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Targeting the ‘johns’

Buy a body: get caught, but get off. That’s been the norm, but not anymore. As sports fans were getting ready for the big game, law enforcement across the nation was tackling the dark side of the Super Bowl: human trafficking. Boston Police Department participated in a multi-day operation targeting sex buyers — so called “johns.” The stings were part of the fifth National Day of Johns Arrests: an effort spearheaded by Cook County (Illinois) Sherriff’s Office that brought together more than 20 other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies around the country to arrest in total 1,147 sex buyers — including 55 men in Boston.

While women’s bodies were being used to peddle products in Super Bowl commercials, they were also actual “products” being bought by countless johns.

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