NFS News Archive May, 2012
We talk a lot about “going upstream” to end modern slavery. Basically, if we want to create long-term change then we have to do more than just pull people out of the river; we have to to keep them from falling into the river in the first place. So how do we do this?
Not For Sale and Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum rock ‘n’ roll band Third Day have joined forces to to prevent human trafficking in one of the world’s most vulnerable areas. The purchase of a limited-edition Free2Rock T-shirt will provide jobs, training and economic development for at-risk men, women, and children in the Peruvian Amazon. Proceeds ensure those vulnerable to exploitation will have the opportunity for a bright future: One where they are free to go to school, get a job and live dignified lives.
Proceeds from this month’s campaign will help Not For Sale create programs that
encourage economic development and provide jobs and artisan skills training for vulnerable
communities in the Peruvian Amazon.
Rock out with Third Day to prevent exploitation, protect freedom and dignity, and
educate others on human trafficking.
SEED Livelihood Network, an international ministry of the Free Methodist Church USA, facilitates sustainable business development for people needing economic opportunities. As a part of that mission, SEED outfits their team in Not For Sale custom apparel so that the uniforms they wear create economic opportunity for vulnerable populations as well. Co-directors of SEED, Rose and David Brewer, have a deep passion to see people become all that they were created to be.
The rate at which Romanians are being trafficked to London is rapidly increasing in the months leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Daily Mail reports that in London alone “Police recently discovered 50 women believed to have been trafficked into the area to work as prostitutes and arrested four female beggars using babies as young as three weeks old.”
Not For Sale recently developed a job and life-skills training program for socially conscious manufacturers, piloted at Open Hand, a for-profit ethical manufacturing company. The program will provide a passage of stability for new employees moving from recovery to re-integration.
Athletes have a huge ability to influence culture through their game. Affeldt said, “I want people to get in the fight against human trafficking. We need to make a significant mark in this world with the help of fans joining us. Fans are what we need. They are the ones that will cause this movement to accelerate.”