Human Trafficking (Widescreen edition)
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One must wonder about those who claim ignorance of sexual slavery as it is practiced around the world. This appalling behavior is more than merely time-honored; it is codified and woven into the fabric of society itself. What is surprising, and what Human Trafficking gets right, is that sexual slavery is alive, well, and lucrative. Like drugs and weapons, a filthy business like this can only exist where there is powerful market demand, and that demand is chillingly close to home.
Human Trafficking benefits from good directing, (Christian Duguay), and some splendid performances. Leading the way is the lovable Scot from The Full Monty, (Robert Carlyle), who plays the Eastern block criminal mastermind behind the sophisticated sexual gulag. His accent is impeccable, and his character well realized. Sergei Karpovich is no Cold War ham-fisted brute. He is smart, computer-savvy, and thoroughly ruthless. (Like so many inner-city drug dealers, under different circumstances he probably would have been a captain of legitimate industry.)
After Carlyle, the showcase performance here belongs to Isabella Blais, (Helena), one of the women whose decent into sexual slavery is tracked. Helena is certainly not stupid, but she is vulnerable, and we watch in horror as one bad decision lures her into an unimaginable nightmare.Read more ›
What Human Trafficking exposes in an in your face, pull no punches style, is a harsh reality we all need to look at and discuss with our children. Thanks to superbly understated performances by Donald Sutherland and Mira Sorvino, the story itself is allowed to shine.
Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find Sorvino too pretty, but an intelligent, ambitious but very humane woman who approaches Sutherland to let her become a member of ICE. Think Jodie Fosters character which infuses Sorvino's performance. Donald Sutherland plays his role as her boss deftly and with great subtlety.
This movie spares nothing. The treatment of the children and women is raw and very brutal. All the actors portraying the victims offer stellar performances.
Human Trafficking spans several continents in an attempt to show just how these sex slaves are either lured or outtright taken by these monsters in human flesh. There are several subplots interwoven thoughout the movie.
One involves the enticing of young girls from Eastern Bloc countries by offering glitzy modelling contracts in NY. Two of them end up having key roles, both heartbreaking in this disturbing film.
In the Phillipines a hotbed of child flesh peddling, an aging obese pig of an Aussie pimp specializes in very small children, both male and female, who are used until they die of disease or trauma.Read more ›
The minidrama is very well done. In particular the actresses that play the young eastern eurpoean women are quite amazing. They play their parts very convincingly. They also both have an increadibly authentic eastern european feel, despite both of them being Canadian. All the other actors put in very good performances too. I felt very affected by this drama, as the facts portrayed about human trafficking here are not only true, but probably understated, as in truth women in these situations are treated even worst than shown here. How sad that our society has room for this kind of horrors to thrive, as it is to western customers that the services of these women and children are sold to. A drama for TV that makes one seriously think.
I realized a sex slave trade existed, but before seeing this movie, I had no idea the practice was currently so widespread and organized. The phrase "the slave trade" always had a vaguely Victorian, almost comic ring to me. I knew the slave trader mainly as a bogeyman that 19th-century parents scared their daughters with, keeping them from venturing out too far or too freely into the world on their own. But I didn't know it was something that so many modern parents literally might need to guard their children against. According to this film's concluding screen facts and figures, the practice is extensive, and growing - thanks in part to hook-ups facilitated by the computer.
This film shows how young women are recruited. One thinks she has qualified for a modeling job in an exotic location. One thinks she is being courted by the man of her dreams - and flies to meet him for a vacation in another country. As soon as these deluded young women arrive at their destinations - the bars on their lives clang shut. It is difficult for most of them to survive the horrors they face.
Robert Carlyle is chilling here in his role as the head of a multi-national slave trafficking operation. He is a brutal juggernaut of all business-only business - in distinct contrast with the affably entrepreneurial character he played in "The Full Monty."
Mira Sorvino and Donald Sutherland are less well cast as the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents on the trail of traffickers.Read more ›
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I bought this movie for a friend who requested that I obtain if for him/her. I did watch it. It deals with horrific subject matter, and is very realistic in its depictions of... Read morePublished 11 days ago by -----
I have just recently became aware of Human Trafficking,with reading and trying to gain knowledge about this issue. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Suze
A good depiction of the human trafficking society, that manages to convey the hopelessness and pain of these girls' situations without becoming gratuitous in how it portrays the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Exactly what I needed. Works perfectly and a good tool to help my children understand some of the dangers out there.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer