Thurs­day The Pros­e­cu­tors 9pm, BBC Two

The Herald on Sunday - Sunday Herald Life - - Television & Radio -

IN the en­gross­ing fi­nal film of this short se­ries, cam­eras fol­low Eran Cut­liffe, a se­nior pros­e­cu­tor at the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice, over nearly two years, as she tries to build a case against a net­work en­gaged in the traf­fick­ing and ex­ploita­tion of chil­dren, who are used as slaves in nail bars across the UK. A dif­fi­cult case is fur­ther com­pli­cated by two fac­tors. First, it breaks new ground, as the CPS is at­tempt­ing to bring the first pros­e­cu­tion un­der the Mod­ern Day Slav­ery Act of 2015. Sec­ond, many of the girls in­volved ap­pear not to con­sider them­selves vic­tims. Mi­nors found by police in the nail bars are placed into foster care, yet of­ten flee back to the net­work, which moves them on to another lo­ca­tion. As il­le­gal im­mi­grants, with no other op­tions, they are happy to be fed and housed and work for free – or, at least, this is what they have been coached to say. It’s a de­press­ing but fas­ci­nat­ing ex­am­i­na­tion of a crime tak­ing place in broad day­light, and the moun­tain of work the pros­e­cu­tors face.

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