The Selling of Innocents

60 minutes • Documentary • Produced in association with: CBC • Production year: 1996

The largest red-light district in India - perhaps the world - is The Falkland Road Kamatipura area of Bombay. The young girls who work inside the brothels are modern-day sex slaves. In fact, many of them are Nepalese children valued for their exotic looks.

The Selling of Innocents follows the flesh trade from its source in Katmandu to the sex factories of Bombay. Our crew gained unprecedented access to the story. In one of the documentary’s most shocking and powerful moments, we watch as hidden cameras record a Nepalese farmer selling his daughter into prostitution. Incredibly, the crew even joins a vigilante group of brothel raiders as they rescue child prostitutes.

Ultimately, the film is a riveting account of the hope that exists in the most desperate of situations.

Award Highlights:

Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism
Donald Brittain Award for Best Documentary, Gemini Awards
Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Competition
Best Social Documentary, Hot Docs