ENGLEWOOD – An assemblywoman referenced the 2014 Super Bowl – being held in New Jersey – in announcing the introduction of bills to combat human trafficking.
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, (D-37), Englewood, announced plans for a package of bills to address the problem of human trafficking in time for the 2014 Super Bowl, which is being played at the new Meadowlands, or MetLife Stadium.
“Human trafficking is modern day slavery, yet it receives very little attention,” Vainieri Huttle said in a release.
“New Jersey must take a strong stand against it by putting laws in place that prevent and address the sale of people for sex and labor.”
“There is evidence to suggest that there will be a sharp increase of trafficking victims shipped to New Jersey due to the Super Bowl.” said Vainieri Huttle. “Just as Indiana did in advance of the 2012 Super Bowl, we intend to exponentially reduce this potential.”
Huttle said that according to the Division of Criminal Justice, there were only 179 cases of sex and labor trafficking reported in New Jersey from Sept. 16, 2005 to March 1, 2012. However, according to the Polaris Project, a nonprofit organization that assists human trafficking victims, the number of unreported trafficking crimes in New Jersey is closer to the thousands, said Vainieri Huttle.
Huttle praised Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa for issuing a statewide directive ordering law enforcement to identify, investigate and prosecute human sex and labor trafficking more aggressively.