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, October 30, 2014

  • Man Killed by Train in Johnson City Identified
  • Man Found Shot to Death in Home in Greene County
  • Bridge in Kingsport to Carry The Name of Decorated Vietnam Soldier
  • Boone Lake Reservoir Going Down Five Weeks Early for Sinkhole, Seepage Investigation
  • Johnson City Man Charged in Restaurant Burglary
  • Federal Funding Problems Delay Northeast Tennessee Road Projects
  • Meth-Making Charges Filed Against Damascus Man
  • VDOT Gets More Funding, More Equipment for 2014-15 Snow Removal
  • Victim Says A Woman Tried to Run Him Over Three Times on I-26
  • Russell County Crash Still Under Investigation
  • Jury Finds Blountville Man Guilty of First Degree Murder
  • Review: Deadly Force Justified in Washington County, Virginia Killing
  • Elizabethton School Superintendent Calls Fox News Report 'Absurd'
  • Johnson City Man Stopped for Speeding, Arrested for Marijuana Possession
  • "Incest Dad" from Bristol Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison
  • MTSU Poll: 'Yes On 1' Issue Could be Too Close to Call
  • Appalachian Biofuels Chooses Russell County for New Headquarters, Plant
  • Elizabethton Man Charged with Two Counts of Rape



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