Friday, June 14, 2013

Trafficking foster care kids
A congressional committee heard testimony from a homeless teen that described how she was easy prey for sex trafficking. She urged congress to do more to stop the trafficking of kids who are homeless or in the foster care system. According to the National Center for prosecution of child abuse, 100-thousand kids are exploited each year and between 50 to 80-percent are connected with the foster care system. Survivor Asia Graves says every time she visits a school to talk about the issue, she finds someone who can relate to her experience… “It’s horrifying to go into middle school and have girls say they’ve been approached by pimps or by johns, men who buy sex.” Graves told lawmakers there is a need for specialized foster care for trafficking victims and more training for social workers to identify them. In Virginia, advocates for foster children agree. Amy Woolard is with Voices for Virginia’s Children. “Here in Virginia we have around five thousand kids in foster care. The majority of them come in to the system on some kind of abuse or neglect issue.” The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation last year to provide teachers with awareness and training materials about trafficking. (CC)

Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Washington County, TN Jury Convicts Telford Man of Child Abuse, Neglect
  • Abingdon Firefighter Arraigned in Court on Child Solicitation and Pornography Charges
  • Zoning Exceptions on Elderly Living and Care Facilities to go to Bristol, Virginia City Council
  • Occupants of Vehicle Involved in Abingdon Hit-And-Run Identified as Washington State Runaways
  • Allen Denies All Child Abuse Charges in Washington County Trial
  • Abingdon Police Two Involved in Lowry Drive Hit and Run
  • Man Arrest in Blountville for Reckless Driving, Claimed he was FBI
  • Kingsport Man Arrested for Kidnapping, Assault, and Neglect
  • Food trucks to Come, No Public Parking for them in Johnson City
  • Abingdon Woman Who is a Sex Offender Arrested for Being at School
  • Sex Charges Mount Against John Battle High School Teacher
  • Abingdon Man Charged with Having Porn, Soliciting Minor
  • Update: Child Abuse Trial Resumes Friday
  • Man Falls to his Death From Cell Phone Tower in Greeneville
  • Domestic Episode in Johnson City Turns Into Standoff
  • Bristol Wins Designation as "Virginia Enterprise Zone"
  • Man Wanted in Bristol for Assaulting Officers Arrested in Florida
  • Greene County Police Investigating Shooting at Greeneville Apartments
  • Changes Coming for Virginia's Standards of Learning
  • Police Searching for Man Who Chased Estranged Wife From Blountville to Kingsport
  • Johnson City to Raise Hotel/Motel Tax, Against Property Tax



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