Effective Collaborative Strategies for Responding to Domestic Sex Trafficking

The goals of this class are to increase the participant’s ability to identify domestic sex trafficking. The audience will gain knowledge of the most common recruitment dynamics, relational dynamics such as grooming, and how to apply this knowledge in effective trafficking response strategies. The presenters will share lessons learned through their experiences in the field – both successes and mistakes. We will also discuss the risk factors of trafficking victims, and typologies of offenders as well as advanced yet pragmatic opportunities for collaborative practice. 

Training Outline:

What is Domestic Sex Trafficking

  • Regional Response

  • Criminal Statutes

  • Risk Factors for Trafficking

    • Recognizing the impact of ACEs

    • Vulnerabilities

    • Impact of Implicit Bias

  • Profile of Traffickers

  • Recruitment Tactics Common to the Region

    • Common Regional Recruitment Tactics

    • Grooming Techniques Utilized by Traffickers


  • How to Make a Mistake into a Strength 


  • Preparedness:  What Makes an Anti-Trafficking Expert?

  • Understanding Dynamics of Trafficking

  • Effective Engagement Strategies to combat challenges to engagement:

    • Trafficker/ Victim Relationship is Key to Effective Response

    • Trauma Bonding 

    • Impact of Trauma

  • Collaborative Response

  • Marathon, not Sprint

  • What We are Told to Expect vs Expectations

  • Boundaries

  • Thinking Outside of “The Box”