Watch Trade of Innocents
- 1 hr 31 min
Trade of Innocents is a U.S. independent thriller film that was written and directed by Christopher Bessette. Produced by Bill and Laurie Bolthouse and Jim Schmidt, the movie stars Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino, Trieu Tran and John Billingsley. The film was developed by writer-director Christopher Bessette with producers after they were made aware of the outrageous child prostitution activities that were disclosed by various Cambodian anti-trafficking organizations. The fictional story follows human trafficking investigator, Alex Becker (played by Dermot Mulroney) as he attempts to rid Siem Reap, Cambodia of the brothels that serve the interests of pedophiles. We learn that his motivation is due, in part due to his own 7 year old daughter having been kidnapped and murdered years before. He and his wife, Claire (played by Mira Sorvino) have dedicated themselves to doing this work as a result of their own personal tragedy. The film depicts the often sleazy demeanor of brothel owners and their customers. The callous disregard with which they exploit innocent children is also shown. Alex, in conference with local police authorities, makes various attempts to revert their skepticism into productive motivation to help eradicate these horrific and inhumane practices. Malcolm Eddery (played by Billingsley) is the main target of their eradication efforts. He is wealthy and is regularly on the prowl for young girls. As Alex and Claire are pulled deeper into the young local girls' lives, the couple struggles to find the best way to navigate through the dangerous human trafficking world. It is also notable that the film’s inspiration comes from actress Mira Sorvino as the Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking for the United Nations. The film was also screened and included as part of the symposium on trafficking that was hosted by Yale Law School. Its purpose is to shed light upon the situation to motivate viewers toward participating in taking meaningful action. The final image depicts the Justice Generation's website address, where viewers may go to find out more information about how to fight child exploitation and trafficking.