A half-hour special by KCLV Channel 2, which focused on the problem of minors being lured into a life of solicitation on the streets, was nominated for a Regional Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter. The announcements were made last night.
The special “Teen Prostitution: Stolen Lives,” which was produced and hosted by Nancy Byrne, aired on KCLV Channel 2 last year. Videographers Jim Dee and Eric Sorenson shot and edited the special. Jesse Harvel performed post-production work. For the special, Byrne hit the streets with a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Vice Unit to illustrate the problem of teen prostitution. In addition to exposing this problem, the special looks at programs in the city to combat this issue. The special includes interviews with two former prostitutes who share their experiences and how they were able to break the cycle.
The Department of Justice reports that there are about 100,000 children currently enslaved in commercial sexual exploitation in the U.S. and Las Vegas has been identified as a hub for this crime.
The special was nominated in the Public/Current/Community Affairs – Program or Special category. The nomination recognizes excellence in a program, series or special on current issues of societal concerns, social ills, community or general public interest. The Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences includes Las Vegas, San Diego, and other California cities including, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Bakersfield and Palm Springs. Awards will be presented at the 37th Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards on Saturday, June 16, at the La Costa Resort.
“This is the fifth Emmy nomination for Channel 2 in the last four years,” said Communications Director David Riggleman. “This tradition of setting a high standard of excellence speaks to the commitment of the entire KCLV team.” The station won an Emmy in 2009 for a special program on Las Vegas gangs.
KCLV Channel 2 is the city’s award-winning government access channel. It features live City Council and Planning Commission meetings as well as specials, and shows such as Access City Council, City Beat and Las Vegas City Scene. These programs may be viewed on the internet at www.kclv.tv.