CSI: Miami is not a bad TV show. The plots and premises are usually interesting and you gotta enjoy the investigation methods. Yes, I know, it’s television. It’s my line of business.
There is an episode called Legal. It was aired in 2004.
It is (among other things) about young girls from Hungary who are held hostage in a warehouse on the outskirts of Miami. They speak no English and they are forced to work as prostitutes.
I wish the writers had known something about Europe. It looks like they randomly picked a country and they did not use their brains. So here are some facts that you just can not blame on fiction: Hungary is a member of the EU – since 2004, coincidentally. English is a mandatory foreign language at (junior) high schools, so EVERY girl from Hungary who is 20-something and arrives in the U.S. MUST speak English. The passports used in the show and the “language” they spoke was anything but Hungarian.
So I guess the stereotype “girls from the Eastern Europe are pretty” and “the former East Bloc is not very civilized” seems to have survived…
Speaking of goofs, I recently watched NCIS where one of the characters mentions an operation “in the FORMER CZECH REPUBLIC”. Did I miss something???