Child Sex Trafficking Training for Parents and Legal Guardians

Online Sex Trafficking of Children: What Parents and Guardians Should Know

As children and youths are more exposed to and increasingly becoming users themselves of modern technology, protecting them from harm online has emerged as a difficult challenge. In light of this, this course works as a guide for parents and guardians to equip them with the knowledge and resources necessary to better understand the connection between sexual exploitation and online platforms and to help them respond appropriately to suspicious online activities involving children. 

The danger is close to home, and for many child victims, it is extremely difficult to notice the activities that expose them to sexual exploitation. Parents play a key role in the protection of children online. Therefore, this training is designed to boost parental anti-trafficking education by providing parents with all they should know to better protect their children from cyber risks related to exploitation and abuse.

Training Objectives:

Train parents and guardians to identify:

  • Suspicious trafficking activities involving children on digital platforms
  • Child victims in cyberspace, potential vulnerabilities, risk factors, and the effects of online victimization
  • The broad umbrella of online child sex trafficking offenders
  • Prevention measures

You will also enhance your knowledge of collaborative public-private efforts, resources and report mechanisms.

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"Excellent course. I truly appreciated that the course is data driven, evidence based, a approaches the problem from a global perspective."

Principal Michael Castellano

Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School West Campus 

"[We want to] let you know how appreciative we are that you came and gave your phenomenal presentation on this important and relevant topic. We got such great feedback and really value the fact that you made time for our school and our parents to share your knowledge on this topic. Thank you for all of the hard work that you do and for serving our kids and our community. We are lucky to have you advocating and protecting our kids and families. So... THANK YOU!!!!"

Mindi, PTSA President

Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School West Campus 

"Human Trafficking Front is a premier source of reliable and current information regarding the trafficking of children online. Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts is not only a subject matter expert on this topic, but also an excellent facilitator of workshops. Dr. Uitts effectively presents in Spanish and English to various audiences, be it academic, professional, parents, or community members. She is passionate about this social issue and communicates her expertise in an empathetic manner."

Dr. Kelly Hernandez

Miami-Dade College, Medical Campus – One Miami Church

“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!” 

Sharon Smith, MPA

Chief of Public Safety, 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