April 20, 2019

Combating Child Sex Trafficking

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 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

Defining Child Sex Trafficking

Child sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a child under 18 years of age for the purpose of a commercial sex act. The term “commercial sex act” means any sex act through which anything of value is given to, or received by, any person.

Scope of Child Sex Trafficking

Between 2003 and 2014, task forces comprising federal, state, and local law enforcement officers established under the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Innocence Lost National Initiative rescued nearly 4,800 children from sex trafficking within the United States; led to more than 2,000 convictions of pimps and others who trafficked minors; resulted in lengthy prison sentences, including 15 life terms; seized more than $3.1 million in assets.

One in six endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 2014 were likely victims of sex trafficking.

In 2014, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline received 1,581 reports of potential human trafficking cases involving child victims in the United States.

Download the guide – https://ric-zai-inc.com/Publications/cops-p342-pub.pdf

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