Must see ‘Trafficked Underworlds’ to premiere this month

Mariana van Zeller speaks with Issoufou at Fallo Mine in Niger. (National Geographic for Disney)

The much-anticipated fourth installment of National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated docu-series ‘Trafficked Underworlds‘ is set to premiere on Thursdays at 21:00 from 23 May 2024 on National Geographic (DStv 181, Starsat 220). The latest season will see multiple award-winning investigative journalist and correspondent Mariana van Zeller dig deeper into criminal underworlds.

Peabody and DuPont Award-winning journalist Mariana van Zeller makes it her mission to unearth the geopolitical circumstances and context that create the multitrillion-dollar black market economy. Her National Geographic series Trafficked explores complex and often dangerous inner workings of the global black-market underworlds.

In doing so, Mariana shares the taxing process of digging into a story and takes viewers on the emotional roller coaster that provides a 360-degree view of the trafficking world from the perspective of the smugglers, law enforcement, and those caught in the crossfire.

With National Geographic’s trademark inside access, in each episode, Mariana investigates a different underworld to meet the players, learn the business, and better understand the world’s multitrillion-dollar shadow economy.

In Trafficked Underworlds, she infiltrates the webs of assassins, sextortion, body parts, black market medicine, apes, migrant smugglers, has smugglers, illegal gambling, drug mules and terrorist gold. She meets with both the traffickers and the victims to better understand the world’s growing multi trillion-dollar shadow economy.