An estimated 115 million viewers tuned in to make Super Bowl 50 the third-most-watched television program in TV history this past Sunday.
But in seeing Beyonce take over the halftime show and the Denver Broncos' dominating defense beat up Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, they didn't see the ugly underbelly of the bright lights and larger-than-life production.
KRON 4 News' Vince Cestone and Bay City News is reporting that the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office arrested or cited at least 30 suspects for soliciting prostitution and cracked down on 42 potential human trafficking victims in stings before the big game.
The Sheriff’s Office's Sgt. James Jensen told the news outlet that at least two of those victims were under 18 years old.
Broncos rookie safety Ryan Murphy was caught in the sting earlier last week and sent home by the team.
The Super Bowl being the site for human trafficking isn't something new, either.
According to the Los Angeles Times, nearly 600 arrests and 68 human-trafficking victims came as a result of a sting revolving around last year's Super Bowl.
"The Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly," former Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told USA Today in 2011. "It's commonly known as the single largest human-trafficking incident in the United States."
Knowing this, there's got to be a better police and bolstered dedicated unit presence moving forward.
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