AJAs 2018 Finalists


Slug/Label Child Exploitation in NL
Date Aired or Published March 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Name of Program: St. John's Morning Show, On The Go, Digital, Here&Now;
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Location: St. John's,, NL
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Running time (TV/Radio): 45 mins

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Stealing Innocence is an exploration of the sexual exploitation of children in Newfoundland. It started with a documentary about the lives of young women who were run as child prostitutes in St. John's. Initially the two women featured in the documentary wanted to reveal their identities. CBC brought a case to the Supreme Court of Newfoundlandf to knock down the publication ban but the judge ruled victims of child pornography and prostitution cannot break the ban. We did the piece anyway. It lead to the reunification of one of the women with her mother. Public reaction to the story lead to the other woman being financially supported. She's been living without electricity and someone financed the electrical reconnection to her house. The other pieces of Stealing Innocence were the voices of women from the sex trade. One woman wrote an open letter to her former clients. While they are known as John's she penned a letter to "Jeff" because that's the name used by many of the men buying sex. The other piece was about the double life of a woman who did not reveal to her friends and family that she was a sex worker. These were all dark pieces. The point was to reveal the humanity behind what are often chaotic and violent lives riddled with struggles with mental illness.

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