Human Trafficking
Character: Sergei Karpovich
Original Release: October 24, 2005 (US)
Directed by: Christian Duguay
Written by: Agatha Dominik, Carol Doyle
Produced by: Christian Duguay, Irene Litinsky, Michael Prupas, Carol Doyle
Distributed by: Lifetime Television
Running Time: 176 minutes

When a sixteen-year-old girl from the Ukraine, a single mother from Russia, a seventeen-year-old girl from Romania, and a twelve-year-old American tourist become the victims of international sex slave traffickers, a specialized team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) struggles to expose the worldwide network that has enslaved them.

ICE agent Kate Morozov knows the horror of sexual exploitation first-hand and is dedicated to dismantling the network and bringing the ring's kingpin to justice. From a torture chamber in Queens to the flesh-peddlers of Russia, the hunt is on as the fates of relentless ICE agents, the ruthless traffickers and their defenseless victims collide in a powder keg conspiracy of global proportions.

Cast & Characters

Lynne Adams (Ellen), Zoe Aggeliki (Susan Tagarov), Isabelle Blais (Helena), Céline Bonnier (Sophie), David Boutin (Frederick), Emma Campbell (Samantha), Dawn Ford (Helena's Aunt), Rémy Girard (Viktor), Anna Hopkins (Katerina), Mark Antony Krupa (Andrei), Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse (Annie), Laurence Leboeuf (Nadia), Michael Sorvino (Mischa), Mira Sorvino (Kate), Donald Sutherland (Meehan), Vlasta Vrana (Tommy)

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Episode Guide
1x01 - "Part 1" (original airdate: October 24, 2005)
NYPD Officer Kate Morozov discovers that many foreign girls have turned up dead in New York. Believing that the latest victim was trafficked, she joins US Immigration Customs and Enforcement to further solve this mystery. Meanwhile, the horrors of trafficking are shown in more detail through the eyes of Helena, Nadia and Annie, three girls from different parts of the world who are taken by the same human trafficking ring.
1x02 - "Part 2" (original airdate: October 25, 2005)
Kate and Meehan start to focus on Karpovich and his human trafficking ring. Viktor Taganov, Nadia's father, comes closer to getting his daughter back. Kate takes her own action in infiltrating Karpovich's trafficking ring.

  • Although originally filmed for Lifetime Television, the miniseries was shot mostly in Canada, and most of the lead and supporting actors and actresses are French-Canadian.
  • Several actors have doubled themselves in the French version so Isabelle Blais, Céline Bonnier, Rémy Girard, & Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse.
  • Though the full credit of French version went to a Paris dubbing studio, most of the French-Canadian actors did made their dubbing in a Montreal studio, then sent to France for final post-synchronization. The majority of English-speaking roles were dubbed by French actors.

Memorable Quotes

Sergei Karpovich: You say I killed someone? Then arrest me. I didn't think so.
Customs Agent Bill Meehan: It's just a matter of time. You're on our radar. It's a whole new ball game.
Sergei Karpovich: Isn't that what they used to say on those old TV cop shows?
Customs Agent Bill Meehan: Well, I'm an old cop. So what did you expect?

Sergei Karpovich: The situation's really very simple. You wanted to come to America, and we got you here. But it all cost money. Your passports, visas, tickets, boarding... it all adds up. By now, each of you has accumulated a debt worth tens of thousands of dollars. Plus interest and other expenses. It means until you finish paying that money back to us, usually in a few years or so, we own you. Please understand. It's not my intention to cause you misery. We are in this together. But, be very certain, that if you try to run away, someone will pay the price. I have all your information. Where you live, how many brothers and sisters you have back home, everything. So if you get the urge to do something that might threaten our arrangement, and you will get that urge... and control it. Or inevitably, someone close to you will be hurt.

Awards & Nominations

Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV - Donald Sutherland
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV - Mira Sorvino
Primetime Emmy Awards - Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
Primetime Emmy Awards - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Donald Sutherland
Primetime Emmy Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Robert Carlyle
DGC Craft Awards - Outstanding Direction - TV Movie/Mini-Series - Christian Duguay
DGC Craft Awards - Outstanding Production Design - TV Movie/Mini-Series - Guy Lalande
DGC Craft Awards - Outstanding TV Movie/Mini-Series
Gemini Awards - Best Dramatic Mini-Series
Gemini Awards - Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Dramatic Program or Series
Gemini Awards - Best Costume Design
Gemini Awards - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series - Isabelle Blais
Gemini Awards - Best Sound in a Dramatic Program
Gold Derby Awards - TV Movie/Mini Lead Actress - Mira Sorvino
Gold Derby Awards - TV Movie/Miniseries
Gold Derby Awards - TV Movie/Mini Lead Actor - Donald Sutherland
Gold Derby Awards - TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actor - Robert Carlyle
OFTA Television Awards - Best Miniseries
Women's Image Network Awards - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Robert Carlyle

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