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Bbc News Footage Tonight (29 November)

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Tonight's main BBC-1 news footage was about trafficking with some particular references to the sex trade.

 

The footage shown to represent this was the well-publicised 2005 raid on the Cuddles Massage Parlour in Birmingham (easily found on You Tube) where a number of sex workers were supposedly "rescued" from the premises. There are plenty of on-line stories that the women were "locked in" and "slaves" but at the end of the day absolutely no charges were laid against the owner or his partner other than running a brothel and money laundering 

 

Whilst the owner received a substantial sentence for money laundering, none of the women were in fact trafficked and according to reports were back at work next day.  Even worse, at a subsequent court hearing, the police were found to have withheld evidence that they were well aware that this was the case.  

 

Whilst no-one condones either sex slavery or money laundering, the use of this footage is plainly wrong. I have complained to the BBC and I suggest anyone else who saw it does likewise.

 

Here are some of the references:-

 

http://news.sky.com/story/375048/massage-parlour-raid-three-in-court    

 

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2011/07/13/evidence-withheld-over-cuddles-brothel-case/

 

http://www.tuc.org.uk/international-issues/labour-standards/forced-labour/slavery-and-forced-labour-supply-chains

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Just seen some footage, on News 24, where the police all stormed off a bus and the women were shown being led out with jackets over their heads. They even specifically said "...will protect women like these trafficked for sex" over the footage. I assume that's the footage you're referring to. If so you've definitely got them, since nobody was convicted of trafficking anybody, so even though they didn't technically say "sex slave", and they try to use that excuse they've still lied.

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Just seen some footage, on News 24, where the police all stormed off a bus and the women were shown being led out with jackets over their heads. They even specifically said "...will protect women like these trafficked for sex" over the footage. I assume that's the footage you're referring to. If so you've definitely got them, since nobody was convicted of trafficking anybody, so even though they didn't technically say "sex slave", and they try to use that excuse they've still lied.

 

The original web-page from the BBC is here - the video footage has conveniently disappeared from the website but the footage you describe on News24 is the original 2005 footage where dozens of police women pile off a bus.  They just showed the women being led out of the brothel on the main news.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4296412.stm 

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I actually saw this footage muted in a sandwich bar here in The West of Ireland and was wondering what the hell was up! Then I gathered(still muted) it was about, around 12000 people originally from 100 countries, now in  he UK being effectively enslaved in many different sectors of the economy and I don't think the very great evil of trafficking for sexual purposes featured at all, Thank God!

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