Friday, November 27, 2015

Trade-a movie review about sex slavery in America

Today's post in The Guardian about this month's unprecedented increase in migrant traffic at the U.S/Mexican border brings to mind the 2007 film, Trade, starring Kevin Cline, because as the article states: 

"Many of the migrants are women and children fleeing vicious gangs and endemic sexual violence in Central America who are hoping for asylum in the United States. Rather than hiding from Border Patrol agents they often try to find them, to ask for protection and start the long legal battle to remain here."

Trade was a departure from Cline's traditional comic or cerebral roles and presciently highlighted what has seemingly become an incurable epidemic that has metastasized invisibly in our society. Can anyone explain why this horrific and institutionalized crime is not covered more rigorously by the media? Can anyone that has a young daughter or knows someone who has a daughter turn a blind eye to this festering plague upon innocence? 

Here is one of two plot summaries of the film from the IMDB link above that I repost here for the reader's convenience:


  • Adriana 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, 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, 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, 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. 
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The film is not for the faint of heart nor the full of turkey this Thanksgiving Day weekend, but unspeakable evil never sleeps even if many still choose to do so during these dark and desperate days.  May I be so bold as to suggest that instead of one more trinket for under the Christmas tree, you donate to the Women's Refugee Commission or another charity that aids women and children who are victims of endemic sexual abuse. Also, if you have a few more minutes, please listen to this archived Writers Alive podcast with Donna Carbone, founder of Feel No Shame, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of female rape victims.