Nefarious: Merchant of Souls
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a 2011 American documentary film about modern human trafficking, specifically sexual slavery. Despite the subject matter, there is no profanity or nudity in the film, although there are scenes showing alcohol consumption and women wearing skimpy clothing. The U.S. Department of State estimates that about 80% of human trafficking victims are female.
About Nefarious: Merchant of Souls in brief
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a 2011 American documentary film about modern human trafficking, specifically sexual slavery. The film was written, directed, produced and narrated by Benjamin Nolot, founder and president of Exodus Cry, the film’s distributor. Despite the subject matter, there is no profanity or nudity in the film, although there are scenes showing alcohol consumption and women wearing skimpy clothing. Nefarious has won film awards, including the Honolulu Film Award for best screenplay, the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival best documentary feature award, and the Indie Fest feature documentary award of excellence. The U.S. Department of State estimates that about 80% of human trafficking victims are female and the film focuses on them. The average age of those forced into prostitution in the U. S. is 13, and almost two million children globally are sexually exploited, according to the UN. The United Nations states that 161 member states engage in human trafficking and that 50% of trafficked women and 50 per cent of children are sexually exploiting, and that the commercial exploitation of children is growing faster than any other criminal industry. The movie ends with the assertion that only Jesus can completely heal people from the horrors of sexual slavery and that he is the only one who can save people from their sexual oppression and slavery. It has been screened in several countries in an attempt to persuade governments to make laws similar to Sweden’s Sex Purchase Act, which criminalizes the purchasing of sex rather than the selling of sex.
It was released on home video on May 1, 2012, with individual grassroots screenings also taking place. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital download sites for $3.99 per DVD, $5.99 for Blu-Ray, $10 for DVD, and $15 for both Blu-ray and DVD. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com and iTunes for $10.99 each, or $20 for both DVDs and Blu-rays for $15.00 each, with a two-week rental option available for $25.99. It will be released in cinemas on July 27, 2011, and on DVD on July 28, 2011. The first sequence of the film depicts the violent acquisition of sex slaves. The second sequence depicts the former prostitutes, depicting the former dreams of a glamorous lifestyle, and depicting the latter as made vulnerable by child abandonment and orphanage abandonment. It also contrasts the secretiveness and brutality of the sex industry in Eastern Europe with the openness of public prostitution in The Netherlands. It suggests that sex trafficking in Southeast Asia is fuelled largely by the complicity of the victims’ parents, with many in Cambodia grooming and then knowingly selling their daughters into prostitution to pay for luxury goods. It asserts that 10% of the population of Moldova has been sexually trafficked as sex trafficking as well as Las Vegas prostitutes. It claims that half of this slavery is sexual in nature, and suggests that most victims do not survive for more than seven years after initially being trafficked.