Prostitution and drug ring busted in New York four days before Super Bowl

Earlier this month, we told you about how local strip club employees banded together to raise awareness about sex trafficking in advance of the Broncos-Chargers playoffs game in Denver. Their reasoning? Sporting events attract forced prostitution.

But is this true? That weekend, Denver police reported just one prostitution-related arrest -- which is not unusual. But yesterday, New York authorities busted a drug and prostitution ring they say was marketing its services to people in town for Sunday's Super Bowl.

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Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
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