Intersectionality of Crimes:  Effective Recognition and Utilization in Cases

The goal of this presentation is to broaden attendees' knowledge of how commonly reported crimes such as standard traffic violations can present law enforcement with key opportunities to identify felony-level crimes such as human trafficking.  This “nuts and bolts” presentation will clearly demonstrate through case examples how calls to respond to crimes such as domestic/family violence and general disturbances with proper scene evaluation and documentation have the potential to reveal strong indicators for sex trafficking or child sexual exploitation. Attendees will increase their awareness of and skills in identifying “peripheral crimes” in sex trafficking and exploitation cases. Due to the core dynamics of human trafficking:  manipulation, coercion, and fear, many victims are not cooperative with the prosecution.  Recognizing these “every day on the street” opportunities increases the viability of these challenging cases. Ultimately increasing accountability of traffickers and other child predators.

Training Outline:

  • Identification of Intersecting Crimes

    • Hidden Crimes

    • A Traffic Stop or Trafficking:  Identifying “Every day” Street Level Opportunities

      • Awareness

      • Interview Considerations

      • Documentation

    • Utilization of Peripheral Crimes/Evidence in Cases Lacking Victim Cooperation

      • Electronic Footprint

      • Child Abuse

      • Sexual Assault

      • Production of Child Pornography

    • Recognizing Evidence (Seizing and Preservation)

      • Procedure:

        • Seizure of Electronic Evidence

        • Preserving Online Accounts

        • Non-Disclosure Orders

        • Use of Subpoenas

          • Use Emergency Subpoenas

          • Limitations

        • Proper Search Warrant Language

        • Tying it All Together