In the back streets of a tourist town in present-day Southeast Asia, we find a filthy cinder block room; a bed with soiled sheets; a little girl waits for the next man to use her. Alex, a human trafficking investigator plays the role of her next customer as he negotiates with the pimp for the use of the child.
Claire, Alex's wife, is caught up in the flow of her new life in Southeast Asia and her role as a volunteer in an aftercare shelter for rescued girls. She, and Alex both still are dealing with their grief of losing a child years earlier. As both of them struggle in their own way to overcome the pain of their past and realities of child exploitation where they now live and work, they find themselves being pulled together into the lives of local neighborhood girls, whose freedom and dignity are threatened. Parallel story lines intertwine and twists unfold against the backdrop of the dangerous human trafficking world, in a story of struggle, life, hope and redemption in the 'TRADE of INNOCENTS.'
" VERY RARELY DO YOU FIND A FILM, A THRILLER NO LESS, WITH SUCH HEART BEATING AT ITS CORE. IN CHRISTOPHER BESSETTE'S UNFLINCHING LOOK AT MODERN DAY SLAVERY, MIRA SORVINO AND DERMOT MULRONEY TRANSPORT US TO THIS DARK WORLD, BUT WITH A GLIMMER OF HOPE. TRADE OF INNOCENTS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART "
- NICKI RICHESIN, THE HUFFINGTON POST
"POWERFUL AND IMPORTANT NEW FILM"
- ET ONLINE
" THIS OUTSTANDING THRILLER WITH A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD, IS THE BEST I'VE SEEN IN 2012! "
- AMY R. HANDLER, FILM THREAT
" EXTREMELY POWERFUL WITH A MESSAGE VITAL FOR THE WORLD! "
- JEFFREY LYONS/WCBS/LYONS DEN RADIO
"TRADE OF INNOCENTS IS A RARE GEM. THE FILM CONTAINS SOME REALLY AMAZING PERFORMANCES FROM DERMOT MULRONEY, MIRA SORVINO AND JOHN BILLINGSLEY. THE FILM IS ACTION PACKED AND VERY SUSPENSEFUL. DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS FILM, IT IS ONE OF 2012'S HIDDEN GEM AND AWARD WORTHY PERFORMANCES. BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THIS GREAT MOVIE."
- MEDIA MIKES
"SHOCKING, HEARTBREAKING, UNFORGETTABLE!"
- STUART LEE, WNYX-TV
"TRADE OF INNOCENTS DOES AN INCREDIBLE JOB OF BEING A POWERFUL, TENSE DRAMA. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MOVIE AND NOT ONLY WORTH SEEING BUT ALSO ENTERTAINING."
- MOVIE GUIDE
Directed By: Christopher Bessette
Produced By: Bill and Laurie Bolthouse, Jim Schmidt
Starring: Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding, J. Edgar, Big Miracle, The Grey), Mira Sorvino (Academy Award Winner (Mighty Aphrodite); 3 Time Golden Globe Nominee; EMMY Nominee), John Billingsley, Trieu Tran