“Once you see firsthand the atrocity of what happens with these children, I couldn’t turn a blind eye… everything changed for me.” – Paul Hutchinson Paul Hutchinson is executive producer of the movie “Sound of Freedom.” Through our conversation, we grappled with one of humanity’s most abhorrent issues – child trafficking. Hutchinson’s commitment to rescuing victims, paired with the power of cinema, is redefining how society can stand against such horror. In our exchange, Hutchinson proved himself to be a real-life superhero. He has dedicated his life to combating child trafficking, fostering his resolve during intense rescue missions where he witnessed the fear in the eyes of trafficked children. His wife’s altruistic decision to donate the cost of a luxury item to the cause encapsulates their shared commitment. Hutchinson then opened up about his transformative journey. A phone call from actor Jim Caviezel steered him away from a lifestyle of wealth towards a path of service. He made it clear that fulfillment doesn’t necessitate excessive luxury; rather, making a powerful, positive impact is at the core of a meaningful life. Our conversation shifted to “The Sound of Freedom.” This groundbreaking film, in spite of resistance from Hollywood, seeks to illuminate the issue of child trafficking. It aims to create a movement of awareness, a crucial step, given the increasing number of children being sold into slavery. The conversation wrapped up emphasizing the need for compassion and understanding in dealing with offenders and addressing the trauma at the root of their actions. Key Takeaways: 1. The Power of Story: “The Sound of Freedom” is more than a film; it’s a tool to create a movement against child trafficking. 2. Overcoming Hollywood Resistance: Despite opposition, there is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come (Victor Hugo) 3. Addressing the Demand Side: With increasing numbers of children sold into slavery, it’s imperative to address the consumers of this horrific industry. 4. Compassion Over Anger: Offenders themselves often have trauma; understanding this helps break the cycle of abuse. 5. The Legacy of Wealth: Fulfillment isn’t about luxury; impacting lives positively is the key. 6. Changing Perceptions: Personal transformation and change of thought patterns can foster a fulfilling life. 7. The Power of Belief: Hard work, belief, and visualization can lead to meaningful change. 8. Heartfelt Listening: Listening with the heart helps connect with inner truth and overcome trauma. 9. The Role of Redemption: Even offenders need compassion and a chance for redemption. 10. The Power of Gratitude: The importance of gratitude for life’s opportunities can’t be understated. Top Quotes: – “Once you see firsthand the atrocity of what happens with these children, I couldn’t turn a blind eye… everything changed for me.” – Paul Hutchinson – “I’ve realized that making a powerful, positive impact in the lives of other people is really what matters.” – Paul Hutchinson – “You don’t have to give up the lifestyle… It’s okay to have a vision board… The Good Samaritan wasn’t broke.” – Paul Hutchinson – “You can have and do anything that you want. But it has to start right here… You’ve got to change how you view the person looking at you in the mirror.” – Paul Hutchinson – “If there was one word it would be “Amen”; if there are two words, it would be “thank you.” And if there were three words, it would be “hug your children.” – Joseph Jaffe In the face of abhorrent crimes like human trafficking, it’s essential not to turn a blind eye. Through our conversation, Paul Hutchinson serves as a reminder of our collective potential for positive impact, highlighting the need for compassion, understanding, and the courage to change. The fight against human trafficking is more than a mission—it’s a clarion call for societal transformation. It’s an invocation of our shared humanity, urging us to say “thank you” and “hug your children” a little tighter.