On Wednesday, December 7, the Anna Maria College Molly Bish Center, Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office hosted a Child Sex Trafficking Conference. The purpose of the conference was to provide essential training in the recognition, identification, investigation and prosecution of child sex trafficking cases. With new human trafficking laws in effect, this training sought to provide law enforcement and district attorneys with the tools to recognize and engage suspects and victims participating in these activities. The front-line responders in law enforcement need to be sensitized to the scope of the problem, as well as, how to handle the intricacies of these cases and the specific players.
The Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly is dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable citizens. One of the center’s goals is to provide training to law enforcement in best practices and the topic of child sex trafficking is a growing social justice issue. Anna Maria College’s commitment to education and social justice made this a natural fit for the college to sponsor this conference along with the Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester District Attorney’s Office under the direction of Joseph Early, Esq. This training is part of an ongoing educational initiative under public safety to increase awareness and training on this timely topic.