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
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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