From our discussion with Roddy Llewellyn (pictured), the scenario of the Vietnamese boy kidnapped and forced to work in a hydroponic cannabis lab presented us with an interesting context in which to ask our missional question: What should the law do? Here’s the scenario, excerpted from DS Llewellyn’s blog, The Slave Detective:
“One (scenario) is where a person was recognised by The Social Services as a minor, had been placed in a cannabis factory by a family he had worked as a domestic slave for and then locked into the premises having nothing to do with the cannabis plants. He was there for five days when the police arrested him for cultivation of cannabis, and he received two years imprisonment.”
The boy gets a prison sentence. But as Roddy asked in class, what about the people who kidnapped and placed him there? Who locked him up on the premises? Why is the “victim” in this also the perpetrator?
So, I’d like a comment on what the law should do in human trafficking instances and cases like this one, but to keep us honest, also answer how the law should do what you prescribe?
And realize as Roddy does that there are finite resources, that identifying, building a case against, arresting and prosecuting the higher level criminals in these networks takes years, and realize that political pressure is felt most in areas like conviction rates, street crime rates, etc. Remember Roddy asking Rachel what she wants her police doing — spending years going after these syndicate crime bosses, or finding the person who stole her TV (or whatever)?
Comment deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9am