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Kids for Sale

Stacey Dooley explores the issue of child labour in Nepal, after being exposed to it when working in the Indian fashion industry for the series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts.

Stacey Dooley, from the BBC Three series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts, returns with a two-part series exploring the issue of child labour in Nepal and the Ivory Coast.

In 2007, fashion fanatic Stacey Dooley's life took an unexpected turn when she travelled to India for Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts to live and work alongside the people in the Indian fashion industry making clothes for the UK high street. In the cramped backstreet workshops of the Mumbai slums she came face to face with child labour and what she saw there changed her life.

Stacey realises that this is a global issue and embarks on two separate journeys taking her into the heart of the child labour issue. She begins her journey in Nepal where tens of thousands of children, many under 10, are forced to leave their families to work in factories or within a form of domestic slavery. Stacey's mission is to try and find out how and why this can happen and if it's possible for her to make a difference.

In Kathmandu it is estimated that thousands of children work for wages. As the government clamps down on child labour in India more children are crossing the border to work in Nepal's embroidery and carpet factories. Stacey discovers children working in terrible conditions and for very little pay. She befriends a young boy who is beaten by his factory manager and helps him escape to the safety of a children's hostel.

Stacey meets children who have been sold into domestic slavery by their families, including a girl in her teens who was rescued three years ago and is now being looked after and educated in a hostel. With the aid of a charity Stacey joins her as she tries to save her 13-year-old sister from the same situation.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 26 Oct 2009 03:55

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Role Contributor
Presenter Stacey Dooley
Director Matt Reid
Executive Producer Mark Rubens
Executive Producer Tim Quicke
Producer Julie Noon