NJ stepping up war on prostitution

New Jersey is stepping up its war on prostitution in the weeks

leading up to the Super Bowl, with an estimated 10,000 sex workers

expected to descend on the area.

The state’s human trafficking awareness committee is conducting

seminars with city and state workers, private sector employees and

middle- and high-schoolers.

“They will hear from girls who were trafficked,” Tracy M.

Thompson, who runs the program for the Attorney General’s

Office,

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NJ.com. “And they will hear it could have been stopped if

somebody just said something.”

She points out that while “the Super Bowl will cause a spike in

it … this is an ongoing initiative.”

In May, Gov. Chris Christie signed the Human Trafficking

Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act into law, establishing

harsher sentences for pimps and providing a victims assistance fund

from fines.