Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls

Last week I had the opportunity to view a benefit screening of the new documentary, "Nefarious: Merchant of Souls". This is an 18+ only documentary and was made by the guys here who head up Exodus Cry - the prayer movement to end slavery. See it if you have the chance! It really impacted me and has helped me to understand more of God's heart for these people - both the victims that we understand as victims, and the victims who are the perpetrators. Footage is from Thailand, Amsterdam, North America, to name a few.

“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 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 Souls."

See the official website: http://nefariousdocumentary.com for more info and the official trailer.

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