"Do Innocent Young Girls Matter?"
What You Need To Know:
TRADE OF INNOCENTS does an incredible job of being a powerful drama without being salacious. The plot is clear and well developed. The acting is excellent. That said, it’s sometimes too talky in the scenes that tell rather than show. TRADE OF INNOCENTS is an important movie and not only worth seeing but also entertaining.
(BBB, C, L, VV, S, A, M) Very strong moral worldview with light Christian, redemptive content; one obscenity; strong action violence and sexual trafficking with girl being beaten and finally a shootout and man drops to his death, woman is beaten, fight scene, several chases, all very much muted, making it acceptable for television; references to pedophilia and underage sex because movie is about the sex trade, but nothing shown; no nudity; alcohol use in background in one bar scene; no smoking or drugs; and, corrupt police force.
TRADE OF INNOCENTS is a dramatic movie about the sex trade in Cambodia.
Alex Becker and his wife, Claire, work for a rescue organization to stop sex trafficking in Cambodia. They love each other, but their marriage is hurt by the fact that, in the United States, while he was on duty in the Middle East, their 11-year-old daughter Abigail was kidnapped and killed. Neither wants to talk about Abigail. Therefore, their attempt to stop the Cambodian sex trade is deeply motivated by their own loss.
Even so, sex slavery and trafficking pervades the entire Cambodian society, including the government. Parents believe children have to provide for them, even if children have to become a sex slave. A police captain continually tells Alex he doesn’t understand the Cambodian culture and is trying to impose western values.
Meanwhile, an American pedophile tells the head of the local trafficking ring that he wants a young 7-year-old girl. So, the trafficker is on the hunt for a young girl. The pedophile says he’s willing to pay $30,000. The trafficker kidnaps the little girl who’s the granddaughter of the man who owns the shop under the apartment where the Beckers live. Claire has befriended this girl.
Alex leads several raids on the trafficking gang, but it seems like someone’s tipping them off. Eventually, Claire and the little girl are trapped by the trafficker on top of one of the pyramids at Angkor Wat. Will Alex get there in time and save them?
Considering the very important and very delicate topic it is confronting, TRADE OF INNOCENTS does an incredible job of being a powerful, tense drama without being salacious. Mira Sorvino is always a great actress. Some of the scenes are extremely powerful. The plot is clear and well developed. This is an important movie and not only worth seeing but also entertaining.
That said, it’s sometimes too talky, because it tells rather than shows. Of course, it does this to avoid salacious, pornographic scenes. Movies, however, are just that – moving pictures, and the audience is always seeking to see, not hear long explanations. What’s amazing is how well the producers do given the intractable problem they’re faced with in TRADE OF INNOCENTS.