Merchant of Souls

According to UNICEF, a child is trafficked every 30 seconds. The United Nations reports that human trafficking occurs in 162 of 190 countries.

Research from the United Labor Organization shows that 96% of women in prostitution want to escape but feel they can't.


Modern slavery is a reality--of this world, this country, even this city. In fact, an estimated 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world. In an effort to raise awareness, Richmond Justice Initiative invites you to join them for a screening of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, an award-winning documentary on the realities of the global sex trade.

From the Nefarious website:

Regardless of nationality, victims are systematically stripped of their identity, battered into gruesome submission, and made to perform humiliating sexual acts on up to 40 strangers every night. Most are held in dingy apartments and brothels, forced to take heavy doses of illegal drugs, and monitored very closely. Victims are often thrown into such ghastly oppression at 13 years old. Some are abducted outright, while others are lured out of poverty, romantically seduced, or sold by their families.

Nefarious, Merchant of Souls, is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands experience daily. You’ll see where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), 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.

From initial recruitment to victim liberation—and everything in between—the previously veiled underworld of sex slavery is uncovered in the groundbreaking, tell-all Nefarious, Merchant of Souls.


RJI's screening of Nefarious will take place on Monday, July 16th at 6:30pm at the Byrd Theater in Carytown (2908 W. Cary Street). The evening will include the movie screening, a testimony from survivor Barbara Amaya, and time of response with prayer and worship. Afterwards, there will a 30 minute optional time of prayer and reflection led by Logan Jones and Rachel Shultz of Logan Jones Music.

Because of the adult content, we are asking that everyone attending the movie be 18 and over. There is also a $5 dollar suggested donation to help offset some of the costs.

For more information check out the event on Facebook or contact Richmond Justice Initiative at