New Colorado Law Designed to Prevent Sex Trafficking of Children in the Child Welfare System

One of three laws that goes into effect in Colorado on January 1, 2016, will require the state to immediately report when children in state custody go missing.

Statistics from 2013 indicated that 60 percent of the victims rescued from sex trafficking operations were from the child welfare system.

The new law requires that those in custody of children that go missing to immediately notify local law enforcement through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Before the new law, the policy with Colorado’s Division of Human Services was to notify law enforcement within 12 to 24 hours of a child going missing.