The security of the woman is the security of society. ~Atifete Jahjaga
  • Posted on: 28 March 2014
  • By: Buy the change

 

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a graphic look at the worldwide issues of human trafficking and sexual slavery. It is currently being shown at public screenings around the country.

This movie is at times horrifying, with reenactments of how organized crime rings kidnap women in Eastern Europe, actual footage of trafficked women and children in Southeast Asia, and interviews with rescued women in the United States, it will leave your heart very heavy.

I believe everyone needs to know the truth about modern day slavery and the trafficking of human beings. This is not something happening only somewhere “over there”, there are thousands of women being physically and psychologically abused, and held against their will, right here in the United States.

I support this movie on many levels but there are aspects I can’t agree with.

While being interviewed, a rescue worker in Cambodia makes this statement, “Human trafficking is not an economic issue, it’s a spiritual issue”. He backs up this statement with examples of parents, especially mothers, who participate in the trafficking of their daughters, mothers who do not agree with a plan to remove their daughters from the sex industry, and the extreme anguish experienced by rescued women and girls.

While I do agree that there must be a huge void of spiritual connection within every person involved in these horrific crimes, I don’t believe economics and extreme poverty have nothing to do with it.

Living in extreme poverty undoubtedly sucks the soul out of people. It forces hearts and minds to become hard and unfeeling. It requires actions and survival decisions no parent should ever have to make. 

There are so many factors that contribute to this worldwide crisis called human trafficking, the causes simply can’t be reduced to one.

I’ve been given the opportunity to travel to many developing nations and have seen firsthand the economic and cultural challenges faced by families on a daily basis.

I’ve also met many parents who work very hard every day to do whatever it takes to keep their children, including their daughters, safe.

Buy The Change is focused on creating income for women and families. We bring handmade products to the American market in order to assist in creating movement from the desperate state of extreme poverty to a place of having enough.

These women will always be poor, but with an ongoing partnership with Buy The Change, they can begin making decisions based on possibilities rather than desperation.

We can’t make a difference for every family but we will continue to work every day to be a force of opportunity and change for the families we do work with.

Even though I don’t agree on some points, I want everyone to see this movie. It shows the cold hard truth about what is happening in the world we live in. Awareness is key, even when the facts are extremely difficult to watch.

Please read more about Nefarious: Merchant of Souls at www.nefariousdocumentary.com

Find a screenings near you or watch online for only $4.99. Gather a group of friends for an in home screening.

If you live in SE Michigan, join us for a public screening at Monroe County Community College, Meyer Theater on April 17th at 6:00pm. The event is free.

In Gratitude,

Kari