Missing Children and Child Sex Trafficking: Risk Factors, Indicators, and How to Respond

The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, P.L. 113-183 (H.R. 4980), included mandates to state child serving agencies to immediately report all children missing from foster care to law enforcement and NCMEC, and ensure that staff are trained to identify, assess and provide comprehensive services to child sex trafficking victims. This session will provide an overview of risk factors for and indicators of child sex trafficking along with examples of promising practices in coordinated, trauma-informed responses. Presenters will provide context to why missing children and children in state care have been identified at higher risk for sex trafficking and will provide an overview of NCMEC reporting procedures and resources to help locate and recover children missing from care, including potential child sex trafficking victims.