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Traffic in Souls (1913)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  24 November 1913 (USA)
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A woman, with the aid of her police officer sweetheart, endeavors to uncover the prostitution ring that has kidnapped her sister, and the philanthropist who secretly runs it.

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An early social commentary on the New York sex trade, this film attempts to sensationalize prostitution, especially forced prostitution. Featuring a number of characters and sub-plots, the film is presented as if it were a documentary. Written by Fryingham

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$430,000 (USA)
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Action Archetype
19 November 2000 | by (Honolulu, Hawaii) – See all my reviews

One is tempted to call "Traffic in Souls" the first exploitation film, though there were probably others before it. At some point, a large woman with a whip tries to intimidate a girl into becoming a prostitute. Some of it feels very modern, but perhaps it should rather have the effect of making new action films seem old-fashioned. It has a woman detective, and uses state of the art--circa 1913--crime fighting technology. An A-1 curiosity, this film should be seen.


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