Greetings from Bologna!
I came here to see the screening of Nefarious. Nefarious is a film about human trafficking (modern slavery), the vast majority of which is for purposes of prostitution. The film is a deeply disturbing documentary which chronicles the lives of prostitutes in Europe, Thailand, and the US. The organization that produced the film is Exodus Cry (http://exoduscry.com/).
The word nefarious means extremely wicked or villainous, and that describes the traffickers and also the men who frequent prostitutes.
The girls in the film had been rescued from prostitution. Some described how they were tricked into prostitution by boyfriends who turned out to be traffickers. Others told how they had been kidnapped. Both of these went through a process of breaking-down their will and their resistance. This process involves isolation, humiliation, drugging, severe beatings, and repeated rape until all the fight has gone out of them—along with any self-esteem or human dignity.
Some girls were made to strip naked and walk in line across a stage in a slave auction for buyers to bid on. These buyers were the owners of brothels and massage parlors throughout Europe. Often the buyers would manhandle them, forcing them to open their mouth and show their teeth, checking them over like merchandise. Some buyers asked to “try the product” before they buy.
Some of the girls had been orphaned or abandoned by their parents in Eastern Europe. One described how the orphanage director had encouraged the girls to “go off with the boys and have some fun.” They were prostituting them. Then when they reached 18 years of age, the traffickers came to pick them up from the orphanage and they were never heard from again. East European girls have been trafficked into prostitution all around the world. Their passports have been stolen by their captors. They are invisible because they have no family, and usually they have no knowledge of the language in the place where they end up, except for what they need to know for working in prostitution. The traffickers prey upon the most vulnerable: orphans and children.
Anywhere there is prostitution, there is trafficking. The legalization of prostitution only helps the traffickers by giving them a “legitimate” market. But legalization in no way means that the girls are working as prostitutes by choice. The only girls in the film who had entered prostitution voluntarily had been lured by the glamour of becoming a high-priced Las Vegas call girl. They dreamed of meeting and marrying a high-roller who could give them a luxurious lifestyle. They were each disillusioned by the realities of prostitution. Part of that reality is that some of the clients are men who hate women with a murderous passion. All of the women had suffered beatings and strangling. The thing that each of the voluntary prostitutes had in common was a history of sexual abuse as children, and the low self-esteem that comes with being the victim of abuse.
The purpose of the film is to educate the public about this extreme evil that exists all over the world. The film also shows the only country in the world in which prostitution has virtually ended: Sweden. Sweden’s approach is simple and effective: severely punish the clients and the traffickers. In effect: stop the demand and prostitution stops.
Exodus Cry works on a 3 point attack: Prevention, Intervention, and Restoration. The ultimate goal is to have people who are healed: physically, emotionally, and spiritually—and not only the girls, but also the clients and traffickers, whenever possible.
So what does all this have to do with my fasting and prayer for understanding of the things to come? I believe that it is just a confirmation of darkness of these End Times days. It’s confirmation that I am on the right track by fasting and praying for understanding. Most of these girls were deceived in one way or another. When the Antichrist comes upon the world stage, he will come with such great deception that even the elect, God’s chosen ones, will be in grave danger of falling for his lies. This calls for us to be alert—super-alert! We cannot afford to coast through these days on auto-pilot.
You can get involved with Exodus Cry through: Prayer, Awareness, Reform, and Donation. Exodus Cry is above all a prayer movement. They wisely recognize that none of this will change without prayer. They also realize that nothing will change without laws that punish the men who exploit women and children. I want to encourage each of you to support Exodus Cry with your prayers and finances. All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Now that you know, you have the obligation to help the “least of these.” God is good! Go do good, too!