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By Associated Press
ATLANTA – Authorities say 33 people have been arrested in Atlanta on bad trafficking charges before the Super Bowl.
National Security Investigation Officer Nick Annan tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the arrests occurred this week, but he declined to discuss details of the case due to ongoing investigations.
Authorities say four victims have already been rescued. Advocates of victims of bad trafficking say that bad traffickers are attracted to major sporting events, such as Sunday's game between the Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.
Douglasville police say 16 people were arrested last week as part of a covert operation whose time was related to the Super Bowl. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields says Super Bowl safety planning began more than two years ago. Dozens of local, state and federal agencies are helping with security.