Resources - Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking - April 30, 2014
This page offers resources referenced in the April 30th, 2014 advanced training on Investigating and Responding to the Sex Trafficking of Minors in Vermont: Building a Coordinated Community Response
The exploitation and trafficking of young people for sex is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world and in the United States, recently passing drug trafficking in the rate if growth. In December, 2010, over 30% of service providers responding to to a survey distributed by members of the Vermont Legislature's Study Committee on Human Trafficking indicated that, once they had been informed about the signs and symptoms of trafficking, they believed that they had worked with at least one potential victim over the last four years.
More recently, law enforcement efforts have revealed the presence of sex trafficking operations in Vermont that are presumed to be gang-related, or operated by organized crime rings. Current investigations have revealed the presence of massage parlors in Vermont that are offering sexual services. Some of the women "employed" in these businesses may be minor victims of sex trafficking. The Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force is feeling the urgent need to create a more coordinated response to these crimes. One of the major tasks of this group is to design and deliver training to those who are likely to come in contact with potential trafficking victims.
This day-long intensive training was a follow-up to 2012's Tri-State Conference in Stowe, VT, on identifying and serving victims of sexual exploitation in the United States. The 2012 training focused on raising awareness about the crime of sex trafficking and learning to identify and interview victims. Because of broad focus, we encouraged open enrollment among a broad audience of service providers working with at-risk populations, as well as law enforcement. This year, the advanced training focused on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). Trainers engaged participants in developing more advanced techniques for identifying, investigating and responding to cases of DMST. They also discussed the importance of a collaborative, multi-faceted approach among child welfare professionals, youth service providers and law enforcement, to build a collaborative response.
Click Here to find additional resources and to learn about work being done to combat trafficking in Vermont.
Resources from Presenters:
- Pathways Into and Out Of Commercial Sexual Victimization of Children: Understanding and responding to sexually exploited teens - Frederick & WIlliams, 2009
- Federal Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery - Shared Hope International, 2011
- A Report on Child Trafficking and Care Provision: Towards Better Survivor Care - Rigby, Malloch & Hamilton Smith, 2012
- Estimating the Size and Structure of the UNderground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities - Dank, et al, 2014
- Identifying Challenges to Improve the Investigation and Prosecution of State and Local Human Trafficking Cases - Farrell, et al, 2012
- Evidence Based Mental Health Treatment for Victims of Human Trafficking - Clawson, Dutch and Williams, 2009
- A Legislative Framework for Combating Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking - Smith & Vardaman, 2010-2011
- Stopping Victimization of Vulnerable Children in California: Spearheading Efforts to Protect Children with Histories of Abuse and Neglect from Sexual Exploitation - Walker, 2012
- Indoctrination: The Grooming Process (PowerPoint) - Sullivan, 2014
- Invisible Chains: Psychological Coercion of Human Trafficking Victims - Hidalgo & Hopper
- Lawyer's Manual on Human Trafficking: Pursuing Justice for Victims - Goodman & Leidholt, 2013
- Domestic Sex Trafficking: The Criminal Operations of the American Pimp: A condensed Guide for Service Providers and Law Enforcement - Polaris Project
- Domestic Human Trafficking: An Internal Issue - HUman Smuggling and Trafficking Center, 2008
- Sex Trafficking of Minors in Kentucky - Anderson & Cole, 2013