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Quote #1

Dag: "It's a tremendous assault on human rights, and the girls involved are so far down society's ladder that they're of no interest to the legal system. […] Of all the crimes involving the sex trade, 99.99 percent are not reported to the police […] (4.127)

The novel argues forcefully that the justice system does not protect prostitutes. This is a fictional universe, but it's commenting on problems Larsson sees in the real world, and not just in Sweden. What's your take on this issue? Are there places where this isn't true?

Quote #2

"Dag's book is a polemic aimed at the people who are making money from trafficking. My thesis is statistics, field studies, law texts, and a study of how society and the courts treat the victims. (5.32)

Blomkvist is a polemical writer too, from what we've heard. He's all about angrily denouncing corrupt people. He and Dag see themselves as journalistic arms of the justice system. Mia is examining failures by the literal justice system to protect girls from being treated as merchandise and sold for sex.

Quote #3

Dag: "Two months till the deadline. I've done only nine of the twenty-two confrontations we planned." (8.205)

Dag isn't just going to publish his findings; for his article to be just, he needs to confront those he's accusing, giving them a chance to explain, and warning them they will be outed. This is very dangerous business.

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