After the presentations, community members were able to participate in a question and answer session with a panel of local law enforcement. The free event included a presentation from the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “It’s great because they see nationwide trends… so that’s very important,” said Captain Scott Heggelke from New York State Troop C and Co-Chair of the Southern Tier Human Trafficking Task Force. “We can’t do this alone. Whether it’s advocacy groups or law enforcement. The community is such a great part in making the community a better place so it’s very heartwarming to see all these people come together,” said Heggelke. “It’s happening in every state, it’s happening in this area and it’s happening everywhere,” said Jody Wheet, a program director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “The numbers have increased exponentially. It’s a huge problem here in the state and across the nation. It’s now the second leading criminal enterprise behind drugs. They’re saying it’s only a matter of time until it becomes first.” JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – The Southern Tier Human Trafficking Task Force hosted a educational event called ‘It Takes a Village’ Friday at Calvary’s Love Church. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, some of the signs that a young person make be a victim of human trafficking include: A history of running away or current status as a runaway.Large amounts of cash, multiple cell phones or hotel keys.Tattoos or branding related to money or ownership and/or the child is unwilling to explain. Signs of current physical abuse and/or multiple sexually transmitted diseases.Presence of, or communication with, a controlling older boyfriend or girlfriend. Gang involvement, especially among girls.Travel to other states or staying at hotels when he or she runs away. The event gave law enforcement the chance to educate the community about sex trafficking and ways they can help stop or prevent it. “The more people we can educate with the indicators and the signs. Things to look out for. The better off we will be,” said Wheet. The Task Force says to stop trafficking crimes it must truly take a village. Wheet says the goal was to inform parents, adults and teenagers about the newest trends predators use to lure youth into sex trafficking. Local organizations also set up tables at the lobby for participants to learn about local resources in our area that help victims of trafficking.
SIDNEY, N.Y. (WBNG) — A member of the Sidney Central School District has tested positive for the coronavirus. In a post on their Facebook page on Saturday, the school district says that the staff member who tested positive has not been on campus since Thursday, April 2. They also say that the Department of Health Services is investigating to find anyone who may have been in contact with them. The school district says that they began deep cleaning in each building before this individual started feeling ill. They also say that they will continue to work with the Department of Health Services, as well as thoroughly cleaning each building. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.
(WBNG) — With protests for the Black Lives Matter movement in all 50 states, parents may find themselves having to explain to children not only what is going on in society, but why it’s all happening. If you’re a parent and you don’t have all the answers, experts say that’s okay. Discussions on racism don’t just happen once, experts suggest looking at it as an ongoing conversation. “Parents need to consistently think about addressing tough issues that kids need to be brought up thinking about, questioning, and being critical about. Racism is certainly one of those issues,” said Bronstein. In these discussions, experts encourage parents to challenge children. Bronstein says children are curious and it’s important for them to ask questions about why these issues are happening. While children learn about subjects like racism, and the United States’ history of slavery, Bronstein says education on these topics should continue outside the classroom. In the end, if parents witness behavior from their children that may be offensive, Bronstein encourages parents to hold children accountable. “We often are afraid to address differences, but I think it’s important to address differences,” said Binghamton University College of Community and Public Affairs Dean Laura Bronstein. “There are differences, and yes, all people have their strengths and all people are valued.” “If you don’t know, be able to say ‘I don’t know, but you know what? That’s a good question, I’m going to find out the answer to that and get back to you,’ or ‘We’re going to explore it together,'” said Bronstein. “To be saying something that is hurtful, and then ask them, ‘Where did you get that thinking from?” said Bronstein. “Help deconstruct that for them.”
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fay has formed off the coast of North Carolina. The storm could have an impact on our area, too, producing heavy rainfall and strong winds. 12 News will have more details in its 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscasts. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami announced the storm’s formation Thursday afternoon. Forecasters say they will release more details shortly. It is already the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.