Less than a year ago, a reality TV program calledBorder Security: Canada’s Front Line premiered on the National Geographic channel. Following the work of the Canadian Border Services Agency’s law enforcers, the show promised viewers “a front row seat to high stakes, bizarre reveals and comical conflicts that are part of everyday life for border security officers.”
Six months after its debut, Border Security captured national attention after eight migrant workers were arrested at a Vancouver construction site on March 13 while being filmed by the show’s production company.
The incident generated intense criticism and led to campaigns calling for the show to be shut down. Lawyers and advocates raised concerns about privacy issues and the use of vulnerable people to make a profit. Critics were also doubtful that consent given after a stressful event like an arrest could be considered informed and voluntary.
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