I found the drama ‘Doing Money’ informative and profoundly disturbing. The forceful abduction of Ana the protagonist, who is an Eastern European migrant. The confiscation of her glasses, money and passport and her incarceration within properties of multiple occupancy, are examples of the destabilising actions of the men and a woman who were controlling Ana’s behaviour for their own financial gain.
Restrictions on the movements of Ana, she was ferried from here to there across the UK by her abductors and exchanged for money. The use of her identity to amass loans and credit from which her captors benefited and of which she had no means of paying back, were more examples of her lack of control of her situation that amounted slavery.
A disturbing quality of the drama was the gullibility of the sad men who found creating meaningful and loving relationships so impossible they felt the need to pay for the ‘girlfriend experience’, without giving thought to their role in perpetuating Ana’s exploitation by wicked men and women. And of the self-obsessed public, desensitised by soft pornography and prurient stories from magazines about the lives of minor celebrities, who did not notice the restrictive and heartless behaviours of Ana’s enslavers.
The dispassionate professionalism of the police as portrayed in the drama was, although understandable, lacking in the empathy needed to help Ana feel less isolated and more a part of a caring community, perhaps more similar to that she had left behind in Romania.
After watching the drama I was left wondering whether there are women like Ana enslaved at locations within Bedfordshire and I felt uncomfortable because I may have missed the now obvious signs of womens’ enslavement and domination.