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Student Group Seeks to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking through Film Screening

Human trafficking occurs in 161 out of 192 countries and is a $32 billion per year industry, according to the United Nations.

A student group at Anderson University wants to see the end the global sex trade and human trafficking. To raise awareness, the group—called Unveiled—is hosting a screening at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 of Nefarious, Merchant of Souls, an award-winning documentary that exposes the trends of modern sex slavery. Unveiled will present the film, which was written, directed and produced  by Benjamin Nolot, in Merritt Theater on campus. After the screening, representatives of an anti-human trafficking group founded by Nolot will discuss the group’s efforts in rescuing and rehabilitating victims of human trafficking.

Unveiled, a 30-member group organized by students interested in ending human trafficking, derives its name from 2 Corinthians 3:16-18: “But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” The victims of human trafficking are veiled—or unaware—of how to get out of their circumstances, said sophomore Alyssa Martin, one of Unveiled’s co-leaders. She feels that by turning to God, victims can be rescued physically and spiritually.

Martin, a communications major, became interested in human trafficking in high school while writing a thesis on the subject. Martin’s co-leader, sophomore psychology major Adrionna Pruneda, learned about human trafficking during a mission trip to Nicaragua, where she heard human trafficking is rampant.

Unveiled is one of 42 student groups at Anderson, which are organized around an academic subject or honor society, ministry, or student interest, said AU Student Activities Director Sarah Mudd.
Unveiled is an excellent example of an organization that is student-driven, Mudd said.

“They work to offer educational programming to the campus community about the reality of human trafficking in our country and connect students with resources to get involved in stopping it,” she said.

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