Human Trafficking – Internet Prostitution Investigations

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Date(s) - 09/19/2017 - 09/20/2017
All Day

Hamilton Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Human Trafficking – Internet Prostitution Investigations:

A Practical Approach/Application

Human Trafficking is the “Dirty Little Secret” that is occurring in all jurisdictions no matter how big or small. In fact, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Human Trafficking is a $150 Billion dollar a year industry which has surpassed the illegal sale of firearms and is quickly approaching exceeding the drug trade.  Due to this fact, it has become necessary to be proactive in combating Human Trafficking. This course will give agencies an in-depth look at conducting Human Trafficking / Prostitution Investigations.

Subjects covered will include:

Pre-Planning, Supervisory Role, Uniform Considerations, Undercover Considerations, Support Staff, Site Location, Command Center/Communications to the Actual Operation, The Interview, and Victimology.

Upon the completion of the course, officers will be invited to get hands on experience in assisting with “Operation Cross Country” in October 2017.  Operation Cross Country is conducted nationwide and focuses on recovering underage prostitution victims.  This year will be Operation Cross County’s 10th year of operation.

13 ILEA Credit Hours – Course fee is $100.

Registrations are non-refundable, but are transferrable.

When paying by credit card, there is a $5 transaction fee added.

See the flyer below for further details; agenda is included.

FLYER:  Human Trafficking Flyer

No Weapons are Permitted in this Building!

Meet the Instructors:

FBI TFO Chris McCarty worked nine years at Auburn Police Department before his thirteen years with the Fort Wayne Police Department.  He has worked eight years in Vice/Narcotics, twelve years on the Ft. Wayne EST Team (SWAT), and five years with the Sniper Section.  Chris is a FBI Task Force  Officer, with the newly formed Northern Indiana Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force (VCAC).  He has been involved in hundreds of Prostitution/Human Trafficking investigations.  He is assigned to the VCAC Unit based out of the FT. Wayne RA.

Special Agent Jeff Robertson has been assigned to the Indianapolis Division, Fort Wayne  Resident Agency of the FBI since 2013. Prior to joining the FBI, SA Robertson was a police officer in Connecticut.  SA Robertson specializes in cases involving human trafficking and violent crimes against children. SA Robertson conducts undercover operations to locate and rescue juveniles who are being sex trafficked, as well as, targets online predators who prey on children. SA Robertson and his law enforcement partners provide training across the state on recognizing and recovering of victims of human trafficking, online safety for parents and children, and investigative techniques to successfully investigate these cases.  SA Robertson is a member of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Team and a member of the FBI’s Operational Medical Program.

SGT Jonathan Bowers joined the Fort Wayne Police Department in 1994 after attending Indiana University and has worked in a variety of assignments including uniform patrol, preliminary and covert investigative units and crime scene management. He has been a supervisor since 2010 in patrol and crime scene, and a narcotics supervisor since 2012. In 2005, SGT Bowers joined the department’s negotiations team (CRT) and has led that team since 2014. In his time on CRT, SGT Bowers has focused on both technology advancements and better operational integration with the department’s tactical team through a variety of ongoing projects.

Detective Mark Gerardot, Ft. Wayne PD Vice and Narcotics Division, has worked for the Fort Wayne Police Dept. for 19 years, and 14 years with the Narcotics Division.  Mark started as an undercover detective, and is currently assigned as a uniformed detective.  He has 10 years experience with the Emergency Services Team, and 8 years as a sniper/observer.  Mark developed and instructed courses in Undercover/Informant rescue.  He is a graduate of IUPUI—Purdue School of Science; he has a BA in Biology.

Tracy McDaniel  is the Founder and CEO of Restored. Restored provides direct services and outreach to domestic victims of sex trafficking. Ms. McDaniel formulates statewide strategies to address domestic human trafficking through victim services, law enforcement coordination, and awareness. She partners with the Indiana state government, local, state and federal law enforcement, non-profit leaders, and community members to provide victim and outreach services. She develops trainings for youth, professionals, and provides public awareness. Ms. McDaniel is a forensic interviewer and has Masters in Social Work with a focus on Anti-demand of Human Trafficking and Trauma Counseling .



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