DCF announces former WPD officer to new position against human trafficking

Kent Bauman, DCF

WICHITA, Kan. The Kansas Department for Children and Families recently announced a new position to help coordinate anti-human-trafficking efforts across the state.

The department announced Kent Bauman as the pick to fill that new position: Kansas Human Trafficking Program Manager.

DCF says Bauman will also serve as the department's law enforcement liaison, helping "to improve communication and collaboration between the agency and local law enforcement."

DCF partners with law enforcement agencies in Kansas and other state agencies to address human trafficking in the state. The department says it's "statutorily required to conduct an initial assessment of children/youth whom law enforcement reasonably believes are victims of human trafficking to determine "safety appropriate and timely placement and appropriate services to meet the immediate needs of the child.'"

Prior to to working for DCF, the agency says Bauman served at the Wichita Police Department where he'd been employed since 1987, most recently assigned to the department's Exploited and Missing Children Unit (EMCU).

While with the EMCU, DCF says Bauman partnered with the agency to investigate cases of missing children, runaways, human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).

"Since 2006, Bauman was involved in the investigation of more than 200 CSES cases, and he was the first investigator to charge and convict a human trafficker in the state of Kansas," DCF says.