An esti­mat­ed half mil­lion women are traf­ficked annu­al­ly for the pur­pose of sex­u­al slav­ery. They are “export­ed” to over 50 coun­tries includ­ing Britain, Italy, Japan, Ger­many, Israel, Turkey, Chi­na, Koso­vo, Cana­da and the Unit­ed States. Mis­un­der­stood and wide­ly tol­er­at­ed, sex traf­fick­ing has become a mul­ti- bil­lion dol­lar under­ground indus­try. Accord­ing to the Inter­na­tion­al Her­ald Tri­bune, human traf­fick­ing is the fastest grow­ing form of orga­nized crime in East­ern Europe. Kid­napped and/or lured by those who prey on their dreams, their pover­ty, and their naiveté, East­ern Euro­pean women are traf­ficked to for­eign lands — often with fal­si­fied visas — where they become mod­ern day sex slaves. Upon arrival, they are sold to pimps, drugged, ter­ror­ized, caged in broth­els and raped repeat­ed­ly. For these women and young girls, there is no life, no lib­er­ty and no chance for a hap­py and mean­ing­ful future.

The Real Sex Traf­fic takes us to “ground zero” of the sex trade — Moldo­va and Ukraine — where traf­fick­ers effort­less­ly find vul­ner­a­ble women des­per­ate to go abroad and earn some mon­ey. The film focus­es on the remark­able sto­ry of Viorel, a Ukrain­ian man on a mis­sion to find his preg­nant, traf­ficked wife in Turkey. Our hid­den cam­eras fol­low Viorel as he trav­els to Turkey; his only lead the tele­phone num­ber of the pimp who, he believes, has Katia in his pos­ses­sion. To secure his wife’s release, after days of des­per­ate efforts, Viorel pos­es as a traf­fick­er and sets out to buy his wife back. We fol­low Viorel to his meet­ing with Katia’s cap­tor and from there into the world of traf­ficked women.

Inter­wo­ven with Viorel’s sto­ry, we meet oth­er vic­tims, traf­fick­ers and the fam­i­lies that have been torn apart by the trade in human flesh. This film is the first film to have a con­vict­ed traf­fick­er talk open­ly about how traf­fick­ing works, and how women are coerced into sex­u­al slav­ery. With hid­den cam­eras, we watch as traf­fick­ers move peo­ple across bor­ders with impuni­ty and expose how easy it is to pur­chase a mod­ern day sex slave. Sex Traf­fic also takes us to Eng­land and Cana­da where we find vic­tims who tell har­row­ing tales of being repeat­ed­ly sold from coun­try to coun­try. Hid­ing her iden­ti­ty to pro­tect her life, “Natasha” shares her heart wrench­ing sto­ry of being bought and sold from Roma­nia to Italy and on to Ger­many and Bel­gium. Her final stop was Britain where she was put to work in a north Lon­don sauna. “Natasha” was final­ly freed from her night­mare in a police raid, a year after her abduc­tion. For her part, “Eva” thought she was get­ting a job as a nan­ny in Toron­to until her han­dlers took her from the air­port to a strip club and forced her to work off her “debt”, i.e., her pur­chase price, before she could be set free. Sex Traf­fic explores the glob­al traf­fick­ing prob­lem through per­son­al sto­ries and unfet­tered access to traf­fick­ers and the peo­ple they use as human chat­tel. The doc­u­men­tary cap­tures both the inves­tiga­tive sto­ry and the human sto­ry behind the head­lines. From the vil­lages of Moldo­va and Ukraine, to under­ground broth­els and dis­cothe­ques, we wit­ness first­hand the bru­tal world of white sex slavery.

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