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17 arrested in Rockland County Super Bowl human trafficking operation

NEW CITY – Criminal charges have been filed in Rockland County against 17 individuals in connection with an alleged human trafficking operation that revolved around the February 2 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.  The defendants, who range in age from 17 to 45, are charged with promoting prostitution, prostitution, possession of a controlled substance and other offenses,

The crackdown was the culmination of a six-month probe led by the District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit, the Clarkstown Police Department Anti-Crime Unit and the FBI.

Between January 30 and February 1, four men and a woman were charged with misdemeanor promoting prostitution. One of the individuals was also charged with felony drug sales and other narcotic related charges.

Nine women ranging in age from 17 to 32 face prostitution and other charges. A 15-year-old girl was recovered during the sweep, but will not be prosecuted, authorities said.  Two others were arrested on unrelated charges, including false personation and possession of a controlled substance.

One defendant was from Rockland County.  Other defendants traveled from as far away as Massachusetts.