Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide –including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.
This continuing legal education course will review the various federal laws protecting child and adult human trafficking victims. This course will review high-profile cases of human trafficking (e.g., Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell) and will review the case against Josh Duggar in how child pornography is linked to a commercial sex act and the sex trafficking of minor victims. This course will participants with a screening questionnaire to identify victims of human trafficking (labor and sex trafficking) along with signs and symptoms of child abuse, physical violence, emotional abuse, and sexual violence. Further, this course provides guidance on how prosecutors, public defenders and legal counsel that serve as guardian ad litem may partner with healthcare professionals in identifying these victims and providing trauma-informed care.
- Describe the legal definition of human trafficking, including sex and labor trafficking
- Understand the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA), Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA), Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and other Federal laws prohibiting the exchange of child sexual exploitation materials
- Identify how the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) added sex trafficking and child pornography as forms of child sexual abuse
- Define what a mandatory reporter’s obligation is in reporting child abuse and neglect and how Children’s Services investigates an alleged case of child abuse and neglect