The City of Atlanta, Georgia is one of the greats, and I understand that my living here has swayed me more than just a bit.
But this is the “city too busy to hate”. It’s the home of the Civil Rights movement, and, thanks to that, one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet. Don’t believe me? Take a drive down Buford Highway sometime…and bring your appetite.
Part of Atlanta’s charm is in its accessibility. Not only does the city have the world’s busiest airport, but we are a major highway hub unlike any other in the nation…maybe the world. Our national shipping infrastructure considers Atlanta its lynchpin, both in the commercial and in the clandestine.
The A is one of the world’s hotbeds for drug and sex trafficking due to this distinction. Now, with high rollers from around the world descending on Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII, authorities have had their work cut out for them.
With only a few days before the Super Bowl kicks off, law enforcement officials in Atlanta announced that a security sweep of the area has resulted in the arrests of 33 people on sex-trafficking charges, a report says.
The crackdown was part of a campaign to quash an influx of prostitution into Atlanta ahead of the big game, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Nick Annan, Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge, told the media that sex crimes often rise for special events such as the Super Bowl. He added that the security sweep was carried out over the previous four days and that the effort will continue through the Super Bowl.
Atlanta has been a rapidly rising city for decades, but the recent relocation of a vast majority of Hollywood production to the state of Georgia has invigorated ATL like no city before it.
Hosting the Super Bowl may just be another feather in the cap for the “Capital of the South”, but that doesn’t set aside the incredible work being down by law enforcement in Atlanta these last few weeks.
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