There are facts and there is fiction and there is factual fiction and fictional fact, so based on a true story, well, everything needs to ring absolutely true. Gwyneth Hughes and Lynsey Miller have pulled it off. Ninety minutes of drama and not a bum note.
Here’s the facts. We get them added on at the end, a rolling script. Around five million women in the world are traded as sex slaves. Multiply that fact by a factor of two, or five or ten.
Here’s the facts. Ana who testified before the Irish Parliament and told them about her being abducted from a London street during daylight and forced to work as a sex slave led to changes in the laws regarding modern-day-slavery.
Here’s the facts (always read the small print) the men that abducted her received up to three years in prison. Let’s say they’ll be out in a year. And able to set up immediately trading other women.
It’s the economy stupid. Galway, Belfast, Cork, Stockholm. Ana played by Anca Dumitra has one of those conversations that begin with ‘why don’t you let me go?’ with her blonde female pimp, Ancuta (Cosmina Stratan) who has learned to answer the phone with ‘hallo baby’ and hide the claws until they need to be shown.
Ana owes them money. They bought her for thirty-thousand euros and Ana has to pay it back. When Ana hits back with that she paid that back in about ten days and can’t walk because of it (anal sex cost extra and without a condom even more) Ancuta has the answer, it’s not enough. They have expenses and they are feeding and taking care of her. They can always sell to Dubai where they’ll love her until she dies.
The other girls, they can accept that. When the cops raid the place, they say they are happy working as escort girls. Ancunta, clicks her tongue and tells an Irish female officer it’s not their fault if they let themselves get fat and don’t want to do sex. They’re picking up the slack. They’re making money.
We all know about Stockholm syndrome. Skinny (Voica Oltean) has a blue star tattooed to her wrist a reminder that the boyfriend that sold her as sex slave when she was thirteen will come back for her. We all know he won’t.
This is a brutally honest drama. I hope it wins a stack of awards. But to be brutally honest we don’t really give a fuck. Trump with his build-a- wall mania and praise for telling it like it is about ‘shitty countries’, Brexit and hate Mail. Italy, Turkey, Poland, and pan-European jingoistic hatred, which fans the flames of in which people like Ana are disposable goods and their value is decreasing on the open market day by day. Human scapegoats. Where have I heard, ‘let them drown?’ not on scandal sheets, but from party leaders. So yeh, Doing Money, great drama. It’s the economy, stupid. That’s the reality. There’ll be lots more than Ana Doing Money and unless it’s your son or daughter…