While the subject of Human Trafficking is incredibly sad, it can also be incredibly powerful when depicted on film. One movie that you may be familiar with is Taken. It’s one of the best movies about Human Trafficking in recent years. This is part of a list of the best Human Trafficking movies.
With a combined running time of almost 10-hours, here is my list of the top 10 movies about human trafficking, based on quality, popularity, and longevity. If you think I left any out that should’ve been included let me know in the comments.
#10. Spartan (2004)
To find the president’s missing daughter, Robert Scott, a retired US Marine Corps Sergeant, partners up with the CIA, FBI, and a knife fighting instructor. The crew stumbles into a sex trafficking ring that may lead them to her abduction.
Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, and Ed O’Neill feature in this deceit drama. Spartan isn’t simply another political thriller. Director David Mamet’s cleverly penned lines certainly boost it. Critics and moviegoers, on the other hand, gave the film mixed reviews.
#9. Eden (2012)
Jamie Chung, a teenage Korean-American girl, is abducted and forced into prostitution in this film, and she must work with her kidnappers to live in the criminal world.
Eden delves into the gruesome aspects of human trafficking, such as regular pregnancy tests, forced pornography, and punishment for fleeing. It also delves into the difficult moral decisions that the victims must make in order to live.
#8. The Jammed (2007)
Sunee, a Chinese mother, embarks on a trip to save her daughter from the subterranean realm of sex trafficking in the film. The film opens with immigration agents questioning a lady who has been working as a prostitute to pay off her debts after entering Australia without proper documentation.
The narrative of a lady imprisoned in a Melbourne brothel is then flashed back three months previous to the interrogation. The Jammed has been praised for its thorough research, and it has been nominated for 17 awards, with the best feature film, best script, and best music winning.
#7. Las Elegidas (2015)
Ulises, a young guy, is trained by his family to recruit young women into their prostitution business. He does, however, fall in love with his most recent victim, Sofia, and makes every effort to save her.
There is no happy ending in this film. Sofia is replaced by another girl, and she is forced to stay with Ulises’ family to care for the captive women’s hostage children.
Ulises feels bad about what occurred, but he does nothing about it. Sofia sits opposite Ulises with tremendous terror in her eyes as the film finishes on a tragic note.
#6. Sold (2014)
Lakshmi is a 14-year-old girl who lives with her mother and crippled father in rural Nepal. Lakshmi encounters Bimla, a foreign lady who offers her a maid job in India, which she accepts out of desperation to support her family.
Lakshmi is then drawn into the realm of human trafficking, where she is forced to work in a brothel and assaulted.
Sold is a drama film based on the novel of the same name by Patricia McCormick. It depicts the terrible aspect of sex trafficking, including how it includes adolescent girls who are raped and dumped on the streets. If they have an STD, they may be held in the brothel with the prospect of being sold as organs.
In the end, Lakshmi manages to escape and the women running the brothel are arrested. The movie ends with all the victims burning their work clothes at the brothel.
#5. The Whistleblower (2010)
Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska officer, begins working for the UN’s Dinecorp peacekeeping force in Bosnia. She finds that her staff are participating in a sex trafficking operation there, and she is dismissed when she attempts to intervene. Kathryn then embarks on a journey to expose their deception.
The Whistleblower is a film co-produced by Canada, Germany, and the United States. It’s a criminal drama with some biographical overtones. The film informs the audience on how corrupted systems affect sex trafficking and includes some graphic violence, which many critics have found disturbing.
Many viewers, on the other hand, believed that the brutality was required in order to portray the reality of human trafficking accurately.
#4. Mardaani (2014)
Shivani Shivaji Roy is a committed officer of the Mumbai Police Force who is investigating a trafficking ring located in Delhi. Shivani’s fascination in kidnapping cases leads her to unearth the human trafficking ring.
Mardaani is an Indian thriller about a cop who tells the facts of sex trafficking, daily sexual assault, violence, drug selling, prostitution, and the realities of a broken legal system that allows criminals to go.
The film was nominated for twelve awards, three of which it won.
#3. Trade (2007)
Adriana, a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City, is abducted and forced into prostitution by sex traffickers. Jorge, her brother, teams up with Ray, a Texas officer who has also suffered losses due to sex trafficking. They go out together to find Adriana and navigate a crooked system of immigration agents and cops.
The response to trade has been divided. Some feel the message of sex trafficking is lost in the pleasant banter between Rey and Jorge, while others say it was eye-opening.
In any case, Trade addresses the topic of child trafficking in the United States and is a must-see for everyone.
#2. Taken (2008)
While on vacation with a friend in Paris, Kim, an American teenager, is abducted by a band of Albanian people traffickers. Bryan, her father, an ex-CIA field agent, embarks on a quest to save her, uncovering a world of narcotics, sex slavery, underground human auctioning, and child prostitution along the way.
Bryan has a 96-hour deadline to save his daughter, hence Taken is also known as The Hostage at 96 Hours.
Some critics said the movie’s idea was overdone (barnlike city recognitions are nothing new on TV), while others thought it was well-made and the performers did an excellent job depicting their characters.
#1. Eastern Promises (2007)
Our top selection for the Top 10 Human Trafficking Movies is Eastern Promises.
Anna, a British Russian midwife, delivers the baby of a 14-year-old woman who died tragically during childbirth. Anna then sets out to discover the baby’s family, only to find herself in the crosshairs of a Russian mafia and a drug and human trafficking underworld.
She finally joins forces with the local police and helps apprehend the Russian Mafia in London, gaining custody of the infant in the process.
Eastern Promises was praised by critics for its realistic depiction of Russian professional criminals. It was named to multiple reviewers’ Top Ten lists for 2007, and it has won numerous accolades for best picture.
The movie was rated at 7.6 on a scale of ten on the IMDb website and received a meta score of 82 on Metacritic.
This was our Top 10 Human Trafficking Movies list. We have been able to compile a great list of the best Human Trafficking Movies of all time. Do you agree with our list? If you have any suggestions or comments please shoot them down in the comments below.