Saint Leo, One of the Top Criminal Justice Universities, Offers Special Course on International Sex Trafficking

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Instructors include Experienced Law Enforcement Investigators and a Saint Leo Scholar who Co-Authored Book on International Sex Trafficking

The statistics on sex trafficking paint a rather grim picture. The U.S. Department of Justice says the average age of a trafficked victim is between 12 and 14 years old. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, that means every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation. As one of the top criminal justice universities, Saint Leo understands the detrimental impact sex trafficking has on society, which is why it is offering a special International Sex Trafficking Course on May 7 to 10, 2012.

The International Sex Trafficking Course is presented through Saint Leo University's Institute for Excellence in Criminal Justice Administration and is coordinated by associate professor Barry Glover. The intense, four-day format gives students pursuing a criminal justice degree online a chance to interact in a classroom setting.

Century Old Problem Has no Geographical Boundaries

Selling women and girls into prostitution has been going on for centuries. Often Americans think this happens predominantly in developing countries where women are lured into trafficking with the promise of a good job in another country. In reality, sex trafficking also happens in large cities, small towns and rural areas across the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 300,000 children in the United States are at risk every year for commercial sexual exploitation.

Current Law Enforcement Investigators, Saint Leo Experts Presenting

As one of the top criminal justice universities, Saint Leo has access to numerous professionals in this field. Guest presenters include; Robert O’Neill, J.D, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida; Thomas Gillan, with The National Institute for Human Trafficking; Lt. George Koder, a 17-year veteran of the Clearwater Police Department; Det. Jeremy Lewis, a 10-year veteran of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the lead detective on the Clearwater Area Human Trafficking Task Force and Det. James McBride, a detective with the Clearwater Police Department who is also a lead investigator in the Clearwater Area Human Trafficking Task Force.

Two members of Saint Leo’s Criminal Justice Department, Leonard Territo, Ed.D. and Nataliya Lyovina-Glover, will also be presenters. Dr. Territo, a distinguished visiting professor at Saint Leo, has served as a major and chief deputy with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Fla., and as a detective and officer in the Tampa, Fla. Police Department. The book he co-authored, International Sex Trafficking of Women and Children: Understanding the Global Epidemic, has just been released. Lyovina-Glover, an adjunct professor, previously screed Visa applications in the Ukraine to reduce the possibility of the sex trafficking of young women and currently teaches a class on International Sex Trafficking of Women and Children at Saint Leo.

Four-Day Format Convenient for All Students

All students, whether they are working towards a bachelors in criminal justice, a certificate, or graduate degree can take this course. On the last day of instruction, students will take a final exam and then have the summer to complete the additional research papers, articles for publication and active learning projects necessary to receive the appropriate credit.

The course is also ideal for law enforcement professionals who want to improve their understanding of sex trafficking. A certificate can be earned for course completion. For students who do not live close to the campus or are pursuing a criminal justice degree online or a masters of criminal justice online and would like to take this course, discounted rates have been arranged at the Microtel Hotel in Zephyrhills and the Hampton in Dade City.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo ranks as one of the top universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list. Saint Leo’s traditional liberal arts campus, located 30 miles north of Tampa, educates more than 1,900 students. Total enrollment across its campus, continuing education centers, and online programs exceeds 15,000. Among the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, Saint Leo is one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military, and is a nationally recognized leader in online education.

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