Vietnam

VIETNAM

OUR NFS VIETNAM STORY

Background

Trafficking from Vietnam has been rising over the last few years. Pedophiles use the internet to lure the vulnerable and predators entice Vietnamese citizens – often women and girls from ethnic minorities and poor, rural areas – into neighbouring countries with false job offers. Victims are sold into the sex trade, or find themselves forced into the garment industry.

OUR CHALLENGES

Alongside this, Vietnam is witnessing a mass migration of rural children into cities. Driven away from home by domestic violence, family breakdown and in many cases extreme poverty, these children, particularly boys, travel into cities like Hanoi in search of freedom, money and opportunity. Alone, with unlimited access to the internet via cyber cafes, they are highly vulnerable to trafficking, forced marriage, labor exploitation, forced begging and contact from online pedophiles.

Our Mission and Purpose

To offer street children in Hanoi a brighter and safer life through education, via our partnership with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.

DIRECT IMPACT

A study by Coram International in partnership with UNICEF and the Institute of Labour and Social Sciences, found that an estimated 5.6% of children in Vietnam may have experiences related to child trafficking. Though the study showed that boys and girls were equally at risk, most services on the ground in Vietnam are targeted towards female trafficking victims. 

Not for Sale has partnered with Blue Dragon to address this resource deficit, creating the first housing for young boys that had been sexually or otherwise exploited in Vietnam. We provide long-term care, shelter, educational opportunities and job training to help future-proof their development, as well as offering crisis care to kids on the street 24/7 – from emergency shelter and healthcare to food and clothes.

Our Impact In Numbers

In 2019, through Not For Sale Vietnam..

CHILDREN WERE HOUSED AT THE NFS SHELTER

MEALS WERE SERVED

CHILDREN WERE CONTACTED IN OUTREACH

families were reunited

Krunam playing ball games with three children in Thailand

Children playing Uno in the Hanoi drop in centre with a Not For Sale team member.

Peru

PERU

OUR NFS PERU STORY

Background

It is estimated that in 2014, 66,300 people were living in slavery in Peru. Trafficking takes on many forms, often dependent on the region of Peru – in the jungle, there is forced labor in gold mining camps and in brothels targeting miners; in Lima, there is forced begging, sex work and drug trafficking; in the mountains, traffickers will use the outdated Padrino system to trick trusting parents into giving away their children.

OUR CHALLENGES

The demographics of trafficking victims is approximated as – 86.2% female, 82.7% children, 75.9% trafficked for sex, 41.4% trafficked for labor. Labor-trafficking occupations are most often domestic work and nannying, or mining. The most common types of sex trafficking are street prostitution, brothel prostitution and sex tourism.

Our Mission and Purpose

To provide safe economic opportunities and reduce the number of adults and children becoming trafficking victims out of desperation for employment. To improve the likelihood that children stay in school.

OUR WORK

Not For Sale has developed a scholarship program to provide housing, school fees, supplies and emotional support for vulnerable children in rural parts of Peru. We created community gardens in six schools to educate students, teachers and family members on the importance of proper nutrition, as well as promoting self-sufficiency. Not for Sale has developed fish farms to provide the community with clean nutrition, free from mercury poisoning (from gold mines). 

We provide artisan training and small business workshops to hundreds of women in the Amazon, helping develop self-esteem while learning marketable trades and skill sets. This increases household income – shown to prolong schooling and reduce labor for their children. 

To increase economic opportunity in the region, Not for Sale has supported the AFIMAD cooperative; nine indigenous communities that sustainably gather Brazil nuts from the Amazon. We have increased the value of their crop by paying for organic certification and commit to purchasing part of their harvest.

Our Impact In Numbers

In 2019, through Not For Sale Peru..

individuals received an education

individuals received job training

members of the local community served

individuals quality of life improved

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Country Whitepaper
Environmental and human exploitation are connected and occurring around the world due in large part to the mining of rare-earth metals. In places like Brazil, the Congo, and Peru, modern-day slave labor . . .
Krunam playing ball games with three children in Thailand

Peruvian young boy and girl playing in the grass.

Thailand

THAILAND

OUR NFS THAILAND STORY

Background

As a relatively affluent country, Thailand attracts migrants from neighboring countries. It also has a high demand for low wage labor. This has resulted in 4.9 million migrants in Thailand – more than 10 percent of the country’s workforce. Key factors to humans migrating include lower education, employment and income levels, all prevalent for women in countries neighboring Thailand. Foreign migrants, ethnic minorities, stateless persons and immigrants who have entered Thailand illegally are at the greatest risk of being trafficked.

OUR CHALLENGES

Sex trafficking remains the most prevalent form of trafficking, with women at a disproportionately high risk. Research shows women migrant workers come to Thailand at a younger age than males – 37% are between 15 to 24 years old. 

Labor trafficking regularly occurs in the fishing industry. Victims, lured with false advertisements, are paid little, may become victims of debt-bondage labor and are forced to work inhumane hours in dangerous conditions.

Our Mission and Purpose

To provide stateless migrant children from Myanmar with a brighter future, free from trafficking risk.

DIRECT IMPACT

Not For Sale provides children with housing and education in Chiang Rai. Stateless children face difficulties in enrolling in any official Thai school, so struggle to get an education and are aggressively targeted by human traffickers. It is estimated that up to 200,000 migrant children are not in school. Education has the power to eliminate the language barrier, increase socio-economic status and provide children with security. 

We provide children with safety, stability, nutritious meals and medical care. We enroll all children in primary, secondary, or university education and offer shelter and long-term housing for youth rescued from exploitation. We provide a variety of life skills to equip the children to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community. Not For Sale Thailand has been named by the Thai National Government a ‘model program’ for the border regions of the country.

Our Impact In Numbers

In 2019, through Not For Sale Thailand..

children were served at our shelter

students in primary school

children received life skills training

children were housed at our shelter

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Country Whitepaper

The scale of modern-day slavery within the Thai fishing industry exposed in 2014 was massive. Human rights activists stated that, “Thailand’s seafood-export industry would probably collapse without slavery”. . .

Krunam playing ball games with three children in Thailand

Kru Nam playing ball games with three children at our shelter in Northern Thailand