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Nefarious I: Merchant of Souls

Tonight at Liberty Center, a couple Romanian anti-trafficking groups joined together to rent the theater and show the documentary Nefarious I: Merchant of Souls.  I found out about it just this afternoon and had a bunch of things to do–I had a bunch of posters to put up and am in the middle of packing for my move tomorrow–but this is one movie I knew I had to see.  (When I first heard about it two or three years ago, I knew I had to see it.  But by the time it finally came near me, I had moved to Romania.)

My initial response was feeling overwhelmed, disgusted, hopeful, angry, helpless, hurt, guilty… all at the same time.  It was a wild ride of emotions for sure as the documentary went all across the globe talking with all sorts of people, from former victims and traffickers to government officials and “johns.”  The stories were heart-wrenching.

Humans are created as royalty, children of the greatest King, but look at what we do to each other….

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I did my thesis on human trafficking

human_trafficking_2Our meeting with Andreea was very different from our meeting with Ryan and Andrea. Andreea is a recent college graduate and has a deeply passionate heart for seeing victims of human trafficking brought the freedom and justice they were made for. She studied law in college (her thesis was all about ending human trafficking) and spent some time working with IJM. She has traveled Romania learning the stories of those trafficked and trying to understand how to end this horrible crime.

Hearing Andreea tell the story of her mother’s friend who became a victim of trafficking put a very personal touch on things. Now, it wasn’t just ideas we were talking about but real people, people who knew someone I was talking with.

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Human Trafficking in Romania

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This last week, we met with two different people who have been working to end human trafficking in Romania. I didn’t take nearly good enough notes, so I won’t try to make this post a summary of the meetings. But I do hope to give some information about the issue.

Ryan and Andrea, a missionary couple sent out from the US, came here specifically to work towards ending human trafficking and bringing healing to those trafficked. They have been traveling across Europe meeting with individuals and organizations, trying to sort out fact from fiction and learn about the difficulties in this line of work.

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