Filipino kids as young as seven are being sexually abused by their parents and sold for sex to paedophiles from the West. We follow an undercover team trying to infiltrate this murky world and stop the abuse of children. In the Philippines, primary school-aged children are being sold for sex to travelling paedophiles, in a black market facilitated by secret online chat rooms. This week on Dateline, reporter Stacey Dooley follows a team made up of local authorities and investigators from the US, as they try to take down families who are illegally offering sexual acts with their children in return for money. Many of these families are selling their children's bodies as a response to impoverishment - almost a quarter of Filipinos are living in poverty, according to government statistics. Our film crew embeds with a team who has spent two years deep undercover trying to catch a pair of sisters, who advertised sex with their own children to foreign paedophiles. To infiltrate the families a special agent for the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arm of US Customs poses as a paedophile online. This case is one of 64 that his team is currently working on involving child sexual exploitation in the Philippines.
In the slums of Delhi, a group of impoverished Indian children are making their voices heard and their stories told. They're publishing their own newspaper, which is now being read around the globe. Print media around the world is suffering from declining readership and revenues, and journalists and editors continue to be laid off. But in Delhi, a group of kids from the city's sprawling slums are proving how to buck the trend - making a niche publication, and doing it successfully. Balaknama has grown in circulation in more than the decade and a half of its existence. More importantly it is giving young kids, such as 16-year-old reporter Jyoti, a chance to tell the stories of those around them. While many of these kids know little of life in the rest of the world, their articles are making headlines that reach from their local communities all the way to Britain and the US.
When parents are in jail they don't stop loving their children. In the second part of Lost Children Of China, we look at how Chinese kids adapt to life at an orphanage when parents are locked away, and how their relationships are impacted by separation. How do parents care for their children from prison? And how to kids become adults without the support of their parents? At a small group home in Beijing, the children of criminals are growing up by parenting each other. One of the few shelters for children whose parents are in jail for violent crimes, Sun Village is helping raise China's most vulnerable young people - teaching them to cook and clean, and helping them process their trauma. The children living in Sun Village carry more psychological baggage than many adults will in their entire lives. For some, one parent was killed by the other; some stay temporarily while their parents await trial, and others were simply abandoned. Children leave Sun Village if their parents or other relatives are able to take them home. But many parents are on death row or serving life sentences. Those without family stay in Grandma Zhang's care until they are old enough to look after themselves. Grandma Zhang, a former prison officer, says the nurturing environment she's tried to create has a specific goal in mind for all the children she takes in.
When parents go to prison who takes care of their children? The first part of this story goes inside a unique orphanage in China, sheltering the kids of murderers and domestic violence victims and abusers. At Sun Village, a chain of orphanages across China, the children of criminals and convicts - left by their extended families to fend for themselves - are learning to become adults. Grandma Zhang used to be a prison officer, before opening Sun Village in 1995 - there are now nine across the country, caring for 500 children who don't have a home to go to. In this week's Dateline, the first of two films looking at the lives of children at Sun Village in Beijing, we meet three young siblings who had just arrived at the orphanage after their father was convicted of murdering his girlfriend's niece and sentenced to life in prison.
The Brexit vote has driven a wedge between migrants and British-born citizens. In a small town that voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union, one Brexit voter is trying to bring these communities together. Almost a year after Britain voted to leave the EU, the issues and anxieties that led to Brexit continue to create a wedge in communities across the UK. The east-coast town of Boston is one of the most segregated and violent places in Britain. Among residents who voted in the Brexit referendum, 76 percent favoured leaving the EU, against a national average of 52 per-cent. Many attribute the town's pro-Brexit stance to concerns about first generation Eastern European immigrants from Poland, Latvia and Lithuania taking jobs, in what was once a 98 percent British-born town. This divide between new migrants and Boston-born Britons has created an uneasy and hostile mood. Recognising these tensions, one man is trying to bridge divides and bring his town together. Sixty-one-year-old Julian Thompson is a lifetime Bostonian. After noticing growing negative attitudes towards immigrants he started the group Boston More in Common late last year, hoping to provide a forum for discussing and resolving issues within the town.
A year into its fledgling democracy, many in Burma fear the political freedoms and peace Aung San Suu Kyi brought to the country are already under attack. In November 2015, after years of military rule a civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi was elected in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Hopes were high at the time, but many in the country now fear the peace and freedom they were promised is already slipping away. Earlier this year, the shaky foundation of Myanmar's new democracy was revealed in a brutal way, when a close adviser to Suu Kyi was murdered. While waiting for a car outside Yangon airport, U Ko Ni was shot in the back of the head twice, at almost point blank range, while holding his three-year-old grandson. He died instantly. Myanmar's government called the killing a terrorist act, carried out with the direct purpose of undermining the country's stability. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) said it was aimed at the party's policies. Many in Myanmar believe Ko Ni was killed as a result of his opposition to the military's continued control of the country's defense, home affairs and border security - and that the hit was ordered by a former military officer. In this week's Dateline, human rights lawyer Robert San Aung tells reporter Krishnan Guru-Murphy he suspects Ko Ni's murder was an act of vengeance from prominent figures in military intelligence.
Under Vladimir Putin's government, Russian families are being rewarded for displaying 'orthodox' values, including one family that has 18 children. Nadezhda Osyak has either been pregnant or raising a baby without interruption for the past 28 years. She had her first child at 18. Since then she's had 17 more. Nadezhda and her husband Ioanna Osyak embody a growing trend in present-day Russia - families that espouse the traditional values of the Russian Orthodox Church and are being rewarded by their government for it. The couple were awarded the Order of Parental Glory by President Vladimir Putin - essentially a reward for bearing many children and displaying patriotism through their ties to the church.
In the Amazon jungle criminal groups are illegally trafficking thousands of endangered monkeys, crocodiles and big cats every year with impunity. One of the world's most beautiful places is home to one of its ugliest industries. The Amazon rainforest is the most important ecosystem on earth. But each year, thousands of animals are illegal captured and trafficked, with criminal enterprises making billions selling often endangered animals on the black market. They're rarely prosecuted. The hub of this illegal trade is Iquitos, Peru, a port city on the Amazon River. It is where Dateline hears of Senora Nati, who is known as a seller in the exotic pet trade. At the location where Dateline reporter Ade Adepitan meets Senora Nati, she shows off a collection of baby snakes, tortoises and several caimans - a species of Alligatoridae that is under threat of becoming endangered.
In the second part of our far-right special in Europe, Dateline goes to Vienna to meet a secretive group of young hipsters, whose headline-grabbing stunts are appealing to a new breed of far right nationalists. During the day Martin Sellner studies law and philosophy. His nights are often spent at a secret location in the heart of Vienna - a two storey terrace that looks abandoned. It's the headquarters of a growing youth movement across Europe; the Identitarians. Founded in France, the movement has become popular among young people who feel swamped by multiculturalism and feel they have no place to vent. The first part of this Europe special was broadcast as Will France Trump Brexit?
In the first part of a special Europe investigation, Dateline looks at why French voters are shifting to the right and what hope the National Front party gives them of a new France. Across France, a nationalist fervour is taking hold. Many citizens have aligned themselves with a new form of far right politics, which blames a struggling economy and lack of jobs on the European Union and waves of immigration from Africa and the Middle East. In the lead up to the presidential election, these entrenched anxieties have been capitalised on by the far right National Front party. Blaming economic woes on immigrants, and specifically Muslim immigrants, is a key part of their campaign strategy. And it's working. The second part of this Europe special was broadcast as Young, Hip And Far Right.
In Japan, robots are used for companionship, household tasks, sex. But can they be the remedy for something deeper and more human: loneliness? At what point does a robot become a human? In his laboratory in Osaka, Japan, one man is trying to redefine what we consider human, and blur the lines separating us from machines. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory has spent decades developing and refining various forms of humanoid robots. In essence, these are machines that ostensibly resemble and act like humans. Hiroshi believes robots will become normalised in the near future, both in the workforce and at home. But one question yet to be fully answered is, can robots not just act human, but be human? Can they provide genuine affection, love, companionship and understanding?
Go inside one of the world's most infamous prisons, where 80 percent of inmates are locked up without a conviction, in conditions described as "subhuman". The smell of sweat, faeces, urine. Emaciated men packed like sardines in narrow corridors and behind bars, so close together they can't sit. A constant barrage of shouting. These are the first things you notice upon entering Haiti's National Penitentiary. Located in the country's capital, Port-au-Prince, it is one of the most overcrowded prisons in the world - holding more than 4000 inmates in a space build for 1200.
Following the weekend rejection of his healthcare plan, Donald Trump is licking his wounds after failing to deliver on his first big promise: to fix America's health care system. Some are celebrating, but many Americans are now even more unsure about the future.
It's believed 5 million children in India have genius IQs but are never discovered. We follow two children from the slums who are as smart as Neil Armstrong fighting to achieve their dreams.
After a radioactive disaster destroys your hometown, when is the right time to return? We meet residents of Fukushima grappling with a choice: return and rebuild their broken community, or stay away.
She survived months as a sex slave and escaped to Australia as a refugee. Aminata Conteh-Biger can't change the past but now she's ready to help the future of her homeland, which has become the world's most dangerous place to give birth.
A shocking number of black South Africans are using dangerous skin bleaching products to whiten their skin. We talk to young people who believe being whiter will help them get ahead in life.
In El Salvador, home of the bloodiest gang violence in the world, we follow one man's gruesome struggle to bring dignity and closure to the families of the victims.
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