The Bottom Line: "How_long have_you been_lost down_here? How_did you_come to_lose your_way? When_did you_realize, That_you'd never_be_free?" Miranda Sex Garden
Let me reiterate, humans arent very human, that is. I know Ive beaten this horse to death, but it doesnt seem to sink in - as a species humans are pretty vile. The three top businesses, per se, in the world are: 1) illegal drug sales; 2) illegal weapon sales; and 3) the sale of humans. To make that even more offensive, the United States is the #1 customer for the sale of humans into slavery, mainly of the sexual nature.
In all honesty, I felt pretty nasty after watching this movie. A shower was definitely in order and I had an overwhelming desire to go out and slap the billy-be-jesus outta someone, anyone. When we hear the term slavery we almost always think of the injustice served on people, even today, that were/are bought and sold to do menial and demeaning chores for the poop-de-dos that dont want to get their delicate hands dirtied. Im not talking general housekeepers/cleaners or anyone employed in the service industry, Im talking about low down snakes that treat their workers worse than their dogs or horses or whatever it is they value more than human life. Hey, service industry people are needed. In fact the world could barely run without them.
But back to the movie before I get all riled up again
Come here little pretty, I have something for you We are taken to various spots around the world and watch as the snakes start to slither their way through the lives of several young girls. This particular set of snakes prefers them young, mostly prepubescent, but they will take a few older girls ya know, like 15, 16 years old those old hags. We watch them work in different ways from offering fake modeling contracts to buying them from beaten down farmers to out and out kidnapping. Whatever it takes to round up a bevy of babes, they have their ways.
For the most part, we follow a group of about 5 girls from their induction into the life through the end of the movie. A cute 12 year old American girl, kidnapped off the street in the Philippines; a beautiful 16 year old from Prague, tempted with the modeling contract; a tiny 11 year old Philippine, purchased for a few dollars from her father, a pretty hard working young girl, one of the older ones [18-19] that has a young daughter, lured away by the call of true love that never came to fruition, etc., etc.
This is not a documentary, it is a normal movie with regular actors. Nothing has been changed to protect the innocent.
Behind this all is the big daddy. A young and successful looking guy, he uses these babies oops girls, for his porno sites, his strip clubs, and to supply all those nasty greedy people that are tempted by the call of young, pure, sweet flesh. They arent all JoePimpDaddy on the corner either, they are doctors and lawyers and judges and school teachers.
Enter the heroes The sudden influx of deaths of young, undocumented, Russian girls has the Homeland Security interested. Well, at the first they are just vaguely curious but Officer Kate Morozov gets a bug up her skirt and goes after Customs Agent Bill Meehan until he agrees to let her lead the investigation into these deaths, and the allegation of human trafficking. It helps that she is of Russian birth and can converse with these girls in their own language. It also helps that she is female cause by the time they meet up with her, these little ladies want little to do with the male species and not all that much to do with the female either.
Well the rest is just the movie, watch it to get the full impact of the story.
The Players Gotta get this one out of the way first off. Robert Carlyle played head serpent, Sergei Karpovich. Ewwww this is not the spunky duntz from The Full Monty, oh no he isnt. He is particularly vile in this movie, delightfully so in fact. His heavy British accent was barely noticeable as he added the Russian accent to it. I kept looking at him and thinking of his part in Full Monty, couldnt meld the two together. He made an outstanding bad guy, very much the part of the suave Russian.
Officer Kate Morozov was played by Mira Sorvino [her brother Michael played her brother in the movie too]. Yes she was pretty. Not too pretty that you didnt think she could do her job but she had a side to her that was really too soft for this kind of work. Not that I think someone with more edges to them would have been better, she did fine.
Good old Donald Sutherland was Customs Agent Bill Meehan. Come on, its Donald Sutherland. I dont think he even acts anymore, I think he is just himself.
There were a bunch of young girls in this. Too young to even have to think about the stuff they did in this movie. Maybe in real life they werent that young but they looked it in the movie.
Human Trafficking was written by Carole Doyle & Agatha Dominik, directed by Christian Duguay.
It won DGC Craft Award for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production Design. It was nominated for several Emmies, Geminis and Golden Globes in various categories.
It has a run time of 176 minutes and I would hazard a guess that the rating is R. Do I think the entire family should view this movie - wow - thats a good one. I would assume it would highly depend on the relationship you have with your children and their maturity. To my recollection, there is no actual sex shown in the movie and I am hard pressed to remember any foul language. Two murders, one suicide, but nothing any worse than those damn video games you let them tinker with.
I do believe, however, it is drastically important that parents are educated about this and I strongly recommend you at least discuss it with your children, if you dont view it together. I watched it on general TV, primetime, if that is any indication.
Overall impression OK, I know this is just a movie but lets get serious here a minute. Every year between 600,000 - 800,000 women and children are sold into sexual slavery - that we know about. Think of all the ones we dont know about. Those are documented statistics, not just something made up for the movie. Thats almost a million humans. Good Lord, what is wrong with the world?
If you are wondering where I got my information, I checked a few websites:
A critical success, this Lifetime Channel miniseries won Golden Globe nominations for leads Mira Sorvino and Donald Sutherland. Playing two ICE agents, Sorvino and Sutherland investigate the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking in the United States, the process by which young girls are bought and sold into circles of prostitution and slavery. Robbed of their youth and former lives, these girls (or "traffic") are given a voice with each moving episode from this series.