Kids For Sale – Stacey Dooley Investigates

by Lisa McGarry


Stacey Dooley, who emerged as one of the stars of BBC Three’s Blood, Sweat And T-Shirts, returns with a new series exploring the issue of child labour in Nepal and the Ivory Coast.

Two years ago, fashion fanatic Stacey Dooley’s life took an unexpected turn when she travelled to India with BBC Three 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. What she saw there changed her life for ever.

Stacey embarks on a journey which takes her into the heart of the modern-day phenomenon of child labour. She begins her journey in Nepal, where tens of thousands of children, often as young as eight or nine years old, are forced to leave their families to work in factories or within a form of domestic slavery. Stacey’s mission is to try to find out how and why this can happen and whether it is possible for her to make a difference.

In Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, it is estimated that thousands of children work for wages. As the government clamps down on child labour in India, more children cross 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 also meets children who have been sold into domestic slavery by their families and attempts to understand why this has happened. She meets a young girl who was saved from domestic slavery three years ago and is now being looked after and educated in a hostel. With the aid of a charity, Stacey joins the girl as she tries to rescue her 13-year-old sister from the same situation. The sisters have not seen each other for three years.

Working alongside local charities, Stacey attempts to change the lives of some of Nepal’s forgotten children and discovers there are no easy answers.

Thursday 1 October
9.00-10.00pm BBC THREE