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)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Washington County, Tenn., Jury Hears Testimony in case of Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication
  • Marion Man Arrested for Rape
  • Maintenance Work to Disrupt Water Service in Jonesborough
  • 74-year-old Arrested on Kingsport's Dale Street for Crack Cocaine
  • ETSU Hires Emergency Management Specialist
  • Man Accused of Stealing Gun, Credit Cards Arrested in Johnson City
  • Kingsport Mother Arrested for Neglect, Drugs
  • Matthew Hill Says Why He Changed Position on Wine in Grocery Bill
  • Survey says JCMC Is 8th Best Health Facility in Tennessee
  • Man Arraigned After Weekend Attack in Johnson City
  • Three Charged in a 2013 Murder Have a Plea Deadline
  • Bristol, TN Extends Director of School's Contract
  • Wise Co., VA Mine Closes and Hundreds Lose Jobs
  • Work by Bristol Photographer Displayed in Smithsonian
  • New Car Tag Decals Save Paper, Lower Theft in Sullivan County
  • Vapor Business Burglarized in Bristol
  • Carter County Commissioners Vote for Tax Increase
  • Inmate Medical Bills Stress Sullivan County Sheriff's Budget
  • Ballard Bound Over to Grand Jury
  • No Tax Increase in Sullivan Co. Passes First Hurdle



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