FBI tries new approach in Super Bowl sex trafficking fight

AP Photo/Eric Risberg

AP Photo/Eric Risberg

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the first time in its efforts to crack down on sex trafficking during the Super Bowl, the FBI will try to reach out to women and girls selling sex in the run-up to the game to give them a way out and get them to turn against their traffickers.

The softer, victim-centric approach will rely on local nonprofit groups to make initial contact with the women and girls before the agency steps in to provide them access to its victims' advocates and other services, FBI officials told The Associated Press.

"The goal is to reach anyone who is being trafficked," FBI Supervisory Special Agent Doug Hunt, who manages the San Francisco office's anti-trafficking efforts, which will also include sting operations the agency has used before previous Super Bowls.

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