Japan

JAPAN

OUR NFS JAPAN STORY

Background

Japan faces significant challenges with human trafficking, manifesting in labor exploitation, particularly among foreign technical interns and students, and the sexual exploitation of Japanese nationals, including coercive involvement in the adult entertainment industry. Despite being a developed nation, Japan is a destination, source, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. The Japanese government has acknowledged the issue and is taking measures to combat it, yet the problem persists, with civil society organizations like Not For Sale Japan actively working to raise awareness, support victims, and promote ethical consumption to combat these human rights abuses​​.

Our Mission and Purpose

Not For Sale Japan (NFSJ) is dedicated to eradicating modern-day slavery and human trafficking within Japan and across the globe. With a clear aim to inform, educate, and engage the public, NFSJ is a beacon of hope and action in the fight against this global scourge.

DIRECT IMPACT

NFSJ conducts various activities to raise awareness of human trafficking, emphasizing its global and local presence and encouraging public involvement.

NFSJ Café

Through NFSJ Café, NFSJ offers casual learning opportunities about human trafficking and slavery, hosting discussions and film screenings to educate and inspire action.

Educational Resources

NFSJ curates and recommends a selection of books and films to foster understanding and motivate action against human trafficking and modern slavery.

Ethical Consumption Seminar

Highlighting the seminar on ‘ethical consumption,’ NFSJ shares knowledge on how consumer choices can protect human rights and support the fight against trafficking.

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Social Media Campaign

Engage with NFSJ on social media platforms like Facebook to stay informed and spread awareness about human trafficking and modern slavery.

Volunteering and Donations

NFSJ encourages volunteering and financial support for NGOs working against human trafficking, emphasizing that every individual has a role to play.

Contact NFSJ

For more information, to join an event, or to report potential trafficking cases, NFSJ welcomes contact via their email: [email protected] or through their social media pages.

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.

South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

OUR NFS SOUTH AFRICA & MOZAMBIQUE STORY

Background

South Africa has one of the largest economies in Africa, making it the main destination for human trafficking victims from southern Africa. There are also trafficking problems within the country; vulnerable rural people are trafficked into urban cities – Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, often via fraudulent job and education advertisements. Child labor is rife in industries including agriculture, mining, and market vending and family members in need of money are often complicit.

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Our Mission and Purpose

To empower ex-street children and those at risk of trafficking offering them hope and a different, better, future. To change societal attitudes to street children.

OUR WORK

We partner with the organization Surfers Not Street Children who have been working on the rights of street children in South Africa and Mozambique for over 25 years. Our outreach program combines surfing lessons with mentorship, working to reshape the future of the most at-risk children. We empower ex-street children and children at risk of street connectedness (when children rely on street for their livelihood) through surfing and mentorship. The SNSC drop ins are safe spaces where children will learn important life skills. Through advocacy, we aim to change the societal view and treatment of street children. 

Girls Surf Too
launched in 2019 to address the particularly vulnerable girls living on the streets. And, we launched our English language program in 2019; the youth in Mozambique requested we teach English as it enables them to be more meaningfully engaged in the tourism industry.

Our Impact In Numbers

In 2019, through Not For Sale South Africa & Mozambique..

Girls enrolled in girls surf too

Children were housed at our shelter

young people received job training

children are enrolled in our programming

Krunam playing ball games with three children in Thailand
Children, getting ready to surf on the beach in South Africa

OUR CHALLENGES

In urban centers, child traffickers will force boys, refugees, orphans and children with disabilities to beg on the streets. Girls are most commonly trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation or domestic work. Sex trafficking victims are at risk of forced drug use as a means of control. 

Mozambique’s poor, rural population are at high risk – children and young adults in particular are often trafficked to South Africa for forced labor in agriculture, street vending and commercial sexual exploitation. In farms and mines, men and boys from Mozambique will work without pay for months before traffickers turn victims to South African police for deportation as illegal migrants to avoid paying them, and the cycle begins again.

Uganda

UGANDA

OUR NFS UGANDA & DRC STORY

Background

Uganda has one of the highest levels of youth unemployment – more than 75% of Uganda’s population is below the age of 30 and 13.3% are unemployed. This has fueled an increase in Ugandans lured to the Middle East and Asia with false job promises. Safe employment opportunities for this generation are desperately needed. Few traffickers have been convicted and of those that have, half faced no jail time. COPTIP reported that traffickers are increasingly organized and may have formed regional trafficking networks. Efforts to identify victims and stop traffickers are vital.

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Our Mission and Purpose

To offer a brighter future to the children of the Kyangwali Refugee Camp.

School children in Uganda playing sports

OUR WORK

With our partner, CIYOTA, a non-profit established by refugee youth, we provide housing, educational opportunities and support to children from the Kyangwali Refugee Camp who have been trafficked or are vulnerable to exploitation. Often schools, housing and food programs are unable to accommodate the vast influx of refugees and many children are left behind. 

In 2019, we increased the number of children able to attend school from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Burundi. A new dormitory is being built to house an additional 100 unaccompanied minors and orphans to our primary school. Unlike other schools, we are able to provide meals for our students. 

We also operate entrepreneurial leadership programs and facilitate community service and support. In partnership with Spence Diamonds – a lab grown diamond company – we are investing in social enterprises created by refugees. Though our work with young entrepreneurs, Not for Sale is able to create safe and stable employment opportunities.

Our Impact In Numbers

In 2019, through Not For Sale Uganda..

children received legal and health services

young people received job training

children received an education

children are housed at the NFS shelter

OUR CHALLENGES

In the refugee camp of Kyangwali, Uganda, there are approximately 40,000 Congolese refugees that have fled civil war, ethnic cleansing and related atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. From a very young age children across Uganda are exploited for labor in industries from agriculture and mining to street vending and domestic service, refugees are particularly vulnerable. In Uganda, it is estimated that there are between 7,000 to 12,000 children involved in prostitution. Traffickers also target children from the DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan.

The Netherlands

THE NETHERLANDS

OUR NFS AMSTERDAM STORY

Background

Although the Netherlands is ranked Tier 1 (the government fully meets the minimum standard for the elimination of trafficking) by the US Trafficking in Persons Report, a study found that the number of human trafficking victims in the Netherlands is significantly underreported. In 2017, it was estimated that the number is five times higher than reported figures – around 6,250 trafficking victims per year.

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The Court Rejected Her, So Faida Fought for Herself

The Court Rejected Her, So Faida Fought for Herself

She had bruises. She had scars. And she had stories of abuse. But she didn’t have enough evidence of trafficking, according to the Netherlands courts.

The courts threw out her case.

Faida had escaped slavery in Amsterdam. And she needed help.

Our Mission and Purpose

To help survivors of human trafficking, and people who are at risk to be exploited, gain valuable job and life skills that will give them the freedom to find their own work and economic opportunities.

OUR WORK

The Dutch foundation Not For Sale has been providing survivors of human trafficking with vocational training since 2012. It started with a soup making program to empower victims residing in a safe house in Amsterdam. Achieving a certificate by finishing the soup program, made the participants feel proud and useful and helped in their recovery: they could envision a new future with a dignified job for themselves. The soup they made was sold to create a financially self-sustainable model. In 2015, this model was scaled up by opening up a brunch café in Amsterdam, Dignita, and a vocational job skills academy, the Dignita Academy, was founded. 

Within the Dignita Academy participants can learn professional cooking, barista and beauty skills. To empower their situation in society, they receive training in life skills, such as citizenship, administration and taxes and health and first aid.

Survivors, and people at risk of falling victim to human trafficking because of their vulnerable position in society, can put the knowledge and skills they learnt in the Dignita Academy into practice in three Dignita restaurants in Amsterdam and with partner companies and organizations. All profits from Dignita are returned to the Dutch Not For Sale foundation to continue to fight trafficking worldwide

Our Impact In Numbers

In 2020, through Not For Sale Netherlands..

people were given an education

meals served at Dignita

people were hired

women received job coaching

OUR CHALLENGES

In 2019, a little over half of trafficking victims in the Netherlands was female and most victims are from Nigeria, the Netherlands, Uganda, Poland and Romania. Approximately 57% of trafficking victims are forced to work in the sex industry. The second biggest field of exploitation was forced crime and then forced labor, for example in the transport industry, cleaning industry and hospitality.

United States

Country Project

UNITED STATES

United States’ Story

Our Reinvent program is designed to prepare disconnected youth (18-24) affected by trafficking, exploitation and related traumas for work in the Bay Area’s booming industries.

The students attended four weeks of work-readiness training and life-skills coaching. After finishing, graduates of the program are placed in paid traineeships within Not For Sale’s network of Bay Area businesses, such as St. Clare coffee shop, and Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.