Sex Traffic

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Sex Traffic
Genre Drama, thriller
Written by Abi Morgan
Directed by David Yates
Composer(s) Jonathan Goldsmith
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
Michele Buck
Wayne Grigsby
Producer(s) Veronica Castillo
Derek Wax
Cinematography Chris Seager
Editor(s) Mark Day
Running time 189 minutes
Distributor Granada Television/Big Motion Pictures/Canadian Broadcasting Corp. for Channel 4
Original network CBC
Channel 4
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 14 October (2004-10-14) – 21 October 2004 (2004-10-21)
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Sex Traffic is a British-Canadian drama two-part series directed by David Yates, written by Abi Morgan, and produced by Veronica Castillo and Derek Wax. The miniseries 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.

The TV drama won eight British Academy Television Awards presented at the BAFTAs and four Gemini Awards.



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 sexual 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."[1]

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."[2]

Empire said the drama was a "courageous, shocking piece of work", while The Guardian called it "a gripping thriller".[3]

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."[4]

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