‘Nefarious: Merchant of Souls’ shows at WTAMU

Nefarious poster. Courtesy of the Nefarious Facebook Page.

Nefarious poster. Courtesy of the Nefarious Facebook Page.

On March 22, a documentary about human trafficking called “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls will show in the WTAMU Virgil Henson Activity Center Ballroom at 7:30 p.m.

The documentary takes an in-depth look at modern sex slavery in the human trafficking world and includes interviews with real victims.

“It is incredible,” Social Work major Mackenzie Price said. “It is the best thing for anybody who doesn’t know about human trafficking. It gives you an overview look of what human trafficking is globally. They show you so many different faces it can take. It is not this one specific thing.”

The document was written, produced and directed by Benjamin Nolot, who is also the founder and president of Exodus City, a human trafficking abolition organization.“It’s been called the human rights issue of our generation, and it’s gone so unnoticed,” Price said.

Steven Wolf, an event planner and mentor for the Navigators, said he first heard about the documentary at a conference he attended in December.  Wolf said he was personally moved by the video, so he included WT in the college preview tour.

“The entire campus is supporting it,” Wolf said. “We just initiated it and got it going.”

Many students on campus were exposed to the human trafficking issue when The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam was assigned as the book for the Readership WT program.

“There is a lot we accept as socially okay, and we don’t think about pornography use and where that can lead and who is on the other side or where some of that stuff originates,” Navigator’s Director of Operations Mitch Williamson said. “[This is an] educational thing we should be exposed to.”

According to the Nefarious website, “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” is the first of a trilogy. The second and third documentaries are currently in production. The first movie will be available to purchase on DVD May 1.

The documentary sowing is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To learn more about the documentary, check out the “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” web site.

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Lisa Hellier has been a staff writer for the Prairie since the Spring of 2011. She is a senior Broadcast Journalism major.

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