HolaHollywood.com was present at the Los Angeles premiere of TRAFFIK with director/writer Deon Taylor and cast members Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Roselyn Sanchez, Luke Goss, and Laz Alonso. The premiere invited media from all over the world to interview an amazing cast, and let me tell you the energy was amazing, specially that of Paula Patton’s and Luke Goss, whom we got a chance to share a very interesting conversation about human trafficking, the storyline of the thriller.

In her new film Traffik, Paula Patton plays a woman who becomes the target of human trafficking.

She portrays Brea opposite Omar Epps’ John. They go for a romantic weekend in the mountains, but are accosted by a biker gang who they must then defend themselves against when they accidentally discover the hidden world of a brutal biker gang. Joined unexpectedly by their friends, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez), the foursome is forced into a deadly fight for their lives against the gang who will stop at nothing to keep their dangerous secrets from getting out. The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor, and produced by Roxanne Avent, Paula Patton and Taylor. Codeblack Films, a division of Lionsgate will release the film wide on April 20, 2018.

Patton says she signed on to the film because she was attracted to the role and the idea of working with director Deon Taylor, but she hadn’t fully considered the implications of the heavier aspects of the subject matter. “I didn’t really know much about it at all to be honest with you,” she says in regards to the issue of human trafficking. “I knew it existed. I did not know to what degree. My interest in the project really came from wanting to be a part of something that would be an entertaining piece that would be exciting to make and challenging. What was the added value was learning and discovering this world.”

While working on the project, Patton also shared some of the most eye-opening things she learned

“The way the network works and how vast it is. It’s second to arms dealing in terms of the money it generates, which was shocking. Potentially we’ve given it this name, sex trafficking, human trafficking, but it’s slavery. Period. We need to see it as a far-reaching subject matter that doesn’t just talk about it as a kidnapping, but also the unfair treatment of people. When you’ve taken away their free will essentially”

Roselyn Sanchez and Paula Patton star in Traffik
Photo: Scott Everett White

“TRAFFIK” OPENS NATIONWIDE APRIL 20, 2018

Starring Paula Patton, Luke Goss, Omar Epps, Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, William Fichtner & Missi Pyle

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ABOUT: In the action-packed thriller, “Traffik,” plans for a romantic weekend getaway at a secluded mountain estate turn to terror when Brea (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) accidentally discover the hidden world of a brutal biker gang. Joined unexpectedly by their friends, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez), the foursome is forced into a deadly fight for their lives against the gang who will stop at nothing to keep their dangerous secrets from getting out. The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor, and produced by Roxanne Avent, Paula Patton and Taylor. Codeblack Films, a division of Lionsgate will release the film wide on April 20, 2018.

Omar Epps and Paula Patton star in Traffik
Photo: Scott Everett White

Dulce Osuna has over a decade of dedicated and extensive work experience in television and radio broadcasting. Whether behind or in front of the camera, Dulce has excelled as a producer, journalist, host, anchor and radio personality. She is the co-founder and creator of Holahollywood.com, a bilingual online entertainment and lifestyle magazine.