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Welcome to Reporters. I'm Philippa Thomas.


to bring you the best stories from across the globe.


on the frontline of the battle for Mosul.


Quentin Somerville joins Iraqi forces, as they meet fierce


resistance to their assault on the last stronghold of


The town of Abu Saif is under attack.


It is all that lies between these men and Mosul city proper.


Cracking Albania's people trafficking rings.


Reeta Chakrabarti follows the brutal trade to the UK,


meeting the victims whose lives have been broken.


Many men? Yes, many.


And life behind the camera, but still in the spotlight.


Angelina Jolie talks to Yalda Hakim about directing her new film


on Cambodia, her family, and her split from Brad Pitt.


We are a family and we will always be a family.


And we will get through this time


and hopefully be a stronger family for it.


The battle to recapture the last stronghold of the so-called


Islamic State in Iraq has been long and hard.


Iraqi forces have besieged Mosul, Iraq's second city,


Last month, they captured its eastern region.


Now the battle is on for the west, which has seen some of the most


ferocious fighting between the two sides this week.


Backed by British and American special forces, helicopter gunships


now control the skies, but the road to the west


is littered with bombs, and thousands of IS fighters remain


Quentin Sommerville is the only international journalist


His report contains some graphic images.


VOICEOVER: Iraq says its Mosul operation is the dawn of victories,


and on the second day of their offensive, its troops


again prepared to face the so-called Islamic State.


An armoured force, set on the city's west.


All along this route, there are suspected roadside bombs


Slowed to a crawl at times, bomb disposal technicians


But above, they have full command of the skies.


In their sights, a small IS-held town, Abu Saif.


Emptied of people, every home there became a target.


The town of Abu Saif is under attack.


It's all that lies between these men and Mosul city proper.


They managed to get here in record time and now,


from the air, and from land, they're trying to take Abu Saif.


For the first time, these forces have sight of Mosul.


For Colonel Fallah Ali Wabdan, it is an important prize


TRANSLATION: Abu Saif is very important for us because it's


on high ground and that is very good in helping us win control


Iraqi forces are using the latest warfare tools.


During the battle, watch as this gunship strikes.


American and British special forces are a mostly


This motorbike was cut in half by an air strike.


The corpses, believed to be two IS fighters, lie in the dirt.


By the afternoon, Abu Saif was back in government hands,


but it hadn't slipped fully from the militants' grip.


They struck back, killing at least two soldiers.


Still, this was another important Iraqi victory.


But winning against the Islamic State comes at a cost.


Quentin Sommerville, BBC News, on Mosul's southern front.


STUDIO: To Albania now, one of Europe's poorest


a centre for the dark trade in human trafficking for the past 20 years.


Most of the victims are women forced into a life of prostitution


It is estimated there are now around 35,000 Albanian prostitutes walking


the streets of Europe, many of them trafficked as children.


The Albanian authorities have been criticised for failing to crack down


on the problem with just 18 convictions last year.


Reeta Chakrabarti has been talking to some of the victims


VOICEOVER: Blessed with natural beauty,


Albania has, over two decades, built up a brutal industry


TRANSLATION: I hate them and I want them to get


Saya, now still a teenager, was just 14 when she was sold


into a trafficking ring by a man she thought was her boyfriend.


She was forced to sleep with several men a day and tells of a bewildering


and terrifying world of abuse in which she could trust no-one.


TRANSLATION: There were other girls there too, but I did not talk


to them because you could not tell who was connected to whom.


They would beat us up and not let us go out.


To be controlled by someone, to be used as I was,


She lives here, in a refuge for trafficked women


But these are schoolgirls, and some already have


Saya helped put some of hers behind bars.


Several convicted traffickers are held here in Korce


Some here are serving 20 years or more.


The Albanian authorities let us talk to one of them.


This man was sentenced to 15 years for trafficking children to Greece


and forcing them to work as prostitutes or beggars.


What made him, a married man with his own children,


TRANSLATION: It was a time when everyone was doing


You used a child in order to earn some money.


What if that were my child and someone did that to them?


Albania remains a poor country and in many areas a woman's role


Young women in small-town Albania can be easy prey for grooomers,


seduced by promises of a better life.


That better life is invariably outside Albania, but Anna


TRANSLATION: He said he was looking for a girl just like me


She is now in a safe house in the UK.


Duped into leaving home and then sold into prostitution,


she weeps throughout our interview but insists she wants


TRANSLATION: I was somewhere underground.


I had no sense of the world around me.


Anna is now supported in this safe house run by the Salvation Army.


She has a baby, which gives her a reason to carry on.


Her story should trigger alarm in authorities


A broken life caused by a brutal crime.


STUDIO: Next, the Hollywood actor and director Angelina Jolie.


She says she hopes her new film about Cambodia


help to educate the world about the brutality of the regime.


First They Killed My Father is based on a true story.


It is seen through the eyes of a child.


Angelina Jolie, who adopted a child from Cambodia,


has been speaking exclusively to the BBC's Yalda Hakim about her


film, and for the first time, about her separation from Brad Pitt.


The report contains flash photography from the start.


Hollywood royalty meets Cambodian royalty.


It is the biggest movie premiere this country has ever seen.


The director, Angelina Jolie, says the film speaks


I'm not here because I'm a director who wanted to make a movie.


I'm here because 17 years ago, I came to this country and fell


in love with its people, and learned about its history,


and in doing so, I realised how little I actually knew,


in my early 20s, about the world, so for me,


And my son changed my life, becoming a Cambodian


There was never a plan that we should make this movie.


I became filmmaker, and one day, I thought, what story do I feel


And I felt that this war that happened 40 years ago,


and what happened to these people, was not properly understood.


And not just for the world but the people of the country.


I felt that I wanted them to be able to reflect on it in a way


that they could absorb, so it's through eyes of a child


The Khmer Rouge, a radical Communist movement,


vowed to take the country back to year zero.


Millions were forced out of the cities in an attempt


You could be killed for practising religion, showing emotions


In four years, 2 million people died.


Speaking to people here, I get the sense that they don't


want to remember the past but they also can't forget it.


There are 20,000 mass graves across this country,


like these ones, a visual reminder of what this nation


Hundreds of images of those who were tortured at


More than 12,000 people were killed here.


Angelina Jolie is keen to tell this story and focus on this


But it has been difficult to keep the spotlight


We know that an incident occurred, which led to your separation.


We also know you have not said anything about this.


Only that I don't want to say very much about that,


except to say it was a very difficult time and we are a family


and we will always be a family and we will get through this time


and hopefully be a stronger family for it.


Can I ask how you're coping? I'm...


Many, many people find themselves in this situation.


My family, we have all been through a difficult time.


My focus is my children, our children, and my focus


And as I said, we are and forever will be a family.


But this moment is about Cambodia and remembering the time


when this ancient culture was almost wiped out.


STUDIO: And that's all from Reporters for this week.


From me, Philippa Thomas, goodbye for now.


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