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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 to save her by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge. 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's loss to sex trafficking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As cinema, 'Trade' is flawed: the script is functional and the dry characters are hemmed in by the machinations of an unremarkable plot."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"Grim, hard to take, and nightmare-producing, Trade is not for the faint of heart."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A brutal, shattering story of child trafficking that is intended to deliver a sobering punch about the global human trafficking trade, Marco Kreutzpaintner's powerful drama is in fact based on investigative reports in the New York Times."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"This cockeyed odd-couple road movie is well-intentioned, but it comes perilously close to feeding off the crimes it condemns."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Jose Rivera's script plays uneasily, as do some of the directorial flourishes: the shots of rose stems and caged birds are galumphingly emphatic at moments that need no underlining."
‑ , Independent
"A documentary about sex trafficking might have been more powerful. Dramatizing the subject in this fashion, with a race-against-time road trip, breathless online bidding and a couple of different happy endings, simply cheapens it."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"I was moved."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"If only the whole matched the power and potency of the details. Masquerades as a searing exposé, but turns out to be a lurid and overwrought account."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"Is it possible to agree with what a film is saying while disliking the way it says it? Trade leaves no arm untwisted and no message unrammed."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"With terrific performances and strong direction throughout, this hard-hitting thriller delivers a powerful wake-up call."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The filmmaker tries to keep the energy up and the audience engaged by incorporating stylistic touches from the Michael Bay 101 crib sheet, whirling the camera around characters in crisis and lacing scenes with hack guitar rock."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"Trade has telegraphed the most sordid examples of the international child sex trade into a small, somewhat exploitative thriller."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Such difficult subject matter requires a harder-edged delivery, but hopefully this accessible drama will therefore get its message across to a wider audience."
‑ Jim Hall, Film4
"Kline and the talented Gaitan do their best to engage on a human level, but ending with various sobering stats about the global sex trade only underlines the film's woefully misplaced dramatic emphasis."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"This involving film is weakened by a script that tries to create a formulaic thriller out of an important subject matter."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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