An estimated 100,000 children in the Philippines are involved in prostitution. We go undercover with an Australian investigator Tony Kirwan who's working with local police to track down the underground pimps of this criminal world. Watch this weeks episode of dateline to find out how Tony Tackles child sex trade in Manila.
Made in China Until 1989, the village of Dafen in Shenzhen, China was little more than a hamlet - it now has a population of 10,000, including hundreds of peasants turned oil painters. In the many studios, and even in the alleyways, Dafen’s painters turn out thousands of replicas of world-famous Western paintings. To meet their deadlines, painters sleep on the floor between clotheslines strung with masterpieces. In 2015, the turnover in painting sales was more than $65 million. Zhao Xiaoyong lives and works in Dafen - he and his family have painted around 100,000 van Goghs. After all these years, Zhao feels a deep affinity with van Gogh. So what happens when he goes to the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands, to visit the works of a painter who has consumed his life?
In Ireland, women can go to jail for getting an abortion, even in cases of rape. As the country votes on whether to change its conservative abortion laws, we take the pulse of a nation divided down the middle. On May 25, Ireland heading to the polls in a landmark referendum that could finally overturn its abortion laws. Enshrined in the country's constitution is the protection of the unborn’s right to life – but at what cost? Dateline reporter Shaunagh Connaire goes to the heart of the referendum debate to meet women and families from both sides of a bitterly divisive issue. Hitting the streets of Waterford, Shaunagh meets a new generation of young, grassroots campaigners called the Youth Defence who are fighting hard to keep Ireland abortion free. “This is a human rights issue," explains Christine Darcy, a trainee teacher working for Youth Defence. "We have constitutional protection of the unborn, like an equal right to life for the mother and the baby. Why would we take that out of our constitution?" For many Irish women, the current laws are driving them to extreme lengths - In 2016, 3,265 Irish women travelled to the UK to get an abortion. Due to the expense, and lack of local support, most make the trip in one day, risking their health in the process. "I was given a card with a number on it in order to protect your identity," says one such woman Cathy, who paid £400 for her surgical abortion in a Manchester clinic. “It’s really heartbreaking to know that you are almost being exported; that this country doesn’t want to know about your problems or your issues.”
A special investigation into the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar. The film examines evidence that Myanmar's security forces used systematic rape and terror tactics to expel hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from the country. Since security forces began a violent campaign in August 2017, up to 700,000 people have fled their homes to travel across the Myanmar border to nearby Bangladesh. Thousands of civilians, including children, are thought to have been killed, in a story of systematic discrimination, state-sanctioned violence and, ultimately, mass murder. In this special hour-long Dateline film, reporter Evan Williams hears first-hand about brutal killings and attacks on Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslim population - and looks at whether Myanmar’s leaders, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, should be held accountable for these atrocities. “She had gone from a human rights heroine, a beacon of democracy, to a politician catering to the military, wanting the military to support her,” says former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson. Aung San Suu Kyi rejects the criticism and says that the military is simply hunting terrorists, but a network of Rohingya activists were secretly filming what was really happening, risking their lives in the process.Their ground breaking accounts of video evidence of several unknown massacres, provides Dateline with the first proper look at whether the killing of civilians could be genocide.
As the world competes to explore the resource-rich depths of the ocean, we're given rare access to a team of Chinese scientists and four trailblazing women as they go on a perilous mission deep underwater.
What happens when three Yemeni kids, under constant bombing attacks, are asked to report on the war zone they're living in? An intimate and horrifying portrait of a community struggling to cope.
This year, Cape Town has been on the verge of becoming the first major city to run out of water. Incredibly, they've managed to more than halve the amount of water they use - but will it be enough to save their city?
Chinese New Year isn't just a holiday - it's the largest annual human migration on Earth. We follow two workers as they travel across the country to their home town, the only time all year they'll see their children.
Thousands of African women are trafficked to Italy and forced into sex work. How does a former sex slave who married one of her clients now rescue women from the clutches of human trafficking gangs? This week Dateline goes to the European country, where there are an estimated 20,000 Nigerian sex workers - many who have been smuggled into the country by human traffickers.
The Vietnam War ended more than 40 years ago, but for many locals the effects of the conflict are felt every day. We investigate how the use of Agent Orange by American forces continues to impact Vietnamese children.
Millennials across America are rising up against US President Donald Trump and taking over city hall. Can two millennial mayors beat old politics to save their struggling cities or will youth let them down? Dateline reporter Dean Cornish travels to America to meet Michael Tubbs, who is one of a new generation of 'millennial mayors' snatching the political torch at the local level and hoping their generation can do it better. While the young leaders bring new energy and optimism, does the generation often criticised for narcissism and a poor work ethic have the chops to really change America?
Only one person had a chance at winning the Russian election - so why did a former reality TV star challenge Vladimir Putin? And was she a Kremlin plant? We follow Ksenia Sobchak on the campaign trail. Reporter Gabriel Gatehouse travels to Russia for Dateline to unravel a tale of family loyalties, a death in suspicious circumstances, and double dealings in the quest for power. Ksenia Sobchak is young, wealthy and famous. Her father helped bring down the Soviet Union. Now she's challenged ex-KGB officer Vladimir Putin for the Russian presidency. A perfect pedigree? Perhaps. But some say she's a fake candidate, running a no-hope race to boost the Kremlin's democratic credentials.
Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists travel to the white sand and aqua blue water of Cancun - but with increasing gang violence scaring locals and tourists alike, will people stop going? Acapulco, once one of the most glamourous places in the world, is now the murder capital of Mexico. The city is so dangerous that troops patrol the streets and beaches. Extortion and murder are rife and many businesses have been forced to close. The gang-related issues facing Acapulco are now moving to Cancun - one of Mexico's main tourist destinations, known for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Cancun is in the state of Quintana Roo, where there were 169 killings in the first half of 2017, more than double the previous year's figure. Dateline discovers the impact this has had on both the local area and Mexico's billion-dollar tourism industry.
Women were banned from 450 jobs in Ukraine, but now the police force is leading the way on gender reform. They're recruiting frontline female officers in a bid to change their brutal and bloody reputation. This Tuesday, ahead of International Women's Day, Dateline reporter Calliste Weitenberg meets the young female recruits spearheading a high-stakes attempt to reform Ukraine's once loathed police force. In Kiev, Dateline gets exclusive access to Anastasia Deeva, the country's feisty deputy interior minister spearheading police reforms.
Can one Australian woman make a difference in South Sudan's brutal civil war? We meet the frontline aid worker who "thinks like a general" in order to save lives. This week, Dateline reporter Amos Roberts meets the Australian frontline aid worker who 'thinks like a general', in order to save lives. As the world's newest nation tears itself apart, 37-year-old Dorsa Nazemi, who arrived in Australia from Iran at 17 years of age, is in the thick of it, working in the most dangerous country for aid workers. Dateline is given rare access to Dorsa, as she heads up operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) across a large rural province of South Sudan, an area where conflict and famine are rife.
How do you start a new life in a new country, after years in immigration detention? Dateline meets the refugees swapped in a deal between Australia and the US. What’s it like arriving in Donald Trump’s America after four years on Manus Island? This week on Dateline, we meet two refugees sent to the US in deal with the Australian government – who are now making lives for themselves after experiencing years of violence in their country of birth and the trauma of immigration detention.
Nothing grows here, it's 15 degrees Celsius in summer, there are only three traffic lights - would you move to the Faroe Islands for love? We met Bjorn shortly before his cousin's wedding - he'd just returned home after spending 50 days at sea near Greenland. He's in his 30s and single, but as he says, "I'd rather be alone with my dog than with the wrong woman." Bjorn is one of the main characters in this week's Dateline film Internet Love in a Strange Place - which explores the shortage of women living in the Faroe Islands, and the struggles of local men trying to find a partner - the story is an unusual alchemy of love, isolation and the internet. In the Faroe Islands, love and technology are irrevocably shifting the cultural make-up and ethnic identity of this haunting place.
Canada and Australia share a dark secret: in recent decades, thousands of indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing. What can Australia learn from Canada's attempts to address the problem?
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