The Merchandise is a scene from an episode of tráfico a character-driven American crime drama TV/Web series about the dark invisible side of human trafficking within the United States. Set in a small central New Jersey town just twenty-miles from New York City and the world’s busiest transportation corridor.
Challenging and thought-provoking, tráfico takes a provocative and unflinching look into the lives of the women and children who are bought, sold and forced to serve in the sex trade, the pimps, johns, and criminals responsible, and those dedicated to bringing the trafficking trade to its end.
The story is told through the lives of a multi-ethnic cast of characters: A runaway teen. An Ecuadorian shoe shop owner. Two corrupt detectives. An African-American FBI Agent and his partner. A sadistic grifter. A Hispanic undercover fed. A ruthless pimp. An ambitious politician…
tráfico dives headlong into the diverse melting pot of a post 9/11 world. A world where women and children are traded, coerced, commodified, bought and sold for sex, exploited, and forced to labor in sweatshops, American homes, and back alley brothels.
tráfico scrutinizes these characters, their relationships, their motivations, and their intimate involvement in the violent and criminal trade of human beings. The characters find themselves within a world where no one is who they seem to be and every body has a price.