Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
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The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
Toledo is the third largest recruitment hub for human trafficking in the United States. Thirty five percent of victims are sold by their own family members.
It's a problem not just in the city of Toledo, but in the surrounding area as well.
A human trafficking survivor from the area spoke out Wednesday night at Bedford High School.
"This is happening in every zip code. That's it. It's happening everywhere," said human trafficking survivor Theresa Flores. "I myself was trafficked in Birmingham Michigan when I was 15."
Flores spoke to a packed gymnasium of about 200 people, hoping to raise awareness and teach them what to look for.
"How better to make sure it doesn't happen by educating the parents, teachers and students," said Flores.
Flores says at almost every presentation she gives, someone comes forward and says they too have a story.
Michigan State Police say one of the problems they run into investigating cases like this is that the victims are too often too scared to come forward. Police are hoping the community learns some of the signs of human trafficking, and can help be a voice for those victims.
"These are our kids, our future generations and they deserve better," said Monroe County teacher Amanda Magoon.
If you know or suspect anything about human trafficking, call the hotline at 888-373-7888.