10 years ago, Shaun Smith was fighting a war against a rival drug gang. To win, he introduced urban terrorism to the British underworld. Victims were firebombed with homemade napalm, attacked with grenades, and sprayed up with machine guns. In retaliation, his enemies tried to blow Shaun up with a car bomb, the biggest explosion on mainland Britain between the fall of the IRA and 7/7. Shaun Smith was known as an enforcer.
Today, after five years in prison, he is trying to modify those skills by working as a debt collector in the straight going economy. Often, Shaun's debts fall into the gray area between the legit economy and the underworld, a lucrative market potentially worth 150 billion in Britain. This is a typical debt for Shaun, a dispute between a businessman and a gangster over 300,000 pounds. To recover the debt, Shaun has brought backup on a dog unit. But just in case things get out of control, off camera, there is a notorious gangster with a history of firearms and extreme violence.
Sexual abuse is an unspeakable taboo in the underworld. However, male rape is commonly used as a weapon by gangsters to enforce a debt. This is a less well known form of underworld violence, which acts as a powerful propaganda tool over and above the physical and mental suffering it causes.
Shaun Smith was an extremist who specialized in spreading terror for no rational gain. But the hidden costs of this guerrilla war haunts him to this day. Since filming this, Shaun hit the jackpot, landing the biggest deal of his career, a 1 million pound debt in Portugal. Payoff was a much needed, all expenses paid holiday in the sun. After all, going straight hadn't turned out to be the quiet life he'd once dreamt of.
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