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On May 11, 2018, during the Los Angeles City Council s Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights, and Equity Meeting, the topic of human trafficking in the
City of Los Angeles was discussed with direction to the Los Angeles Police Department (Department) to research and report back to the Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights, and Equity Committee on the following:
The Los Angeles City Councils direction to the Department; A brief background of Human Trafficking in Los Angeles; The development of the initial
Human Trafficking Task Forces (HTTF s) in Operations South Bureau and Operations Valley Bureau with dates and focuses; The development of HTTF s in Operations Central Bureau and Operations West Bureau using existing vice personnel working on a part time dedicated basis, and how they will generally operate; The fact all HTTF s will work independently but coordinate citywide efforts through Detective Support and Vice Division (DSVD) Human Trafficking Unit; The responsibilities and cases handled by Bureau HTTF s and those investigations handled by DSVD s HTTF; DSVD will be providing Citywide HTTF training for all Bureaus to ensure consistency of effort within the coming months; and, Inspection and audit responsibilities for the Bureau HTTF s.
Office of Operations, Detective Support and Vice Division and Bureau vice coordinators have collaborated to provide a response to the following
The Los Angeles City Council s direction to the Department. A brief background of Human Trafficking in Los Angeles. The development of the initial
Human Trafficking Task Forces (HTTFs) in Operations South Bureau and Operations Valley Bureau with dates and focuses. The development of HTTFs in Operations Central Bureau and Operations West Bureau using existing vice personnel working on a part time dedicated basis, and how they will generally operate. The fact all HTTFs will work independently but coordinate citywide efforts through Detective Support and Vice Division (DSVD) Human Trafficking Unit. The responsibilities and cases handled by Bureau HTTFs and those investigations handled by DSVD s HTTF. DSVD will be providing Citywide HTTF training for all Bureaus to ensure consistency of effort within the coming months. Inspection and audit responsibilities for the Bureau HTTFs.
Human Trafficking is a form of modem day slavery, demonstrated through the exploitation of another s vulnerabilities. It involves the use of force,
fraud, or coercion to cause an individual to participate in commercial sex acts or involuntary servitude (not to include sex acts). Any parson under 18 years of age induced to perform commercial sex acts with or without force, fraud, or coercion are identified as Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC).
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purposes of engaging
in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will. Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues within the sex industry, including residential brothels, escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution.
Operations-South Bureau (OSB) Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF) was created in January, 2014. Its initial focus was to combat gang involvement and
control in human trafficking. Currently OSB s HTTF handles cases involving pimping, pandering, and human trafficking. Within a recent two week period, OSB HTTF made 70 arrests and 5 juveniles rescues from sex traffickers and provided 21 adults with outreach services. First right of refusal is given to Detective Support and Vice Division (DSVD) for all human trafficking cases involving minors. These cases will revert to the Bureaus if DSVD is unable to investigate.
Operations-Valley Bureau s (OVB) HTTF was established on October, 2015. The OVB HTTF s mission is to enforce prostitution violations and to educate
the community on human trafficking. OVB s HTTF has focused their efforts on targeting solicitors of prostitution to deter the frequent prostitution activity. The focused efforts have led to 81 arrests related to pimping, pandering and human trafficking and approximately 1,100 other related arrests in 2017. Asa result, several victims of human trafficking have been rescued from traffickers.
On April 1, 2018, Chief Beck approved the First Responders Protocol (FRP) renewal and expansion of LAPD participation to the twenty-one geographic
Areas. The protocol designates HTU, DSVD as the primary Department law enforcement official to support and resolve issues with implementation of the FRP. Monthly meetings are attended by HTU, DSVD to discuss challenges and best practices; and to make necessary adjustments to ensure the FRP continues to meet the overarching goals. (See attached First Responder Protocol)
As the Department s designated human trafficking subject matter experts, HTU works directly with the District Attorney s Office to implement
legislative policy. In addition, they work closely with other Department entities to identify issues and implement policy and procedures. The Human Trafficking Unit provides investigative and operational support to all Area vice units, as well as other investigative details when involving human trafficking-related offenses. The unit liaises with outside agencies and non-governmental organizations to resolve issues in the field and expeditiously return patrol/vice resources to their divisions of assignment.
The Human Trafficking Unit is the point of contact for all public tips from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Los Angeles Regional Crime
Stoppers, and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children involving the crime of human trafficking, both sex and labor. The tips are vetted and distributed to the proper entity for investigation. Any tips related to a possible CSEC, labor trafficking, and all cases where a victim has been brought across state lines or kidnapped are investigated by DSVD.
(Quarterly) UCLA Paramedic Refresher Course (Annually) Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School Nurse Training (Annually) Hospital
Emergency Room Staff Training (as requested) International Human Trafficking Awareness Conference - Toronto, Canada (Annually) Peace Officer Standards and Training Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation Human Trafficking Course (minimum of 3 times/year) Vice School (6 times/year) Juvenile Procedures School (5 times/year) Outside agency training (i.e. Los Angeles Port Police, LAUSD) (as requested) Multiple panels for groups throughout the City of Los Angeles (as requested) Upcoming FRP training plans for vice and patrol citywide (to be determined)
Detective Support and Vice Division is responsible for citywide human trafficking statistics. A new uniform reporting system will be adopted to
assist DSVD with the collection of data from each bureau. In addition to the collection of data, training, investigative and auditing responsibilities of DSVD, a calendar of the citywide efforts will be maintained at DSVD.
Therefore, the implementation of OWB and OCB HTTFs will be effective Deployment Period No. 7 (July 8, 2018). Officers will be selected from personnel
who are currently assigned to Area vice units within OWB and OCB. Initially, the OWB and OCB HTTFs will remain assigned to their respective Areas and work part time under the oversight of the Bureau Vice Coordinator. Ultimately, the intent is to staff all HTTF positions permanently to each bureau by the end of the 1st Quarter, 2019
The HTU, DSVD has partnered with the Department s Detective Bureau to provide uniformed training for all Bureau HTTF personnel in Deployment Period
No. 7. Universal training for all HTTFs will promote consistent operations and direction to address human trafficking citywide. DSVD will continue to work with the four bureaus to provide ongoing guidance and expertise during HTTF operations.