She's the girl-next-door with nerves of steel, and for the past 10 years she's been making jaw-dropping documentaries for BBC 3. Here we remember three of Stacey Dooley's best TV moments...
Mums Selling Their Kids For Sex
It beggars belief that any mother could consider selling their own children for sex, but earlier this year, Stacey Dooley’s chilling documentary Mums Selling Their Kids For Sex lifted the lid on the shocking secret underworld of Filipino mums who are doing just that.
With almost a quarter of Filipinos living in poverty, the trade in primary school children being abused by their mothers – live in front of webcams for money – is on the rise. But the horror doesn’t stop there, with some mothers actually handing their children directly to visiting paedophiles – many who travel from the UK and USA for sex.
In this must-see documentary, Stacey and a team of local authority workers and investigators from the United States follow two sisters who advertise their children to foreign paedophiles through a network of secret chatrooms.
To catch these sick sisters, Mike (not his real name) a special agent for the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arm of US Customs, poses as a paedophile online. Stacey watches in horror as Mike chats live online to mothers who are offering him sex with their own children – some as young as 7 – for as little as $18. Thankfully these vile mothers are arrested and their children rescued. To watch this truly shocking documentary go to: Mums Selling Their Kids For Sex
Canada’s Lost Girls
Canada has a reputation for being one of the ‘nicest’, most ‘politically correct’ places on the planet. Even their prime minster Justin Trudeau is a hottie. But Canada has a dark secret, one that Stacey Dooley set to uncover in Canada’s Lost Girls – the mysterious disappearance and murder of more than 1200 indigenous women and girls.
Travelling to Canada, Stacey visits a remote road dubbed the ‘Highway of Tears’, where dozens of woman have vanished or been murdered since 1980 whilst trying to hitchhike. Across the country, Stacey finds countless other examples of native Canadian women either missing or murdered, yet the authorities don’t seem to care.
Stacey wants to know why, and shows viewers the heartbreaking example of Amber Tuccaro – a 20-year-old single mum who was abducted and murdered in 2010. Stacey’s interview with her family makes heartbreaking yet compelling viewing. They want to know why there is still no justice for Amber or for four other victims found in just a six mile radius. Is a serial killer on the loose? If so, why is there not uproar in the media?
The indigenous community believe they know the answer – racism, and have accused the police of failing to investigate indigenous cases properly. Is this a fair criticism? Stacey meets both families and police to see what is being done for the families of the missing and murdered.
Young Sex For Sale In Japan
Until three years ago, possessing child pornography was perfectly legal in Japan. Shocking, right? Well, it might not seem quite so shocking after you’ve watched Stacey Dooley’s report on Japan’s controversial attitude towards children and sexuality. The country has long been criticised for creating a culture that sexualises children – from comic books featuring images of child rape to special ‘bars’ where men pay to meet schoolgirls. What Stacey Dooley wants to know in Young Sex For Sale In Japan is what effect, if any, has the law banning child porn had on attitudes towards the sexualisation of children?
As Stacey travels to Tokyo, she discovers a creepy culture of child sexualisation – where sexual images of young girls are widespread and even normalised. She stops at a perfectly legal ‘JK’ cafe where secondary school-aged girls are paid to sit and accompany older men, all while dressed in their school uniforms. Some girls are as young as 15 and are encouraged to talk about sex with their older companions and even hold their hands.
And if you think that sounds dodgy, Stacey discovered an even more worrying phenomenon called ‘Chako Ero’ where children as young as six are filmed or photographed wearing ‘sexy’ clothing. This is deemed perfectly legal because the children are not undressed. Stacey talks to a producer of these films as well as a self-confessed paedophile who brings along his ‘special’ doll, in scenes that are truly chilling.
Stacey also meets volunteers for a charity that works to help vulnerable girls before speaking to the Head of the Juvenile Section at the National Police to discover what their plans are to try to protect young children, and girls in particular.
All three shows are currently on BBC iPlayer, where you can also find Stacey’s latest shocking documentary – Stacey Dooley Investigates: Kids Selling Drugs Online.