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“Joe Exotic was incredibly aggressive”

“Joe Exotic was incredibly aggressive”


Investigative journalist Mariana van Zeller talks exclusively about Trafficked With Mariana van Zeller, her brilliant new docuseries on National Geographic

By Virgin TV Edit

Are you ready to step into the criminal underworld with an award-winning investigative journalist? The faint of heart need not apply.


Presented by Mariana van Zeller, National Geographic’s fascinating new docuseries shines its spotlight on some of the most illicit, dangerous and lucrative underground enterprises taking place around the world right now.

Over eight eye-opening episodes, Van Zeller’s quest to dig into these dark economies takes her around the world, rubbing shoulders with American drug lords and sex traffickers, Peruvian counterfeiters and Israeli scammers, plus a certain zookeeper by the name of Joe Exotic.


Yes, Van Zeller is granted an audience with the star of hit Netflix series Tiger King and his nemesis, Carole Baskin, in the very first episode of the series. Exploring the wider world of tiger smuggling, her investigation leads her to two of the most talked-about television personalities of 2020. And things don’t go quite according to plan.


Want to find out more about National Geographic’s new series? Then let our exclusive chat with Mariana Van Zeller get you clued up on what to expect…



When is Trafficked With Mariana van Zeller on TV?

New docuseries Trafficked With Mariana van Zeller starts at 9pm on Monday 18 January on National Geographic/HD (CH 266/268).


Episodes are also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > National Geographic.

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