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Authorities target human trafficking for Super Bowl

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WWL-TV) -

Security in New Orleans will be tight when the Super Bowl rolls into town in less than three weeks and part of the focus for authorities will be to target a disturbing form of organized crime.

Advocates say human traffickers set up shop in Super Bowl host cities, trying to cash in on the celebration. In fact, they said it's one of the largest human trafficking events in the world.

WWL-TV reports police are getting special training to identify possible victims.

"Between federal law enforcement here in New Orleans, state law enforcement, non profits, there are a lot of people coming together," said Kara Van de Carr of Eden House. "They recognize this is an issue. There have been multiple trainings, conferences and there are people coming in to actually combat the problem."

Advocates said human trafficking is a problem in the New Orleans area year round, as it's an easily accessible city and one known for its tourism.

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