NFS News Archive October, 2012

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Human Trafficking And The Election 2012: Part 3 – The Candidates

In the first two features of ‘Human Trafficking and the Election 2012’ we focused on national and state policy, where a valuable grounding in how the law addresses the issue was given. In our third and final installment we will focus on the candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and expand on their approach to fighting modern-day slavery.


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The Story Of Kru Nam: The Inspiration Behind Not For Sale

Six years ago, Not For Sale Co-Founder and CEO, David Batstone, met Kru Nam in Thailand, an abolitionist working on meager resources, who still managed to show incredible dedication in the fight against modern-day slavery. Despite her personal struggles, she continued to work, undeterred by the setbacks, to provide a future for hundreds of stateless children in the Golden Triangle region of Thailand. So inspired by her story, she soon became the catalyst behind the creation of Not For Sale. This is her story.

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The 95%: A Look At Exploitation In India

Across our international projects around the world, Not For Sale conducts baseline assessments of trafficking and victim rehabilitation. The purpose of these investigations is to capture the true scope of the issue of exploitation so that we may better understand the root causes of trafficking and work to end them.

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Sustainable Energy For A Sustainable Future

Not For Sale Thailand’s Children’s Home has provided short and long term care hundreds of stateless children in Northern Thailand since 2007. Stateless people, not recognized by the Thai or Burmese government, are ineligible for social services and not afforded the opportunity to work legally. Many stateless families are thus forced to find illicit means of income. Parents of children are often exploited through drug trafficking and forced begging. More frequently than not, the children follow suit, further exacerbating the cycle of exploitation stateless people have suffered for centuries.


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Human Trafficking And The Election 2012: Part 2 – Proposition 35

In part 1 of our special on ‘Human Trafficking and the Election 2012,’ we focused on the TVPA and outlined its implications. In part 2, we shift our gaze onto regional legislation, specifically in California and Proposition 35, the California Against Sexual Exploitation Act (CASE Act). In the limited space below it is impossible to explain all the complexities of those for and against the Act. However we hope presenting both sides will inspire further research into the initiative.

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Team NFS Heads Down Under

In partnership with Not For Sale, Australian Cricketers will be joining a growing global team of professional athletes to use their platform, connecting their on-field success to the movement to end modern-day slavery.
Team NFS is a movement of athletes, artists and musicians who are committed to using their skills and passions to make a positive change in the world. How does it work? Individuals pledge to make a donation for a particular on-field achievement. Each time that particular achievement is reached, capital is raised, funding Not For Sale’s efforts to free children from exploitation around the world. 
 
“A lot of people are shocked to hear that there are 30 million people living in slavery today, and [many] of those are children,” Dave Batstone, Not For Sale’s President, said. “So we decided to create a program that not only releases a child from slavery, but provides them a new future.”
 
The notion is simple; every child should be free to play. Through Team NFS, Not For Sale seeks to mobilize everyday people, providing them with an entry point into activism. Imagine a baseball pitcher striking out an opponent in San Francisco, a cricketer hitting a six in India and a football player scoring a goal in Europe – all fighting child slavery.  This narrative, connecting sporting culture to the abolitionist movement, is extremely profound.
 
Already the platform has attracted incredible support from Major League Baseball in the United States, with over 15 professional baseball players joining Team NFS. Their donations, through Not For Sale’s partners on the ground, helped construct a multi-purpose sports court at the NFS Thailand project, which allows over 100 children access to a safe space for recreation and physical activity including basketball and soccer. Children, who were once vulnerable to extreme exploitation, can now enjoy the rehabilitation that physical activity provides.
 
Now it’s Australia’s turn: First up, International Cricket. The simple yet powerful idea, that of creating new futures and new identities for once enslaved children, has caught the attention of Australian International Cricketers.  With a global fan base of 2.5 billion people, International Cricket has the potential to enact a fundamental cultural shift, while at the same time, creating new futures for some of the most dispossessed and marginalized children in our world.
 
Ed Cowan, opening batsman for the Australian Cricket Team has become a proud supporter of Not For Sale – joining Team NFS. “When I was growing up, I had the opportunity to dream. I was given every opportunity to play, to grow, to choose my own path, my own destiny. And now, I am lucky enough to play cricket for my country. 
 
This freedom is unfortunately not a reality for many people around the world – especially for many children. Slavery steals that dream, that opportunity…and I want to partner with Not For Sale to help give it back.”
 
Cowan has pledged $1 to Not For Sale for every run he scores this season, with an extra $50 added to the tally for every century he makes. Given his recent success in England, Cowan has already raised over $500 to fight slavery! 
 
Cowan has also been busy recruiting other cricketers to join the fight. With Australian teammate George Bailey also signing on as a member of Team NFS. Bailey has matched Cowan’s pledge of $1 per run this season; including any runs he scores in the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka this month- for which he is the Australian Captain.
 
In partnership with Not For Sale, Australian Cricketers will be joining a growing global team of professional athletes to use their platform, connecting their on-field success to the movement to end modern-day slavery.

Team NFS is a movement of athletes, artists and musicians who are committed to using their skills and passions to make a positive change in the world. How does it work? Individuals pledge to make a donation for a particular on-field achievement. Each time that particular achievement is reached, capital is raised, funding Not For Sale’s efforts to free children from exploitation around the world.

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News From Not For Sale South Africa: The Story Of Summer

Despite progressive economic development, South Africa, like many countries within Africa, has a large incidence of human trafficking. Not For Sale began work in South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, and has since developed pivotal relationships with law enforcement in the country, providing investigation technique training to them, translation services and vital communication with local NGOs regarding shelter. The following story highlights both an example of human trafficking in South Africa, as well as Not For Sale’s role in assisting the rehabilitation of survivors.




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