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Hundreds of thousands of young women have vanished from their everyday lives-forced by violence into a hellish existence of brutality and prostitution. They're a profitable commodity in the... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Lynne Adams Lynne Adams ...  Ellen 4 episodes, 2005
Zoe Aggeliki Zoe Aggeliki ...  Susan Tagarov 4 episodes, 2005
Isabelle Blais ...  Helena 4 episodes, 2005
Céline Bonnier ...  Sophie 4 episodes, 2005
David Boutin ...  Frederick 4 episodes, 2005
Emma Campbell ...  Samantha 4 episodes, 2005
Robert Carlyle ...  Sergei 4 episodes, 2005
Dawn Ford ...  Helena's Aunt 4 episodes, 2005
Rémy Girard ...  Viktor 4 episodes, 2005
Anna Hopkins ...  Katerina 4 episodes, 2005
Mark Antony Krupa ...  Andrei 4 episodes, 2005
Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse ...  Annie 4 episodes, 2005
Laurence Leboeuf ...  Nadia 4 episodes, 2005
Michael Sorvino ...  Mischa 4 episodes, 2005
Mira Sorvino ...  Kate 4 episodes, 2005
Donald Sutherland ...  Meehan 4 episodes, 2005
Vlasta Vrana ...  Tommy 4 episodes, 2005
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Hundreds of thousands of young women have vanished from their everyday lives-forced by violence into a hellish existence of brutality and prostitution. They're a profitable commodity in the multi-billion-dollar industry of modern slavery. The underworld calls them human traffic... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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24 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Dziewczyny z przemytu See more »

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Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Several actors have doubled themselves in the French version so Isabelle Blais, Céline Bonnier, Rémy Girard, & Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse. See more »

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When Kate goes on-line to lure the traffickers, she says that she has no college degree and that she is a kindergarten teacher. This is self-contradictory as virtually all teachers, from kindergarten through high school, are required to have a college degree for employment. See more »

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Kate Morozov: In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Congress ratified the 13th amendment to the Constitution, which states, 'neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist within the United States.' No sensible person believes slavery could happen in the 21st century, much less on our shores. We couldn't be more wrong. Slave traffickers around the world have rediscovered how profitable it is to buy and sell people. Each one of these girls could be your sister. Your best friend, or... as ...
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Essential docudrama on unexposed nightmare network of monsters
21 December 2005 | by mkham6See all my reviews

Kudos to Mira Sorvino (who has become a crusader on this), Lifetime, and producers for making this important expose of this vicious crime. The 4 hour opus charts a single Russian mobster as he kidnaps, rapes, and transports girls into America and around the world. Of course Mira and Donald Sutherland as ICE agents heroically chase the villains, but in reality very little is done to control these vicious predators- police are usually the problem, since they have no understanding or sympathy for the plight of captive "whores", whom they punish and bully for their supposed crimes.

I was a reporter for over 2 years in Russia, and have seen the monstrosity of these criminals and awesome beauty, sweetness, romanticism, and eroticism of the girls there- who are brought up to defer to and please men. In a place where people would make $20 a month, girls would jump at any Western job, which could give them a real life. Lured by an imaginary secretarial or maid job in Europe, they would have documents taken and quickly be raped and broken into total submission. Huge numbers are sent to Israel, where the government ignores problem. But all over the world, Russian girls are wanted by traffickers and johns for their great beauty, literacy, and skills.

An incredible NPR report explained how young girls are shipped to filthy Mexican nightmare brothels where they have to service 30-50 clients a day, then smuggled into America, where they are handed off to other pimps at Disneyland. By this time they are so terrorized and shattered that they don't even try to get away.

A Russian father improbably joins the traffickers to find and rescue his daughter.

If anything this docudrama soft-peddles the horrors- but TV couldn't take the unvarnished truth. It should be mandatory viewing for every American, especially all law enforcement. This hideous crime should be treated as seriously as genocide, since it is. As Sorvino says in the end, the shelve life of these girls before they are used up, killed, or diseased is 4 years, and some 800,000 are trafficked every year- several Darfurs, Bosnias, Kosovos, Iraqs put together.


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