bowl weekend, is both timely and welcome."
In addition, members from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility is teaming up with law enforcement to contact 220 hotels within a 50-mile radius of a stadium to educate workers about sex trafficking.