On September 18th, Innocents at Risk brought together Government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corp, representatives of the corporate world, friends of the philanthropic world, non-profit organizations and the press to celebrate what is being done to help prevent child trafficking. The Benefit evening at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC recognized Award Winning Film Director Jeffrey Brown for his film SOLD which has served as an excellent awareness tool for all the organizations to end child trafficking. Hollywood on the Potomac recently spoke with Brown and his producing partner Jane Charles.
“I’m a filmmaker, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a good friend. When I read the book SOLD, the award-winning novel by 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,” Charles said. “Making this film was both the most difficult and the most worthwhile thing I have ever done in my life so far. I spent almost 10 years researching, making and distributing SOLD. Jeffrey Brown, the writer/director of SOLD and I traveled to India and Nepal several times before shooting the film and went back after to shoot some pick-ups and record needed audio. I fell in love with India and Nepal and our extended families in both countries that we met along the way, especially the survivors, the many girls we met at rescue facilities and shelters that we remember and carry with us every day. Making the film SOLD forever changed the trajectory of my life and career. What began as a feature film to create global awareness of human trafficking has turned into an ongoing advocacy and impact campaign.”