Kids For Sale – Stacey Dooley Investigates Review: One Boy, Boy For Sale
KIDS FOR SALE – STACEY DOOLEY INVESTIGATES: Thursday 1st October, BBC3, 9pm ALERT ME
It’s another of BBC3’s social conscience shows in which Stacey Dooley travels to Nepal to explore the issue of child labour.
While the title makes her sounds like an Enid Blyton teenage detective, don’t be put off.
Stacey was actually one of the participants of Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts in 2007 where she faced the human cost of the cheap clothes that are bought in the West. She had to travel to India and experienced child labour first hand, and it’s turned her into – as she freely admits herself – ‘a hippy do-gooder’.
Since then Stacey has not forgotten what she saw in India and has gotten involved with charity work and even appeared on Newsnight to talk about her experiences.
She may come across as an air-headed, British Amy Adams but Stacey’s got a big heart and won’t give up on her crusade. In Nepal child labour is rife and on her first trip into Kathmandu Stacey stops to visit a fabric factory where children as young as ten are being exploited. Stacey is adamant that she doesn’t want to leave one particular boy there.
He explains to Stacey that he is beaten regularly and has been in hospital twice with head wounds. With the threat of media publicity, the Nepalese officials work to help the boy find safety in a shelter.
She also explores what drives parents to sell their children; the poverty, the hardship and what can be done to break the cycle.
Stacey may come across as a liberal bleeding heart but is that a bad thing? Unafraid of exploring and investigating the problems these children face, she doesn’t seem to want to back down from people who exploit children.
Though of course, she is a foreigner to these parts and not actually an investigative journalist, which makes her come off as a little naive. But despite her journalistic shortcomings, at least she’s trying to make a difference.