Thursday The Prosecutors 9pm, BBC Two
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.