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Sex. Drugs. Exotic animals. Human organs. With the right amount of money, they’re all there for the taking—and much closer than you’d want to think.

Crossing the globe from Asia to Africa, to the Americas and Europe, our host, Nelufar Hedayat, goes under the radar and just out of sight to track down these thriving black marketplaces. What Nelufar finds is a world of profit-driven dealers, compliant middlemen, bribe-taking officials, poachers and smugglers who operate vast transportation networks, packaging factories, safe houses…all the while moving enormous amounts of money.

The numbers surrounding the world’s underground markets tell a story equal parts horror and human. In the last 40 years, 95% of the world’s rhino population has been lost. Counterfeit pharmaceuticals have captured $200 billion on the black market. And perhaps most alarming, human trafficking has reached dizzying highs—or perhaps more appropriately, staggering lows—as a $32 billion global industry.

Plain and simple, if there’s a demand for it, it can—and will—be trafficked.

In each of the eight, one-hour episodes Nelufar traces the supply chain of one good from consumer to source and finds that the illegal world is often closer to the legitimate one that you might think. She explores the causes and effects of trafficking: species hunted to near extinction; miners forced to pay protection money to terrorists; people forced by poverty to sell their organs.

Travelling by plane, taxi, boat and rickshaw, Nelufar makes her way through bustling markets, down dingy alleyways and into more than a few dead ends, as we witness every step of her investigation. In the world The Traffickers shows us, we’ll find more questions than answers—and perhaps see that things are not as black and white as they first might seem.

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Description

Sex. Drugs. Exotic animals. Human organs. With the right amount of money, they’re all there for the taking—and much closer than you’d want to think.

Crossing the globe from Asia to Africa, to the Americas and Europe, our host, Nelufar Hedayat, goes under the radar and just out of sight to track down these thriving black marketplaces. What Nelufar finds is a world of profit-driven dealers, compliant middlemen, bribe-taking officials, poachers and smugglers who operate vast transportation networks, packaging factories, safe houses…all the while moving enormous amounts of money.

The numbers surrounding the world’s underground markets tell a story equal parts horror and human. In the last 40 years, 95% of the world’s rhino population has been lost. Counterfeit pharmaceuticals have captured $200 billion on the black market. And perhaps most alarming, human trafficking has reached dizzying highs—or perhaps more appropriately, staggering lows—as a $32 billion global industry.

Plain and simple, if there’s a demand for it, it can—and will—be trafficked.

In each of the eight, one-hour episodes Nelufar traces the supply chain of one good from consumer to source and finds that the illegal world is often closer to the legitimate one that you might think. She explores the causes and effects of trafficking: species hunted to near extinction; miners forced to pay protection money to terrorists; people forced by poverty to sell their organs.

Travelling by plane, taxi, boat and rickshaw, Nelufar makes her way through bustling markets, down dingy alleyways and into more than a few dead ends, as we witness every step of her investigation. In the world The Traffickers shows us, we’ll find more questions than answers—and perhaps see that things are not as black and white as they first might seem.

    • EPISODE 1

    The Dark Side of Adoption

    The West’s desire to adopt internationally is driving demand for a supply of the world’s poorest children. Nelufar Hedayat sees firsthand how genuine acts of kindness are corrupted by fraud, theft and deceit—ultimately leading to child trafficking.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes

    The West’s desire to adopt internationally is driving demand for a supply of the world’s poorest children. Nelufar Hedayat sees firsthand how genuine acts of kindness are corrupted by fraud, theft and deceit—ultimately leading to child trafficking.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    Killed for a Horn

    Nighttime at the Kruger National Park uncovers a dark, secret, war between gamekeepers who protect and poachers who steal. Nelufar Hedayat investigates the black market, tracing the bloody path of rhino horn trade from Vietnamese dealers to South African smugglers.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes

    Nighttime at the Kruger National Park uncovers a dark, secret, war between gamekeepers who protect and poachers who steal. Nelufar Hedayat investigates the black market, tracing the bloody path of rhino horn trade from Vietnamese dealers to South African smugglers.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    Organs for Sale

    Nelufar Hedayat investigates the illicit trade in trafficked human organs. She discovers how poverty links sellers from Bangladesh to wealthy patients in Canada, all in a desperate embrace that defies easy moral judgments.

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    • CC
    • 43 Minutes

    Nelufar Hedayat investigates the illicit trade in trafficked human organs. She discovers how poverty links sellers from Bangladesh to wealthy patients in Canada, all in a desperate embrace that defies easy moral judgments.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    Guns and Gangs

    Trafficked US weapons are fueling violent crime in El Salvador and Guatemala. In an adrenaline-fueled ride through Central America’s notorious ganglands, Nelufar Hedayat investigates how the guns get there, and who pays the ultimate price.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes

    Trafficked US weapons are fueling violent crime in El Salvador and Guatemala. In an adrenaline-fueled ride through Central America’s notorious ganglands, Nelufar Hedayat investigates how the guns get there, and who pays the ultimate price.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes
    • EPISODE 5

    Bloody Gold

    Nelufar Hedayat investigates how black market gold, tainted with murder and corruption melts into the legal supply chain . The trail takes her from the corporate accounts of major dealers in Dubai to the jungles of Colombia where, for miners, this is a matter of life and death.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes

    Nelufar Hedayat investigates how black market gold, tainted with murder and corruption melts into the legal supply chain . The trail takes her from the corporate accounts of major dealers in Dubai to the jungles of Colombia where, for miners, this is a matter of life and death.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes
    • EPISODE 6

    The $3,000 Meal

    Nelufar Hedayat investigates the black market behind the world’s most trafficked mammal, the pangolin. She traces the smuggling route from the dining halls of China to the depths of the Indonesian jungle, where desperate hunters supply multi-million dollar syndicates.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes

    Nelufar Hedayat investigates the black market behind the world’s most trafficked mammal, the pangolin. She traces the smuggling route from the dining halls of China to the depths of the Indonesian jungle, where desperate hunters supply multi-million dollar syndicates.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes
    • EPISODE 7

    The Girl in the Window

    Nelufar Hedayat investigates how the sex industry in Western Europe is funneling millions of girls worldwide into a market of sex slaves. Vulnerable children in poor Eastern European countries are groomed for years, targeted by unscrupulous traffickers who reveal their methods to our host.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes

    Nelufar Hedayat investigates how the sex industry in Western Europe is funneling millions of girls worldwide into a market of sex slaves. Vulnerable children in poor Eastern European countries are groomed for years, targeted by unscrupulous traffickers who reveal their methods to our host.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes
    • EPISODE 8

    Fake Pharma

    Nelufar Hedayat investigates one of the world’s most prolific and virtually unheard of trafficking rings: fake pharmaceuticals, a market so profitable it has criminal gangs ditching cocaine and heroin. Nelufar follows the fake pharma trail across West Africa to the source of the drugs in China.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes

    Nelufar Hedayat investigates one of the world’s most prolific and virtually unheard of trafficking rings: fake pharmaceuticals, a market so profitable it has criminal gangs ditching cocaine and heroin. Nelufar follows the fake pharma trail across West Africa to the source of the drugs in China.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 43 Minutes
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