|Written by||Abi Morgan|
|Directed by||David Yates|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom
|Original language(s)||English, Albanian, Italian, Romanian|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||2|
|Executive producer(s)||David MacLeod
|Running time||189 minutes|
|Distributor||Granada Television/Big Motion Pictures/Canadian Broadcasting Corp. for Channel 4|
|Original run||14 October 2004– 21 October 2004|
Sex Traffic is a British-Canadian two-part television drama directed by David Yates, written by Abi Morgan, and produced by Veronica Castillo and Derek Wax. The film is about the trafficking of women and stars Anamaria Marinca and John Simm. It was first shown in the UK and Canada in October 2004.
- Wendy Crewson - Madeleine Harlsburgh
- John Simm - Daniel Appleton
- Anamaria Marinca - Elena Visinescu
- Maria Popistașu - Vera Visinescu
- Chris Potter - Tom Harlsburgh
- Len Cariou - Magnus Herzoff
- Maury Chaykin - Ernie Dwight
- Luke Kirby - Callum Tate
- Robert Joy - Maj. James Brooke
A trafficking ring is discovered by an investigator. He attempts to expose the business which forces young women from Eastern Europe into a life of sex slavery.
The drama was critically praised. The British Film Institute's Screenonline said: "As in his previous television work, including his adaptation of Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now which drew parallels between its ruthless Victorian entrepreneur hero and modern media tycoons, and the fine conspiracy thriller, State of Play, director David Yates gives a thrilling and complicated narrative a strong social and political dimension. The brutality of brothel life is tellingly juxtaposed with the ethics of Boston business, which is lavish with its charity while turning a knowingly blind eye to corruption... [Sex Traffic] is impeccably photographed, edited and scored."
The Daily Telegraph wrote, "Sex Traffic is brutally honest in its treatment of a distressing subject, but it's this very honesty that makes it such a vital drama... it does indeed go to the heart of the audience and its dark images stay with you for a long, long time. Difficult viewing, yes, but essential."
John Simm commented, "Watching Sex Traffic is not a horrible experience because it works well as a thriller so it's exciting and you are always gunning for the good guys – but you can't escape the fact that it's a depressing subject matter."
- Sex Traffic at Channel4.com
- Sex Traffic at the BFI's Screenonline
- Sex Traffic at the Internet Movie Database.
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