Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 5, Episode 14

Ritual (3 Feb. 2004)

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Two garbage collectors run into what they first think is a scene of animal sacrifice.

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When the remains of a boy are found and evidence that points to Santeria are found. They begin by checking out local practitioners but the man in charge claims that who did was not a true practitioner. They learn that the boy is Nigerian and that he was brought over as part of the slave trade. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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[running down a suspect after their cover was blown, Fin grabs him and slams him into the wall, then begins to beat him and punch him]
Fin Tutuola: They're kids, you sick sonofabitch!
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"Don't you know Lincoln freed the slaves"
3 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A truly monstrous crime is being investigated by the SVU squad in this episode. How monstrous the squad has no idea about until the trail leads them to a slavery ring.

A young boy whom they later discover was from Nigeria is found dead in Central Park his body laid out like a victim of a Santeria sacrifice. Even though officially that religion hasn't sanctioned it in almost 200 years.

It was not of course, but it was made to look that way by someone with a familiarity of the ritual so that they could cover up pedophilia, a crime more in the SVU jurisdiction. What else is uncovered is a ring that essentially supplies slave labor to wealthy households. Young black children from Africa who are given a corner to sleep, sustenance food and nothing else.

Sullivan Walker the Nigerian who is in charge of the ring is one loathsome and monstrous villain. He's only in the last few minutes of the show. So too is Diane Kagan the Society Sal who keeps a young Nigerian child as a slave.

Ice-T stands out in this episode and it's interesting to see Christopher Meloni, more likely to lose it with suspects pull Ice-T off the back of Walker. Good thing his weapon wasn't drawn.


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