Stolen was a drama by the BBC that was on BBC1 last night. It is on the iplayer if you didn't see it and want to. It is 90 mins long btw...
It was a hard hitting drama about child trafficing in the UK today. It was based in Manchester but no doubt could have been any large town/city and showed the story of three different kids brought into the country for slavery.
Yes I use the word slavery I don't hold back as there is nothing else to describe it. Children bought and sold, forced to work without pay, forced to keep out of sight of others etc.
Following from yesterdays post where I spoke about how lucky I am - it doubly re-enforced that and also made me realise this stuff is happening all around us now. Do I see it - No I don't. However I live in a nice suburban environment where most of the families around us have all lived there since we moved in... in fact I think we are still the "new lot" after 19 years! I actually like that - we know people, they know us - we notice the change in patterns around us. If one of them suddenly had a little girl there who wasn't going to school I'd hope I'd notice... I also hope I'd ask the right questions if they needed to be asked.
There was a great quote from Nelson Mandela (along with Martin Luther King and Gandi one of the true heroes of the last century) "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
In the 60s a powerful drama (
Cathy come home) exposed little talked about issues in the country at that time - i.e. homelessness, unemployment, parental rights. I was 4 when that was shown but as I grew up it was still a much talked about play. 12 million people watched it. I don't believe Stolen will have been watched by as many last night... however I do hope it has a similar effect on the country. Time to stop accepting and time to start exposing.