Chris Hansen has been exposing human rights violations through investigative reporting for NBC’s Dateline since 2004. In 2005, he went undercover in Cambodia for Dateline and exposed a sex trade that enslaved 30,000 Cambodian children. The details of the story are horrific, detailing how children as young as five years old were captured and sold for sex.
Two years later in 2007, Hansen covered the tragic story of two girls named Lannie and Anna who were thrown into a sex trafficking ring in Malaysia. In his interview with the girls, they revealed that although they escaped their situation and were moving on, they had left behind 15 other girls who still needed to be saved.
Hansen’s stories not only expose atrocities such as these, but take one step further to discuss what is being done to combat them. In 2008, just three years after his coverage of human trafficking in Cambodia, the Cambodian National Assembly approved the law on anti-human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Hansen’s most recent work is his support for Airline Ambassadors, which is non-profit organization who are dedicated to taking action against human trafficking by providing humanitarian aid to orphans and educating people about human trafficking and how to spot it.
Hansen has won eight Emmy’s for investigative reporting, outstanding coverage of a news story and outstanding coverage of breaking news. His career in journalism is an example of how journalism can be used to make real changes in the world for the greater good.