Child Sex Trafficking Toolkit for Law Enforcement

IACP’s Child Sex Trafficking Toolkit for Law Enforcement

Available Tools:
New Toolkit: Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series for Frontline Officers

The IACP, the FBI and the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, developed a training series to educate frontline officers on how to recognize and respond to victims of child sex trafficking. The videos are centered around the premise of:


Recognize the indicators / Rethink the situation / Respond appropriately and refer for investigation

The toolkit contains a series of training videos to be utilized for training within law enforcement agencies across the country:

• Introduction (2:54)
• Traffic Stop (12:05)
• DV Call (12:10)
• School (10:32)
• Hotel (11:49)
• Hospital (11:46)
• Street Patrol (10:25)

This series of training videos depict sworn law enforcement officers demonstrating alternative responses to different types of scenarios involving child sex trafficking. In addition to the training videos, the toolkit includes:

• Pre-training Instructions for Supervisors
• Discussion Guide
• Tip Card
• Fact Sheet
• Indicators
• Glossary of Terms
• Pull-out 11 x 17 Poster with fillable field for local point of contact for referrals

To request a copy of the Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series for Frontline Officers, please click here on the Wufoo link and complete the information requested.

Upcoming Tools and Resources:

Trainings Events for Frontline Officers
In winter of 2014, IACP will conduct four pilot training events with the training videos and toolkit in select jurisdictions including locally (suburban Maryland and rural Virginia) and outside of the Virginia and Maryland area with both immediate and longer term impact evaluations.

Law Enforcement Training Manual
A training manual is being developed and will be released in a hardcopy form as well as be available online and on DVD. This training manual is being targeted to law enforcement on how to recognize and respond to CSEC in the field. The subject matter content will be integrated into a training curriculum based on adult learning theory.

New Online Training Course
The IACP will develop a new online training course on how to recognize and respond to CSEC in the field built on the Law Enforcement Training Manual curriculum and incorporating the training video series.

Community Resource Mapping Template for Law Enforcement
IACP will produce tools and resources to promote law enforcement coordination and collaboration with federal agencies, multi-jurisdictional task forces and non-profit services providers involved in CSEC. This will include a map of existing CSEC resources at the national and regional levels and a Community Resource Mapping Template to enable law enforcement to map local resources and partners in their community.

Promising Practice Brief
IACP will publish a resources brief that highlights an effective law enforcement practice in a community with a strong multi-disciplinary response to CSEC. It will be designed to inform police officers and demonstrate a success in the field.

CSEC Advisory Working Group
IACP convened a CSEC Advisory Working Group of police chiefs, national and international law enforcement representatives, prosecutors, training academy officials, subject matter experts in July 2013 in Washington, DC to:

• Examine the current state of law enforcement practices and policies on CSEC
• Assess the gaps/needs of the field
• Provide guidance on the development of tools and resources for the toolkit


IACP's Youth Focused Policing website
Community Oriented Policing Services
FBI Innocence Lost
National Center For Missing & Exploited Children
Social Services Indicator Card  (This card provides tips on identifying possibly child victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.)
IACP’s Violence Against Women Program Resources on Human Sex Trafficking
The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide to Identification and Investigation

For more information, please contact Program Manager Kelly Burke at or 800-843-4227 ext. 842. 

This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 2012-CK-WX-K033 awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.

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