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Film / Abduction of Eden

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Also known as Eden, Abduction of Eden is 2012 indie film that serves as a dramatized account of real life Chong Kim's time spent in the clutches of a highly organized Human Trafficking ring. 18 year old Korean-American Eden (Jamie Chung of Once Upon a Time) is kidnapped at a bar and forced into a life of prostitution and manipulation, moving up in the ranks of the organization and sidling close to underling Vaughn as she earns their trust in order to ensure her survival.


Abduction of Eden provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Actor Allusion: Jamie Chung as a sex slave in a brothel? She's done that before.
  • Asian Hooker Stereotype: For some of her clients, Eden is degradingly forced to play up her "Asian shtick", and throw on a stereotypical heavy Chinese accent while wearing a bastardized qipao costume— despite the fact that she is Korean and speaks perfect English.
  • Black Market: Drugs, babies, underage prostitution, among others.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The cleaning supplies, the crack pipe that shows up every five minutes.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: For Vaughn, selling babies or being confronted with what Eden has to do with her clients is too far— not that it makes him consider stopping.
  • Foster Kid: Vaughn.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Eden. It's about human trafficking, what did you expect?
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  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Eden is Korean and is made to pretend she's Chinese.

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