What is Trade about?
Ray Sheridan is a Texas Ranger working in the insurance fraud division. From a devout Catholic family, seventeen year old Jorge lives in a Mexico City slum neighborhood with his mother and his thirteen year old sister Adriana. To have a better life not only for himself but also his family, Jorge, with two of his friends, has resorted to a "violent" scam to steal money from tourists in the Zocolo, something he hasn't told his mother who would disapprove. Ray and Jorge's very different existences intersect on a chance meeting straddling the border at El Paso/Juarez in dealing with the same issue from two slightly different directions, that issue being sex trafficking. Ray has been using his professional position on a personal mission of locating his illegitimate daughter Carly, who he has never met and who he has just learned was sold by her junkie mother ten years ago, he assuming into the illegal sex trade. With Adriana having gone missing, Jorge eventually learned that the assumption made by his criminal acquaintance Don Victor based on the evidence that Adriana was kidnapped by a Russian led sex trafficking group is true in Jorge having eventually been able to follow the kidnappers' path to Juarez. Adriana is one of four being transported across the border into the US, those four including Veronica, a young Polish woman whose "travel service" back home advised in going through Mexico as an easier entrance into the US where she hoped to eke out a better life eventually to be able to bring her son, Gregor. Veronica has taken it upon herself to be the defiant one to protect the other three, including Adriana. While Ray and Jorge work on two different mentalities - Ray more methodical with Jorge running more on adrenaline - the two have to decide how to approach the issue when they discover that the kidnappers' ultimate destination is New Jersey, where Adriana will be involved in an online auction in the highly lucrative position of the auction as the virgin.