Human Trafficking Awareness for the 911 Professional

Human Trafficking Awareness for the 911 Professional
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-03-21
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Human Trafficking Awareness for the 911 Professional
Unit 2 Transcript: Human Trafficking Awareness for the 911 Professional
Unit 3 Workbook: Human Trafficking Awareness for the 911 Professional
Unit 4 Recording: Human Trafficking Awareness for the 911 Professional

Contrary to common belief that human trafficking only affects foreign nationals smuggled into other countries to have a better outcomes, a significant chunk of it happens domestically. All-American girls, exposed to various risk factors, are recruited at bus stops, schools, or even inside their homes to live the “life”. This presentation delves into the intricate and harrowing world of human trafficking, emphasizing the recruitment strategies, control mechanisms, characteristics of victims, and the violent realities they endure.

Leading the discussion is Tina DeCola,  an instructor for the Denise Amber Lee Foundation. She is also part of the Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and a communication specialist supervisor for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

Points covered on this session include:

  • The legal definition of sex trafficking, the constant high demand for sex trafficking, and the expanse and prevalence of human trafficking in general.
  • How traffickers leverage the highway system to facilitate the demand for sex trafficking, how “all roads lead to Las Vegas”, and misconceptions surrounding prostitution in Las Vegas.
  • Signs of prostitution that may be seen and observed physically or behaviorally from the victims, and a glimpse into the profile of buyers.
  • What Las Vegas law enforcement and legislature did and is continuing to do to ensure the law does what it ought to, and traffickers are punished accordingly.
  • Statistics that illustrate the channels traffickers use to target and groom potential victims and how recognizing these allow stakeholders to protect them.
  • The different recruitment approaches traffickers take to win the trust of the targets and recruit them.
  • How traffickers gain and exercise stringent control over victims including dictating their actions, appearances, and interactions, often employing violence or threats to maintain dominance.
  • Factors and vulnerabilities putting individuals, particularly youths, at risk for victimization.
  • How traffickers use violence to instill fear and compliance, with many victims experiencing brutal physical abuse.
  • Various case examples are provided to demonstrate…
    • The critical role of first responders in identifying potential sex trafficking victims through subtle clues, emphasizing the need for training in this area.
    • How targeting and recruiting is done at the potential victim’s home or through peers.
    • Control tactics traffickers use to maintain dominance with their victims.
    • How an educated and well-socialized American teen was lured into trafficking in truck stops through peers.
    • How those from the LGBTQ+ community are also at risk of victimization as they’re forced to leave their homes after coming out to their families.
    • The severe violence that victims experience from their traffickers.
  • Response and intervention guidelines for call takers, dispatcher, and responders to assist victims safely and empower them to report and cooperate with authorities when they’re ready to.
  • Las Vegas events that generate even greater demand for sex trafficking in the region and how law enforcement, advocate groups, fire, EMS and dispatchers collaborated towards arrests during these events.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • How dispatchers can pick up on potential trafficking victims during calls.
  • Arrest rates for Johns and pimps.
  • Identifying victims that continue to attend school while being trafficked.
  • The process after calls are placed on the national human trafficking hotline.
  • Whether traffickers are foreign nationals or domestic players.
  • Possibilities with AI technology to identify speech patterns on potential victims.
  • The role of high status individuals in human trafficking operations.
  • Trafficking red flags in juveniles.
  • How to communicate with potential victims.
  • Resources for traffickers who were once victims.


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Audience Comments

  • “The information, stats, etc from the presenter was good. I however would have liked to see more videos/interviews with actual victim/prosecutes and to hear their stories. Thank you.”
  • “This was a wonderful webinar packed with a ton of great information! Thank you!”
  • “Wonderful webinar. I have taken many classes on this subject and this one packed a lot of information into a short period of time. Thank You.”
  • “Such a great webinar! Appreciated the identifier information and signs to look for regarding teens who have been trafficked.”
  • “Perfect – I worked for the Italian State Police in the vice squad and carried out activities to combat international prostitution with arrests and repatriations, as well as reporting trafficking involving transsexuals, prostitutes, and minors.”
  • “The webinar about human trafficking has critical information for people in my field also. I learned a lot like the signs of possible trafficking situations. Thank you for providing this and for the work you do to help victims.”
  • “This was a great presentation about human trafficking. The information was fantastic.”
  • “I appreciate you going over the signs as a reminder of what to look for.”
  • “This session was beyond informative. The interview, video, images, and real-life scenarios brought an at times academic/numbers topic back to a real human experience. One of the best presentations I have seen. Thank you.”
  • “Thank you for everything.:
  • “I learned a lot from this webinar! The statistics were eye-opening. Thank you.”



The Denise Amber Lee Foundation was founded by Denise’s husband, Nathan Lee in June of 2008, 6 months after her tragic death. He has made it his life’s mission to travel the country telling her story, to help 911 centers across the country try to avoid a similar occurrence to someone else. The foundation wants to use the emotional power of Denise’s story to motivate and inspire 911 personnel to remember why they do what they do. Arguably one of the most difficult professions on the planet, the foundation wants to remind them how important they are what a critical role they play every day in Public Safety.




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