Trade (I) (2007)

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Adriana 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, to save her. Trapped and terrified ... See full summary »


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Adriana 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, 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, 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, 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 ... Written by Production

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Each year, more than 1,000,000 people are trafficked across international borders...against their will. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing sexual material involving minors, violence including a rape, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 October 2007 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Girls Next Door  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$118,086 (USA) (28 September 2007)


£692,323 (UK) (28 December 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Roland Emmerich was set to direct this film. See more »


When Kevin Kline's character brings young Adriana into the bedroom of the house, Manuelo can be heard locking, what seems to be, numerous deadbolts outside of the room. When the door is opened to see if they are done, you don't see any locks on the door. See more »


[first lines]
Jorge: Happy birthday, Princess!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 29 September 2007 (2007) See more »


Written and Performed by Bebe
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A roller-coaster of thrills and yawns.
27 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on Peter Landesman's cover story, the film follows a Texas cop (Kline) and Jorge (Ramos) who are on the trail to save Jorge's sister (Gaitan), a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City who was kidnapped to be sold in the sex-trade. A powerful story, with Kline and Ramos making an interesting duo. The conflict seems to always be easy to overcome, with the two leads never loosing the tail of the kidnappers no matter what the obstacle is. The tragic irony at the end is an eye-roller. The hunt begins to feel far-fetched as the film progresses, and Kline is as dull as usual. The Mexico City setting alone is a plus to this roller-coaster of thrills and yawns.

**½ (out of four)

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