Authorities in Douglas County last week arrested 16 people who were allegedly part of a human sex trafficking ring, police said.
The stings happened last Wednesday and Thursday, dates that were "specifically selected to be near the Super Bowl," the Douglasville Police Department said in a post on Facebook.
Some advocates say there is a spike in human sex trafficking in the Super Bowl’s host city on the days surrounding the big game.
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Police have not released the identities of the people arrested, but said they face charges including prostitution, pimping, pandering, human trafficking and drug offenses.
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Local and federal authorities used “undercover officers, social media sites and local hotel rooms” to make the arrests, police said.