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When a young girl is kidnapped, her brother sets out to find her. In his search he meets a Texas cop who helps him. Meanwhile his sister and met a young polish woman who is her protector and only friend through the ordeal.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Trade's crime isn't that it's dark or that it provides graphic depictions of rape and abuse, but that we never feel anything for any of the characters. The film isn't only joyless, it's lifeless.
Roger EbertFull Review Poor Anything that holds our interest can be entertaining, in a way, but the movie seems to have an unwholesome determination to show us the victims being terrified and threatened. When I left the screening, I just didn't feel right.
USA TodayFull Review Good Though it suffers from some structural flaws and an occasional reliance on melodrama, Trade is a compelling and terrifying look at a serious global problem.
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Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge (Cesar Ramos), to save her. Trapped and terrified by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana's only friend and protector throughout her ordeal is Veronica (Alicja Bachleda), a young Polish woman tricked into the trade by the same criminal gang. As Jorge dodges immigration officers and incredible obstacles to track the girls' abductors, he meets Ray (Kevin Kline), a Texas cop whose own family loss to sex trafficking leads him to become an ally in the boy's quest.
Fighting with courage and hard-tested faith, the characters of Trade negotiate their way through the unspeakable terrain of the sex trade "tunnels" between Mexico and the United States. From the barrios of Mexico City and the treacherous Rio Grande border, to a secret internet sex slave auction and the final climactic confrontation at a stash house in suburban New Jersey, Ray and Jorge forge a close bond as they give desperate chase to Adriana's kidnappers before she is sold and disappears forever into this brutal global underworld, a place from which few victims ever return.