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Dana Stevens | 13:51 UK time, Friday, 9 July 2010

We love Stacey Dooley here at BBC Three and since she first appeared in the Blood Sweat and T-Shirts series she's become something of a campaigner for Fairtrade and employment rights in the developing world. I know that many of you were moved by the Stacey Dooley Investigates series last October and the programme inspired you to find ways to help. As Stacey is currently involved with a number of exciting projects for BBC Three, I've asked her to check in with the BBC Three blog every so often and let us know what she's up to. To kick things off she explains how she first started working with the channel...

Stacey Dooley Investigates

Stacey Dooley writes:

I very first became involved with BBC Three when I answered an advert for a new series called Blood Sweat and T-Shirts. The advert was very brief and simply asked the questions "Do you love fashion? Do you love travel? ..."

I spent most of my time travelling and shopping - often at the same time - so I honestly couldn't think of anything more perfect!

I was lucky enough to visit India, to experience and witness how our high street fashion garments were produced. What I went on to discover really did blow me away.

Stacey Dooley Investigates

I came across dirty, cramped sweatshops where tiny young lads were being forced to work for ridiculous hours...for little or no money. If a stitch was missed or a mistake was made, there was every chance he would be beaten as punishment. They were hungry and tired.

Returning to the UK, I decided to let everyone know just what I thought about it all!

I went on to appear on news and radio stations, backed organisations and charities that I felt were in the know, and raised money to help rehabilitate these kids.

Last year I made two documentaries, Kids For Sale in Nepal and Kids With Machetes in the Ivory Coast, highlighting just how many of our kids around the world are affected by child labour. It's literally millions.

I've just returned from my latest trip...I can't reveal many details just yet but it involved a bullet-proof vest and a hostile environment course! Gulp. Very scary, but very worthwhile. I'll tell you more about that when I can.

Stacey Dooley Investigates

Earlier this week I was asked to take part in a trail to be shown on air during BBC Three's upcoming Adult Season. Look out for that on BBC Three very soon! I was made up to be included, as I really do believe BBC Three is brilliant in touching real, current and massively important issues that affect us all in one way or another. Some of the documentaries they're doing in particular are so informative without being too square or boring. Fabulous!

Stacey Dooley Investigates On Monday I am in London at the 2morro Festival on the South Bank and I'm going to be speaking! (Maybe nervously muttering! I'm not massive on public speaking...eeek!) I'll be there along with some really amazing young people. It's all about young people going that step further and doing their thing to make a difference. I've read a little about the others who are going to be there and they all sound very inspiring! Tickets are free and there are still a few left so if you are 16-24 and you want to come along and be inspired by some ideas for change you can find out more at the 2morro Festival website.

Wish me luck for the conference...and I will try my best not to trip up, or down, the stairs on the way to the stage! x

Stacey Dooley presents Stacey Dooley Investigates on BBC Three.

Stacey will be speaking at the 2morro Festival this Monday 12th July at the BFI at London's South Bank.


  • Comment number 1.

    Keep it up Stacey, i think you have done a wonderful job for all those people in the program. :)

  • Comment number 2.

    i think your amazing i would love to do what you do your such and inspiration to me and i would hope to one day do something like you !

  • Comment number 3.

    You're not an inspiration at all, Stacey. Just another self-righteous, opinionated rich-white-girl. Try living in the third world sometime.

  • Comment number 4.

    Just seen your programme for the first time - on Kenya. Excellent and impressive. Much better than any other travel programme, since it makes you think about what your tourist activities might be doing to locals. I have travelled a lot with companies that claim to have ethical policies towards locals (paying the proper rate, avoiding ecological damage etc.). Next time I'll ask a bit more to check that this is really so. Well done.

  • Comment number 5.

    This programme is genuinely disappointing!! To blame the tourism industry for the lack of 1st world facilities is pathetic. The report on Kenya was very biased and failed to reflect the true situation, which is not ideal but most African states are playing catch up with regards to development and growth. Some of the concerns raised in this programme are problems in 1st world countries too!! I don’t understand how blaming tourism will help the people of Kenya. As a presenter I am shocked that someone of this character would be presenting on such issues, she was very unprofessional.

  • Comment number 6.

    I don't see how a smug 24 year old westerner has the life experience or moral authority to comment and intervene in Kenyan issues. A long-term human-rights campaigner resident in Africa perhaps, but not a shop-assistant from Luton. It reflects poorly on the BBC.

  • Comment number 7.

    As someone with an MSc in Tourism and who has done extensive research in tourism in developing countries, I was highly disappointed and disgusted by this programme! I was very excited to see this programme but was put off from the first minute. To look at the subject of the documentary, all-inclusive tourism in Kenya, I'd like to point out that it is not a situation unique to Kenya, nor the developing world! Just look at Spain!

    Additionally, it is very unprofessional to make the documentary about yourself Stacey and not the actual subject. I can see you are very ambitious. I literally laughed out loud when I saw in the beginning of the programme that you 'exposed prostitution in Cambodia and child soldiers in Cote D'Ivoire' as if you were the first one to report on these issues. Really? That is a pretty serious claim for things that are fairly common knowledge.

    BBC 3--- you could do a lot better than this!

  • Comment number 8.

    Why is BBC3 now showing programmes that should be on childrens television??

  • Comment number 9.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 10.

    O and to comradebob , why the attack ????? we are all happy to give and get opinions but attack someone who is trying to make a difference for so many people, what have you done lately to help your fellow human being? At least Stacey`s doing something.

  • Comment number 11.

    I have to admit I agreed with Stacey on the program last week but this week in Thailand I really think it is a load of bullshit! look at home on this one hun!! they stated the staff earnt around minumum wage of 4.50 ,thereabout, that is only 1 - 1.50 less than the english minumum wage! I live in staff in staff accomodation and it is easier than living out of it! if i was to live in room share or other id be living in an absolute dive of a place and even living in staff accomodation it is dirty and they dont clean it, im the only person that cleans it! it is at least 10 peaople to one bathroom! similar to what she is dealing with in Thailand! Ok it may b a bit more 1st class but if you arent looking after it and cleaning it! you are still getting the same bugs grubs and dirt u do anywhere in the world!
    I have just heard her talking about tips in the Thailand and if people were to tip in the UK it would make it easier also, but the UK people are tight pricks! and never tip! we wait for the tourist to tip and even then we dont get it! even if we are putting in a 4* service! people are tight and dnt care if you are putting in a friendly and great job. Me and my staff could count on 2 hands how many people have tipped in the past 2 months! Plus the bosses in Thailand are more caring than the bosses in the UK! id rather live in Thailand than the UK! I know I could live there in better conditions than I could here in the UK!
    It just seems that she is digging too deep on this one! look at the Aboriginals in Australia! they have had land taken off them so developers can make reosrt n hotels! (btw im an Aussie bloke so dnt try n have ago at me!)
    well i could go on all night but i have to wake up tomorrow morning to my shit paying hospitality job of 5.93 p/hr
    thank you and good night xo

  • Comment number 12.

    well done on helping the sea gypsiee!! :-)


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