Disenfranchised by economic catastrophe and the fall of a nation, they are the emotionally destitute women and children left behind. They are young, vulnerable, and prey. The underworld calls them human traffic, and to the underworld, they are a desirable commodity in a billion dollar industry where human beings are bought and sold.
In the Ukraine, sixteen-year-old Nadia (Laurence Leboeuf, The Secret) once an aspiring ballet dancer dreams of a better life in the West, much to the dismay of her conservative father, Viktor (Remy Girard, The Barbarian Invasions). When Nadia is seduced by the promises of a modeling agency, she runs away from home toward her dream, and disappears. In Southeast Asia, the vacation of middle-class American couple turns into a nightmare when their twelve-year-old daughter, Annie (Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, 15/Love), is kidnapped, not for ransom, but for something more sinister. Into the darkness of a brothel, Annie disappears. In Prague, Helena (Isabelle Blais, The Barbarian Invasions), a struggling single mother is swept off her feet by the advances of a wealthy businessman. But it's a trap as Helena realizes too late, and she too 'disappears'. In Romania, an orphaned seventeen year old Katerina (Anna Hopkins, Thunderstone) meets her adoring fiance she found on the internet of a matchmaking agency and vanishes, following Nadia and Helena and the tens of thousands like them into an existence of unmatched misery and abuse. The horrific destiny of each victim is tied to an underground ring trafficking in the sex slave trade. But as the underworld tracks their victims, the underworld too is being tracked.
It's the job of Kate Morozov (Oscar and Golden Globe winner Mira Sorvino, Mighty Aphrodite), a detective for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to help find the men responsible. But first she knows she must win the faith of the victims who have learned firsthand the futility of trust. But for the strong-willed Helena and the terrified Nadia, now bound by their predicament in a D.C. 'stash house', they have nothing left to lose. While Annie's parents join forces with Tom Halloran (Terry Haig, The Aviator) and a renegade worker for an NGO, scouting a child-prostitution ring, Nadia's grief-stricken father Viktor is embarking on his own personal hunt to find the men responsible. From a torture chamber in the suburbs of Queens to the flesh-peddlers of Russia, the hunt is on as the fates of unyielding ICE agents, defenseless victims, and their soulless oppressors collide in a shocking conspiracy of global proportions.
Featuring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland, (The Italian Job) and Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty) Human Trafficking is at once a gripping government procedural, a cautionary tale of an international scourge, and one of the most compulsively important thrillers of the year.