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Criminal Investigation of Sex Trafficking in America

1st Edition

By Leonard Territo, Nataliya Glover

CRC Press

509 pages | 80 Color Illus.

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Human trafficking is the third largest business for organized crime worldwide, next to illegal weapons trading and drugs. Written by well-respected criminal justice scholars, this book examines the criminal investigation of sex trafficking. Providing a multidisciplinary exploration of this topic, the authors discuss:

  • International and national perspectives and the history of sex trafficking in America
  • Effective ways to train law enforcement in investigations
  • Major federal and state laws most applicable in sex trafficking investigations
  • The sexual exploitation of American children and those brought in from foreign countries
  • Interrogation of sex-trafficking suspects
  • Crime scene examination and physical evidence
  • The role and responsibilities of prosecutors
  • Effective ways to develop and maintain a multiagency task force


" … this is an outstanding practical overview of human trafficking and a must for those beginning in that field as one of the books that integrates the needs of many into one. … clear, concise, practical in use, practitioner-friendly."

Kim Derry, Retired Deputy Chief of Police, Toronto Police, Chair of FBINAA World-Wide Human Trafficking Coordination Center Initiative, Co-Chair of the International Police Training Center (IPTI), Budapest, Hungary

"Absolutely appropriate for anyone wanting to understand and make a difference in combating this modern-day slavery! … Very well researched, a must-read for investigators … a very thorough covering of the topic."

—Dave Malone, Senior Law Enforcement Education Coordinator, American Military University-Midwest

"Excellent! The material is current, relevant, and informative to the public and to the various personnel who engage in human trafficking rescue operations. … the only book that sex-trafficking investigators will need to keep on their desk."

—Lt. George Koder, Retired, Clearwater Police Department, Florida

"Dr. Leonard Territo and Professor Nataliya Glover have rigorously researched and investigated the billion-dollar industry of sex trafficking in the United States. An informative, eye-opening textbook, Criminal Investigation of Sex Trafficking in America exposes the horrors of sex-trafficking crimes that occur in large cities and small towns throughout the U.S. … A one-of-a-kind book for criminal justice educators, law enforcement professionals, judges, prosecutors, and a must-read and study for every new police recruit and criminal investigator."

—Thomas Gillan, CLET, CSTS, CLC, Executive Director, The National Institute for Human Trafficking Research and Training, Orlando, Florida

Table of Contents

Introduction to Sex Trafficking in America: A Current and Historical Overview

Legal Aspects of Sex Trafficking in America

Domestic Sex Trafficking of American Children

Sex Trafficking of Foreign Women and Children into America

The "John" Factor in Sex Trafficking

Child Sex Tourism and the American Male

Interrogation of Sex-Trafficking Suspects

Crime Scene Examination and Physical Evidence in Sex-Trafficking Cases

Building a Multiagency Task Force

The Prosecution of Sex-Trafficking Cases

U.S. Government Agencies Available to Assist Sex-Trafficking Victims


About the Authors

Leonard Territo, EdD, is a distinguished professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida.

Nataliya Glover is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Leo.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology