The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Public Schools are unveiling a joint Public Service Announcement aimed at students, in an effort to fight human trafficking that might occur during Super Bowl Week.
What You Need To Know
- In the video, sheriff and superintendent highlight warning signs
- PSA lists traits that can make a child an easy target
- BELOW: View the PSA on YouTube
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“With the influx of visitors, demand for commercial sex will increase,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
In the video, Sheriff Chronister and Hillsborough School Superintendent Addison Davis highlight the warning signs and steps students can take to protect themselves and their peers from becoming victims.
‘What that really does is allow us to teach and educate our children about how to spot signs of human trafficking,” said Davis.
The PSA talks about traits, like sadness and isolation, that can make a child an east target.
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It also lists things to look for in someone who’s possible being victimized including:
-Avoiding authority figures
-Missing school frequently
-Hanging out with older people
“That’s why this public service announcement is so important because an educator, a staff member or a fellow student can identify one of these signs and go talk to someone they trust and save a life,” Chronister said.
Deputies are also monitoring online chat rooms, massage parlors, hotels and motels for illegal activity.
The new PSA is being sent out to all Hillsborough Public Schools middle and high school students.
It is also being published on all of the HCSO’s social media sites.
You can view the PSA below: