Efforts to prevent, identify and respond to commercial sex trafficking of minors in the United States require better collaborative approaches, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.
The two organizations formed a committee to study child sex trafficking, identify causes and consequences, and make policy recommendations. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention sponsor the committee's report.
The report concludes that efforts to contain child sex trafficking will need to involve collaboration among a range of law enforcement and child services organizations.
In addition, the committee recommends that law enforcement focus on confronting individuals who benefit from trafficking.
National, state and local jurisdictions should “review, strengthen, and implement laws that hold exploiters, traffickers, and solicitors accountable for commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors,” the committee recommends.
Read the full report HERE.