Law enforcement agencies and the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking have teamed up to launch a public awareness campaign to target human trafficking.
Three public service announcement videos highlight aspects of the problem.
One video focuses on traffickers; another, on sex buyers; and the third, on human trafficking victims.
The five law enforcement agencies in Pasco County — the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments in Zephyrhills, New Port Richey, Port Richey and Dade City — all joined in on the effort.
The videos feature Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, Zephyrhills Police Chief Derek Brewer, New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart, Port Richey Police Chief Cyrus Robinson and Dade City Police Chief James Walters.
The videos were set to be released on all participating agencies’ social media platforms on Oct. 7.
These PSAs highlight Pasco County law enforcement’s unified front in combating human trafficking,” Liana Dean, chair of the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking, said in a release.
“This crime will not be tolerated in Pasco, and if you’re trafficking or buying sex, law enforcement will track you down,” Dean said.
The PSAs also address human trafficking victims and survivors directly – assuring them that law enforcement cares about them and letting them know help and resources are available.
“The commission is honored to continue to work with our law enforcement partners on this project, and we are extremely grateful for its help and support,” Dean said.
To report human trafficking or to ask for help, call 911 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
Here are the links to the PSAs on YouTube.
- Human Trafficking Victims: A Message from Pasco Law Enforcement, https://youtu.be/hHzCktCDc9U
- Sex Buyers: A Message from Pasco Law Enforcement, https://youtu.be/iopMpeqqx-0
- Sex Traffickers: A Message from Pasco Law Enforcement, https://youtu.be/WYAEaZNSSgw
Published October 13, 2021