Movie showing carries powerful message

Thanks to funding from The John Ernest Foundation, Hesston College will host a viewing of the movie Sold, which illustrates the child sex trade, at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 23, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The showing is free and open to the public. Sold is rated PG-13 for disturbing content and adult themes.

Following the movie there will be a short talk back session with refreshments in the Hesston Mennonite Church Community Center.

Sold is based on the novel by the same name by Patricia McCormick. The story follows a poor 13-year-old girl, Lakshmi, in Nepal whose stepfather sends her away with a strange woman to get work in India, where instead she discovers that work is in a brothel. Despite the horror of her situation, Lakshmi finds ways to survive, and must decide if she will risk everything to regain her freedom.