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Police watch for sex trafficking ahead of big game


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- As thousands of football fans descend on Texas for Sunday's Super Bowl, law enforcement agencies are keeping watch for a different kind of out-of-town visitor: pimps selling children for sex.

Cities that host the big game often attract a bustling sex trade. This year, Texas authorities and advocacy groups are stepping up their anti-prostitution efforts, especially where young girls are concerned.

Deena Graves is founder of Traffick911, a Texas organization that launched a campaign for Super Bowl XLV called "I'm Not Buying It." She says most people don't realize child trafficking happens in the U.S., not just abroad.

For weeks, volunteers have been canvassing neighborhoods in Dallas and other cities, distributing information. The group has also made public-service announcements, some featuring current and former NFL players.

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