Human Traffic Watch

Authorities step up crackdown on prostitution, human trafficking in N.O.

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm

With two huge celebrations ahead in New Orleans, authorities believe prostitution will surge.

“We expect to see an increase because of the big events — the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras,” said NOPD Eighth District Lt. Anthony Caprera.

The NOPD descended on a French Quarter hotel Monday night, arresting two suspected prostitutes and their alleged pimp, while also rescuing a 4-year-old boy who was with the group.

Officials said the boy is the son of one of the suspected prostitutes.

The suspects traveled here from Texas City, Texas, detectives said, to cash in on the busy tourism stretch ahead.

“Unusual that the child was right there and the fact that these people came in from another state strictly for prostitution here, and it’s because of the events that we’re about to experience,” Caprera said.

Detectives say the group placed ads on a backpage.com, which along with some other sites, is expected to be buzzing with sex solicitation during the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras.

Source: WWLTV

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