Sex slave documentary screening Saturday at Macon’s AmStar 16

A film documenting the world’s sex slave trade will be shown Saturday morning at the AmStar 16 movie theater on Zebulon Road.

Macon’s International House of Prayer is hosting “Nefarius, Merchant of Souls” at 9 a.m. with a discussion following the free screening.

“People dig their heads in the sand and figure it doesn’t happen to them,” said Patricia Dudley, director of IHOP -- Macon on Northside Drive. “What if just one girl was out there crying out to God? We want to be able to help.”

Promotions for the film state there are an estimated 27 million people trafficked in the global slave trade.

A man interviewed for the project compared securing a female for sex in some countries to be as simple as ordering a pizza.

The documentary trailer calls human trafficking the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.

Jason Carr, one of the IHOP organizers of the event, said he remembers learning in history class about slavery from bygone eras. He thought he would have done something about it himself, if he had lived then.

Now is his chance to learn more about the modern slave market.

“We’re so disconnected from what is right up under our noses,” Carr said. “That is what really gets to me.”

Each Tuesday from 2-4 p.m., IHOP sets aside two hours to pray about human trafficking.

They lift up in prayer the victims, their pimps and the businesses that harbor them, he said.

They want to raise awareness of the problem and invite the public and other churches to join in their prayers or start their own ministries.

Perry’s Abba House, which assists women in crisis, is expected to send a representative to talk about the toll prostitution takes on women.

Sister Elizabeth Greim works with the Middle Georgia Alliance to End Regional Trafficking.

She will share the group’s local efforts to support victims, create awareness of the sex trade and call for tougher laws to make trafficking more difficult.

“(The film) can be a good springboard for discussion,” she said. “It will be a good gathering to revisit the issue of potential trafficking here.”

Because of the mature subject matter, no one younger than 18 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

To reserve tickets, call (478) 405-0050 and leave your name, number of tickets needed and a contact number for confirmation.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.