Doruntina Islamaj works as an investigative journalist for VRT NWS, the Flemish Public Broadcaster. She works for different television and radio programs and covers a wide range of topics: from sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witnesses to modern slavery in Belgian nail salons. In 2017 she was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Missouri where she specialised in investigative journalism.


EU Anti-Trafficking Day

Today is EU Anti-Trafficking Day. That is why Free Press Unlimited and Defence for Children made a series in which the fight against human trafficking is viewed from three perspectives: from the perspective of journalism, the justice system and the protected shelter.

Lost in Europe is featured in the series. The Lost in Europe investigative journalists Doruntina Islamaj and Roeland Termote speak about the approach to their investigation into the exploitation of Vietnamese minors in Belgian nail salons, the impact it had, and the importance of good international cooperation in the fight against human trafficking.

Read the interview here:

And watch the video

18 Oct 2020

Congratulations to team members Kristof Clerix and Doruntina Islamaj

Team members Kristof Clerix, Doruntina Islamaj and Roeland Termote have won the Belfius press prize, for their articles about Modern Slavery in Belgium, about human trafficking and exploitation in Vietnamese nail salons. Read more in Knack.

Read their prizewinning articles here:

Knack: Knack onderzoekt: zwartwerk, uitbuiting en mensenhandel in Belgische nagelsalons
De Standaard: Nagels lakken om smokkelaars terug te betalen
VRT: De echte prijs van goedkope nagels: steeds meer moderne slavernij en uitbuiting in Belgische nagelsalons

26 Nov 2020

The real price of cheap nails: modern slavery and exploitation

Cheap nail salons in Belgium appear to be places for human trafficking, undeclared work and modern slavery. Young Vietnamese, often underage, work for a starvation wage. To get to Europe, they paid thousands of smuggling euros to criminal networks. Our Lost in Europe colleagues in Belgium investigated the growing world of Vietnamese nail salons.

2 Jul 2019

44 Vietnamese minors went missing from Belgium shelters

Since 2017, 44 Vietnamese minors have disappeared in Belgium from the Belgian reception centers for unaccompanied minors. The Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (Fedasil) confirms this to VRT NWS, Knack and De Standaard. Nobody knows where the young people ended up.

2 Jul 2019