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Feb012011

Super Bowl Task Force Readies to Combat Child Sex Traffickers

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- When fans flock to the Dallas Cowboys' stadium on Super Bowl Sunday, few will be thinking about anything other than touchdowns and tailgates.

But nearby, in hotels, motels and on street corners, Texas authorities say a "dark side" will exist, one where children are sold for sex by pimps.  And those sex traffickers are descending on the area.

"People are thinking of the Packers and the Steelers and the game on the field, having a good time and Super Bowl commercials.  Most don't think about a 12-year-old being forced to dance naked," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told ABC News.

"There are several things at play here.  There are maybe 100,000 or more coming in and out of town for a single event, and it seems to be a testosterone filled event," said Abbott.  "The Super Bowl is a magnet for child sex traffickers."

Texas is creating a task force of federal, state and city agencies to combat child trafficking in Arlington during the big game.

Abbott said that Texas law enforcement officials wanted to "get ahead of the curve" this year in combating the problem of child prostitution during the Super Bowl after hearing stories from Miami Beach and Tampa, where the last two Super Bowls were held.

During the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami Beach, child outreach professionals said they saw a surge in young women working the streets in the week leading up to the big game.  Many of the young girls they spoke with told outreach experts that they'd been brought to the area by pimps hoping to profit from the game.

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