The Turkish newspaper “Sabah” said on Tuesday that the BBC English channel used a Turkish woman to represent the role of a Syrian refugee forced by circumstances to beg in the streets of Istanbul and even to sell her body sometimes, because she cannot find anyone to help her in an episode of a documentary series entitled “Sex In strange places”.
“The documentary was recently published on the Internet, and it was recently deleted after it turned out that the woman was a Turkish citizen from the Harran district of Shanli Orfa state in southern Turkey and she was begging”.
“The film shows a lady covered with a face called Fatima, who is told by BBC anchor Stacey Dooley that she escaped from Aleppo to Turkey by human smugglers, and that the organization of ISIS kidnapped her eldest daughter and claimed that Fatima didn’t find any support or assistance in Turkey”, she said.
She added: “Stacey Douley claimed in the film that the Syrian lady sometimes has to sell her body when she does not earn enough begging.
The video also shows a verbal argument between the announcer Stacey Dowley and some sellers in a market in Akkari because they didn’t allow her to shoot with the Syrian refugee “You treat it like that because it is Syria, this is an unacceptable racist act”.
“There are also words like” Syrian refugees don’t receive any support or assistance, and have no rights in Turkey, and after the spread of the video again, a Turkish newspaper investigated the matter and access to the vendors who appeared in the video”.
A salesman, Vesel Gul, said he was working in the market of “Vakflar Charcheasi”, where the documentary was filmed, since he was five years old.
He sees this woman for about 15 years and knows her very well that she is from the Harran region of Shanli Orfa, and she has been in the region for several years and speaks Arabic and Kurdish alongside Turkish.
Gul said he believed the woman represented this scene with the BBC for money.
The newspaper “Sabah”: “While Julia Rowock of the BBC and one of the producers of the documentary that the Syrian refugee Fatima fled from Aleppo to Turkey illegally, so doesn’t have any papers to prove its identity, and the channel was found by a Turkish person helps The channel’s staff in Turkey, the newspaper continued with this person who confirmed that he doesn’t know the lady and doesn’t know how the BBC reached it and that he attended only with them to do the task of translation,
Sabah concluded: “The newspaper tried to communicate with the BBC, which quickly deleted the film from its website, without making any statement or comment”.