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Resource ID: #26021
Subject: Abuse
Source: NBC News
Date: 2012-03-14



An investigation into the abuse of high school foreign exchange students by their host parents; and of the State Department's ineffective oversight of this popular program. This two-part investigative report explores the lucrative industry of foreign exchange programs, most of which are large non-profits that report tens of millions in revenue, but don't take the necessary steps to protect vulnerable teens. Over the course of eight months, producers interviewed victims around the world who said they were sent back to their home countries in shame at their own expense, with no hope of justice for the perpetrators. Many said their stories were brushed under the rug, and they received no help or support from the State Department.

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