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, March 05, 2015

  • Weather Even Impacts Rail Traffic
  • Kingsport Police Continue Search for Man Missing for One Year
  • Reports: Man Swept Away by Floodwaters in Buchanan County
  • Wellmont Merger Search "Nearing Conclusion"
  • Bill Stripping Localities of Power to Ban Guns in Parks Passes TN Subcommittee
  • VDOT Reporting More Than 70 Routes Flooded, Closed in SW Virginia
  • Sullivan County's Longtime Economic Recruiter Retiring
  • Criminal Complaint Shows Fired Washington County TN Corrections Officer Hit, Kicked, Laughed at Victim
  • Teenager Arrested, Charged for Arson That Destroyed Two Barns in Hawkins County
  • APCO Offering Customer Text and Email Power Outage Alerts
  • TN Dept. of Education Likely to Let Counties, Cities Waive School Days Missed by Snow
  • VDOT: Haysi Main Street to be Closed for a Week Due to Building Collapse
  • Office Depot Cutting Jobs in Bristol, Virginia
  • Rain, Snow Melt Cause Flooding Throughout Southwest Virginia
  • Johnson City Police Arrest Man on Meth Charges After He is Caught Holding the One-Pot Lab
  • TN Bill That Guarantees Veterans Groups Fund-Raising Games Gaines Committee Approval



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