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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.
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 ...
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.")
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