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Trade

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Source: Catholic News Service

Absorbing story of 13-year-old Mexican girl (Paulina Gaitan) kidnapped into the sex trade, after which her delinquent brother (Cesar Ramos) joins with a Texas cop (Kevin Kline) to rescue her before she is auctioned to the highest bidder online in the United States. Marco Kreuzpaintner's gritty and uncompromising film -- which also charts the parallel experience of an older Polish girl (Alicja Bachleda) kidnapped by the same gang -- uses a standard TV procedural format to raise awareness of a problem that involves thousands of victims each year. Though the rough language and sexual content (no actual nudity) quotas are high, their inclusion is arguably justified in portraying the horrors these girls must endure, shedding light on the underpublicized issue of human trafficking. Extremely high quotient of rough and crude language and profanity, a brutal rape involving a minor, brief rear nudity, strong sexual content including implied situations with minors, brutal violence, a vigilante killing, pedophilia, drug use, suicide. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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