Cities of Crime
Documentary · Crime
The challenges of safety and countering criminal elements in big cities are shown here, from Cape Town and Detroit to Oakland and New Orleans.
Directed byJean-François Coulomb des Arts
S01:E01 - Cape Town
Table Mountain divides the city of Cape Town, South Africa into two distinct regions. To the southeast of the Cape’s central business district exist the Cape Flats, a region with little economic buoyancy where law enforcement officials spend 75% of their time dealing with the drug trafficking and violence that stem from the multitude of organized gangs that have staked a claim in the Flats.
S01:E02 - Detroit
Once the heart of the motor industry and the American Dream, the modern city of Detroit, Michigan resembles little of its former self. Migration out of Detroit began in the 1950s when the city lost 10% of its population. Since that time, the city’s population and overall health has sadly only dwindled. As crime sweeps over the city daily, can, and will, Detroit ever rise to shine again?
S01:E03 - New Orleans
On the shores of the mighty Mississippi River, New Orleans is one of the most unique and recognizable American cities. Drug trafficking has added a violent element of chaos to this otherwise cherished American city that has greatly affected its youth under the age of 30. The damage inflicted upon New Orleans’s economy over the years due to flooding has only exacerbated the issue of violent crime.
S01:E04 - Oakland
A dark allure permeates the streets of Oakland, California. Prostitution, particularly underage prostitution, runs rampant in a manner that can only be matched with sophisticated police sting operations. In cities everywhere, including Oakland, prostitution is close to overtaking drugs in criminally linked activity, critically impacting the health of future men, women, mothers, and fathers.
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