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.
The debut American feature of one of Germany’s leading young
directors, Marco Kreuzpaintner, Trade is produced by Roland
Emmerich and Rosilyn Heller from a screenplay by Oscar®
nominee Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) that was
inspired by the New York Times Magazine cover story The
Girls Next Door written by Peter Landesman.
©2007 Roadside Attractions. All rights reserved.
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