MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A film that portrays the perils of human trafficking and one man’s attempt to rescue a child offers a chance for a community dialogue, according to one local theatre owner.

Paul and Trey Johanson own the historic Star Theatre in Berkeley Springs. This Saturday, September 30th, the venue will play host to the film “Sound of Freedom” at 2 p.m. Following will be a discussion called “Human Trafficking, Here?” from 4 to 6 p.m.
Paul Johanson talked about why they are screening the show and getting the conversation started:

He talked about the post-show discussion:

That talk is presented by Katie Spriggs, Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center (EPEC).  She talked about what constitutes human trafficking.

She said it looks different depending on where you are:

She hopes those who learn more will come away empowered to help;

A portion of the proceeds from the screening will benefit EPEC.

More information here.

Johanson and Spriggs were recent guests on Panhandle Live. You can hear their full interview on our Panhandle News Network Spotify.

The Sound of Freedom is a film produced by Angel Studios which says it is “Based on the gripping true story of a man’s mission to rescue children from the darkest corners of the world. This action-packed drama shines a light on the harrowing reality of sex trafficking and the valiant efforts of those who work tirelessly to combat it.”

BONUS CUT:  Paul Johanson talks about the importance of a community conversation:

EPEC’s Mission:
(From EPEC’s Website)Our Mission: To Eliminate Violence Against all People.
EPEC’s mission is to protect victims, prevent violence and empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking.
We accomplish this by providing victims and survivors the resources necessary to effectively cope with the personal, social, emotional and legal ramifications of victimization.