This movie portrays the heart-wrenching and sad truth about Human Trafficking and goes on to show that this heinous crime is still flourishing just because there is a huge demand for it.
The movie warns the viewer at the beginning about the sensitive scenes & surely this movie is not for the faint hearted.
Everyday hoards of children & innocent girls (called shipments) are wrongfully abducted under the pretext of getting them better jobs, finding them modelling assignments, finding their soul mate and are then traded around the world for sexual slavery. In fact, the place where the movie takes place (United States) is where the highest demand for sex trade comes from.
Tourists from all over the world flock to places like Manila, Mexico, Russia etc. to engage in sexual practices which are frowned upon in their native countries.
This is the story of an FBI special agent Kate Morozov, working under ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), who takes it upon herself to bust a huge world-wide racket involving sex-trade. ICE becomes actively involved in the case after they discover a Russian girl who jumped to death from a building where she was traded. The case gains steam after a 12 year old American tourist is abducted in front of her parents in Manila, Philippines.
She, under the able guidance of the aging & experienced ICE chief Bill Meehan, uses herself as a bait to enter the shit-hole and save the girls. In between the investigation, the plight of these innocent girls and the kind of animal-like cruel conditions they are subjected to
This movie sure makes you question the whole moral character of us Humans, who even after knowing the truth about human-trafficking continue to indulge in things that boost this criminal activity and help a few people make millions of dollars.
The only dampeners in the movie are its long duration, sometimes slow pace and the acting prowess of the leading characters of Kate Marozov & Bill Meehan. In my opinion, someone younger & more energetic should’ve been hired as the ICE chief.
- IMDB Rating – 7.7/10
- Nominated for 2 Golden Globes.
- When Kate goes on-line to lure the traffickers, she says that she has no college degree and that she is a kindergarten teacher. This is self-contradictory as virtually all teachers, from kindergarten through high school, are required to have a college degree for employment.
- When Kate checks in at the airport and her passport is scanned, it shows up on the monitor her name, place of birth and eye color “albastri”, which means “blue” in Romanian/Moldavian. Kate has brown eyes.
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