Police in Tampa are ramping up anti-prostitution efforts ahead of next week’s Republican National Convention, which runs Monday through Thursday. An initial sweep of strip clubs led to 16 arrests this past weekend.
Whenever there’s a big event in town, like the Super Bowl, Gasparilla or the upcoming convention, Tampa Assistant Chief of Police John Newman says, prostitutes gravitate to the city. And that raises a big concern for police:
“We want to make sure that we have no juveniles involved in this business, nothing that would indicate human trafficking," he says.