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)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

  • Body Found in Watauga Lake identified
  • Hawkins County Men Charged in Meth Bust
  • Speed Limit Going Down on section of Old Jonesborough Road in Bristol
  • Police say Man Tried to Photograph Girl in Dressing Room in Kingsport
  • Brothers Charged in Bristol Store Robbery Waive Pre-Trial Hearing
  • Man Accused of Stealing Gas from Newspaper Delivery Vehicle
  • Body Found in Watauga Lake
  • Missing Johnson County woman
  • Tenn. Chief Justice sworn in
  • BVU To Charge Non Customers for WiFi at R&R
  • Greene County Leaders Still Can't Agree on a Budget
  • Today is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day in TN
  • Credit Card Theft and Use Arrest in Johnson City
  • Special Election in Southwest Virginia to Fill Chafin's State Seat
  • Trio Arrested for Johnson City Metal Thefts
  • Education Summit To Convene in Tennessee
  • Amid Budget Cuts, Sheriff Transfers 16 Inmates
  • No Fracking Applications Filed Yet in Washington Co., VA
  • Frank Theaters Manager Wanted
  • Rhythm and Roots Means Longer Museum Hours
  • Former Carter County Deputy Indicted
  • Coalfields Expressway Public Hearing
  • Johnson City Officers Arrest Pharmacy Robbery Suspect



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