Human Trafficking, Justice, and CSI

Julie Clawson 23/11/09

Julie Clawson is the author of Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices (IVP 2009).

I’ve gotten used to popular TV shows going the after-school special route and highlighting some issue or another. Granted, it boosts their ratings, but it also brings attention to issues that need attention. So I was intrigued recently when the CSI franchise did a story-arc across all three shows that focused on the issue of human trafficking. It pulled no punches. They showed the horror involved in trafficking and what a complicated system it is. From moving girls around to sell for sex, or as wombs, or for body parts there are a lot of people making money off of the exploitation of others. And there are so many people involved in such a large and complex system, that there are no easy solutions to the problems. In other words, the CSIs weren’t able to solve the crime and and have all the perpetrators behind bars by the end of the 60-minute episode.

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