The Pasco County (FL) Sheriff’s Office announced this week that it will partner with the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking on a new initiative, which also seeks to reduce sex trafficking.

"This is one of those areas where we are definitely being proactive about because we recognize this is not just about who we are as Pasco {County or} as who we are in Tampa Bay, but human beings," Sheriff Chris Nocco said. "This is the dignity of human life and how much is a life worth?"

The goal of the initiatives are twofold:

  1. To decrease the demand for sex trafficking
  2. To utilize technology to track people who use the internet to search out underage victims for sex.

"If you're going to buy sex in Pasco, this is your buyer beware warning," Pasco County Cpl. Alan Wilkett told WTSP TV.