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Parents in Rural Kentucky Struggle to Help Their Foster Sons

By Morgan Hornsby

As dusk approaches, two brothers race their scooters from the tree to the back of their dad’s truck bed. The youngest of the two, Alex, wears a diaper while he tries to mimic his brother’s quick steps and easy glide. A shirtless Dawson does not let up. From her spot on the porch, their mother quips that only together would they have a complete outfit. She brings out extra clothing and jackets, preparing her boys for the cool air that marks the last minutes of playtime on their rural Kentucky farm.

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Long Reads Nicole Zeige

Human trafficking: awareness fuels increased reports in Kentucky

By Nicole Ziege


Vicki Patterson, 5, poses for a picture in her home. Used with permission from Vicki Patterson.When Vicki Patterson was 3 years old, she said her mother bought her a brand new pair of pink underwear. These new “panties,” as Patterson called them, were meant for her to wear for child pornography.

While Patterson’s father was working, Patterson said, her mother took her to motor courts and motels by

the river where mats were laid out on the floor and large studio lights were set up for photography. It was at these locations where, Patterson said, she was sexually assaulted and abused by men.