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Do you have any thoughts regarding the miniseries premiering on Lifetime tonight, "Human Trafficking"?  Were you able to preview the program?  It appears to focus primarily on trafficking originating out of Russia and Eastern Europe, although this was likely done for purposes of the audience demographic for Lifetime.

The show appears to take the subject quite seriously (as opposed to merely being exploitation), and Amnesty International has organized its webpage around the program.  (Someone should have told AI that the phrases "Human Trafficking" and "House Party" should never appear near one another.)

Given your experience, it would be interesting to hear your reactions to the miniseries, especially whether you feel it will be helpful in raising awareness of the issue as a serious problem, or if it merely trivializes the issue.

by The Maven on Mon Oct 24th, 2005 at 12:18:44 PM EST
The show appears to take the subject quite seriously (as opposed to merely being exploitation)

exploitation isn't serious?

seems to me it is the heart of all abuse -- 'exploitation' being just another word for predation or objectification:  treating other human beings as commodity, consumable, disposable.

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Mon Oct 24th, 2005 at 04:15:21 PM EST
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Given the subject matter, I should have been more attuned to the precise words I used here.  What I was trying to get at was that this program may well be more interested in raising consciousness of the underlying issue of trafficking as opposed to many other TV movies and miniseries, such as a disease-of-the-week show, which isn't really about the disease at all, but rather a vehicle for the featured star.

When I used the word "exploitation" here, I meant only that broadcasters often try to sensationalize their subject matter in order to juice their ratings, without any real regard for the subject itself.  I hope this clears it up instead of muddying the waters further.

An example of poor use of the subject would be the upcoming CBS miniseries, "Category 7: The End of the World", which I seriously doubt hopes to raise concerns about global warming.  ("As the disastrous storm gathers even more strength and begins to ravage the rest of the world, a television evangelist, preying on the fears of a storm battered nation, begins to broadcast alarming warnings of epic biblical plagues. As his predictions begin to come true, the deadly storm continues to wreak havoc worldwide, culminating over Washington, D.C.")

by The Maven on Mon Oct 24th, 2005 at 08:40:47 PM EST
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