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April 12th, 2017

World premiere of our new film Liberated

We are beyond excited to announce the world premiere of our new film Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution on April 22nd! We’re also honored to have been accepted into the Newport Beach Film Festival! The release of this film is a major milestone in our journey as an organization. We truly hope you will continue to join us on this new leg of the journey. Liberated is a documentary about...
July 2nd, 2015

An Invitation From Benjamin Nolot

Dear Friends, Our annual Abolition Summit has become more than just a conference. Over the past few years it has become a family gathering of those engaged in combatting slavery and human trafficking around the world. As I look forward to this year’s gathering, my heart bears a significant burden regarding the role of the modern abolitionist. Through every sincere effort to bring justice and to end this atrocity, are...
April 22nd, 2015

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Dear Russell, Welcome to the modern-day abolitionist movement. I know you haven’t officially joined us or any group in the campaign against commercial sexual exploitation, but the clear stand you are taking to warn people of the harmful effects of pornography is big. Much of what you declare about porn on your Trews podcasts has my cohorts and me nodding in affirmation. You see, we have been fighting this battle...
April 14th, 2015

Is Prostitution Empowering?

The cast of Pretty Woman just celebrated twenty-five years since the release of their blockbuster movie. The world applauded and the Internet was abuzz. My colleague and friend Laila Mickelwait reflected too. To mark the anniversary, she wrote a passionate blog that has now created a frenzy. In her blog, Mickelwait challenges the glamorization of prostitution in Pretty Woman. She contrasts the Hollywood fairy tale with the realistic albeit sordid...
February 19th, 2015

Fifty Shades of Black and White: Five Alarming Concerns

In an age when sexual violence against women around the globe is at epidemic proportions and the leading cause of injury to women is violence at the hands of men, Hollywood has decided to gift us with the film adaptation of E L James’ absurdly popular book Fifty Shades of Grey. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson glamorizes the film, released to coincide with Valentine’s Day, as a “powerful and romantic love story.”...
June 19th, 2014

The Song That Shaped Nefarious

Whether he knows it or not, John Mark McMillan played a huge part in shaping Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. I was first introduced to this wonderful artist’s music when I discovered a YouTube video from his set at The Call in Nashville, TN. In the video, John Mark plays his song, "How He Loves." The song had a profound impact on me, and I wept for two days as I...
June 9th, 2014

What You Don’t Know About Nefarious

Did you know that Nefarious: Merchant of Souls was edited three times before the film was finally released? I am not talking about a little tweak here and there. I am talking about a complete revision, as in color, score, post-audio sound. Everything. One of the best things that happened to me throughout the filmmaking process was when someone boldly confronted me and said, "Your project has potential, but it...
September 18th, 2013
November 21st, 2012

Thank You for Believing in Justice

Dear friends and supporters of Exodus Cry, I am excited to share amazing news that your prayers have helped make happen. Last week we received an update from our Manager of Policy & Public Affairs, Laila Mickelwait, that began with these exciting words: “Victory in South Australia!” What she proceeded to share with us is a miraculous testimony that started earlier this year: At the beginning of 2012, we sent...
July 20th, 2012

Rebuke the Oppressor

"Seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow." – Isaiah 1:17 Working in the anti-trafficking field, I am confronted with stories of execrable sexual abuse almost daily. I have found oppression to take many forms: emotional or psychological manipulation, physical bondage, verbal abuse, or even sexual exploitation and, worse, enslavement. Considering all the disturbing elements of these cases, one of the most prevalent is the absence...