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Film Screening: NEFARIOUS: Merchant of Souls - Behind the Veil of the Sex Industry

Hope and Anchor Church is proud to present a screening of the award-winning documentary Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. The purpose of this screening is to raise awareness of the horrendous epidemic of human trafficking, including child sex trafficking, that is occurring both globally and locally. To the surprise and shock of many unsuspecting people, human trafficking is now the second largest criminal activity in the world, trailing only illegal drug trafficking. 

WARNING: This film is intended for mature audiences only. We would not recommend bringing viewers under the age of 18. Childcare will be provided at the church.

SYNOPSIS: “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 of modern day sex slavery. From the first scene, Nefarious gives an in-depth look at the human trafficking industry, showing where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. With footage shot in over nineteen different countries, Nefarious exposes the nightmare of sex slavery as experienced by hundreds of thousands daily, through the eyes of both the enslaved and their traffickers. Nefarious features expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders, and captures the gripping and triumphant testimonies of survivors in order to galvanize hope and vision.

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.


Dusty Feet 
WAR (Women at Risk) International 

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