Many times, when I have the opportunity to review a movie it’s animated, a feel good comedy or a family drama. Lifetimes Baby Sellers was truly the first of it’s kind for me.
Exposing the dark international crime enterprise of infant trafficking, Baby Sellers stars Alley as Carla Huxley, a well-respected, influential owner of a major U.S. based adoption agency that helps prospective parents fulfill their dream of having a family. While presenting an innocent veneer of kindness and good intentions to her trusting clients, behind-the-scenes Hughes functions as a ruthless international kingpin, controlling an expansive syndicate spanning the world and manned by subordinates authorized to use any means necessary to procure children for her business. Finnigan stars as Nicole Morrison, the dedicated, tough-as-nails Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who believes Hughes is fueling a global business that stops at nothing to find the right child for the right owner – at the right price – and goes undercover to bring her sordid operation down.
Too often movies like Baby Sellers, are missed. Passed over in favor of our usual comedies or chick flicks. I don’t blame you. Why would anyone want to watch as an impoverished husband sells his newborn child without his wife’s knowledge? Why would we want to watch women being harvested for their ability to produce children.
Here are 4 reasons to watch:
- Experts estimate that 70,000 children are kidnapped annually in India, parts of Africa and China.
- Between in-country and cross-border trafficking, the International Labour Organization believes approximately 1.2 million children worldwide are victims of human trafficking.
- Legal adoptions are widely available in the United States and abroad, a thriving black market for babies exists in a number of foreign countries.
- According to the U.S. Department of Human Health and Services, baby and human trafficking show no sign of stopping – with human trafficking as the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today.
I’ll be honest. This isn’t an easy film to watch. It’s inspired by real events. It’s a brutal recounting of the reality that every day women and children are kidnapped from their homes. It’s hard to swallow and it kept me up at night. But I would recommend it to any person, any parent, anyone thinking of adoption – in a heart beat.
Lifetime’s new original movie Baby Sellers, premieres Saturday, August 17, at 8pm ET/PT. Will you be watching?
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