February 23, 2024
News Release Thumbnail The Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking (PCCHT) is releasing two public awareness videos, developed in partnership with Teens Battle Human Trafficking (TBHT), a local youth-led anti-trafficking group, educating teens on how to identify when they are being groomed and the importance of notifying a trusted adult.

The videos will be released on WFTS-TV ABC Action News, WFLA-TV NewsChannel 8 and the Commission’s social media platforms on February 23, 2024. We appreciate your consideration in liking and sharing these important messages to increase human trafficking awareness.

“We wanted to give examples of situations that kids might find themselves in that make them feel uncomfortable,” said TBHT President and Wiregrass Ranch High School Senior Meghna Manjith. “We want them to stop that interaction immediately, block that person from having further contact with them, and talk about what happened with a trusted adult.”

The videos encourage kids to Stop. Block. Talk. Click on the images below to watch:

In 2021 there were 781 identified cases of trafficking in Florida. Of the 1,253 victims, 151 were minors.

“Most youth who are trafficked are groomed and manipulated into the trafficking situation, in many instances by someone they know and trust,” said Pasco County School Board Chair Megan Harding. “It’s critical that our children recognize these grooming tactics and feel empowered to immediately put a stop to them.”

If there is an imminent threat, or a child is involved, immediately call 911. To report human trafficking, or to seek help and resources, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. To report a tip to local law enforcement, call 1-855-FLA-SAFE.

For more information and resources, visit: mypas.co/StopHumanTrafficking