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Officials described a sophisticated prostitution and drug ring in which 18 suspects sold sex and cocaine as a package deal.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the target market for the so-called PartyPacks were high-end clients in town for large events, such as the Super Bowl. Several of the alleged hookers were arrested just blocks from Super Bowl Boulevard. Hookers accepted payments with portable credit card swipers, Schneiderman said.

"Keep in mind that most johns pay cash," he said. "So that's a staggering number for an enterprise like this."

The ring was led by a middle-aged woman simply known as Beige. Her organization was broken down into groups like Butterfly and VIP and allegedly laundered money through legitimate businesses.

Authorities said the ring brought in more than $3 million in credit card charges during the last year alone. The 11-month investigation also included the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the NYPD.

Elected leaders have widely discussed and criticized sex trafficking in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.

Lorie Cohen, the director of Sanctuary for Families, said it remains a major problem in New York.

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