A few weeks ago, some people from our church and some outside of our church, used our Ministry Center for a day to raise awareness for the increased problem of Human Trafficking. One of the resources they used was a documentary called, Nefarious, Merchant of the Soul. This is the synopsis of this movie:
"Modern slavery. It sounds like a paradox. Hasn't humanity progressed? Didn't we leave slavery dead on the battlefields of the American Civil War? Didn't social reformers like Lincoln and Wilberforce legislate against such cruelty over a hundred years ago? So we had thought. But, with over 27 million enslaved people in the world, human trafficking is once again the battlefront of the century.
Regardless of nationality, victims are systematically stripped of their identity, battered into gruesome submission, and made to perform humiliating sexual acts on up to 40 strangers every night. Most are held in dingy apartments and brothels, forced to take heavy doses of illegal drugs, and monitored very closely. Victims are often thrown into such ghastly oppression at 13 years old. Some are abducted outright, while others are lured out of poverty, romantically seduced, or sold by their families.
Nefarious, Merchant of the Souls, is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands experience daily. You'll see where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. You'll hear first-hand interviews with real victims and traffickers, along with expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders.
From initial recruitment to victim liberation--and everything in between--the previously veiled underworld of sex slavery is uncovered in the groundbreaking, tell-all Nefarious, Merchant of the Souls."
I have not seen the entire movie yet, but plan on it very soon. I have posted the trailer so you can get an idea of what it is about. You can also find the first five minutes of the movie online. One word of caution. Even from the trailer and the opening scenes that I have watched, this is for very mature audiences. It deals with a very difficult and sensitive subject. I will reserve my full judgment on the appropriate age of the audience until I have seen the entire film, but from what I have seen, I would not show it to any of my kids yet.
Certainly there has been someone out there that has seen this film. What were your thoughts? How did it impact you? What has been the result of it in your life?
Human trafficking is still a big deal. It is one issue that should at least be on our radar.