NEWARK, N.J. – Sixteen juveniles forced into working as prostitutes for the Super Bowl were rescued in the New York City area by the FBI in the weeks before the game, the agency said Tuesday.
Officials said the children ranged in age from 13 to 17.
More than 50 adult women who were forced to work as prostitutes were also rescued. More than 45 pimps were arrested, according to investigators.
Michael Osborn, chief of the Violent Crimes Against Children unit at the FBI, said pimps forced their victims to come to the New York City area from 13 states ahead of the game held Sunday. The rescues and arrests all took place during the two weeks leading up to the game.