Area sexual assault service providers will gather in Lincoln County Tuesday to train on how to better assist and care for child sex trafficking victims.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more than 2,700 children were rescued from prostitution across the country over the last decade, with the inception of the agency’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, an effort established to focus on the ever-increasing issue of human trafficking in the United States.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of North Carolina is hosting two Lincoln County training sessions Tuesday, one from 8:30 a.m.-noon and another from 1:30-5 p.m.
Both sessions will take place at the James Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton, and every person who attends will receive a certificate for 3.5 contact hours, a state CAC press release said.
Trainers Kiricka Yarbough Smith, Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and Ashley Bass, the NCCASA’s human trafficking consultant, will speak at the event.
The training’s primary goal is to further educate advocacy center staff and team members, law enforcement officers and leaders and various other sexual assault service providers on sex trafficking trends involving children ages 18 and under.
Providers will learn how to more accurately identify individuals being victimized for money as well as use their agency’s resources to both frugally and effectively provide unbiased care that uncovers and enhances each child’s strengths, the release said.