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Trade of Innocents
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PG-13 (for disturbing thematic material involving sex trafficking of children, and some violence)
Directed By
Christopher M. Bessette
Run Time
1 hour 28 minutes
Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino, John Billingsley, Trieu Tran
Theatre Release
September 28, 2012 by Monterey Media

Raising awareness about social problems is an important and tricky business. The general public needs to know about societal ills such as government corruption, environmental decay, sex trafficking. But how do you get audiences to show up for something so difficult and potentially depressing? And many of these films, documentaries and fictionalized dramas alike, leave me with a huge lingering question: What now? Now that I'm aware of the problem, what am I supposed to do with this knowledge?

Trade of Innocents, the latest entry in the awareness-raising genre, takes us to Siem Reap, Cambodia—home of international tourist destination Angkor Watt—to expose something unholy happening the shadows of this ancient temple. There we follow Alex (Dermot Mulroney), a human trafficking investigator somehow associated with the U.S. government, as he works in concert with locals and officials from other countries. His goal, as he tells the new police chief, is to "shut down every brothel in the city that exploits children in the sex trade."

While Alex is at work, his wife Claire (Mira Sorvino; our interview) volunteers in a local shelter for girls rescued from the sex trade. In working with these young survivors, Claire comes to grips with her own ordeal, the loss of her young daughter a few years prior—a grief she still yearns to process with her stoic, driven husband.

Alex's main target is Duke (Trieu Tran), a pimp who plucks girls as young as 7 years old from the local neighborhoods to whet the appetites of local customers who are under the mistaken notion that sex with a virgin can cure them of AIDS, and international johns who desire girls who are "less used." In the film, the johns are mainly represented by Malcolm ...

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