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.

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Our Mission and Purpose

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


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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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


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.