Human Traffic Watch

‘Eden’: a harrowing tale of sex trafficking

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm
Sean Porter

Sean Porter

In her second indie feature, “The Off Hours,” Seattle-based filmmaker Megan Griffiths applied a low-key, introspective style to a subtle study of a forlorn waitress who escapes from her dead-end job to seek a happier future. Griffith’s third and equally praiseworthy film, “Eden,” charts a similar course, this time focusing on a Korean-American teenager who falls victim to human trafficking in a corrupt New Mexico town.

It’s 1994, and as high-school graduation approaches, Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung) gets into a local bar with a fake ID, unwisely leaves with a nice-looking guy and soon finds herself captive in a sex-slave operation run by a federal marshal (Beau Bridges) in a remote, abandoned storage facility. Defiant at first, and renamed “Eden” by her captors, she gradually turns cooperative, maintaining a calm facade while seizing (at first unsuccessfully) every opportunity to escape.

Source: Seattle Times

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