Due to extreme poverty, millions of people from Nepal, Bangladesh, and India are trafficked for forced labor or prostitution. Not For Sale is fighting to break this cycle and bring dignified work to thousands.
New Stories from India
Latha: Freedom, Dignity and Purpose Found
February 25, 2013
Married to a husband who respected her, Latha thought she was truly one of the lucky ones. All this changed over time, as her family environment became very abusive. For her safety, Latha knew she had no other decision than to leave, but she did not know where to go or who to turn to. But Latha is one of the lucky ones, as she soon found shelter and solace with NFS. She recently started valuable job training which would position her well for a sought after career. Join us, in helping others like Latha find their freedom, dignity and purpose in life!
India: Legally Not For Sale
February 8, 2013
Catalyzed by the Delhi bus rape and death last December 16, an Indian Penal Code amendment was monumentally promulgated this week. The new Section 370 now more clearly and sufficiently defines the meaning of and punishment for committing sexual assault, but in a landmark step, that also for trafficking in persons, trafficked for forced labor and employment of trafficked children. We celebrate with our friends at Global March and Bachpan Bachao Andolan for their significant contributions towards this amendment, and for their longstanding efforts for this cause. India, by law, is not for sale!
Preparations Underway for a New Home!
January 31, 2013
As we speak, NFS India staff are busily preparing to open a new house for up to eight women to further support their recovery from slavery. The house is located right next to the factory where they will attend training and obtain job placement as part of the Empowerment Program. We can’t wait for the house to be ready, which will occur this quarter!
Nehna: A New Horizon
January 23, 2013
Nehna is one of the ladies who recently moved from the Transition Home into a paid work environment – a Bistro/coffee shop. Karen Van Der Walt, Not For Sale India Coordinator says “Nehna is showing a sense of purpose and direction, and is making wonderful progress. She is becoming more confident as she is realizing her potential more and more!”. Her options in looking forward are increasing each day as she continues to improve her admin, computer, inventory and customer skills. Alongside this sense of accomplishment, is the fact that she is moving further and further away from being at-risk!
December 22, 2012
Earlier this year, out of financial desperation, Nina took a job offer from a trafficker, who sold her into prostitution. In the spring, she was rescued by a local NGO in Delhi. Ordinarily, options following rehab for women like Nina, considered to be of a low caste and with little education, have shown to be very limited. However, the chance to train, move out of the shelter and earn a competitive salary has enabled Nina to look towards a new future. She recently qualified as a tailor and was assisted to open a bank account so that she can finally take full responsibility of her earnings.
Two Women Reintegrated to Full-time Jobs
December 19, 2012
Congratulations to two "graduates" of the Empowerment Program who, this week, begin working full time in central New Delhi. Since joining in the Spring, the two women have completed professional training in production alongside 6 months courses in English Language and Personal Finance Management. Employer OpenHand, delighted with the speed and conscientiousness with which the women have developed over the past six month, have now offered the women positions in sales and administration at their cafe and store, where they will continue their professional development in a safe environment.
Trainees To Open Bank Accounts For The First Time
November 27, 2012
The first 8 trainees at Not For Sale India have taken the next steps towards financial independence as they complete their financial training and, for the first time, set up personal bank accounts. This will, most essentially, allow the women complete control of their money and savings, a significant step towards independence. However, most striking is the potential such training has on personal growth and development. They can now see themselves as individuals who make deliberate choices for themselves and can act as an inspiration for other women who were in a similar position to them.
Improved Well-Being of Women Workers
November 19, 2012
Partners of NFS in Delhi are noting the immense effect on the daily lives of the women training and their overall well-being. At a recent visit to the workplace, staff from local organisations who had conducted rescues of the women from situations of exploitation and abuse, expressed their amazement at the increased confidence and independence of these individuals just several months into their new employment. Each quarter, NFS staff in Delhi conduct an assessment of the overall personal development of each individual. Watch out for our first publication of these assessments in early 2013.
Survivors Take Exams To Become Qualified Tailors
October 17, 2012
For the past 6 months, survivors in Delhi have been working through a program of professional and life skills development. This week, the ladies skills are being formally put to the test across the board, with written and practical exams in stitching skills and English Language proficiency and Literacy! English teacher Karen Van Der Walt observes, "[The] time and support to learning has enabled them to realise that they do belong here and their lives are important to others". Exams will provide the women with their first formal qualification as tailors.
Childcare for Survivors Opens in Delhi!
October 1, 2012
Survivors in Delhi can now access full-time childcare services for young children! The opening of 'Tiny Hands' is a response to the assessment that so many women either become vulnerable or remain trapped in the exploitative industries they work in because of the pressure to provide adequately for their families. The unit will provide mothers employed through NFS partners with a safe and caring environment for their children and will enable them to focus fully on their own professional skill development that will, ultimately, allow them to earn and provide for their families with dignity.
8 Survivors Move to Transition Home
September 17, 2012
This weekend, 8 women newly employed through NFS manufacturing partners moved into the first Transition Home for survivors in Delhi! Survivors training and working at the factory have, until now, been housed at rehabilitation shelters across Delhi and so this move to semi-independent accommodation signifies a significant next and final step towards full reintegration. The home, just a kilometre from the factory, will be run and managed entirely by the women, with the support by in-house Guardians to guide and mentor them through the new responsibilities of working and living independently.
Intervention to Rehabilitation at NFS India
September 13, 2012
Chunni is from one of India's poorest North-Eastern regions. Last year, desperate for work, she moved to Delhi to take a job at a massage parlour in a wealthy area of the city. She was offered a good salary, but at the ultimate cost; her managers began approaching her for sex and inviting male 'friends' to the parlour where they would regularly abuse her. Last week, a rescue team in Delhi reached out to NFS to assist Chunni in finding a way out of her exploitation. She has been enabled to seek rehabilitation and will be looking towards new opportunities at the factory following her recovery.
Helping Workers Access Their Rights
August 20, 2012
As NFS partners continue to implement Free2Work objectives, they are keen to ensure that all workers are able to access, understand and participate in discussions about their working rights. To facilitate this, managers at the factory have begun creating audio publications of company policies (for illiterate workers) and holding weekly discussion sessions and training on employee rights. "Engaging employees in open discussion around their rights has been a really useful method for building go working relations, ensuring understanding and enabling problem solving with our staff" (Floor Manager)
Industry Changing Models in Ethical Manufacturing
August 16, 2012
Since the opening of the factory, NFS has been working on site with local partners to begin implementing a Free2Work Roadmap to build best industry practices in ethical manufacturing. The team's hard work isn't in vain, as this month they begin producing for one of the world's biggest apparel brands. Despite the brand's strict working standards, both sides are confident about the road ahead. "The practices we're putting in place come not only from a standpoint of compliance but from our core values for our workers and through the knowledge that we are setting a new bar in this industry" (CEO)
This is just the start for me!
July 31, 2012
Leela is a trainee soon to 'graduate' as one of the factory's first full-time female tailors. "When I started, I wasn't confident about my skills. I wanted to be seamstress but didn't know a thing about stitching". In 3 months, Leela has built key skills that enable her to transition from 'trainee' to a valued and equal team member in production. "In May, I taught Leela to stitch in a straight line, now she's making clothes and bags from scratch!" says her supervisor. Leela's ambition is to one day open up her own tailoring business. Check her out wearing her (self designed and made) shirt!
“Employing survivors is good for us all”
July 19, 2012
Murtaza is line-supervisor for new trainees, many of whom are survivors of trafficking employed through NFS partnership with the factory. "Our job isn't just to supervise their work but to make sure people are happy and well". Part of the ongoing monitoring of these trainees is a 'well-being' assessment, conducted every 6 weeks, to evaluate progressive personal development. "..but we realised that this something we should give to all our staff- so we have added it to the progress evaluation for everyone! Thank you Not For Sale - employing survivors is good for us all!"
Professional Development for Survivors in Full-Swing!
July 11, 2012
"It's so important that workers training in any particular area of production should have a full picture of what goes on at the factory" says Nivedit, Head of HR. Day-to-day trainees are immersed in the various processes of production, from stitching to cutting, finishing and production. "This way we can see which department the individual is best suited to". Nehna is one of two new trainees to begin administrative skill development in the factory office: her passion is to become an accountant. "I hope to advance my skills and begin assisting as a junior accountant in the company soon!"
Trainees Begin Learning English at the Factory
July 2, 2012
Today, the first students took to their books for the launch of the factory English Language classes! As part of the NFS Training program, trainees are offered various opportunities to learn skills besides those directly linked to their new jobs in production. "It's important for everyone to learn at their own rate, that's why we teach each person individually and at her own level", says teacher Karen. "Naturally, every student has her own reasons for wanting to learn and targets she hopes to achieve, but we hope that everyone will develop skills useful in and beyond the workplace".
June 22, 2012
Not For Sale welcomes a new Social Coordinator to the factory in Delhi! Karen's role will be to manage and coordinate the implementation of the Empowerment Program at the factory and to teach English twice a week to those employees who seek to develop their language skills. As a fluent Hindi and Urdu speaker, who has lived in India over 15 years and worked in the counselling of vulnerable and exploited women, Karen is the ideal candidate to provide support to workers and assist them in their personal and professional development in their new employment! Welcome to the movement Karen!
Learning New Skills!
June 13, 2012
Employed just a few weeks at the factory, the new trainees are now working on products to be sold worldwide! Trainer Aslam is blown away by their progress "the ladies are moving at twice the pace we were expecting - because they are so excited to be learning, working and part of this company". We attended one lesson with Bubbly, one of the new Not For Sale's trainees who is currently benefitting from this program:
NFS products made by trainees empower more women!
June 7, 2012
This week, Not For Sale partners in India have sewn the first Not For Sale labels into new products to be distributed in the U.S! The labels signify that these products have been produced with dignity by NFS supplier partners, where funds generated are reinvested to build new futures for survivors of trafficking and exploitation. This month in Delhi, women employed through NFS training program are learning to make the very products which return revenue to support survivors like themselves. Look our for the first NFS labelled products to hit our store soon!
Local Expertise from the Home to Workplace
May 29, 2012
Most of NFS's first round of trainees are formerly exploited young women who have been supported by Angelika and her husband Abhishek at their local NGO in Delhi. "In the past we have found work for our beneficaries, but with much negotiation and monitoring from us to ensure the girls are able to cope in their new jobs". Truly empowering vulnerable women through employment is completely different. By working among local employers and local NGO leaders like Angelika, NFS is creating a truly unique and holistic model for employing and empowering women through choice, independence and support.
Children will be Free to Skate in Delhi!
May 24, 2012
Everyday in India, hundreds of children go missing; trafficked for sex, forced labour, domestic servitude and forced marriage. NFS is creating innovative means to protect children in Delhi's vulnerable areas through Free2Play and prevention education. Steve runs informal skateboarding sessions in one of Delhi's public parks, and has for years recognized NFS with a logo on his board! This fall, Steve will partner with NFS to develop opportunities for very poor and vulnerable children to access skateboarding activities and education to protect themselves from trafficking.
AllSaints India Visit Factory in Delhi
May 18, 2012
Today, Not For Sale welcomed representatives from AllSaints India and U.K offices to the new factory! Visiting just a day after news that OpenHand has been awarded for 'National Industry Excellence', AllSaints reps expressed their delight with the company's progress and their commitment to assist in the final stages of preparation for large-scale production. Delightful to see NFS partners working together to products clothes that are made with dignity and sold to generate funds which will benefit more survivors of human trafficking.
Big Strides in Week One for NFS Trainees!
May 15, 2012
One week in and NFS sewing trainees are making incredible progress on the machines. Entering without any previous experience, the ladies, who come from vulnerable communities, have now begun putting together basic shirts in practise materials. Head instructor Aslam believes that it is the energy and enthusiasm with which his new trainees approach each task that is enabling them to pick up techniques so quickly: "they are delighted to be working and to be independent and, like the rest of our team, they take pride in their work. They are each wonderful, happy additions to our factory"
On Platform 16: continued.
May 11, 2012
At New Delhi Train Station, local abolitionist FJ uses experience and intuition to spot both victims and dalals ('agents'), then he assists local police to make arrests and directs victims to immediate support services. "But after support- then what? There is an absolute need for long term solutions here!" He explains that in Delhi, numerous NGOs will assist trafficked individuals with immediate care but survivors then have nowhere to go. "The only solution is work: work that keeps people safe and earning a fair income so they can support a family".
On Platform 16
May 10, 2012
"I'd estimate 30 cases per day", explains FJ over the noise of the bustling crowd in New Delhi Train Station. "After 26 years, I can identify and respond to around 3 of these cases". FJ is a local abolitionist, who works at the station to intercept instances of sex trafficking right at the point where victims are approached by traffickers. "I often await around platform 16, where trains arrive from many northern and rural areas, bringing young women, minors, with big dreams of finding work. What they find is a man ready to sell them into a life of prostitution on GB road".
We Value Women
May 8, 2012
Gender inequality is considered among the most significant indicators of human trafficking across the world. In recent years, Indian government initiatives have started the long road to addressing workplace inequality by encouraging employers to offer more job opportunities to women. In a male-dominated manufacturing industry, in a developing country, the employment of up to 100 women in the factory this year is very significant. CEO of the company thanked NFS for assisting the company to implement his own dream; "to show that woman can and will do this work just as well as men".
Cut the Ribbon! Celebrating Jobs for 100 Liberated Women!
May 4, 2012
Today was the official party to celebrate the launch of Not For Sale partner's new factory in Delhi. Current employees welcomed new staff, women from trafficked and exploited backgrounds into their new workplace, where they are to receive Not For Sale job training and dignified employment. Our partners in India have worked tirelessly the past weeks and months to get the factory open so today we celebrated together over video call with Chai and Sweets as is customary in India! बधाई हो - congratulations!
Into the New Factory!
May 2, 2012
Machines are installed, workers have arrived and production has started at our partner's new factory in Delhi! This is a huge step for NFS in India: our investment has enabled this local business to grow, increasing worker capacity to bring new jobs to at-risk populations. Our partners are producing beautiful products which you can purchase NOW through our store http://nfs.am/aEvHY Your purchase is your advocacy and enables us to build our model with more local businesses! Check back with us on Friday when we'll be celebrating the opening over video-chat with customary Indian chai and sweets!
Not For Sale’s Model in India
May 1, 2012
Check out why Not For Sale is working in India and how creating new jobs is stopping exploitation before it even occurs!
From Ashes to Beauty: Awareness to Solutions
April 27, 2012
Earlier this year, Paida, a survivor of trafficking participated in a fashion campaign to generate awareness about the plight of women trafficked and exploited for sex in India. Paida, who was rescued from the Red Light District by a local shelter is now set to take up a new job through the Not For Sale training program in Delhi! Paida's story has highlighted the issue of sex trafficking in India and now demonstrates how women like her can be empowered to begin new lives through dignified employment opportunities. Follow Paida's campaign 'From Ashes to Beauty' with us over the coming months!
Innovative Approaches and Lessons from the Master: Part 2
April 24, 2012
New recruits to the 12-week sewing training program are instructed by the factory's finest Master Sewer (MS), who has been working with the team to compile a series of video lessons for trainees. The videos enable a 'seeing hearing doing' method of learning; the MS explains new techniques on camera for trainees to practise that week before a test. Formerly exploited women, who may not have received a formal education will be the beneficiaries of this fresh approach. As one member of the team noted; "they're learning from the most long-standing and talented sewer in the factory".
Innovative Approaches and Learning from the Master: Part 1
April 23, 2012
The UN General Assembly recently met to discuss the need to change protection and prevention services to empower survivors through access to 'effective remedies'. These, it was said, should engage the private sector to provide tailored responses and accessible work alternatives to those who may otherwise be exploited. NFS is working creatively in India to do just this! The pilot of this new approach is a 3 month integration and training program for formerly-exploited workers, implemented through holistic and creative methods and it has just started with 5 trainees. Read Part 2 for more!
Pre-school Prevents Exploitation for Generations to Come
April 16, 2012
Employees enrolling in Not For Sale training will soon have the opportunity to send their children to a superb new pre-school set up near their new workplace. Children who grow up in poverty are less likely to access quality education which is shown to be a significant incubator against trafficking. Among other skills, children at the pre-school will be taught English, a language which is highly valued in the Indian workforce, opening up more opportunities from a younger age and significantly lessening the risk of them encountering labour exploitation in their childhood and later in life.
Personalised Career Building For Survivors in India
April 12, 2012
The vast majority of trafficked victims in India are young women from poor rural communities. Nisha is a survivor of exploitation who has been living in a recovery centre in Delhi, and one of five young women who this week, will begin re-building their professional lives through a 12 week Not For Sale training program and a new job. Through interviews, Nisha's trainers found out that she is a former I.T student and a skilled typist, who sought a career in administration. Her personalised job training will build on her skills and prepare her for a role as a company secretary and book-keeper.
A Model for Change: See How Not For Sale Creates Enterprise to Scale Impact
April 10, 2012
In India, Not For Sale is holistically changing social enterprise and scaling social impact for vulnerable communities. By mobilising consumers, demand for ethically produced good grows and more companies become engaged to source through ethical supply chains. Increased demand for ethically produced goods means that Not For Sale is now expanding production and creating new employment opportunities for vulnerable women. You, as a consumer, play a vital role. By investing in Not For Sale's model, you enable it to grow and protect more communities from human trafficking and exploitation.
Not For Sale Utilizes Social Media to Empower Survivors in India
April 10, 2012
This week, Not For Sale is launching an on-the job training program for women coming out of exploitation in Delhi. As training commences, Not For Sale will be assisting managers who work with trainees to use social media effectively for sharing regular updates about how the lives of people on the ground are being changed on a daily basis through job training and new employment opportunities.
Not For Sale to Celebrate New Factory Opening!
April 5, 2012
Last year, Not For Sale met with an ethical manufacturing company in Delhi that produces beautiful products - some sold at the NFS store. Seeing potential for business growth & social investment in at-risk communities, NFS engaged in a partnership to scale their production and create more employment opportunities for women from exploited backgrounds. Next week, NFS will celebrate a major step in this collaboration with the opening of a new large production unit in Delhi & the commencement of a NFS funded job training program for 100 women from exploited backgrounds.
AllSaints visits NFS Partner in India
April 4, 2012
More exciting news from Not For Sale’s partners in India: AllSaints Spitalfield, a major global retailer, will soon collaborate to produce their NFS line in Delhi! In preparation for the brand new line, AllSaints visited the factory and is assisting Open Hand, as they prepare to begin producing the AllSaints/NFS clothing line. By engaging AllSaints to produce in India, Not For Sale helps guarantee work for dozens of otherwise vulnerable women, preventing human trafficking and labour exploitation before it even happens.
Training Program Provides Opportunities to Dream
April 3, 2012
NFS is developing a creative new training program for survivors of exploitation and those who are at-risk to human trafficking in India. This unique program includes training videos that target the different learning styles of women as well as a step-by-step strategy where each woman sets goals she would like to achieve throughout the program. According to one of the trainers, “The idea here is that we want to create an environment where the women have the ability to dream up a future, a life, and a career in the factory.”
New Factory in India is Almost Complete!
April 3, 2012
Wonderful news today from our partners in India; the new factory is almost complete! Electricians are busy installing the final touches across the 10,000sq ft building. The opening of the new factory marks the launch of NFS’ training program that will empower women in India to begin creating their own new future through job skill training. NFS staff, family, and supporters around the globe eagerly await next week’s celebration when the new factory opens.
Vehicles Purchased to Ensure the Safe Transportation of Workers
April 2, 2012
In India, it is estimated that up to 60% of trafficking survivors go on to be re-trafficked. Many women who enter the work-force from rehabilitation are not given the support they need to move into the work place, and so drop out rates can be high, leaving women vulnerable to their former traffickers. NFS's holistic and individualised training will provide ongoing support to promote long-term job retention and re-integration. The purchase of a new van will protect potentially vulnerable new workers by ensuring that they have safe transportation to work every day.
Hope Makes all the Difference in Survivors Lives
March 29, 2012
Open Hand India enthusiastically reports on the progress made by the women whom have been selected to participate in the NFS training program. According to an Open Hand India representative, the participants now have hope for a better future -and it makes all the difference. "You can see the difference between the ones who have no more hope, and the ones whose eyes have lit up with hope." The training program covers everything from basic hygiene and work place expectations to hands on skills-training in garment manufacturing and will begin with the opening of the new Open Hand India factory.
Job Skill Training an Essential Step
March 25, 2012
The first women to participate in the NFS Training Program at NFS manufacturing partner, Open Hand India, have been interviewed. The individualized training program is an essential step forward for young women who have been abused, are from broken homes, or live on the streets, and thus are vulnerable to exploitation. It is our hope that women who graduate from the program will be empowered in their new job skills. Throughout 2012 NFS aims to train 100 additional vulnerable men and women.
NFS models supply chain transparency in India
February 29, 2012
NFS is paving the way towards supply chain transparency in India through our partner, Open Hand India. Open Hand is a for-profit manufacturing company that displays how it is possible to prevent exploitation within the apparel industry. For more information on NFS’s global work to increase transparency within company supply chains, visit Free2work.org
See the Impact
In India, Not For Sale supports victims of trafficking and prevents further instances of exploitation by providing specialized job training and sustainable employment opportunities at local, ethical companies. Not For Sale drives business to these companies to increase production and generate funds to be re-invested in more at risk communities. Watch the video to see how it works.
On the Ground in India
In a recent study, Not For Sale found that up to 95% of female victims of human trafficking in rehabilitation programs in New Delhi, India are not provided education, life skills, employment, or job training*. As a result, the vast majority return to their original state of vulnerability, where they remain at high risk of further trafficking or labor exploitation.
In New Delhi, Not For Sale provides dignified employment to victims of human trafficking through a holistic and restorative training program. The Not For Sale Empowerment Program fulfills the invaluable but often overlooked step between recovery and employment, providing viable employment and on-site job training while emotionally supporting victims through the reintegration process. In 2012, the Empowerment Program was launched in partnership with a local manufacturing company who shares our vision to restore independence, bring vital training and access to sustainable work for survivors of human trafficking and other exploited populations in New Delhi, India.
Women from local shelters and vocational programs are recruited for the NFS Training Program and appointed a social worker. As part of their training, they are offered counseling, child care, literacy programs, savings and financial training and further transferable job skills. With quality training, protection from traffickers and support during the transition to new employment, women are more likely to stay in their new jobs.
*Not For Sale Baseline Study conducted September 2012.