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FBI makes arrests in Augusta sex trafficking sting

The FBI said high profile events like the Masters and the Super Bowl typically bring an increase in illegal sexual activity. (Jim Watson/Getty Images) The annual Masters tournament begins in Augusta this Thursday. (Jim Watson/Getty Images)

The FBI arrested five people last weekend in connection to prostitution and child sex trafficking in Augusta, Ga., the site of golf's celebrated Masters tournament, according to a report Wednesday from Kevin Rowson of USA Today.

Three people were charged with disorderly conduct prostitution and two other people -- one a resident of Augusta -- were charged with criminal attempt child molestation. The FBI said large events like the Masters, which begins Thursday morning, typically bring an increase in illegal sex activity to the towns and cities where they are held.

In February, it was reported that the federal agency arrested 45 people with ties to prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, which was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

A federal task force called "Operation Intentional Foul" arrested four people on pimping charges last April during the Final Four in Atlanta, according to Rowson.
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