Combating Child Sex Trafficking: A Guide for Law Enforcement Leaders
This guide aims to assist law enforcement leaders in adopting effective multidisciplinary approaches to address child sex trafficking in their communities. This guide describes the following:
- The crime of child sex trafficking
- The challenges in combating child sex trafficking
- Essential steps for law enforcement leaders to take in their jurisdictions
- Partners who can help law enforcement
- Successful multidisciplinary practices in communities around the country.
Download the guide here.
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 on the premise of:
RECOGNIZE RETHINK RESPOND
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
- Glossary of Terms
- Pull-out 11 x 17 Poster with fillable field for local point of contact for referrals
To request the toolkit Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series for Frontline Officers, please click here and complete the information requested.
To download the videos and electronic version of the toolkit, access Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal, (LEEP) (formerly known as Law Enforcement online or LEO.gov). Under Services, select Special Interest Group and request access to CACU (Child Prostitution – Innocence Lost). Make sure to indicate that you work child sex trafficking. Once in the CACU Special Interest Group, click the Resource Tab to find the PDF version of Sex Trafficking of Juveniles: An Investigative Guide for Law Enforcement.
Online Training Course
The IACP has developed a new online training course on how to recognize and respond to child sex trafficking in the field built on the videos from the toolkit Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series for Frontline Officers. The online training course is targeted to law enforcement officers. To find out more information and to register, please click here.
Template Presentation on Child Sex Trafficking
The IACP has developed a template presentation on child sex trafficking for law enforcement to utilize in developing training that incorporates the toolkit and training video series. This presentation was created for law enforcement trainers to customize to the local jurisdiction. Download the PowerPoint presentation template here.
Trainings Events for Frontline Officers
The IACP has conducted a number of 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.
CSEC Advisory Working Group
The 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
Sex Trafficking of Juveniles: An Investigative Guide for Law Enforcement
To download this guide, access Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal, (LEEP) (formerly known as Law Enforcement online or LEO.gov). Under Services, select Special Interest Group and request access to CACU (Child Prostitution – Innocence Lost). Make sureto indicate that you work child sex trafficking. Once in the CACU Special Interest Group, click the Resource Tab to find the PDF version of Sex Trafficking of Juveniles: An Investigative Guide for Law Enforcement.
IACP's Youth Focused Policing Resource Center website
FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Fact Sheet by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
IACP’s Violence Against Women Program Resources on Human Sex Trafficking
The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide to Identification and Investigation
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)
For more information, please contact Program Manager Kelly Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org 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./em>