DR Congo, Child Parliament (part 1 of 3)

Sam Farmar has recently returned from DR Congo where he was making a film in the war torn town of Beni, which has one of the highest count of child prostitution per population in the world.

The story follows the President of the ‘Child Parliament’ – a band of 50 children who against constant threats are trying to protect children from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

In a country ravaged by more than a decade of civil war most children are simply too scared to approach the often corrupt authorities but feel able to approach the ‘Child Parliament’, as it is run by children just like them.

With unique access to the towns child brothels Sam filmed as they took him to meet a 12 year old and 14-year-old girl who had both just been recruited and were soon to have sex with their first clients. Sam interviewed the owner of the brothel, the woman who recruited them and the punters who unashamedly provide them with food in exchange for sex.

Sam also followed the story of another 4 child prostitutes and filmed one of the girls who after four years work decided to return home with her 3-year-old son to be reunited with her parents.