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Child Sex Trafficking: Law Enforcement Response


Understand, recognize, and investigate cases involving child sex trafficking and exploitation. Learn the dynamics of trafficking and exploitation to improve skills related to interviewing the victim and interrogating the trafficker. Focus on the survivor’s perspective and changing perceptions regarding trafficking victims.

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You will also receive instruction on tactical implementation designed to identify human trafficking and exploitation, conduct enforcement operations as well as receive instruction on the roles of non-profits, probation and parole.

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The following would benefit from this training:
• Law Enforcement
• Prosecutors
• Victim Service Providers

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Child Sex Trafficking: Law Enforcement Response



Day 1


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions


8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Survivor's Perspective
Initial contact with law enforcement, social services and juvenile authorities has a dramatic impact on the survivor. Survivors’ experiences can help investigators improve their response to future cases and lay the ground work for providing effective support and assistance to the survivor, while improving the overall investigation and prosecution of the offender.

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Facilitated Discussion
Participants will be given a unique opportunity to talk with and ask questions of a survivor. This facilitated discussion will enable participants to develop a better understanding of the challenges and fears victims face when they are on the streets or in the system that is designed to help them.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Understanding the Dynamics of Sex Trafficking: Changing Perceptions
Societal and system perceptions can have a negative impact on the response toward victims of sex trafficking. This module will focus on changing perceptions by improving understanding about victims of sex trafficking and the cumulative trauma leading to their victimization. Participants will also be provided with information on the recruitment process and control techniques used by the trafficker, or ‘pimp.’ With this information, participants will be able to develop and implement investigative and intervention strategies and techniques to identify and locate victims through community partnership and a multi-disciplinary team approach. Case examples will be utilized to illustrate both where mistakes were made and successful intervention and investigative techniques worked.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Interviewing the Child Sex Trafficking Victim
Effective interviews with child sex trafficking victims require an added measure of care and preparation. Victims of prostitution, who may be particularly noncompliant, often erect barriers that prevent them from fully disclosing the nature of their abuse and exploitation. Differences between the traditional forensic interview and the high-risk adolescent victim interview will be explained, and the unique dynamics and challenges surrounding the different types of interview models will be described. Background information for the development of a high-risk adolescent victim interview protocol and proven techniques for successful interviews of victims of prostitution will be provided.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Making the Victim's Statement Real
As in any investigation, corroborating the criminal investigation is ‘the name of the game.’ This is even more true and critical in the child sex trafficking investigation. Information/evidence gathering, along with the use of search warrants and types of evidence that can be anticipated in trafficking cases, will be the focus of this module. All of these areas are important to the ultimate corroboration of the victim’s statement and must be considered carefully. Participants will also learn how to use one party consent calls to legally bolster the case. Case examples will be utilized to illustrate where successful corroboration techniques worked.


Day 2


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Interrogating the Child Sex Trafficking Suspect
This module will explore the unique challenges associated with interrogation of the trafficking suspect, how these interrogations are different from traditional suspect interrogations and effective techniques for the interrogation. Participants will learn how to exploit suspect weaknesses as well as the challenges with interviewing the victim/offender, or ‘Bottom Girl.’

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lunch (on own)


12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Child Sex Trafficking Interactive Training Module
This workshop/module is intended to take the participant beyond traditional lecture and case studies training, providing new and experienced investigator/team member the opportunity to apply new information learned, and to share their experiences with other members of the class. This workshop reinforces and enhances team interaction with child protective services, law enforcement, prosecution and medical personnel. Additionally, this interactive training will demonstrate and reinforce the need to understand the roles and responsibilities of each team member from victim recovery through successful completion of the investigation. At the end of the exercise, an in-depth discussion will be facilitated with the participants to discuss their investigative processes.


Day 3


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Legal Issues
This module will focus on various legal issues affecting the investigation and prosecution of persons involved in trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, to include the applicability of Federal statutes in your case.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Role of Technology in Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation
This module will provide law enforcement officers and services providers with information on how technology (cells phones, phone chat lines, social networking sites and internet ads) are used to seduce, lure and control child victims of prostitution/trafficking. Information will be provided on how to develop successful investigative techniques to proactively identify and locate child victims of prostitution/trafficking, interview recovered victims and corroborate the technology-facilitated commercial sexual exploitation investigation. Case studies will be used to facilitate the discussion. Pitfalls and challenges to these investigations will also be discussed.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Innovative Strategies
This module will look at the use of force multipliers such as probation, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) resources, restoration programs that have worked, courts, academic partnerships and other strategies to highlight the need for innovative approaches and collaboration.

3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Tactical Implementation
Participants will learn how to implement programs in their community designed to prevent, identify and interdict human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Actual programs and strategies for implementation will be discussed, providing the participant with tools for creating successful programs in their own community.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Closing and Evaluations




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Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer
Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer This Web site is funded in part through grants from BJA, COPS, ​OJJDP, OJP, OVC, SMART, and U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).​