One man's mission to expose nefarious activities in the United States is leading him to host a movie screening locally.
Stuart Bauer, originally from Jamestown, will be hosting a screening of the documentary "Nefarious: Merchant of Souls" on Tuesday. In addition to the screening, Bauer will be holding a question-and-answer session following the film, during which he will answer questions about human trafficking.
Bauer became interested in the subject of human trafficking after watching the documentary himself in April.
"I couldn't believe that anything this evil was happening in this world today, and in this country," Bauer said. "I couldn't imagine such a thing. I was quite disturbed by all of it. I just decided that I was going to get involved in this some way, somehow, in hopes to raise awareness."
Bauer said he hopes that by raising awareness on the subject, it will lead to prevention.
Since watching the film in April, Bauer has done research on the subject of human trafficking.
The official synopsis of the film says: "Regardless of nationality, victims are systematically stripped of their identity, battered into gruesome submission, and made to perform humiliating sexual acts on up to 40 strangers every night. Most are held in dingy apartments and brothels, forced to take heavy doses of illegal drugs, and monitored very closely. Victims are often thrown into such ghastly oppression at 13 years old. Some are abducted outright, while others are lured out of poverty, romantically seduced, or sold by their families.
"'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.
"From initial recruitment to victim liberation - and everything in between - the previously veiled underworld of sex slavery is uncovered in the groundbreaking, tell-all 'Nefarious: Merchant of Souls.' "
Bauer will be screening the documentary Tuesday at the Willow Bay Theater on Third Street in Jamestown. The screening will be at 7 p.m., with a question and answer sequence after. Admission is $5.
Proceeds will be donated to Exodus Cry, which is a prayer movement to end slavery. Due to violent content in the documentary, the event is for adults ages 18 and older.