What Law and Order taught me about fake purses

Was it just another dead end lead, or a teaching moment?

Law and Order must be longest running TV series on the planet. And it always finds obscure, or not-so-obscure, cases in real life in which to base its plots. Last night, I’m sure was no exception.

But what struck me about last night’s episode, was one of the dead end leads that the detectives followed, briefly, in the hunt for the elusive murderer

The victim had come to New York on a bus tour, from upstate. Most of the people on the tour bus went shopping in Chinatown, to purchase fake goods- purses, bags, watches, etc. And the tour bus operator had recommended a certain shop ( a different one than he usually recommends). And for a brief moment the detectives thought the murder was in retaliation for the switch.

It turns out it had nothing to do with shopping in Chinatown.

But in the course of the investigation, the writers took the opportunity to slip in a little fact about these counterfeit goods.

Sweatshops.

When I think of the fake stuff, I think of Intellectual Property Rights issues, not really child labor. When I think of sweatshops (whether children or adult laborers), I think of Wal-Mart, Kathy Lee Gifford, chocolate, or Persian rugs. For some reason, I don’t associate the counterfeit goods with sweatshops.

Maybe I haven’t been paying attention. Maybe its an aspect of the illegal trade that hasn’t been promoted enough.

Either way, there are 2 good reasons NOT to buy fake.

So to the “two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime, and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders,” thank you for the info!

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One response to “What Law and Order taught me about fake purses

  1. AMEN! This is exactly the situation with bootlegged movies. The money from the bootlegging goes to support drugs, and crime. People can call me self-righteous but being a DC resident I see the daily ramifications of drugs and crime.

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