Broadening the battle against human trafficking

Pasco County Public Transportation employees are learning how to identify human trafficking victims in an effort to expand the battle on human trafficking. Pasco County Public Transportation is partnering with the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking and the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking to train all bus drivers on how to properly identify and report potential cases of human … [Read more...]

Local teen spreads anti-human trafficking awareness

Walk through any public middle or high school in Pasco County, and you’re bound to come across impactful posters bringing awareness to the issue of human trafficking. They’re pretty hard to miss. Displayed in bright pink and green colors, with large fonts in English and Spanish versions, the posters explain that human trafficking is a crime where someone is forced to work or engage in a … [Read more...]

Sex traffickers use social media to lure victims

As the use and popularity of social media continue to grow — particularly among youths — they also are a go-to forum for human sex traffickers to lure potential victims. At least that’s what panelists conveyed during a recent human trafficking awareness seminar at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, in Wesley Chapel. Pasco Sheriff Cpl. Alan Wilkett, who was … [Read more...]

Local business, organizations raise awareness on sex trafficking

In the ongoing fight against human trafficking, several local businesses and organizations have stepped up to raise awareness on the issue. Fifteen groups, mostly in Pasco County, have been declared “Trafficking Free Zones,” by the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, a nonprofit group based in Tampa: Magnolia Plastic Surgery Center NOW SC Press Design & Construction … [Read more...]

‘Bots’ help fight sex crimes

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is using a new cyber sting program to combat human sex trafficking. The agency has joined forces with the Tampa-based U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT), to use an approach that attacks the demand-side of sex trafficking by targeting and identifying online sex buyers through the use of intercept bots. Here’s how it works: The bots are used … [Read more...]