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After his 13-year-old sister is abducted by sex traffickers, a determined Mexican teen travels from the barrios of Mexico City to a run-down stash house in New Jersey in a desperate attempt to rescue the frightened girl before she is swallowed whole by one of the criminal underworld's darkest secrets. Jorge's Cesar Ramos adolescent sister, Adriana Paulina Gaitan, has been kidnapped and thrust into a lucrative underground trade in which young girls are bought and sold to the highest bidder. Now, as the terrified ...
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After his 13-year-old sister is abducted by sex traffickers, a determined Mexican teen travels from the barrios of Mexico City to a run-down stash house in New Jersey in a desperate attempt to rescue the frightened girl before she is swallowed whole by one of the criminal underworld's darkest secrets. Jorge's Cesar Ramos adolescent sister, Adriana Paulina Gaitan, has been kidnapped and thrust into a lucrative underground trade in which young girls are bought and sold to the highest bidder. Now, as the terrified youngster is herded through a complex network of underground tunnels leading into the United States, her only ally is a Polish woman named Veronica Alicja Bachleda, who has been tricked into the trade by the same nefarious gang. After circumventing immigration officers and eventually working his way across the border, the desperate Jorge comes into contact with a Texas lawman named Ray Kevin Kline, whose own devastating personal loss to sex traffickers causes him to join the search for Adriana. In the dark days that follow, Jorge and Ray form a close bond as they witness the horrors of a secret Internet sex slave auction and discover just how far the depths of human depravity can plunge while attempting to maintain hope that brother and sister will one day be reunited. In the world of international sex trafficking, however, innocent victims disappear without a trace every day and few who fall prey to these reprehensible predators are ever seen again.
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Special Features

Director and producer feature commentary; "Chasing Shadows" featurette; "Paper to Print" featurette; Deleted scenes; 16x9 widescreen; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital audio; English and Spanish subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • UPC: 031398222019
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,153

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Kline Ray Sheridan
Cesar Ramos Jorge
Alicja Bachleda Veronica
Paulina Gaitan Adriana
Marco Perez Manuelo
Linda Emond Patty Sheridan
Zack Ward Alex Green
Kate del Castillo Laura
Tim Reid Hank Jefferson
Pasha D. Lychnikoff Vadim Youchenko
Natalia Traven Lupe
Guillermo Ivan Alejandro
Christian Vazquez Moncho
Jose Sefami Don Victor
Leland Pascual Thai Boy
Jorge Angel Toriello Ten Year Old Boy
Luz Itzel Moncho's Girl
Eren Zumaya Lovesick Girl
Norma Angelica Lupe's Neighbor
Kathleen Gati Irina
Anna Maria Horsford Detective Martinez
Anthony Crivello Detective Henderson
William Sterchi American Tourist
Mayahuel DelMonte Woman at Door
Kei-Kei Cadena Brazilian Girl
Lesly Ortega Del Rosal Mexican Girl
Fermin Martinez Mexican Policeman #1
Julio Escalero Mexican Policeman #2
John Wylie Pedophile in Reeds
Rio Alexander Armed Man
Maria Luisa Coronel Old Mexican Shopkeeper
JD Garfield High School Spanish Teacher
Aimee Lynn Chadwick School Girl
Matthew Timmons El Paso Border Guard
Bruce DeHerrera Detention Center Guard #1
Michael Carrillo Detention Center Guard #2
Dominick Chavez Detention Center Guard #3
Mike Hatfield El Paso Police Officer
Barbara Mayfield Waitress in Diner
Matthew McDuffie Pedophile in Diner
Rob DeBuck Motorcycle Cop at Diner
Grant Martin Police Officer at Diner
Boots Southerland Van Owner at Diner
Genia Michaela Hotel Receptionist
Ross Kelly Young New Jersey Officer
Jason Clarke New Jersey State Trooper
Aaron Lobato New Jersey Officer
Bo Greigh First Deputy, Texas
Josh Berry Second Deputy, Texas
Lena Baran Natasha
Larisa Eryomina-Wain Veronica's Mother
Elizabeth Leibel Travel Agent
Lisa Clugston Sarah Buchanan
Erika Clugston Sarah's Daughter
Enrique Ugarte Conductor
Technical Credits
Marco Kreuzpaintner Director
Ashok Amritraj Executive Producer
Helena Barrett Stunts
Kathryn Brink Casting
Jessie Brown Makeup
Gary Camp Camera Operator
Bernt Amadeus Capra Production Designer
Aleta Helena Chappelle Casting
Jakob Claussen Co-producer
Amanda DiGuilio Co-producer
Roland Emmerich Producer
Lynn Fainchtein Musical Direction/Supervision
James M. Freitag Asst. Director
Daniel Gottschalk Cinematographer
Andreas Grosch Executive Producer
Nick Hamson Executive Producer
Leonardo Heiblum Score Composer
Rosilyn Heller Producer
Daniel Holt Special Effects
Carla Hool Casting
Kuen Song Il Sound Editor
Peter Landesman Executive Producer, Original Story
Robert Leger Executive Producer
Jacobo Lieberman Score Composer
Kurt Lott Stunts
Christopher Marlowe Stunts
James Oberlander Art Director
Carol Oditz Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Ortenberg Executive Producer
Philip Pfeiffer Camera Operator
Uli Putz Co-producer
Ossie Von Richtofen Co-producer
José Rivera Original Story, Screenwriter
Amelie Syberberg Consultant/advisor
Lars Sylvest Executive Producer
Al Richard Unser Stunts
Anthony Vitale Stunts
Cord Walker Stunts
Pawel Wdowczak Sound Mixer
Hansjoerg Weissbrich Editor
Michael Wimer Executive Producer
Thomas Wobke Co-producer
Thomas Woebke Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trade
1. Mexico City [4:09]
2. Happy Birthday [5:35]
3. Kidnapped [:15]
4. "I Miss My Mom" [7:44]
5. "I Need IDs." [2:15]
6. Traces [4:13]
7. The Rio Grande [5:46]
8. Welcome Home [:12]
9. A Better Route [5:07]
10. For Sale [4:40]
11. "Is Something Wrong?" [:57]
12. Maria [5:51]
13. Road Trip [3:10]
14. Death [2:38]
15. "Did I Hear You Wrong?" [4:22]
16. Carly / The Auction [2:58]
17. The Exchange [1:58]
18. The Bedroom [5:56]
19. Found [2:05]
20. Credits [5:18]
1. Ray's Home and Past [3:31]
2. Jorge and His Friends [:34]
1. Alma's Home [2:16]
1. Jorge Looking for His Sister [:33]
1. Veronica to Juarez [:39]
1. Preparing to Cross the Border [1:13]
1. All-Stars Tours Travel Agency [1:16]
1. Ray in Juarez [:24]
1. Holding Pen: Entering the Gate [:28]
1. Holding Pen: Get off the Bus [1:24]
1. Veronica and Adriana in the Bus [:33]
1. Street in Front of Cyber Cafe [:37]
1. In Ray's Car (Jorge Driving) [2:34]
1. In Ray's Car (Ray Driving) [1:16]
1. Jorge in His Hotel Room [:42]
1. Adriana and Jorge Come Home [1:51]
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Disc #1 -- Trade
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      Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
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   Special Features
      Director & Producer Feature Commentary: On
      Director & Producer Feature Commentary: Off
      Chasing Shadows
      Paper to Print
      Deleted Scenes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Dirty Little Secret of International Sex Slave Trade: A Wake-Up Call

    Based on an article written by Peter Landesman, who also wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Jose Rivera ('The Motorcycle Diaries'), TRADE literally forces us to experience the cruel, vicious international market for sex slaves. It is brutally captured on film by director Marco Kreuzpaintner ('Summer Storm') in a manner that spares nothing to unveil the atrocities created by the many people form all countries who ply this trade. It is a tough film to watch, but it is also an important film to see: the public MUST be made aware of this criminal activity that robs the lives of children and adults around the globe. The setting is Mexico City and in the poor sector lives a fatherless family supported by the oldest son Jorge (Cesar Ramos) whose 'occupation' is petty crime that allows him to bring in money for his mother and his beloved sister Adriana (Paulina Gaitan). We see the abduction of a beautiful young Polish girl Weronica (Alicja Bachleda-Curus) in the Russian sector of the city. Soon after Adriana, trying out her newest bicycle gift from Jorge, is likewise abducted. The girls (and boys) are kept in filthy apartments awaiting border crossings into the US where they will be shipped to New Jersey for sale after being advertised for auction on the Internet. Jorge discovers the absence of his sister, traces her to the Russian sector where he sees the filth in which the victims are kept, but where he also encounters a Texas policeman Ray Sheridan (Kevin Kline) who is continuing his years long search for his daughter. The two 'meet' and join in the chase for the lost girls. And it is the manner in which Jorge and Ray gradually become friends and the clever way in which they cooperate that forms the rest of the story. Yes, the film is overlong and borders a bit too closely on soap opera techniques, but the acting is so committed and the story is news so important that any flaw in the film can be forgiven because it opens the door to a crime that is all too unfamiliar to most citizens. It is a true story and therein lies the terror. It should be seen. Grady Harp

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