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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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Indianapolis was the last city to host the Super Bowl. In just a matter of weeks, New Orleans will have that same honor.

Security experts say when the big game comes to town so will criminals connected to illegal activities like prostitution and human trafficking.

'The city is well aware of the potential for crime,' said Mike Cahn, president of the security network for the Greater New Orleans Hotel Lodging Association.

Like other Super Bowl host cities the local tourism industry is working with law enforcement agencies to curtail crime.

'We're having several meetings, two subcommittees that meet with the FBI regularly in reference to what's going on with the Super Bowl in the city,' said Cahn.

Cahn says criminal activities like prostitution and human trafficking are on the Department of Homeland Security and FBI's radars. Cahn also confirms a program called 'see something, say something' is already underway in the Crescent City ahead of the big game.

'Where we're educating everyone in the hotel industry about if they see something peculiar if they see something different to report it and notify the right people,' said Cahn.

An NOPD spokesperson tells Eyewitness News that the police department is part of a multi-agency group with a plan in place to combat human-trafficking and prostitution.

NOPD says it can't release specific details but did confirm that its 8th District Station will play a key role with help from the FBI. Louisiana State Police says it is also on-board.

'We're going to be extra vigilant. Even extra cautious to make sure these types of people aren't preying on citizens, tourists or even people who are just visiting our area,' said La State Police Spokesman Trooper Nick Manale.

That message is also echoed by those who want to make sure Super Bowl 2013 goes off without a hitch.

'All of the hotels and networks are talking to each other via e-mail and keeping up to date on what's going one. The whole city is working as a network to prevent those types of things from happening,' said Cahn.

Two years ago, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimated that 10,000 prostitutes were brought to the Super Bowl in Miami. In 2011, more than 100 people were arrested for prostitution in Dallas during Super Bowl weekend.

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