Trade will premiere nationwide come April. This film begins in Mexico and events are set in motion when a 13-year-old girl, Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is kidnapped by Russian traffickers and smuggled across the U.S. border. This Adriana’s brother, Jorge (Cesar Ramos), tries to follow the smugglers with the help of an FBI agent Ray (Kevin Klein), who has been searching for his daughter who was kidnapped many years ago. Together the FBI agent and the boy follow the smugglers’ trail to New Jersey. Along the way, the world of underground sex trafficking is revealed in a harsh but not exploitive way. Scenes of prostitution and rape help to unfold these horrible events, but it is not scaring in a way that Requiem for a Dream and City of God are.
There are truly no big names in this film save Kevin Klein, who is moderately well-known but by no means an A-list actor. Yet the opening credits reveal a driving force behind the film: Ronald Emmerich, director of Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, The Patriot, and The Day after Tomorrow. Emmerich originally hoped to direct this film, against the approval of studios that were used to his usual multimillion-dollar blockbusters. While Emmerich not be able to direct this film, it is a major statement that such a large name would take interest in such a production.