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Press Release

Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 10:20

Contact: Tracy Muhlenbeck FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phone: 507-380-3365

E-mail: [email protected]






In an effort to raise public awareness of the nightmares of human trafficking, the Five Sisters Project of Wells, Minnesota, will be hosting a showing of the award winning documentary film, “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls,” on Thursday evening, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Flame Theater in Wells. Admission to the movie is free, but due to the nature of the film’s content, attendance is not recommended for those under the age of 18. A discussion of the film will take place afterward, featuring representatives from the Five Sisters Project and Juli Fast, Regional Navigator from the Southwest Crisis Center.


From the very first scene, “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” ushers audiences into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands across the world experience daily, including many in southern Minnesota. But “Nefarious” is also a film that galvanizes hope through the triumphant testimonies from survivors of trafficking. The film also provides case studies that yield practical strategies to abolish human trafficking and expose the shadows surrounding the sex industry.


Tracy Muhlenbeck, founder of the Five Sisters Project, hopes that by showing the film, awareness of the horrors of trafficking will increase – and reveal how close to home the practice is occurring.


“January is designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month,” said Muhlenbeck. “It would be hard to miss the recent news stories about arrests in our area of those who are soliciting these services, which make this an important topic for us to address.”


Muhlenbeck also looks to shine a light of truth behind the practice of human trafficking.


“Prostitution is not a career choice. Traffickers are excellent manipulators and use deceit, charm and experience to target their victims. The subject of commercial sex trafficking is widely misunderstood. We are most concerned about what makes our youth vulnerable to getting involved in this industry and bringing awareness to thoughts, attitudes and behaviors which perpetuate the demand.”

The mission of the Five Sisters Project is to offer help, healing and hope to women in crisis and according to Muhlenbeck, that mission includes providing education and promoting community awareness for critical women’s issues. Those who are engaged with the fight to abolish human trafficking are heralding “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” as a phenomenal achievement, and by sponsoring this film event, Five Sisters Project looks to bring awareness of this important topic to the community at large.

For more information about this free event or to schedule an interview, contact Tracy Muhlenbeck at the Five Sisters Project by phone at 507-380-3365 or by email at [email protected]

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