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.

Fast For Freedom Prayer Guide

People of faith have an important role to play in ending modern-day slavery and creating
new futures. Although there is diversity in our faith and in how we live it out, we are all
united in the belief that stealing another person’s destiny is a grave evil that must be
opposed in both word and deed.
Not For Sale is delighted to offer yet another tool for engagement. This Fast For Freedom
Guide that you hold in your hands reflects the statements above. It is written by a variety
of people from various Christian communities, in different countries, with different faith
backgrounds – pastors, students, teachers, and everyday abolitionists alike. Despite the
diversity, there is unity in the desire to see an end to modern-day slavery, and the passion
to make that happen through prayer, fasting, and action. All of us can do significant
things to bring about change.
This Fast For Freedom Guide combines the spiritual disciplines of prayer, scripture, and
fasting. But this guide is not a static document. Its intent is to help the mind, heart, and
spirit combine with smart activism. We hope that each day these spiritual disciplines will
be the catalyst for action as you live out true freedom in your community and bring
freedom to others. Don’t forget to look at the action guide in the back to learn how you
can be an agent of change.

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Not For Sale University Curriculum

Welcome to the abolitionist movement! Yes, you may have chosen Not for Sale as a reader
for your course, honors program, common reader initiative, or “town/gown” reading
selection, but you have also joined a movement. You are helping to make a horrific yet
largely hidden aspect of the global village visible. You are educating others that although
the scourge of slavery may have been legally abolished in our country more than 150 years
ago, it is a reality in every state today. You are empowering students to find their voices and
raise them in the fight to free the estimated 48 million men, women, and children enslaved
throughout the world.
We would like to help your class, department, program, or institution have a positive
experience as well. That’s the impetus for this Instructor’s Manual: We want to provide
numerous resources, ideas, sample assignments, and out-of-class engagement opportunities
for you. Feel free to contact us directly if you have questions regarding the material, and please let us know what new ideas, resources, and assignments you develop.
As you prepare to integrate Not for Sale into your curriculum, we encourage you
to think broadly. This is an interdisciplinary topic that can be explored from a variety of
perspectives. Very few academics are truly content experts on the issue of modern-day
slavery, so this is an intriguing topic to explore with your students and colleagues. Learn,
create, debate, and engage in the issues together. We found it to be quite a worthwhile
experience, and we are confident you will, too.
Written by Ruth A. Goldfine, Ph.D.; Keisha L. Hoerrner, Ph.D.; & David Batstone, Ph.D.
Kennesaw State University & the University of San Francisco, 2008 (copyright retained by authors)
Buy the Not For Sale (first addition) book to accompany the University Curriculum guide.
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The Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union funded Not For Sale to create Awareness Guidelines for companies wanting to help stop forced labor and human trafficking


Companies, reaching billions of consumers each day, can play a crucial role in raising awareness and educating consumers about human trafficking. Their messages transcend geographical borders and cultural barriers, and reach areas where television and internet have not yet traveled — areas where trafficking can be most prevalent. Internally, corporations are incubators of innovative and continued learning. They are experts on efficiently educating large numbers of people from various backgrounds. This expertise, combined with their communication reach, makes companies uniquely positioned to build understanding of what human trafficking is and how it can be addressed.

The aim of these Awareness Guidelines is to be a tool for companies that wish to support the fight against human trafficking by raising awareness among consumers and employees. The guide provides examples of how businesses can communicate externally about trafficking through product packaging, social media, endorsement, campaigns, and in-store communication. It also highlights examples of how companies can work to educate employees internally by offering online training, organizing internal workshops, and participating in external forums. Each area is illustrated by an example of how companies work, or have worked, to raise awareness about human trafficking.

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This training guide is based on the online training tool Human Trafficking Awareness Course, developed by Not For Sale and the Samilia Foundation in consultation with Delhaize Group and with financial support from the European Commission. The online course and this guide are part of a project that seeks to develop a set of tools for companies looking to address the issue of human trafficking. You can access all the tools at:

This training material is primarily designed to educate corporate employees about human trafficking. The training does not target a specific employee group or industry, but is intended to raise awareness about trafficking on a broad scale. Hence, other groups in society looking to learn more about this complex issue can easily use this training guide as well. The guide can be used as reading material on its own, or serve as the base for interactive workshops and group discussions. If you use it as training material, feel free to add a chapter about what you and your company do, or plan to do, to fight human trafficking.

The training guide is composed of three chapters, each focusing on answering three key questions: what is human trafficking, why does human trafficking exist, and, how can we fight human trafficking. Each chapter is divided into regular and optional sub-sections, which allow you to go into more detail in certain areas. Optional sections are marked with Roman numerals. The course starts and ends with two short questionnaires, intended to support the learning process and identify any gaps in the understanding of human trafficking. At the end of the course, a summary is provided, as well as suggestions on resources for continued learning.

Thank you for your interest to learn more about human trafficking. We hope you finish this course feeling empowered to help create a world where no one is for sale.


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