Child Sex Trafficking: Tools for Law Enforcement

Child Sex Trafficking: Tools for Law Enforcement

Child sex trafficking involves a number of complex crimes requiring law enforcement to collaborate with multiple community partners to identify and respond to child victims, while holding accountable those who are responsible for their exploitation. This includes working closely with prosecutors, schools, victim service providers, parole and probation, juvenile justice departments, child welfare agencies, and members of the community. This project aims to assist law enforcement leaders in adopting effective multidisciplinary approaches to address child sex trafficking in their communities. 

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.

To request hard copies of the guide, e-mail

Tools 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

Other Resources


For more information, please contact the human trafficking team 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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