Human trafficking is a global menace. It occurs for mostly two heinous reasons: labor and sex; the latter being more common. While authorities across different countries continue working to tackle this sickening crime, we decided to list some of the movies you can check out so as be more enlightened on how gruesome sex slavery can be. We should do everything in our capacity to stop such acts from happening and work together to eradicate the crime and practice altogether. Keep in mind that when you watch these movies you might feel disturbed. But that’s the intention: to make you feel angry and uncomfortable.
With that said, here is the list of top movies about sex slavery and trafficking. You might be able to find some of these human trafficking movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. Trafficked (2017)
The film is a story, inspired by real characters, of three girls from America, Nigeria and India who are trafficked through an elaborate global network and enslaved in a Texas brothel. The three girls come together and attempt a daring escape to reclaim their freedom. As a film it lacks certain nuances but still deserves one time watch.
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6. Eden (2007)
This brutal film is about a young Korean-American girl, who is abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers, but decides to cooperate with her captors in a desperate ploy to survive. A extremely moving and disturbing film that you must watch.
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5. Tricked: The Documentary (2013)
Tricked is a 2013 American documentary movie directed by John-Keith Wasson and Jane Wells. It shows human sex trafficking, and its presence within the United States, from the perspectives of the victims involved in sex trafficking, the “johns” who pay for the sex and the pimps responsible for instigating the illegal business. A deeply insightful film that everyone must watch.
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4. Trade (2007)
The film kickstarts with Adriana, a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City, kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission to save her. As Jorge, her brother, dodges immigration officers and incredible obstacles to track the girls’ abductors, he meets Ray, a Texas cop whose own family’s loss to sex trafficking leads him to become an ally in the boy’s quest. A deeply disturbing film that shows challenges in dealing with a corrupt system.
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3. Spartan (2004)
Respected Secret Service agent Robert Scott (Val Kilmer) is assigned to the kidnapping case of Laura Newton (Kristen Bell), the missing daughter of a high-ranking political figure. Scott is teamed up with rookie Curtis (Derek Luke). Aided by the FBI and the CIA, the team discovers a sex trafficking operation that may lead to Laura’s kidnappers. David Mamet does a fine job writing and directing this political thriller.
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2. The Whistleblower (2010)
Inspired by true events, the film revolves around Kathy (Rachel Weisz), an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption and sex trafficking. It is a film that’s both eye-opening and difficult to watch.
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1. Eastern Promises (2007)
The film follows a British-Russian midwife who helps a Russian girl deliver a baby before she dies. In an attempt to find the family, she comes across a diary and steps into the territory of Russian mob and the underlying world of sex slavery. A film with the elements of danger, deceit and, abusive father-son relationships, the most striking moment has to be the raw knife fight sequence in the movie. Truly a brilliant piece of work that deserves recognition and the top spot on this list.
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