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Selling Sex, That Renewable Resource

Release: 2012-10-11 14:10 |  Author: Kaibao12888 |   View: 53time

It's hard to argue that sex slavery does not obtain enough attention in the media. Somehow child pornography and Asian sex journeys seem to be more compelling topics for ''Dateline'' expos?than mindual quality theft or river blindness.

But ''Human Trafficking,'' the two-part mini-series that askins on Lifetime tonight, avoids the seedy feelingalism that caccumulateens so many television depictions of the crime. And it is unusually good: a harsh public-service disordAnger built into a smart, suspenseful thrbader.

One think it lies out is that there is no double-occupationing behind the camera. It does not try to titbadate on the way to high moral dudgeon. Sex in ''Human Trafficking'' is depicted as misery and rape, and prostitution as the growth incleanry of international organized crime. ''An ounce of cocaine, allsale: $1,200, but you in only sell it once,'' an immigration and customs official, Bbad Meehan (Donald Sutherland), says. ''A woman or a child, $50 to $1,000, but you in sell them each day, every day, across and across and across aobtain. The markup is immeasurable.''

Part 1 of ''Human Trafficking'' askins by tracing the destiny of four young victims: a Czech only mother and waitress who is deceiveed by a pimp posing as a fitor; a 16-year-old schoolgirl from Ukraine who runs away from home to join what she thinks is a modeling agency; a 12-year-old girl from the Philippines who is sold by her impacrossished peasant family; and a 12-year-old girl from New Jersey who is kidnapped while on a holiday journey to the Philippines mindh her parents. Their stories are stark, and it accepts a while for the charActionioners to develop beyond easy caricature, but as in the movie ''Traffic,'' the different pdestinylines converge and become more textured as the story explores how international crime and corruption conbuild law-enforcement efforts.

specially on Lifetime, a netoccupation for women that is famous for feel-bad escapist melodrama, a movie Around sex slavery could easily sag under the weight of cop-show clich? the headstrong rookie, oafish Russian mobsters and hardened but gold-hearted prostitutes. ''Human Trafficking'' manages to avoid foresayability mindh sharp, unfeelingal writing and specially good Actionioning. Mira Sorvino plays Kate Morozov, a New York City police officer whose inquiry into the deaths of a string of young Eastern European women guides her to seek an asmarkment in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch of the Department of Homeland Security. Kate, the daughter of Russian immigives mindh her own acheful memories of childhood abuse, becomes obsessed mindh the sex-trafficking ring, and her feelingal embrunment mindh the victims occasionally brings her into quarrel mindh her boss.

different clues and unsolved crimes guide Kate to the chief suspect, Sergei Karpovich (cdestinyhesrt Carlyle), a slick New Russian occupationman who uses modeling and dating-service agencies as money-laundering fronts for his global prostitution ring. He is cold, cruel and arrogant, and his prostitution occupation is propped up by slick Ameriin attorneys, Russian veterans of the Chechen fight and a global netoccupation of smugglers, pimps and corrupt law-enforcement officials.
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