Not For Sale is at the forefront of creating innovative, replicable, and sustainable solutions to fight modern-day slavery. Not For Sale believes that trafficking can be stopped upstream in poor and marginalized communities by initiating cross-sector collaborations that intentionally empower vulnerable individuals through education and dignified employment.
There are more than 30 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other point in history. Men, women, and children are bought and sold like commodities–tricked and forced to work in brothels, hotels, restaurants, factories, fields, and more. Traffickers prey on vulnerable populations, from refugees to slum dwellers, using deceptive tales of rewarding work to coerce victims. In most cases, trafficking victims are marginalized people who live in poverty and lack opportunities. Not for Sale recognizes that ending human trafficking requires not only educated and equipped abolitionists but also resources to provide alternative economic opportunities to people living in poverty.’
To create futures for survivors of modern-day slavery, Not For Sale strategically addresses the needs of human trafficking victims and at-risk populations through a three-stage process. Our proven model, implemented in over six countries around the world, is adapted to the unique needs of trafficking survivors. The core of the model is to work closely with survivors to build self-confidence and income-generating skills which directly lead to improved opportunities.
Stage I: Stability & Safety
In order to break the cycle of exploitation, Not For Sale helps survivors and at-risk communities to meet their basic needs. This step is essential in stabilizing individuals who have endured a traumatic past. Stage one involves providing adequate shelter, food, healthcare, and legal services to create a safe environment capable of fostering opportunities for a stable future.
Stage II: Life Skills & Job Training
Once the livelihood of at-risk communities is sustained, investing in goods and services that create opportunities for victims and at-risk populations is critical for promoting inclusive social and economic growth. Not For Sale believes that equipping at-risk communities with basic skills will prepare individuals for sustainable long-term opportunities. Stage two seeks to provide targeted populations with formal and non-formal education such as vocational training, health education, reproductive rights, self-worth, resume/CV writing, cooking, sewing, and jewelry making.
Stage III: Dignified Work & Sustainable Future
Around the world, Not For Sale prevents and protects vulnerable individuals and communities from human trafficking by:
- Creating New Enterprises:
Not For Sale incubates new businesses that create employment in at-risk communities and that model supply chain responsibility from the ground up. By establishing and growing social enterprises, NFS can bring dignified and sustainable employment opportunities for survivors and grow economic opportunities in at-risk communities.
- Engaging Industry Leaders:
Collaborating with local companies and international brands to monitor, protect and improve working standards for positive impact on existing supply chains.