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NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2017 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. I call upon businesses, national and community organizations, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role we must play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

This article was originally posted in November 2016 and re-posted today in honor of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2017.

“Making the film SOLD forever changed the trajectory of my life and career,” Impact Producer Jane Charles told Hollywood on the Potomac. “When I read the book SOLD by the globally acclaimed novelist Patricia McCormick almost 10 years ago and started researching human trafficking, I didn’t realize that this is the second highest grossing illegal crime (2nd only to drug trafficking) and that it is happening right here in the United States. I’m a filmmaker, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a good friend. Making this film was both the most difficult and the most worthwhile thing I have ever done in my life, so far.”