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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 by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, to save her. Trapped and terrified ... See full summary »

Writers:

Jose Rivera (screenplay), Peter Landesman (story) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Ray Sheridan
Cesar Ramos ... Jorge
Alicja Bachleda ... Veronica
Paulina Gaitan ... Adriana
Marco Pérez ... Manuelo
Linda Emond ... Patty Sheridan
Zack Ward ... Alex Green
Kate del Castillo ... Laura
Tim Reid ... Hank Jefferson
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Vadim Youchenko
Natalia Traven Natalia Traven ... Lupe
Guillermo Iván ... Alejandro
Christian Vazquez ... Moncho
José Sefami ... Don Victor
Leland Pascual Leland Pascual ... Thai Boy
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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 by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, to save her. 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 loss to sex trafficking leads him to become an ally in the boy's quest. Fighting with courage and hard-tested faith, the characters of Trade negotiate their way through the unspeakable terrain of the sex trade "tunnels" between Mexico and the United States. From the barrios of Mexico City and the treacherous Rio Grande border, to a secret Internet sex slave auction and the final climactic confrontation at a stash house in suburban ... Written by Production

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Taglines:

How do you trust when hope seems lost? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing sexual material involving minors, violence including a rape, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish | Polish | Russian

Release Date:

18 October 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to America See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,086, 30 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$214,202, 21 October 2007
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Milla Jovovich was going to play Veronica, but backed out of the role. See more »

Goofs

When Jorge calls his mother on the rotary phone he only 'dials' 4 numbers. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jorge: Happy birthday, Princess!
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Agnus Dei
Performed by Rufus Wainwright
[Played throughout the scene in which Veronica throws herself off the cliff.]
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Very Powerful Film
19 October 2007 | by AshleeQuickSee all my reviews

This film was very powerful, deeply moving and excellently humanized the underground sex slave trade it portrayed. Both my girlfriend and I were near tears watching it. Truly remarkable.

The acting is nothing short of incredible, I really felt for everyone involved from Adriana's helpless brown eyes, to Jorge's honorable vigilance and and Kevin Kline's tempered patience.

The worst part of seeing this film was realizing that every day people get away with this kind of thing and the real victim's stories will never be told.

Warning for parents, some of the scenes are pretty difficult to sit through.


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