Library Notes: “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls”

Nefarious follows a team of people who travel across the globe, interviewing former prostitutes, pimps and those involved in combatting the sex trade industry.  The interviews give insight into the emotional, spiritual and physical damage inflicted by what some have called “a victimless crime”.  Nefarious is profoundly disturbing (particularly in some dramatized scenes) and not for young viewers, but it tells a truth we need to hear.  One critique I have is that it does not say much about how human trafficking connects to the wider problem of pornography.  One thing the documentary does well is to illustrate the power of the Gospel to transforming and heal both victims and perpetrators.  Nothing is simple or quick – but we see hope in Jesus in the midst of darkness.