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, November 25, 2014

  • Special Prosecutor: Police Shooting of Man Near Bristol Justified
  • Regional Jail Agreement for Bristol, Virginia Dies for Lack of Motion from City Council
  • Jailer Fired After Arrested for Shoplifting in Johnson City
  • THP Confirms Fatal Scooter Crash in Bluff City
  • Bristol, Virginia Revenue Bonds Sold, Cabela's Construction to Begin
  • Official: Voting Machines Statewide Could Need Overhaul or Inspections
  • Joining a Regional Jail Set for Discussion by Bristol, Virginia City Council
  • Johnson City Gets Grant to Curb Domestic Violence
  • Gas Prices Continue to Drop Across the Tri-Cities
  • Four Arrested for Trying to Smuggle Drug in County Jail
  • Sullivan County Detectives Investigating Shooting at Bluff City Teen Home
  • Downtown Growth in Bristol Attracts Unwanted Crime
  • TVA to Maintain Below-Normal Winter Pool Levels as Seepage Investigation Continues
  • Heaphy Stepping Down from U.S. Attorney's Office in SW Va.
  • GOP Helps Pillion's War Chest Grow for Dec. 9 Special Election
  • NC Women Arrested for Prostitution in Elizabethton
  • Three Injured from Car Accident on South Holston Dam Road, SCSO Investigating
  • Erwin Mayor is Confident Liquor Policies Will be In Place Soon



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