MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 19, 2017--
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) announced today the premiere of “Selling
Girls,” a six-part digital, episodic series investigating sex
trafficking of children in America. Produced by award-winning
investigative news teams from WXIA in Atlanta and KHOU in Houston, the
entire series of “Selling Girls” rolls out first on TEGNA stations’
digital platforms beginning today, October 19. Each station will
localize the story, showing the direct impact in their local community.
On-air coverage will begin on October 22.
While the series focuses on the sex trafficking of underage girls, boys
are also victims of the minor sex trade and all children under the age
of 18 who are induced to engage in commercial sex are victims of
“‘Selling Girls’ tells a disturbing story that no one wants to talk
about, but we must expose and address the issue of trafficking of our
young people in the United States. No topic is more timely as the FBI
announced just this week that it has rescued children and arrested
traffickers as part of a multi-state human trafficking ring,” said Ellen
Crooke, vice president, news, TEGNA. “But there’s more work to do. Local
journalism has the power to shine a light on national issues through a
focused lens. We hope that ‘Selling Girls’ educates and informs our
audiences and helps reverse the course of human trafficking in this
“We applaud TEGNA for its thoughtful investigation that demonstrates the
realities of child sex trafficking in the U.S.,” said Staca Shehan, who
leads the child sex trafficking team at the National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children. “Traffickers are making an alarming profit while
American victims endure countless days and nights of rape, abuse,
torture and violence. Awareness and education are key to ending the
demand and putting a stop to child sex trafficking.”
The six episodes of “Selling Girls” include:
“Sex Trafficking 101.” The series opens by answering the core
questions: What is child sex trafficking and how does it happen in the
“Motivation” is the nickname of a trafficker who is interviewed
for the series from prison. He explains how he coerced a 14-year-old
girl into the sex trade, a crime for which he was arrested and only
received probation. The young survivor of this trauma received no
counseling or services and returned to the trade.
“Survivors” describes how sex traffickers lure girls into the
trade and how these youngsters are so vulnerable.
“Groomed” takes viewers just beyond the boundaries of a Houston
high school, where sex traffickers give free alcohol and drugs to
underage girls to pressure them into the trade.
“Buyers” pulls back the curtain to reveal the sordid and
specific business model that connects buyers with young girls. One
buyer explains why he purchased sex and admits that he never asked
questions about age.
“Saving Girls.” Viewers will learn the three steps that can be
taken now to help change the topic of conversation from selling girls
to saving them.
Each station’s coverage is unique, highlighting the crisis in their
community. With complicated and often conflicting local, state and
federal sex trafficking laws, TEGNA stations reveal the flaws in the
system and what can be done to help protect kids.
“Selling Girls” is the latest series from the award-winning producers of
the investigative units at WXIA and KHOU. Previously, the “Charlie
Foxtrot” series (produced in 2016-17) drove policy changes for how the
U.S. Military provides treatment and care for veterans suffering from
PTSD. They also took a raw look at the dramatic rise in heroin-related
deaths in American suburbs in “The Triangle”(2016), a series that helped
to elevate the national opioid conversation and is now used as a regular
part of addiction awareness and education.
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the
greater good of our communities. With 46 television stations in 38
markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers
across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top
25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television
households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults
on-air and 32 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been
consistently honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R.
Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA delivers
results for advertisers through unparalleled and innovative solutions
including OTT local advertising network Premion,
centralized marketing resource Hatch, and G/O
Digital, a one-stop shop for local businesses to connect with
consumers through digital marketing. Across platforms, TEGNA tells
empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers
innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.
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