Middlesex Trace Program Team Response Against Child Exploitation
“The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry is 12-15 years old.”
TRACE is a collaborative response to the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Middlesex County. Ultimately, this program was created to encourage CSEC-involved youth to feel safe, break ties with their exploiter, and seize opportunities to regain control of their lives and futures.
The use of a youth-centered, multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach minimizes the number of times a youth is interviewed, streamlines the coordination of services for the youth, cultivates trust and responct among agencies, and ensures decisions can be made in the best interest of the youth.
When there is a concern or report of a youth being exploited or trafficked, our CSEC Coordinator will promptly coordinate a MDT response. TRACE's MDT is comprised of representation from:
- Child protection agencies
- Law enforcement (can include local, state, and federal authorities from multiple jurisdictions)
- Victim services
- Medical professionals
- Outside providers
- Survivor Mentorship Program
- Youth's attorney and/or parent, if appropriate
By fostering creativity in our MDT response, the TRACE Program enhances our efforts to identify and hold those who sexually exploit and traffic youth accountable while making a positive difference in the lives of exploited youth.