From The Frontlines: Vi Do’s Transformational Journey from Streetchild to CEO

Watch our first ‘From The Frontlines’ video series.

We are thrilled to present an intimate and inspiring interview with Vi Do, Co-CEO of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. Hosted by our very own Mark Wexler, co-founder of Not For Sale, this episode is a deep dive into the life of a man who turned his trials into triumph.

Vi Do’s life is a story of extraordinary transformation. Born into extreme poverty in rural Vietnam, Vi faced immense challenges from an early age. His journey through his father’s illness and the hardships of life on the streets of Hanoi is one of resilience and determination.

The turning point in Vi’s life was his chance meeting with CNN Heroes award winner Michael Brosowski, which not only altered his path but also played a pivotal role in the birth of Blue Dragon. Blue Dragon now stands as a beacon of hope for children facing similar crises across Vietnam, offering services from rescue and legal advocacy to education and shelter.

Vi’s journey from the streets of Vietnam to becoming a leader in child welfare and fighting human trafficking is a testament to the power of community support and the human spirit.

Watch the full interview and subscribe to our channel for more inspiring content. Together, let’s support the vital work of Blue Dragon in transforming lives.

About Blue Dragon:

Dedicated to meeting the critical needs of children in rural Vietnam, Blue Dragon is at the forefront of addressing major issues like trafficking, homelessness, and exploitation. Their holistic approach in providing comprehensive care, education, and empowerment paves the way for brighter futures. Support their mission and be part of a change that matters.

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Happy Birthday! Celebrating 17 Years of Not For Sale!

Dear Friends & Supporters:

Today — February 5th — is Not For Sale’s 17th birthday.

We at Not For Sale wanted to take a moment to reflect back on our shared impact in combating human trafficking and to express our gratitude for your love and support over our 17 years, thank you!

Since 2007 we’ve supported nearly 450,000 people, including thousands of survivors of human trafficking. Our environmental conservation efforts have been equally impactful. We’ve conserved over 753 square miles of Amazon rainforest and proactively planted 26,799 trees, capturing over 7,600 tonnes of CO2.

As we look towards 2024, we’re excited about our future initiatives and deeply grateful for your continued support.

For example, we’ve been invited to collaborate with an indigenous-owned mining consortium in Australia. Our focus will be on programs that uplift the economic and environmental health of indigenous communities in the Outback.

Not For Sale president Dave Batstone observes mining techniques in the Australian Outback
Not For Sale president Dave Batstone discusses new mining technologies with Traditional Owner, Roy Jensen, the owner of an Australian mining company

Drawing on our successful models from the Peruvian Amazon, we aim to enhance local economic conditions in a way that benefits the Traditional Owners and addresses the environmental damage caused by previous mining operations.

This project is a true embodiment of our dedication to sustainable growth and environmental conservation.

Coming Attractions


Watch the promo video of our soon to be released series of videos interviewing our projects and partners, starting with Vi Do, the Co-CEO of our partner agency in Vietnam. Vi (pictured below, right) is a former street child, and was even one of Blue Dragon’s first beneficiaries. His story is truly incredible!

When available, we’ll share the full interview with you via email, or you can find it on our social channels and on our website.



On this special day, we thank you, our dedicated donors and partners. Your support has been crucial in our dual mission of ending human trafficking and protecting our planet.

Here’s to another year of making a difference together!


With heartfelt thanks,

Dave Batstone & Mark Wexler


Not For Sale

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.

Empowering Change: Aydee Chaeta’s Inspiring Journey

In the heart of Madre de Dios, a region of the Peruvian Amazon, a remarkable journey unfolds through the life of Aydee Silva Chaeta Saavedra, a beacon of hope from the Palma Real Native Community.

A Decade of Dedication

Over a decade ago, Palma Real sought our assistance to help their children pursue brighter futures. Together, we embarked on a mission to provide education and opportunities for these young minds.

Breaking Barriers

With your unwavering support, we removed barriers by covering school fees and providing housing for over 30 Palma Real children. This support enabled them to chase their educational dreams, and the attached photo reflects the unity and hope that emerged from this collaboration.

(Apologies for the fuzzy photos, but they are all we could find of Aydee’s cohort of students back in their community and in front of their dormitory — it was a long time ago!

But trust us, Aydee is in these photos!)

A Nursing Success

Aydee Chaeta’s journey epitomizes the impact of your generosity. With determination, she graduated as a registered nurse, symbolizing the triumph of perseverance and ambition.

A New Chapter

We’re delighted to share Aydee’s latest chapter: her appointment to the prestigious Governing Board of FENAMAD. This appointment underscores her unwavering dedication to making a positive impact.

Guardians of Communities

FENAMAD, or “Federación Nativa del Río Madre de Dios y Afluentes,” is devoted to safeguarding the well-being of all 36 Native Communities in Madre de Dios, including isolated indigenous groups like the “no contact people” deep in the Amazon rainforests of southern Peru.

A Moment of Pride

The attached photo captures Aydee at her swearing-in ceremony, a moment that showcases her grace and determination in taking on this vital role.


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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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