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Holiday Shopping Guide: THIS SOUP IS NOT FOR SALE

In Human Trafficking, Social Justice on December 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm


The NFS Soup was created to be a tool in the fight against human trafficking. It comes in four unique flavors based on recipes inspired by the women training at the NFS soup kitchen in Amsterdam; Pumpkin Ginger, Cream of Mushroom, Beef Goulash, Tomato Beet.

NFS Soup is not available online yet, but find our soups in stores across the Netherlands. There are currently four flavors: Pumpkin Ginger, Cream of Mushroom, Beef Goulash, Tomato Beet.

Source/Buy: Not For Sale Shop

Holiday Shopping Guide: Yahana Bracelet

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on December 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm


Yanaha means “brave” in Navajo. This bracelet is hand-beaded on a traditional Navajo loom and made with high quality seed beads. After the pattern is arranged on the loom, the beads are sewn onto genuine deerskin lining from a local New Mexico leather company. On average, this bracelet takes over six hours to make and stitch! 

When you purchase an Etkie bracelet, you are directly supporting a female Navajo artisan in New Mexico to earn a living wage and gain confidence and independence to achieve her goals.

Additional Information

  • 1” wide
  • 6” long, adjustable band
  • Deerskin lining

Source/Buy: Etkie

Holiday Shopping Guide: Freedom Candle

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on December 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm


We’ve managed to create a fresh, clean scent that embodies the comfort of fall. Our hand-poured, unbleached beeswax candle will produce minimal soot and a bright, steady flame for beautiful illumination.

The essential oils in this candle are made by farmers in South Africa. Because of this employment these farmers are creating a new way life – they can send their children to school and they have the reassurance that tomorrow will be better than today.

50% of the profits from our Freedom Line are donated to organizations that are working

to end human trafficking in Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Greece, Columbia, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States.

Additional Information

  • Hand-poured, 100% beeswax, 100% cotton wick, ethically sourced essential oils from India.
  • Burn Time: 50-60 hrs

Source/Buy: Phoster Candles

Holiday Shopping Guide: Double Crescent Rainbow Quartz Earrings

In Human Trafficking, Social Justice on December 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm


The crescent symbolizes the rebirth of the moon, which is symbolic of feminine power and womanhood. Wear your Double Crescent Rainbow Quartz Earrings and embrace your girl power.


For each product sold a portion of the proceeds will be gifted to a charitable organization or cause that supports the well-being, growth and development of women and/or girls. Some of these organizations include Not for Sale.

Additional Information

  • Handmade
  • Measures 1 3⁄4” x 2 3⁄4’
  • Non-tarnish, gold-plated wire Rainbow titanium coated quartz stone
  • Natural stones may vary from one order to the next. The actual stone delivered may differ slightly from the picture(s) shown. These differences and variations in stone should be considered as the beauty of natural stone and desirable. Lighting changes in pictures may make a stone appear different from the actual product seen in “real life’.

Source/Buy: Brave Chick

Members of France’s Parliament vote to support law criminalizing sex buyers

In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on December 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

On November 29, 2013, French MPs voted in support of a version of the Swedish law on prostitution that criminalizes the purchase of sex with a fine of 1500 ($2040 US). The fine is doubled for a second offense. The French Parliament also repealed criminalization of people selling sex, and proposed setting aside 20 million for programs helping women to exit prostitution. 

This vote is part of a global trend that challenges buying sex and understands as the Swedish law does that buying sex causes harm and that those in prostitution need social and economic support to escape. In France, 90% of those in prostitution are very poor, pimped or trafficked. A 2011 study by researchers from Germany’s Goettingen and Heidelberg universities and the London School of Economics, which assessed data from 150 countries, concluded that legalizing prostitution led to increased trafficking. The proposed law will be voted on by the National Assembly and then put to a vote in the French Senate.

Since prostitution is an activity that must be advertised, it is not going to be “driven underground” as critics of the bill allege. Maud Olivier, a feminist lawmaker who supports the bill, blasted the “hypocrisy” of critics, “One prostitute declares herself free and the slavery of others becomes respectable and acceptable?”

Our bodies are not merchandise

“Prostitution is Violence, Vote for Abolition” and “Our bodies are not merchandise”

SPD, rescue group receive grant to combat human trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on October 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

The Seattle Police Department and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Seattle have been awarded a $750,000 federal grant to continue work combatting human trafficking of both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, according to a news release issued Monday by U.S. District Attorney Jenny Durkan.

The money — $500,000 to the police department and $250,000 to IRC’s Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network  — will be used for criminal investigations and to provide services to victims, including housing, medical and mental health care and support for those involved in prosecutions against traffickers.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice was first awarded to SPD and IRC nine years ago, but up until July 2012, the funds could only be used to help foreign nationals involved in forced labor or the sex trade, said Kathleen Morris, program director of the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network. Now, the money can go to aid all victims of human trafficking in Western Washington, she said.

“It’s been going up exponentially, each and every year,” said Morris, adding that more people requested help in the first half of 2013 than in all of 2012. “Anyone exploited in this way deserves services.”

Source: Seattle Times

Human trafficking prevention targeted in South of Thailand

In Human Trafficking, Social Justice on July 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Secretary General to the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security Minister Anusorn Iamsa-ard has presented a human trafficking prevention policy to the government and private sectors in the South to improve the standards of living for local residents.

During the meeting on human trafficking prevention in Nakorn Srithammarat, Mr. Anusorn said that the government has made human trafficking a national concern, as the country is still on a human trafficking watch list.

He has coordinated with both the public and private sectors in dealing with such a problem. Measures have been developed to help victims of human trafficking and prevent anyone from becoming one, Mr. Anusorn said.

The victims will be eligible to enter a welfare scheme as a way of restoring their well-being and mental health. Awareness of such a crime will also be promoted among residents. Other relevant issues to be tackled by the Ministry’s mission include the prevention of teen pregnancy, child labor, as well as abuse of women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities.

Source: Thai News

Gary Haugen, president & CEO, IJM

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on June 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm


Fifth-graders join fight against human trafficking

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on June 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

“We’ve been talking about taking a stand all year long,” said Johnson, who has been teaching in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 for eight years.

Human trafficking is a cause she is passionate about, and when her students learned that children sometimes are forced into such situations, they caught some of that passion.

“We talked about a few different causes,” said Johnson.

Johnson said they spoke about how “people really need to be treated fairly. … They’re in fifth grade. (Discussion) is age-appropriate. We mostly focus on forced labor” instead of delving into the more sensitive issue of prostitution.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Wellington High grad raises $10,000 to prevent human trafficking

In Human Trafficking, Social Justice on June 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

 Valentina Ferreira, 19, raised $10,000 through her Love Moves Not For Sale Yard Sales last April and in April 2012. The money went toward preventing human trafficking, the modern-day enslavement of human beings for labor or sex. Specifically her fundraisers focused on Hope for Freedom Safe House, which provides shelter and rehabilitation to women rescued from human trafficking. Ferreira, a Wellington High School graduate, will attend Palm Beach Atlantic University this fall.

Source: Palm Beach Post

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