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The Bafta-winning ITV Exposure strand examines the lucrative trade capitalising upon myths surrounding women's virginity and goes undercover to investigate the clinics making money from so-called virginity testing and repair procedures that campaigners condemn as a violation of human rights.

Join reporter Sahar Zand, producer/director Emily Keen, moderator Mellissa Fung and a very surprise guest, as we discuss how this documentary has played a part in changing the law.


  • Mellissa Fung (Filmmaker/Moderator)

    Mellissa Fung


    Mellissa Fung is a veteran journalist, best-selling author, filmmaker, and director of the upcoming feature documentary Captive. She has traveled the world producing original documentaries for Al-Jazeera International, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and other media outlets. She covered the war in Afghanistan for the CBC, leading to her best-selling first book, Under an Afghan Sky, which chronicles her experience as a hostage after she was kidnapped while on assignment in Kabul in 2008. Over the last several years, Fung has focused on human rights reporting, returning to Afghanistan several times to continue reporting on the challenges that continue to exist there, particularly for women and children. In addition, her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Walrus, The Toronto Star, CNN, and PBS. She has received numerous awards, including the Gracie Award, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association award and the New York Festivals Gold award. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Global Reporting Centre.

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  • Sahar Zand (Multimedia Reporter & Producer)

    Sahar Zand

    Multimedia Reporter & Producer

    A multimedia journalist, presenter and filmmaker with extensive experience in long-form current affairs and documentaries, Sahar Zand has fronted and produced a range of award-winning stories from across the world, for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Vice, and a number of other international broadcasters.

    Her recent documentary 'Britain's Virginity Clinics uncovered', for ITV's Bafta-winning programme Exposure, saw Sahar going undercover to expose the clinics making money from so-called virginity testing and repair procedures that campaigners condemn as a violation of human rights. Following the broadcast of our documentary, which was discussed in the parliament by MPs such as Richard Hodem, and used by a panel of experts as evidence, Virginity testing, and hymenoplasty is now set to be banned in the UK.

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