Trafficked With Mariana Van Zeller

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Trafficked With Mariana Van Zeller

Synopsis

Award-winning journalist Mariana van Zeller explores the inner workings of the global underworld's most dangerous black markets. In each episode, she journeys inside a different black market or trafficking network - from drugs and stolen cars to outlaw bikers and Amazon mafias - to meet the players, learn the business, and better understand the world’s multi-trillion-dollar shadow economy.

Episodes

  • Meth

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    Mariana van Zeller follows a meth superhighway from a massive cartel-run lab in Sinaloa across the border and into the lives of American users. Her guide is a wily, meth-smoking dealer whose smuggling empire stretches from coast to coast. Some get rich, some get high, while others wind up dead. It’s a hellish tour of an overlooked drug crisis that’s burning a hole through America.

  • Black Market Surgery

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    Mariana van Zeller investigates underground plastic surgery, from motel-room operations to a deadly revelation about Miami’s discount surgery centers.

  • Stolen Cars

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    Mariana follows a smuggling route of cars stolen from the U.S. to shipping containers bound for West Africa, where the demand is skyrocketing.

  • Black Market Marijuana

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    In 2016, California began a massive social experiment: legalized marijuana. But after four years, the black market is three times larger than the legal one. Mariana van Zeller sets off to find out what happened, who’s profiting, and which groups are racing to meet skyrocketing demands. Following an underground supply chain from growers to distributors, she journeys through the wild west of weed.

  • Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

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    Mariana van Zeller goes inside the secretive world of outlaw motorcycle gangs, also known as 1% clubs, when her interest is piqued by a string of biker-related violence. Undeterred by a strict code of silence, she interviews members of three major clubs, as well as ATF agents and cartel contacts, to learn about the bonds of blood and brotherhood that fuel these groups.

  • Cocaine Queens

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    In the world of cocaine trafficking, the favelas of Rio and the mountains of Colombia are hallowed ground. But, what appears as an investigation into smuggling networks is actually a journey with a more specific focus. It’s not only the drugs that have caught Mariana’s attention. It’s a new breed of narco that is starting to gain power in the shadows: las jefas, lady bosses.

  • Romance Scams

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    In 2020 alone, romance scammers exploited Americans out of more than $600M. Mariana’s investigation takes her to Ghana, where she meets a gang of scammers who are relentless in searching for high-income targets on dating apps and social media. The gang shows her their secrets to seduction, how much money they’re making, and the lifestyle that has blossomed alongside the scam’s growing popularity.

  • Amazon Mafia

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    Mariana travels to the Amazon to track down the criminal networks behind a slew of killings and the illegal destruction of the rainforest.

  • Fish Pirates

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    As much as 30% of our seafood has been caught illegally. Mariana searches for the fish pirates who make billions each year while destroying our oceans.

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