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VSU fights human trafficking

 The organization “IGNITE PROMISE” hosted the NEFARIOUS Screening event on March 25 and 26 in Jennette Hall.

 Representatives of Exodus Cry, a human trafficking abolition organization, came to speak about the issue of human trafficking in further detail.

 Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, with nearly two million children involved in the international commercial sex trade.

 One hundred and sixty-one countries out of 192 are involved in human trafficking.

 The documentary, “NEFARIOUS: Merchant of Souls,” exposes trends of sex slavery.

 The documentary includes first-hand interviews with real victims and traffickers and expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders.

 Founder and President of Exodus Cry, Benjamin Nolot, started planning “NEFARIOUS” in 2007.

 Nolot wanted to document the distress of human trafficking and soon discovered that the issue was larger than he ever imagined.

 During the filming of “NEFARIOUS,” Nolot and his team traveled to 19 different countries, from Central America to Europe.

 He heard many stories from victims of sex slavery and increased awareness in these countries.

 The film left viewers inspired and broadened their insights on the subject at hand.

 “This documentary really does something to you,” Tiffany Edwards, junior, accounting major said. “It makes you want to really help out because the stories are heartbreaking.”

 Brent Sutter, freshman, sociology major, said he was surprised to find out the issue was in such close proximity to our country.

 “The film was great insight into what is actually going on in our world,” Sutter said. “I had no clue that this was going on right here in the United States. I thought it was only happening in other countries.”

 Join the frontlines in the battle against human trafficking by spreading awareness on both the issue and the documentary “NEFARIOUS: Merchant of Souls.”

 You can also show your support by donating $3 per week to Exodus Cry’s efforts to end sex slavery and honor the victims of this injustice.

 For those interested in becoming involved with the prevention of sex trafficking, IGNITE PROMISE will host a meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Georgia Hall multipurpose room.

 To learn more about reform visit exoduscry.com/reform.

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