Responding to Commercial Sexual Exploitation


Mission Kids has partnered with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to offer medical professionals a Collaborative Workshop that provides an overview of the complex issue of sex trafficking, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), and Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM). The goal of the 2-hour workshop is to empower medical providers to identify and response appropriately to minor victims of exploitation.

Workshop Learning Objectives include:

  • Participants will learn the definition of “sex trafficking,” “commercial sexual exploitation of children,” and “child sexual abuse materials.” Participants will gain an understanding of the federal and PA state laws in place related to the commercial sexual exploitation of minors.​
  • Participants will examine the vulnerabilities and risk factors that make a child more susceptible to being commercially sexually exploited (CSE). Medical providers will also learn to identify the red flags and indicators of CSE that children may present in a healthcare setting.
  • By understanding the methods of recruitment and conditioning used by exploiters and traffickers, participants will be able to better comprehend and respond to the complex trauma experienced by child victims.​
  • Participants will learn to engage with child victims in a trauma-informed manner. Medical providers will learn the appropriate steps to take if they suspect CSE and what resources they can utilize to best support the child.

For more information, or to bring this Collaborative Workshop to your agency, please contact Michelle McDyre or call 484-687-2990, ext. 1016.