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Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
Media Contact: Lale Mamaux
October 9, 2007


Film Focuses on the Evils of the Sex Trafficking Industry

(Washington, DC) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), will host a screening of the film TRADE on Tuesday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m. in room HC-8. The movie is based on a 2004 New York Times Magazine article by Peter Landesman, which chronicles international sex-trafficking. The screening will be shown in advance of a U.S. Helsinki Commission hearing on Thursday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. in 2226 of the Rayburn House Office Building entitled, “Combating Trafficking for Forced Labor Purposes in the OSCE Region.”

About TRADE: From the barrios of Mexico City and the treacherous Rio Grande border, to a secret Internet sex slave auction and a tense confrontation at a stash house in suburban New Jersey, TRADE illustrates the far reaching effects of modern-day slavery. Starring Academy Award winning actor Kevin Kline, TRADE, tells the story of 13-year-old Adriana who is kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico City, and the efforts of her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, to save her. Adriana's only friend throughout her ordeal is Veronica, a young Polish woman captured by the same criminal gang. For more information about the movie, please visit

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.




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