Child Sex Trafficking

With the support of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice and in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crimes Against Children Unit, IACP launched the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Toolkit for Law Enforcement project in October 2012. This project is designed to improve the ability of law enforcement to recognize and respond to commercial sexual exploitation of children, with a focus on child sex trafficking. IACP will achieve this goal by:

  • Examining the current state of law enforcement policies and practices in child sex trafficking;
  • Determining gaps/needs and identifying promising practices in the field;
  • Producing tools and resources for law enforcement on how to recognize and respond to child victims of prostitution;
  • Raising awareness of child sex trafficking to law enforcement; and
  • Promoting law enforcement coordination and collaboration with federal agencies, multi-jurisdictional task forces and non-profit service providers involved in child sex trafficking.

Resources in development include:

  • Recognizing and Responding to Child Sex Trafficking Training Manual- targeted to law enforcement at the training academy, patrol and investigator level. Outlined lectures, interactive discussions and exercises will equip law enforcement with tools and strategies necessary to recognize and respond to victims, and those at-risk, of child prostitution. 
  • Online Training Course- will focus on how to recognize and respond to child sex trafficking.
  • Roll Call Videos - a series of brief training videos will be created for law enforcement agency roll call training. Roll call trainings will focus on topics such as: recognizing and responding effectively to recruitment techniques; identification of exploiters; trafficker control; indicators and locations; and effective interview questions. The videos will come with a discussion guide designed to reinforce key information, encourage further discussion and exploration, and assist officers in applying this knowledge.
  • Wallet/Pocket Card- resource with quick information on recognizing and responding to child sex trafficking in the field.
  • Community Awareness Video- designed to provide law enforcement agencies with information on the signs of child sex trafficking and will provide referrals for more information and resources. This video will also enable law enforcement agencies to raise awareness of child sex trafficking within their own agencies and with other first responders in their communities such as fire departments, EMS, hospitals, schools, and community youth-serving organizations.  
  • Fact Sheet- will provide facts detailing characteristics of child sex trafficking victims, offenders, and situations.
  • Community Resource Mapping Template- will map existing child sex trafficking resources at the national and regional level and will be an aid to map local resources and partners in communities nationwide.
  • Promising Practices Brief- designed to inform and demonstrate a successful multi-disciplinary practice in the field.

For more information on the IACP’s child sex trafficking training and technical assistance services for law enforcement and community partners, please email us at or call 1-800-THE-IACP x 802.

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children project is supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number 2012CKWXK033 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.