Beauty and Tragedy at the Byrd Theatre: Exodus Cry Premiers Nefarious.

Posted: July 26, 2011 in Educate yourself

For about the past year, I have been fighting injustice.  I have participated in a walk in D.C, I have written newspaper articles, I organized a fashion show, Lobbied with Legislators, I even met the founder and president of International Justice Mission while touring the headquarters in D.C. In the past year, I have done quite a bit for the cause.

The United Nations estimates that 700,000 to 4 million women and children are trafficked around the world for purposes of forced prostitution, labor and other forms of exploitation every year. Trafficking is estimated to be a $7 billion dollar annual business.

On July 24th, Stephanie Johnson and I took a road trip that seemed like it was not meant to happen. Financial difficulties, time constraints, car troubles, and massive amounts of traffic made us discouraged and irritated. Finally, we arrived to the Byrd theater for what we thought was just a documentary that would sign a much needed light on sexual exploitation of women around the world.

Currently, Cambodia’s illegal sex trade generates $500 million a year. No less than 55,000 women and children are sex slaves in Cambodia, 35 percent of which are younger than 18 years of age.

Before entering the theater (built in 1928) we had our picture taken with a sign that said “I am a part of the movement to end slavery”

We talked to a few friends that we have meet along the way in this journey such as Aaron Wenninger and his wife Natalie of Exodus cry and Sara Pomeroy of Richmond Justice Initiative. After taking our seats, we waited for the beautiful curtain to rise, not knowing our lives were about to change.


–adjective extremely wicked or villainous

 I could tell you all about the movie, I would paint a good picture of what I saw, but I’d rather you see it for yourself. Please attend the screening at Regent University on August 27th. Tickets are just $10 and proceeds will be used to make the 2nd and 3rd of the series. This project has over 800 hours of footage and was filmed on four continents.

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.”  (

The average age of a victim of sex trafficking is 12-13 years old. The average victim services 30-40 men a day.

We must not weep for these victims, we MUST turn these tears and turn them into action. If not you, then who? Who will fight for these voiceless women? Who will fight for those who have lost hope? I urge you, get involved. I ask you PLEASE see this documentary. If you want to see it, and you cannot afford to pay $10 I WILL make it possible for you to see. We must face this truth that breaks my heart each time I think of it. This is a problem that can no longer be ignored, stand up and speak out. Even if its 1 hour a day, spread the world and awareness.  This is our duty, as the children of God and Christians. This is a battle of faith and the enemy WILL NOT win.

Blessings and love to you all,

Jen Wakefield

Vice President

IJM Regent

  1. Noelle Joubert says:

    Can’t wait to see it! Thanks for making it possible.

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