The Traffickers, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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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.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe 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.||43:08||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoKilled 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.||43:13||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoOrgans 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.||43:09||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGuns 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.||43:09||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBloody 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.||43:09||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe $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.||43:09||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe 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.||43:09||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFake 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.||43:08||$2.99||View in iTunes|
Such a great show. Very well put together and informative. The host is very passionate as well and watching her is a joy because she is so invested in these issues.
Very informative show. The host nelufar hedayat is very likable and seems to really engage and care about the story she is reporting on.
Difficult Subject but Great Show
Most documetaries seem to worry quite a bit about objectivity. They'll see someone or something suffering and show no emotion whatsoever, seemingly detached from the situation. Is this part of journalistic integrity? I'm really not an expert on the matter. 60 minutes, Vice News, most of the documentaries I've seen, the journalists/hosts always comes off as cold. The thing is, I never really paid attention to it until I saw "The Traffickers".
Some might say a few of the things the producers and Nelufar decided to do at different points in the series crossed the line of journalism and entered into the area of activisism. For example, there was an episode where they tried to retrieve a child from an orphanage before he was sent to Italy. The attempt was unsucessful but at that point, in my own mind, it confirmed a few feelings I had when I first started watching the show.
The cynist in me scoffed, "She wants to be seen as a humanitarian. This is a giant, ego-tripping adventure with a host that wants to show the world how f***ing great of a human being she is". An ugly thought, I admit. Perhaps it's a reflection of an ugliness in myself. Perhaps it's because there are so many individuals in soceity that do nice things for the sole purpose of being seen doing nice things. Maybe both, I don't know.
As I continued to watch the series, I came to realize that "The Traffickers" goes to great lengths to show the humanity in both the victims and the afflictors. In most cases, both sides share a great deal in common; Desperation and a desire for a better life, for themselves or their loved ones.
I also came to a conclusion about the shows host, Nelufar. I was very wrong about her. Nelufar has a genuineness and warmth that makes the show what it is. I think she just had some very human responses to what she was seeing and didn't care how she came off.
These stories have to be difficult to cover. There were certainly times I didn't want to know anymore because they were weighing too heavily on me. It's been a very informative show.
It's absolutely worth picking up.
Unfortunately I believe Fusion has decided not to renew for another season but I would advise everyone to keep an eye out for Miss Hedayat's next project. She's a star in the making.