Online Sex Trafficking of Children: What Investigators, Advocates, and Social Workers Should Know

As traffickers and exploiters misuse the Internet to groom, recruit, advertise, and sell children, the challenges related to putting an end to trafficking in persons are becoming more complex and going beyond the sphere of the real world. Thus, as traffickers become more sophisticated, so must our response. This training aims to equip investigators and advocates with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively address this evolving problem. More specifically, this training aims to enhance investigators’ and advocates’ understanding of these issues to identify, investigate, and care for online victims. In addition, it discusses collaboration among sectors and the best practices for tackling these issues. All in all, the training serves as a guide to enhance responses that address this child welfare issue in cyberspace while promoting the protection of children in the digital world. 


Training Objectives:

Investigators and advocates will enhance their anti-trafficking knowledge and skills of the following:

  • Cyber-related child sex trafficking offenses and the business models behind them
  • Profiles of victims and the effects of online victimization
  • Cybercriminals
  • Cybercriminal evidence and victim assistance
  • Public-private partnerships, best practices to follow, and current responses

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“Beatriz’s expertise and professionalism are exemplary! Indeed, this training was very helpful, as it supplemented my trafficking education. I gained new knowledge and skills on how the problem of child sex trafficking may happen in the digital world and learned of current tendencies and approaches to better address this complex challenge in the digital era. I highly recommended this training for all those working in this field or advocating somehow for online child safety.”

Elba Suarez, LL.M.

Victim Advocate, Miami-Dade Police Department

“La capacitación brindada por la Dra. Uitts fue muy informativa y brindó herramientas útiles para desarrollar un enfoque estratégico para la aplicación de la ley. La Dra. Uitts es una experta reconocida a nivel internacional en la lucha contra la trata y el desarrollo de enfoques de protección para niños en el espacio digital. Una excelente presentación que fomentó el pensamiento crítico entre los participantes, incluidos funcionarios policiales, y que sin duda tendrá un impacto positivo en el fortalecimiento de marcos legislativos nacionales y prácticos para apoyar la lucha contra la esclavitud moderna.”

Coronel Ferney Vásquez Moreno

          Comandante de Seguridad Ciudadana, Bogota, Colombia

“Very educational and informative!” 

Chief Sharon Smith

Miami-Dade College Medical Campus

“This course is very informative and useful in application for victim advocates and police, healthcare, and education personnels.”

Training Attendee, 

City of Miami Police Department

“An excellent presentation on human trafficking awareness. Very distinct and simple language used to break down the crime, the situation, what it is and how to assist.”

Therese Homer, M.S.

Victim Advocate Services Unit / Miami Police Department

“Fue un gran honor y privilegio entrevistar a la Dra. Uitts. La entrevista especializada con la Dra. Beatriz Susana Uitts fue muy útil ya que brindó recomendaciones concretas y prácticas para abordar los desafíos del tráfico sexual infantil en línea. Nos dio confianza para avanzar en la mitigación del daño a los niños por prácticas de explotación en entornos digitales, incluido el online grooming y el material de abuso sexual infantil, y para facilitar la cooperación internacional en la investigación y el enjuiciamiento de estos delitos. Independientemente de la ubicación de los delincuentes o del niño, estas nuevas formas de delincuencia afectan la salud mental y, a veces, la física y el desarrollo del niño. Por lo tanto, recomiendo ampliamente los servicios y programas de Human Trafficking Front y liderados por la Dra. Beatriz Susana a todos aquellos que trabajan para avanzar en medidas preventivas y de protección y brindar asistencia a las víctimas, incluidas las unidades policiales, los fiscales y todos aquellos que trabajan con niños, niñas y adolescentes.”

Capitán María Claudia Ruydíaz Gastelbondo

Policía Nacional de Colombia

“I had the distinct opportunity to work alongside Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts in Miami-Dade County, and she continues to amaze me with all the hard work and commitment she always puts into advancing responses and targeted interventions to reduce and combat human trafficking and related crimes. Dr. Uitts is one of the most dedicated experts on a wide range of topics, from human rights to human trafficking to issues on online child exploitation. I was impressed by her Best Practices Training on Cybercrime with emphasis on Crimes of Sexual Exploitation of Children at the Miami-Dade Police Department, in which we were able to expand our understanding of different tools for the prevention and combat on these crimes through digital technologies. She has a wealth of knowledge in the field and is deeply passionate about educating and raising awareness. I highly recommend her as an expert on the topics of human trafficking and child exploitation and Human Trafficking Front to all individuals and organizations, as the courses and programs will always rise above all expectations.”

Violet Felipe-Diaz, MSM

Victim Advocate, Miami-Dade Police Department