Next Episode of Stacey Dooley Investigates is
Season 8 / Episode 1 and airs on 28 February 2017 00:00
Series of documentaries in which Stacey Dooley investigates current affairs issues affecting young people around the world.
Stacey Dooley presents the first of two hard-hitting films from the worst places in the world to be female, to investigate why some young women today live in such dangerous, desperate and degrading conditions. In this episode Stacey travels to the Philippines - fast becoming the world capital of the cybersex industry.
Here, girls who are rarely let out and often underage must perform on webcams and be photographed for a global online audience. Within the last year alone, 139 Brits were investigated for paying to watch Philippine children being abused. Stacey learns how poverty combined with cheap internet access has led to an increasing number of girls being exposed to online sexual abuse.
Discovering the harrowing truth behind this widespread exploitation, Stacey then exposes an even darker side - cybersex dens. She goes undercover for the first time and joins the police on a major sting, where she confronts the criminals behind this new and disturbing phenomenon. Stacey also follows charity workers as they intercept traffickers smuggling teenage girls into Manila for the cybersex trade.
Stacey also travels north of Manila and learns that efforts are being made to help some of the 100,000 victims of exploitation using therapy and counselling, led by psychologists who have often suffered the same abuse as the children they are helping. Stacey is overwhelmed at the sheer scale of the billion-dollar industry, but remains hopeful that if police forces across the world work together, there's a chance this secretive trade can be tackled.
Stacey Dooley presents the second of two hard-hitting films from the worst places in the world to be female, to investigate why some young women today live in such dangerous, desperate and degrading conditions.
She travels to Honduras, known as murder capital of the world, where 16 women are murdered during Stacey's short trip. In a country with little justice for women and the highest murder rate for young females, how are such endemic issues being tackled?
Violence against women is so common in Honduras that it has a special name - femicide. A woman is murdered every 13 hours here and Stacey discovers that very little is being done to address it. She meets with women who model to earn money needed to escape their violent and dangerous environments, but as Stacey discovers, it's dangerous to be a beautiful woman here.
She meets Theresa Munoz, the mother of Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sofia, who were shot dead by Sofia's boyfriend at a party. Yet with people too afraid to come forward with testimonies, the police reveal it's likely their killer will walk free.
Stacey also meets some of the young women who've had enough and are campaigning for change, when she spends a night with a group of female students demanding more rights for women. At 3am, as they try to evade the police and put up posters before they are torn down, Stacey finds out just how difficult making a change can be.
In Honduras, the Catholic government ban on abortion and the contraceptive pill means that rape victims, often as young as 11, are forced to give birth whilst only children themselves. As the list of questions grows, Stacey visits the district attorney, only to find them unwilling to face her questions.
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