Fighting Human trafficking with Not for Sale

Types of Modern-day Slavery and Human Trafficking

Firstly, what are the types of Modern-day slavery? It encompasses various forms of exploitation and forced labor, often involving the coercion and control of individuals. Some of the most common forms include:


Forced Labor

This involves individuals being compelled to work against their will, often under threat, coercion, or physical violence. They may work in factories, agriculture, domestic service, or other industries.


Human Trafficking

This involves the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or receipt of people through the use of force, fraud, or deception, for the purpose of exploitation, which can include forced labor or sexual exploitation.


Debt Bondage

This is where individuals are forced to work to repay a debt that often increases due to unreasonable interest rates or costs for basic necessities, making it nearly impossible to ever repay the debt.


Child Labor

Children may be subjected to labor that is harmful to their physical and mental development. They are often forced to work in hazardous conditions and denied access to education and a normal childhood.


Sex Trafficking

Victims of sex trafficking are forced into prostitution, pornography, or other forms of sexual exploitation through threats, deception, or coercion.


Domestic Servitude

 Some individuals, often migrants or vulnerable populations, are held in private homes and forced to work as domestic servants under exploitative conditions.


Forced Marriage

Forced marriage involves individuals being coerced into marriage against their will, often with little or no choice in selecting their spouse or the timing of the marriage.


Child Soldiers

Children are forcibly recruited and used as soldiers in armed conflicts, exposing them to extreme violence and psychological trauma.

Organ Trafficking

This involves the illegal trade of organs, where individuals are coerced or deceived into selling their organs or the organs of deceased family members.

Child Trafficking and Child Exploitation

Children are trafficked or exploited for various purposes, including forced begging, child labor, or child soldiering.

It’s important to note that these forms of modern-day slavery often overlap, and individuals can be subjected to multiple forms of exploitation simultaneously. Eradicating modern-day slavery requires a multi-faceted approach involving legal measures, awareness campaigns, victim support services, and international cooperation. Many organizations and governments are working to combat these forms of exploitation and protect the rights and dignity of those affected.


Children wait for their ride to school in the morning at Not For Sale Thailand



How Not For Sale are combatting this issue

To that end, Not For Sale is actively working to combat various forms of modern-day slavery within the context of these different categories.


Forced Labor:

   – Not For Sale actively partners with organizations and local communities to provide training and support for at-risk populations, empowering individuals to escape the cycle of forced labor.

We have been working in the Peruvian Amazon since 2009 where we’ve been supporting 10 communities, representing over 100,000 people, in an attempt to stop the men being forced into laboring in illegal gold mines and their children trafficked into larger coastal cities like Lima.


Human Trafficking:

   – Not For Sale conducts awareness campaigns, collaborates with law enforcement, and offers survivor support programs to help rescue victims of human trafficking and provide them with a path to recovery.

Over the last two decades Not For Sale has been members of and lead several global coalitions that have worked to help change laws in Washington DC, the EU, Canberra, Japan, and other locations around the world. 

Additionally we support work directly with survivors at our 10 projects around the globe. 

However what sets us apart from other organizations is our work at the root causes of modern-day slavery: economic vulnerability through development of business and addressing climate change through initiatives such as Rare Earth. 


Debt Bondage:

   – Through its economic empowerment programs, Not For Sale helps individuals break free from debt bondage by providing them with alternative livelihood opportunities and financial education.

Many of the individuals our team in the Netherlands work with fell prey to their traffickers due to debt in their home country – usually Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. A family member may fall ill and the family needs several hundred dollars to access the healthcare system. Only finding financial support from a loan shark, unknown to the victim that they’re a front for organized crime, the individual must go pay off the debt in a Western European country. 


Child Labor:

   – Not For Sale focuses on preventing child labor by improving access to education and supporting vulnerable families to ensure children are not forced into labor but can pursue their dreams and aspirations.

We are increasingly seeing the rise of child labor in Southeast Asia at the moment. Our projects and partners in Thailand and Vietnam are seeing an increase of children forced to work in agriculture – in fall 2023 our Thai project director was called by local law enforcement to pick up three kids in a situation of forced labor. When our team arrived there were nearly a dozen kids. Our team asked why they had been told that there were only three kids. The police confessed they were worried our team wouldn’t come if they’d told them the truth. 


Sex Trafficking:

   – Not For Sale works tirelessly to combat sex trafficking through education, outreach, and support services, giving survivors the tools to rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society.

In the Netherlands we run four restaurants which help provide the training and job experience for survivors of sex trafficking and other forms of exploitation.


Domestic Servitude:

   – Not For Sale supports the rescue and rehabilitation of individuals trapped in domestic servitude, offering safe shelters, counseling, and job training to help them regain their independence.

Our teams in East Africa are well aware of the risk the young people we work with in the countryside face. We help run schools in Uganda and Rwanda. But after graduation many of the young people we supported have a difficult time finding jobs – something we’re also working on. Domestic servitude is something our teams spend a lot of time working to stop the youth and young adults falling into in the larger East African cities and into the Middle East. 


Forced Marriage:

   – Not For Sale collaborates with local organizations to raise awareness about forced marriage, providing resources and assistance for those at risk or in need of escape.

Our partners in Vietnam have rescued over 1400 victims of human trafficking. Most of the people were brought from Vietnam into China, the vast majority were there due to forced marriage. 


Child Soldiers:

   – Not For Sale actively supports initiatives aimed at the demobilization and rehabilitation of child soldiers, ensuring they receive the care and opportunities they deserve.

Our first engagement in Uganda in 2009 was with a school helping educate former child soldiers. Some of the kids we work with now in Uganda, DRC, and Rwanda are also recovering child soldiers. 


Organ Trafficking:

   – Not For Sale works in conjunction with other organizations and governments to combat organ trafficking and promote ethical organ donation practices, protecting vulnerable individuals from exploitation.

Again our teams in Southeast Asia are extremely alarmed by the rise in organ trafficking, driven by the demand for organs particularly in China. 


Child Trafficking and Child Exploitation:

   – Not For Sale takes a comprehensive approach to prevent child trafficking and exploitation by advocating for children’s rights, offering educational programs, and supporting survivors in their recovery journey.

Not For Sale Thailand, our first project, was and is geared toward helping kids that have been trafficked. It continues to be a project at our heart and soul as an organization. 


These comments showcase Not For Sale’s multifaceted efforts to combat modern-day slavery and provide support to victims, survivors, and vulnerable communities around the world. Their dedication and collaborations are essential in the fight against these forms of exploitation.

Square Organics



The Philosophy was simple: Ingredients are what matter most

Square Organics started with sourcing nutrient-dense and minimally processed plant proteins like sprouted whole grain brown rice, and low glycemic sweeteners like coconut nectar. Eventually, this grew into a larger understanding that the people and processes are “ingredients” that should be scrutinized and cared for too.

In the fall of 2013, this led to a partnership with Not For Sale …

The consumer cycle with Square Organics


You purchase a Square Organics snack.


Square Organics makes a quarterly contribution, based on their net sales, to Not For Sale.


Not For Sale uses these contributions to support thousands of lives back to freedom and dignity through shelter, healthcare, education, workforce training, and more.

Break the Cycle.

Empowerment breaks the cycle of exploitation, enabling individuals and families to transition back into society and succeed in the home, classroom, or workplace.





This is Sarah & Andrew (founders of Square) on their wedding day.


3 days later their first line of protein bars would launch in 19 Whole Foods.






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Instagram: @squareorganics

Spence Diamonds



The U.S.-based Spence Diamond manufacturer can do what traditionally mind diamond dealers can’t – they guarantee your diamond’s origin. This eliminates the middlemen, their unquestionable practices, and any societal conflict. Spence minimizes their environmental footprint by removing the intense impact of traditional mining. Spence’s Artisan Created Diamonds are made in the U.S., ethically responsible, and environmentally sustainable.


Artisan Created Diamonds have the exact physical, chemical, and optical properties as natural diamonds. The only difference – they are created in a plasma chamber rather than dug from the Earth.

  Using breakthrough technology and proprietary Spence equipment, Spence replicates the environment in which a natural diamond grows, taking 6-12 weeks. Each truly one-of-a-kind, gem-grade Artisan Created Diamond will come with its own inclusions, color, and clarity just as it would in nature.


The beauty of knowing where your diamond comes from means you can rest easy about who was involved in creating your diamond. As part of Spence Diamond’s commitment to creating a better world, the Artisan Diamond reduces the need for extractive mining – thereby preventing the desctructive practices that so often result in human trafficking. Spence Diamonds also commits to contributing a portion of their revenue to empowering local communities in the Democractic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, where conflict has made many people vulnerable to exploitation of the traditional mining industry.


This holiday season Spence Diamonds and Not For Sale become partners in fighting human trafficking around the world. Spence is offering a limited edition 5-piece collection built around the Boho by Spence jewelry line that will allow us all to “wear our beliefs” in the fight against trafficking.

Each piece will be limited to 300 pieces and will only be offered during the holiday period (until Dec. 31, 2017). 100% of all profits from the limited edition Boho by Spence x Not For Sale Holiday Collection will be donated to Not For Sale.

Our Artisan Created Diamonds are ethically produced, eco-friendly and socially responsible. We eliminate any social and environmental destruction – there are no communities harmed, no holes dug, no wildlife killed and no transporting product around the world. It’s the future of diamonds.”

– Eric Lindberg, CEO of Spence Diamonds


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It’s an unjust reality that many of nature’s invaluable, treasured ingredients are grown by people living at the margins of the global economy. Today’s supply chains must be rebuilt to empower the people involved, and create opportunities where there are none. A core part of REBBL’s mission is to create positive social impact with our products.

REBBL sources ingredients from suppliers who exemplify our values and invest in the strength and wellbeing of the communities where they operate.

REBBL donates 2.5% of revenue to Not For Sale to support regions of the world that are vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking.

Cheryl O'Loughlin

Cheryl O'Loughlin


Palo Hawken

Palo Hawken

Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, REBBL


1250 Addison Street, # 213
Berkeley, CA 94702


1250 Addison Street, # 213
Berkeley, CA 94702


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Instagram: @REBBL
Twitter: @REBBLTonic



Dignita Restaurant evolved from our original Amsterdam concept — a soup company which served the women working in Amsterdam’s sex industry. This soup was made in a culinary training program which was given to vulnerable woman living in a shelter for victims of human trafficking, the soup was then sold to women working in the brothels to provide them with nutritious meals. 

Not For Sale Netherlands leaders also connected with other non-profit organizations and shelters to bring in survivors of exploitation. These women expressed interest in following training programs to offer them a new perspective and possibilities in life.

At the same time, we noticed that brunch restaurants were booming in popularity in the Dutch city. This was the perfect opportunity to build a new venture that could support our efforts in Amsterdam.

To make this a reality, the Dignita project leaders worked with world-class chefs to build a nationally recognized culinary program — where people affected by modern slavery could earn certifications in kitchen work.

Our project leaders picked a location, recruited amazing local talent, and soon launched the Dignita restaurant. This eatery is now one of the city’s top-rated recommendations on Trip Advisor, Yelp, and Facebook.

The restaurant is profitable, serves as a training center for people that come from situations of exploitation, and is setting the stage for further development in the Netherlands.


100% of Dignita profits go towards supporting the work of Not For Sale.

Toos Heemskerk

Toos Heemskerk

Country Director, Not For Sale the Netherlands

Jorrit Looijenga

Jorrit Looijenga

Director, Dignita

Marijn Vegter

Marijn Vegter

Restaurant Manager

Dignita Restaurant

Koninginneweg 218HS
1075 EL Amsterdam
Telephone: 020 221 4458
Open 7 days a week: 09:00-17:00


Koninginneweg 218HS
1075 EL Amsterdam
Telephone: 020 221 4458
Open 7 days a week: 09:00-17:00


Facebook: DignitaAmsterdam
Instagram: @dignitaamsterdam
TripAdvisor: Dignita Restaurant
Yelp: Dignita Restaurant

St. Clare


St. Clare Coffee stands out in San Francisco’s crowded coffee scene. Nestled inside the city’s financial district, St. Clare Coffee’s flagship cafe employs and provides training for survivors of trafficking and at-risk youth in San Francisco.

St. Clare Coffee is also working hard to source and develop coffees from the Akha Tribes in Northern Thailand.

Many of the Akha peoples live without citizenship to any nation, and have few protections from their governments. This makes them often susceptible to traffickers.

You can also do good through simply purchasing our drinks and whole bean coffees, as a portion of all sales are contributed to Not for Sale.

Kevin Bohlin

Kevin Bohlin

Founder, St. Frank & St. Clare

This isn’t charity. When you can do it through business it’s much more empowering to the people involved. They’re working for it and they’re doing it on their own. We want to make a difference but it has to be a sustainable business.

– Kevin, St. Clare Coffee: Good Coffee With A Mission From San Francisco

St. Clare

654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

St. Frank

2340 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109


654 Mission St.
San Francisco
Open Mon-Fri: 08:00-16:00



2340 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Open Mon-Sat: 07:00-19:00
Sun 08:00-18:00



Yelp: St. Clare Coffee
Facebook: saintfrankcoffee
Instagram: @saintfrankcoffee
Twitter: @kgbohlin