LBC Wins UN Award For Slavery Doc: Listen Here
Tuesday 24th June 2014
LBC has been honoured with a United Nations Award for its behind-the-curtain documentary about modern-day slavery in London.
LBC’s 'Slavery on our Streets' won the United Nations Department of Public Information Award for Best News Documentary or Special, established in collaboration with New York Festivals to honour programmes that best exemplify the aims and ideals of the United Nations.
It was one of three awards that LBC picked up at last night’s New York Festivals International Radio Awards in Manhattan.
LBC Senior Broadcast Journalist Tom Swarbrick was awarded Best News Reporter, while 'Slavery on our Streets' won a second award for Best News Documentary in a separate category.
The New York Festivals honour the world’s best radio programmes from stations, networks and independent producers from more than thirty countries around the globe.
Richard Park, Global’s Director of Broadcasting, said: "It is a great privilege for LBC to be recognised on the international stage in this way.
"LBC’s quality programming and journalism consistently set the UK’s news agenda and to win the United Nations Award in the same year the station became a national broadcaster is an amazing achievement.”
In Slavery On Our Streets, the UK's leading anti slavery charity told LBC there are up to 3,000 victims of people trafficking in London right now.
The Metropolitan Police's Human Trafficking Unit said children as young as 10 years old have been found in brothels in London.
LBC reporter Tom Swarbrick has been investigating the reports said he was shocked by how close people found themselves to this underworld.
He said: "Tourists were buying scarves and trinkets, unaware that to their left is a stairway to what I’m told is likely a brothel.
"Many prostitutes in London have been trafficked into the sex industry."