NFS News Archive David Batstone
I believe it’s important for you to have a clear picture of how Not For Sale, as a social enterprise, works to create new futures. I have just completed a six-month overview of our accomplishments as an agency over the first half of 2011.
In Thailand, stateless ethnic minorities and foreigners are not eligible to receive government provided education, health services, or employment. These marginalized populations face a variety of other serious problems like becoming involved in the trafficking of drugs, illicit goods and people. They lack the ability to protect their young children who often die from preventable diseases and have no access to family planning methods or information regarding how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and STIs. Parents often sell their children for sexual exploitation out of desperation to survive. Not For Sale in Thailand seeks to address the needs of stateless people, prevent modern-day slavery and protect trafficking survivors.
Not For Sale supports Kru Nam, a thriving artist and modern-day abolitionist who has rescued and prevented over 110 children from slavery in the sex industry. She and her organization, VCDF, runs a Children’s Home providing education, health services, shelter, food and vocational skills to stateless children.
In Cambodia, children are trafficked for sexual exploitation or forced to solicit anything from flowers to postcards. Children trafficked into organized begging rings often end up being sexual exploited. In fact, NGOs report that nearly one third of trafficking victims in prostitution are children.
Due to Cambodia’s tragic history of genocide, half of its population is now under the age of twenty. Cambodia faces a problem of trying to provide decent work to its young population. The issue further increases cross border migration and perpetuates the vulnerability to human trafficking.
Not For Sale’s Summer Investigator Academy is nearing capacity. Session one and three are full. Session two only has one remaining spot. Due to the demand, we have added a fourth session from July 13th to July 24th. For an application, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.