Award-winning film exposes hidden truths of sex slave trade

  • Pictured is Exodus Cry member Laila Mickelwait, who along with Morgan Goatley, will be on Island to talk about the issue of human trafficking.

    Pictured is Exodus Cry member Laila Mickelwait, who along with Morgan Goatley, will be on Island to talk about the issue of human trafficking.

  • Exodus Cry Morgan Goatley

    Exodus Cry Morgan Goatley

The sex slave trade earns more than $32 billion each year and involves more than 27 million people worldwide.

It represents a “nightmare” for its victims; 88 percent are women and children, many of whom have been abducted, lured out of poverty or sold by their families or orphan caregivers.

Despite that, it remains “the world’s greatest secret” according to international anti-trafficking organisation Exodus Cry.

The group will be in Bermuda next week for the screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Nefarious: Merchant of Souls’. The film exposes the daily reality for millions of people held captive as part of the sex industry.

Exodus Cry, in conjunction with local organisations Storehouse Trust and Cornerstone Foundation, will share its threefold mission with residents: encouraging persons to pray, bringing awareness about the current trend and establishing reform among governments across the world to protect those who want out.

Cornerstone president Pastor Gary Simons said exposing the hidden truths about the trade was “long overdue”.

“It is necessary that we are aware of what is happening around us so we are not ignorant of the needs,” he said. “It may be us who is being called to meet the need of rescuing these people from this horrid trap.

“I was amazed that so much was happening in the world and hope this will compel churches, charities, and communities to take action, stand up and make a difference.”

‘Nefarious’ has been described as “one of the most compelling documentaries ever made”. It reveals stark statistics about the sex trade including the fact that its revenue earned is greater than that of the NFL, NBA, NHL and MBL combined.

Philip Bruce, a trustee of the Storehouse Charitable Trust, said: "’Nefarious’ is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery and the nightmare that hundreds of thousands experience daily.

“It reveals where slaves are sold, 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."

There will also be a question-and-answer period led by Exodus Cry members Laila Mickelwait and Morgan Goatley.

Since joining the organisation, Ms Mickelwait has been educating MPs and legislators around the world on issues that deal with the injustice of prostitution and sex trafficking.

Ms Goatley is a former researcher in the White House Political Affairs Office.

The event takes place on Wednesday at the Ruth Seaton James Centre and is recommended for people 17 and older. Tickets, $5, are available online at

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Published Nov 1, 2012 at 8:34 am (Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 8:33 am)

Award-winning film exposes hidden truths of sex slave trade

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