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By Mira Sorvino, Special to CNN -- I’ve never been to Cambodia, though I made a fictional movie, “Trade of Innocents,” about child sex trafficking in Cambodia (shot in nearby Thailand). I am excited to discover this new place, but feel trepidation over delving into our heartbreaking topic.

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Christopher Bessette's compelling new film Trade of Innocents will be presented as an advance screening at Trade of Innocents: A Global Perspective on Human Trafficking Symposium at Yale Law School.

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ETonline is proud to present an exclusive clip from this powerful and important new film, co-starring Dermot Mulroney. Trade of Innocents premieres September 28 in New York and select cities.

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In her new film Trade of Innocents, Sorvino once again marries her acting prowess with her passion for helping exploited children. As Claire Beeker, she plays a woman at a crossroads, who has lost her daughter and chosen to rescue another innocent little girl in Cambodia. Her commitment to ending modern day slavery has inspired others to pay closer attention to this critical movement.

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We hope that Trade of Innocents will leave a lasting mark on those who see it, and that it will come to be the defining film on the horrible reality of the trafficking of persons, particularly the sexual exploitation of children worldwide for profit.

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Mira Sorvino is well known for her Academy Award winning performance in “Mighty Aphrodite”, as well as her role as Romy White in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”. In her new film “Trade of Innocents”, it takes a more serious look into the epidemic of human trafficking. She co-stars in the film with Dermot Mulroney and John Billinsgley.

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Mira Sorvino has been busy. Over the past decade, she has made films for Hollywood studios and TV networks. She has travelled the world as an activist, fighting to end violence against women and the sex-trafficking of children.

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For statuesque screen star Mira Sorvino, life can come pretty close to imitating art, when not the other way around. Which explains a lot about her current turn as a distraught mom fighting the global sex trafficking of children in Christopher Bessette’s Trade Of Innocents, a cause which arouses her passion and activism in the real world as well.

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The indie drama Trade of Innocents shines a spotlight on the horrific and brutal realities of child exploitation, all over the world. Alex (Dermot Mulroney) has recently moved to Southeast Asia with his wife, Claire (Mira Sorvino), so that he can investigate human trafficking while his wife volunteers in an aftercare shelter for rescued girls.

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The UN's Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking, Sorvino is a passionate advocate for the cause—taking trips abroad to observe the problem, researching the issue, giving speeches and interviews on the topic, and, most recently, making a movie about it. Trade of Innocents, a drama about the sex trafficking industry in Southeast Asia, opens Friday in New York and will expand to other theaters across the U.S. in the weeks ahead.

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Mira Sorvino is well known for her Academy Award winning performance in “Mighty Aphrodite”, as well as her role as Romy White in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”. In her new film “Trade of Innocents”, it takes a more serious look into the epidemic of human trafficking. She co-stars in the film with Dermot Mulroney and John Billinsgley.

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Dermot Mulroney is known best for his role in ”My Best Friend’s Wedding”. He also tore up TV in Fox’s “New Girl”. Dermot is taking on a very serious role in ”Trade of Innocents”, which deals with child sex trading. Media Mikes had the chance to chat with Dermot on this amazing role and how he prepared for the role.

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John Billingsley is known best for his role of Doctor Phlox on “Star Trek: Enterprise”. He also co-stars in the recent “Trade of Innocents”, playing the sleazy Malcolm Eddery. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with John about his various roles and what has been his most rewarding role.

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"Trade of Innocents" is a rare gem that will probably not be seen by many but it really deserves mainstream shot. The film contains some really amazing performances from Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino and John Billingsley. Billingsley gives one his most intense and impressive performances to date. The film is very well shot and will directed by Christopher Bessette.

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Thursday September 27, "Trade of Innocents" had its premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. "Trade of Innocents" was written and directed by Christopher Bessette and stars Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino and John Billingsley.

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This thriller delves into the deepest, darkest corners of the world; the places where human rights are forgotten and heinous crimes like child trafficking are the norm. When I arrived at the premiere, I assumed that a hero would bring the traffickers to justice for their detestable crimes, and that the story would end in “Happily ever after.” I was wrong.

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The World Premiere of Trade of Innocents held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall was held in honor of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking. The evening inspired a message: ”Justice Needs a Hero: Be One,” with a screening of the film, Trade of Innocents, which is a film about the dangerous world of human trafficking.

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The Oscar-winning mom (who has four kids under the age of 8!) breaks to talk. ... Sorvino plays a mother who saves girls from sexual slavery in Trade of Innocents, in theaters this month.

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Laurie Bolthouse of Bicycle Peddler, LLC announced their commitment, Trade of Innocents: A Call to Action to End Human Trafficking at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. In 2012, Laurie Bolthouse, in conjunction with her family and their business, Bicycle Peddler LLC, commit to producing and releasing Trade of Innocents, a fictional full-length feature film about the sex trafficking industry in Cambodia and those who are working to fight it. The film starring Dermot Mulroney and Mira Sorvino will be released to theaters on October 5, 2012

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The Oscar-winning actress wants to end one of the world's greatest evils and she needs your help.... By Mira Sorvino ... When you look into the eyes of someone who’s had all their basic human rights stolen, their dignity stripped away, treated like an object, not a human being, how can you turn your back? How can you not speak out, and act?

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Christopher Bessette's "Trade of Innocents" has been selected for the The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative. The Initiative, which picks up to ten films a year, aims to expand indie films to a broader audience of leaders in the arts, entertainment, business and policy. The film, about the disturbing reality of human trafficking, stars Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino, John Billingsley and Trieu Tran.

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In Bessette’s Trade of Innocents, which takes place in the back streets of a tourist town in Southeast Asia, Dermot plays Alex, a human trafficking investigator. Alex and his wife Claire (Mira Sorvino) are still dealing with the grief of losing their child years earlier. Through their struggle, Alex and Claire find themselves intertwined with the lives of local neighborhood girls in Cambodia, whose freedom and dignity are threatened on a daily basis.

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'Trade of Innocents' After their daughter dies, a couple tries to save another girl from the sex slave trade. Starring Dermot Mulroney and Mira Sorvino.

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Trade of Innocents is a fictional story set against the very real backdrop of the crime of human trafficking and those working to fight against it. Our film stars Dermot Mulroney and Academy Award Winner actress Mira Sorvino and is produced by Bill & Laurie Bolthouse.

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