Three prostitutes in Antwerp, Berlin and Copenhagen are found dead, all shot through their left eyes and a finger cut off – only hours after the Belgian Journalist Jean Louis Poquelin (Carlos Leal) visited them. Europol sets up a Joint Investigation Team under the lead of Harald Bjørn (Lars Mikkelsen) from Denmark, Jackie Mueller (Jasmin Gerat) from Germany and Alicia Verbeek (Veerle Baetens) from Belgium. What first appeared to be a brutal murder series by a single perpetrator soon becomes a much larger case, when the connection to the killing of a fourth woman six years ago is detected. And it seems that more lives are at stake. Many more. The investigation takes The TEAM all over Europe, soon facing the fight against a widespread criminal network.
The Lithuanian billionaire Marius Loukauskis (Nicholas Ofczarek) appears in connection to the case. Loukauskis is suspected to be the head of an internationally operating criminal network, a leader when it comes to human trafficking and forced labor. Loukauskis is top ranking on Europol’s wish list, but so far has been legally untouchable. The famous German jazz singer Iris Gabler (Sunnyi Melles) offers a reward for information leading to the arrest of one of the prostitutes’ murderers who turns out to be her daughter. While a strange connection between organized crime, German nobility and corruption in the Belgian police unravels, The TEAM manages to find the journalist Jean Louis in Austria – nearly tortured to death in a villa that belongs to Loukauskis. The main suspect as a victim and a billionaire in the crosshairs – fits well. Too well?
It turns out journalist Jean Louis was working on a book about Loukauskis and his criminal business and interviewed the murdered prostitutes. They testified against Loukauskis – perhaps the reason why they were killed and Jean Louis was tortured.
Pimp Theo Janke and his daughter are found shot to death. The net gets tighter around billionaire Loukauskis when the trace of the two murders leads to Bruno Koopman, Loukauskis’ personal security chief. Harald gets in touch with an undercover agent working inside Loukauskis’ organization – it seems that Loukauskis’ ex wife Dahlia and Bruno were plotting against Loukauskis ever since she was cheated out of loads of money after the divorce. Reopening an old murder case, getting testimonies from the prostitutes, killing them right away and pinpointing the murders on Loukauskis – must have been a divorce from hell! But the puzzle doesn’t add up that easy. The missing piece could be found in a phone conversation between the prostitute Maria and her mother, singer Iris Gabler, right before Maria was killed. Jackie tries to confront her, not knowing she’s about to tap in a deadly trap.
On her way to meeting Iris Gabler, Jackie gets attacked and shot by a masked man. She is badly wounded but can survive in hospital in Berlin. Harald and Alicia come to Berlin, but all they find is closed doors. No indication of the shooter, no trace whatsoever, even nothing leading to Loukauskis or his entourage. Until, for the first time, a carefully hidden side of Loukauskis’ business comes to light when the source of a spreading salmonella scandal in Denmark is detected: A chicken farm in a deserted area in the Danish countryside where illegal immigrants from Eastern Europe are forced to work under inhuman conditions. Finally something to build up a case! The Danish police is about to make a raid, but somebody was faster destroying evidence in a most shocking way.
When the Danish police arrive at the illegal chicken farm, the building is burning brightly. Many of the forced laborers who were locked up there died in the fl ames. Survivors leave no doubt: this was modern slavery at its worst. But most evidence is lost in the fl ames so the only key to nailing Loukauskis is buried in Jean Louis’ material. But Jean Louis seems to have lost his mind suffering from post-traumatic stress after having been tortured. Everything Alicia can get out of him is a love poem he recites. A sign? A key? A hidden message? Or just nonsense? When The TEAM gets hold of the phone conversation between prostitute Maria and her mother Iris Gabler that Jackie was about to confront the jazz singer with, the missing connection between the killed prostitutes, Loukauskis’ “business” and the murder attempt on Jackie comes to light. Finally, they have something in their hands to go after Loukauskis. But when they finally get access to Jean Louis’ material on Loukauskis, the shocking news is that they just scratched on the tip of the iceberg.
Loukauskis is able to escape the police. They immediately set up an international warrant for his arrest. Through the investigation, they discover that Loukauskis once raped a 14-year-old girl.
The police team are finally able to uncover the slavery network and its shocking efficiency. Meanwhile, Loukauskis goes into hiding in the Belgian countryside.