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FPD and Crittenton Services partnering to reduce domestic minor sex trafficking

FPD and Crittenton Services partnering to reduce domestic minor sex trafficking

Crittenton Services for Children and Families (CSCF) proudly announces a successful collaboration with Fullerton Police Department to train 75 officers on the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) this week.

The training, spanning 6 briefings in 2 days, focused on the warning signs of child sex trafficking, vulnerable populations in Southern California, the use of language and the effects of trauma.

Earlier this year, the Fullerton Police Department connected with Crittenton staff to discuss how their resources could best be used to deter trafficking and to help victims within the city. Although sex trafficking was generally considered to be a problem isolated to other countries, more domestic victims are uncovered each year.

Recently, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force identified 64 minor victims in 2013, and Crittenton’s program has served at least 200 victims hailing from all over Southern California. Typically Crittenton’s former clients tend to come out of the juvenile justice system, some of whom have been trafficking victims. In fact, getting the feedback of a young survivor is so crucial when it comes to training the law enforcement community that Crittenton made sure to have the agency’s young survivors involved in the training module by providing suggestions on how to interact with at-risk youth or those young victims currently in “the life.”

“We are proud to partner with Crittenton Services in order to serve those most vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking. The Fullerton Police Department, in partnership with Crittenton is committed to stopping domestic minor sex trafficking,” said Police Chief Dan Hughes.

Fullerton Police Department is committed in having similar educational efforts as an on-going process to further train its officers on anti-human trafficking initiatives within Orange County.