“Open your mouth, for those who have no voice, for the rights of the unfortunate. Open our mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.” –Proverbs 31:8,9
We had quite a tour throughout Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. We witnessed some of the horrific realities of sexual exploitation first hand in Europe but have also had the privilege to come alongside incredible people who are committed to the work of abolition. People who, at some point, were gripped with compassion and decided to stop for the sake of one life.
The reason Nefarious was made, and the reason we each embarked on this tour is summed up by Proverbs 31:8-9, Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Our vision was to trigger people’s consciences so that they would begin to consider the voiceless and the oppressed. We are asking people take the time to stop, not for millions, but for the one–the woman they see on the street corner in their own neighborhoods. Nefarious allowed people to hear the cry of the oppressed who are enslaved in their own cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
We are so thankful to our hosts and the people that partnered with us to make this a reality. We believe something profound has been set in motion. People who didn’t even know about trafficking are now praying boldly and speaking out about it. Others have been emboldened with the courage to act; government leaders are now beginning to think in new ways and have conversations about this crisis with a greater level of understanding and clarity than ever before.
The effect of the film has yet to be fully realized but something was started in the hearts and minds of people and, we pray, it will prove to be a catalyze a shift in the perception and understanding of prostitution and modern-day slavery in Europe.