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The Family Resource Center on St Thomas is one of the agencies providing assistance for victims of domestic violence and sex-related crimes. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Sex Trafficking in the V.I. Isn’t Always What It Seems

The arrest and prosecution of financier Jeffrey Epstein and his subsequent suicide, and allegations about the sexual abuse of dozens of minors – some of which allegedly took place in U.S. Virgin Islands – has drawn the national spotlight. Here’s what the spotlight has not captured: Victims of sex trafficking in the Virgin Islands who don’t show up in this famous case.
Bryan Berry-Benjamin. (File photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Education Commissioner Blames Union Leader for Loss of Foreign Teachers

A top official at the Department of Education said Tuesday it’s likely the department will not be able to recover the loss of 15 foreign educators in the St. Croix district and placed the blame for the issue on the teachers' union.
Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory at Wednesday's hearing: 'To see two women opening businesses is very encouraging.' (V.I. Legislature photo)

Two Zoning Changes Get Positive Reviews from Senate

Nicole Toby wants to operate a beauty salon in her home at 84 Estate Diamond, Prince Quarter, and Norma Blackwood wants to reopen a restaurant on Queen Mary Highway, at 25 Estate Concordia.
Rasheem Morton Jr. (VIPD photo)

Police Arrest 2 After Chase by Car and On Foot

Two men were arrested Wednesday afternoon after a report of shots fired in the Bovoni area led to detectives chasing two suspects by car and on foot until they apprehended them in Sugar Estate area.
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Gunmen Hits Smith Bay Sports Bar

Five masked, armed men robbed a popular Smith Bay sports bar Tuesday night, the V.I. Police Department reported. According to police, at about 11:39 p.m. the VIPD patrol officers were dispatched to the Galaxy Sports Bar in Smith Bay.

Three Armed Men Rob STT Gas Station

Three armed men robbed a St. Thomas gas station early Wednesday, getting away with an undisclosed amount of money, the V.I. Police Department reported.

Three Arrested for Not Registering as Sex Offenders

Law enforcement personnel from local and federal agencies conducted an operation on Tuesday that resulted in the apprehension of three sex offenders who had not registered their status, V.I. Attorney General Denise George announced.
U.S. Virgin Islands Assistant Commissioner of Tourism Elizabeth Hansen Watley with journalist and filmmaker Peter Bailey in Charleston, South Carolina for presentation of Bailey's documentary, "The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders." (Photo by Department of Tourism)

Hansen Watley Named Acting Director of Division of Festivals

The Department of Tourism has named Assistant Commissioner of Tourism Elizabeth Hansen Watley as the acting director of the new Division of Festivals.
Gov. Albert Bryan speaks at Monday's news conference. (Image captured from the V.I. Government's livestream of the press conference)

Government’s Outstanding Debt to WAPA Paid Off, Bryan Says

The Government of the Virgin Islands has paid all its outstanding debts for prior and current years to the Water and Power Authority, Gov. Albert Bryan announced Wednesday.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin explains changes in school organizations. (Photo submitted by V.I. Department of Education)

CAHS to Phase Out 35 Classrooms as STT District Reorganizes

Three public schools on St. Thomas will be subject to a last-minute change of plans, according to top officials at the Department of Education. Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin announced the changes Tuesday.

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