Human Trafficking Front News and Updates

Human Trafficking Front is proud of Choice Reviews' selection of the book Sex Trafficking of Children Online: Modern Slavery in Cyberspace for review and recommendation

January 10, 2022

The Team of Human Trafficking Front and our founder and director, Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts, who is the author of the Book Sex trafficking of Children Online: Modern Slavery in Cyberspace, are excited and honored that the book was selected by Choice Reviews for review and recommendation.

This critical evaluation by Choice, an authoritative source for the evaluation of scholarly resources, recognizes the book's new, important knowledge and unique contribution to the field.

While Choice only selects 25-30% of scholarly books for critical evaluation, the book had merit for review and was recommended for undergraduates through faculty, practitioners.

We are pleased with this review and recommendation from the leader in academic reviews, Choice, whose primary audiences are academic libraries, scholars, and the reading public.

Find the review and recommendation below. I firmly believe that together we can advance international and national laws, policies and responses to prevent and address the scourge of this phenomenon against children in digital environments and prioritize child protection. The book is available from your favorite bookstore and online retailers. 


Human Trafficking Front participates at LSU Law Symposium "Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Sex Trafficking." 

October 28, 2022

Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts participated as a speaker at the Symposium "Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Sex Trafficking" at LSU Law. The Symposium was presented by the George W. and Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice and took place in the McKernan Auditorium at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards joined legal scholars, government officials, trafficking survivors and survivor service providers at the Symposium. Edwards delivered her remarks to open the Symposium by speaking about Louisiana’s Human Trafficking Prevention Resource Center and advocacy campaign called “Stop Trafficking LA: Human Trafficking is R.E.A.L.,” with the acronym standing for Recognizing the signs, Educating others, Acting immediately, and Listening to victims and survivors, which she and Gov. John Bel Edwards officially launched in January.

Dr. Uitts' presentation at this important event focused on Understanding Sex Trafficking of Minors in the Context of Digital Technology. Dr. Uitts explored the phenomena, legislative challenges, and recommendations for improving the legal response. 



Human Trafficking Front presents at the Miami Police Training Center

October 19, 2022

Human Trafficking Front provided a specialized Human Trafficking training at the Miami Police Training Center, City of Miami Police Department. The training was designed to equip law enforcement personnel and victim advocates  to increase their knowledge and skills to more effectively identify the crime, including law and policy analysis, and to serve victims and assist them in addressing their needs.

Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts holds an expert interview with the National Police of Colombia

September 12, 2022

Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts held an expert interview with the National Police of Colombia. The expert interview was conducted by Captain María Claudia RuyDiaz. The expert interview counted with the attendance of Dr. Patricia Castaño from the Escuela de Postgrados de Policía "Miguel Antonio Lleras Pizarro," Master in Criminology and Victimology.

During the expert interview, Dr. Uitts discussed dynamics of online sexual offenders, as well as prevention and government policies and practices.

How to recognize signs of online child sexual exploitation, the importance of reporting incidents and judicial investigations of these offenders, and the need to criminalize grooming of children when committed exclusively online were some of the points discussed by Dr. Uitts during the expert interview.


Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts officially published her book Sex Trafficking of Children Online: Modern Slavery in Cyberspace

July 20, 2022

We are pleased to announce that our Founder and Director, Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts, has officially published her book Sex Trafficking of Children Online: Modern Slavery in Cyberspace. The book is published under the Applied Criminology Across the Globe series, Rowman & Littlefield, 2022.

The book offers new, important knowledge and a unique contribution to the field with a conceptual and contextual analysis of online child sexual exploitation in light of human trafficking and modern slavery.

It provides concrete recommendations to formulate and improve policies, strengthen national child protection systems, and advance national legislation aimed at criminalizing these new crimes against children, with strong safeguards that guarantee freedom of expression, privacy, and the free flow of information for all individuals, including children.

This timely book is a call for awareness and further action that highlights the urgent need to address this complex and evolving problem that requires creating and adapting international and national legal provisions to current realities.

Sex Trafficking of Children Online: Modern Slavery in Cyberspace provides insight that is both interesting and useful for academics, policymakers, prosecutors, practitioners, students, and the general public. The book is available at your Favorite Bookstore and Online Retailers. Visit our Resources page for a list of places to purchase it.

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Human Trafficking Front is included in the Directory of the National Human Trafficking Hotline

June 13, 2022

We at Human Trafficking Front are very honored and excited to have our organization listed as a resource for community members, survivors, and professionals seeking training and support on the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

With this inclusion, Human Trafficking Front began receiving referrals from individuals identifying our organization as a resource for education and training nationwide. For more information on the organizations listed in the Hotline’s Public  Referral Directory, visit: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/training-resources/referral-directory.


Human Trafficking Front launches its campaign "Putting an End to the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children: Preventing Victimization and Strengthening Child Protection Systems"

February 15, 2022

We are excited to launch the campaign Putting an End to the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children: Preventing Victimization and Strengthening Child Protection Systems.

In an effort to promote a holistic approach to online child protection, Human Trafficking Front has thoughtfully designed this campaign. This initiative aims to build the capacity of relevant professionals serving children and youth and empower parents and families with the knowledge and tools required to increase detection and reporting of online child sexual exploitation and implement trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches to this crime.

Bearing in mind that children's rights offline must also be protected online, the campaign focuses on prevention and outreach to better protect children from online sexual exploitation. This campaign includes delivering specialized trainings with the latest research and disseminating evidence-based materials to create a safer online world for children and teens and improve policies and strategies related to online child protection.

Advocacy tools and best practice resources will be in English and Spanish to ensure a broader reach of the beneficiaries of this campaign.


Human Trafficking Front participates at U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program

April 29, 2021

Human Trafficking Front is proud to participate in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program: Combating Trafficking in Persons, A Regional Project.

Considering the importance of partnerships and collaborations with government institutions and civil society, including academia, to prevent and combat trafficking in persons, Human Trafficking Front is pleased to participate in this important session with the John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University College of Law and Global Ties Miami.

Dr. Uitts participated in her capacity as an Associated Expert from the Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas Law in this live event whose participants included government officials, law enforcement, prosecutors, and non-governmental organizations from the Americas region.

As part of our advocacy efforts, this event was a unique opportunity to enhance victim-centered responses and advance investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking Front presents at Organization of Ibero-American States

December 14, 2020

In collaboration with Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, Ciencia y Cultura), Human Trafficking Front is pleased to provide a specialized training on Understanding Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Cybercrime.

The online training is aimed at first professionals from different countries in the American Region to expand their knowledge of the different tools applied to criminal investigation and criminal prosecution of cybercrimes.

The training participants strengthened their capacities for the prevention and protection of children in a human rights-based approach.


Human Trafficking Front holds an interview for Univision to commemorate the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30, 2020

Human Trafficking Front is pleased to be interviewed by Univision, Buenos Dias America in commemoration of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

During the interview, Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts discussed about what human trafficking is and why it is considered a form of modern slavery. The interview was a unique opportunity to inform the audience in terms of differentiating different realities around the phenomenon. For example, the difference between this crime and smuggling of migrants, the vulnerabilities of victims, and why it is so difficult for them to ask for help.

Human Trafficking Front is proud of this interview which educated the audience on different tools, including the use of technology traffickers use to recruit, exploit and control victims, as well as our Organization's efforts to advance prevention and the fight against human trafficking.


Human Trafficking Front holds an interview for Univision, Buenos Dias America

June 3, 2020

Human Trafficking Front is honored to be interviewed by Univision, Buenos Dias America, to discuss the potential increase in online child sexual exploitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mass school closures and physical distancing measures have contributed to making online platforms and online communities essential to creating a sense of normalcy.

The United Nations reported on April 3 that COVID-19 had prompted at least 188 countries to temporarily close their schools, a decision that had consequently impacted at least 90% of the world's student population.

While parents and children turn to digital solutions to support children's learning, socialization, and play or recreation, the Internet can also expose them to risks such as sexual exploitation.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported a 106% increase in reports received on the CyberTipline nationwide for potential incidents of online child exploitation. These reports include suspicious incidents of child pornography, child sex trafficking, and online solicitation of children - going from almost 1 million reports in March 2019 to just over 2 million in March of this year (2020).

During the interview, Dr. Uitts discussed risk factors, different types of exploitation, red flags, the impact on child victims, tips for parents and guardians to prevent the issue, and how to respond and report incidents.


Human Trafficking Front presents at Rotary Club of Coral Gables

April 8, 2020

Human Trafficking Front is proud to speak at Rotary Club of Coral Gables.

The presentation addressed the problem of human trafficking as a local problem, including identifying trends in this crime and the role each of us plays in combating it. During the session, participants increased their knowledge and skills in recognizing the signs, the need for early intervention in exploitation crimes, and information to connect survivors to services.

Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts also referred to the need to strengthen actions to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse in the context of ICTs.


Our Founder and Director, Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts is recognized as Distinguished Alumni

March 18, 2020

Human Trafficking Front is honored to share that our Founder and Director, Dr. Beatriz Susana Uitts, is recognized as a distinguished alumni of the LL.M. and the J.S.D programs in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University College of Law.

Dr. Uitts is very grateful and privileged with such recognition and those sentiments are expressed in her own words as follows: 

"In a meaningful intellectual dialogue, the LL.M. and the J.S.D. programs in Intercultural Human Rights not only supplemented my legal career, but they equipped me with much needed tools to lead positive local and global change and defend the inalienability of human rights of every person. As a student in the renowned LL.M. and the J.S.D. programs, I had the exceptional opportunity to also work as Graduate Fellow with the Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas Law School, a pioneer anti-trafficking institution in South Florida. My work with the Academy and my doctoral research on human trafficking inspired me to found Human Trafficking Front, a research and advocacy non-profit organization geared at increasing trafficking prevention efforts. In an unparalleled depth and breadth, the programs provided me with the legal foundations and practical methods to address the challenges of this 21st century towards an order where everyone has the possibility to thrive and to reach their full potential in an order of human dignity."

You can read the complete piece in the link: https://www.stu.edu/law/human-rights/students-alumni/


Human Trafficking Front presents at Miami-Dade Police Department

February 13, 2020

Human Trafficking Front is privileged to provide a workshop on Cybercrime with an emphasis on the sexual exploitation of children at Miami-Dade Police Department. 

The workshop addressed the phenomenon of crimes committed against children through the use of digital technologies and focused on the prevention, protection, and prosecution of these crimes.

Dr. Uitts strongly emphasized the need to criminalize all types of sexual offenses against children committed in cyberspace.

Participants gained new knowledge and skills to more effectively identify these offenders and assist child victims with services and support.