Filmmaker Brings Horrors of Sex Trafficking to Light with Local Documentary Screening

Benjamin Nolot, who wrote, directed and produced Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, talks about the nature of sex trafficking Friday night at a screening of his documentary. (Sam Goldman / Noozhawk photo)

Benjamin Nolot, who wrote, directed and produced Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, talks about the nature of sex trafficking Friday night at a screening of his documentary. (Sam Goldman / Noozhawk photo)

Although the human and sex trafficking industry tends to evoke images of places like Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia — far away and with more rampant poverty or lax human-rights protections — Santa Barbara County is not immune.

A task force convened three years ago by the District Attorney’s Office found in a 2015 report that there were 45 child survivors of the industry in the county between 2012 and 2014.

In addition, there were 80 more suspected child survivors of domestic sex trafficking here, and 461 more who were considered “extremely vulnerable.”

Santa Barbarans got a haunting and in-depth look into the global industry Friday night at First Baptist Church with a screening of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, a documentary by filmmaker Benjamin Nolot.

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