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San Francisco Works to End Child Sex Trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Display of merchandise to raise awareness at the Conference to End Child Sex Trafficking in San Francisco on Friday, Aug 2. (Isabel Angell/KQED)

Display of merchandise to raise awareness at the Conference to End Child Sex Trafficking in San Francisco on Friday, Aug 2. (Isabel Angell/KQED)

Last week, the FBI rescued 105 children from sex-trafficking rings across the country, including 12 in San Francisco, the most of any city. The bureau says San Francisco is one of the major hubs of child trafficking in the United States.

On Friday, at a conference put on by the San Francisco Coalition Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT), nearly 200 people gathered to brainstorm about how to change that.

Minouche Kandel, a policy director at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, said she hoped concrete recommendations would emerge on how to help victims and prevent trafficking. Kandel said most children trafficked in the U.S. are American citizens, with 60 percent having resided in foster care before being exploited by traffickers.

“They were in the foster care system, so these are children we have the responsibility for,” Kandel said. “They’re coming through our city agencies, and we need to look at what we can do to prevent them from being trafficked sexually.”




In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on April 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm

The following is a letter from Mil-

“We see over 200 women a year at the shelter, almost all of whom are coming out of sex trafficking. The process of recovery is not a simple one. In even the best of cases justice against the traffickers is often out of our hands and it can take years to be won.

Healing is a path we must help each individual navigate. There is no easy answer. Not For Sale’s program has become very popular with the girls, and we have seen the positive effect on both their well being, and growth towards independence.

What we hear is that the women feel valued, useful and truly happy because of what they learn.  The qualification that the women earn shows them the worth of their efforts and new skills, and is a powerful and affirming step to a working life in the Netherlands.

My hope is that one day our efforts will result in me no longer having a job. Right now, we must do all that we can to bring opportunities for normal jobs and normal lives and enable those once exploited to be free again.”

– Mil

While we have created training opportunities for 18 survivors, we still have 26 women desperate for critical care on the waiting list. Without training these women face the worst possible scenario, being re-trafficked. By May 1, we need to raise $50,000 to ensure that these women can live lives free of exploitation. Without your help, we will be forced to turn them away.

Give today to end the wait list for our help. Raise hope for Amsterdam.

Source: Not for Sale Campaign


In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on November 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

In Amsterdam, Not For Sale works to build relationships with those in the Red Light District who could potentially come from an exploitative situation via outreach efforts, providing nutritional services, as well as health checks when applicable. Not For Sale has counted over 35 nationalities during their work in the area, with the overwhelming majority coming from economically distressed countries, situations of poverty and abuse.

To combat this, registration will be obligated for women who rent window brothels in the Red Light District. Prior to these stricter registration laws, city officials were unaware of how many different nationalities were present in the Red Light District.

The city will also be raising the age for women entering prostitution in order to protect young girls who may be victims of loverboys from working in Amsterdam. The current age is 18 years old, but will be raised to 21 years old in the new year. Brothel owners will also be held to stricter regulations, and focus is starting to shift towards those who purchase sex. A new clause in the regulations will hold buyers of sex accountable if they are caught with a victim of human trafficking.

Source: Not for Sale

Not for Sale: Free2Work

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on November 3, 2012 at 9:37 am


 Check out now to find information on some of the industry’s biggest brands. Are they keeping their supply chain slave-free? Are they making efforts to eradicate forced labor? Or are they doing nothing? If you ever needed a tool to help make decisions while shopping, this is a great place to start – and they have apps for Androids and iPhones, too!

Auction helps fight human trafficking | SLIDESHOW

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on October 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Shelby Carr wasn’t even 18 yet when the culmination of years worth of research and organization finally paid off on behalf of some of the world’s most endangered people on Saturday, Oct. 13, as her silent auction and spaghetti dinner fundraiser for “Not For Sale” kicked off at the Arlington First Baptist Church.

Carr is currently a senior at Arlington High School, but she hadn’t even started her junior year when a mission trip to Thailand opened her eyes to the prevalence of human trafficking throughout the world.

“I was amazed that people could buy people who were younger than me, even as young as my sister,” Carr told the nearly 200 attendees of the Oct. 13 fundraiser, who bid on items donated by nearly 100 area businesses and other organizations and individuals.

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Source: Arlington Times

Meet The Nonprofit Helping the White House Stop Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on October 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

A screenshot of the Free2Work iPhone app.

The Obama administration has confirmed that the California-based nonprofit has been tapped to participate in an upcoming forum at the White House, along with Obama’s Faith-Based Advisory Council, to talk to major corporations about how their electronics, apparel and food can be produced without the use of “slaves.”

In his September speech, Obama said it was time to call victims of human trafficking—the illegal trade of human beings for labor or sex—”modern slavery.” The International Labor Organization, a United Nations agency that handles labor issues, estimates there are nearly 21 million slaves globally today.

“We help companies source differently, we say ‘here’s some great Cacao providers’ [that don’t use human trafficking]. … Washington is very interested in those kind of incentives,” David Batstone, president and co-founder of Not For Sale, tells Whispers. “There’s also a strong demographic under the age of 35 who care about how products are made, so that’s a market reward for corporations.”

Not For Sale says it will also work with the White House toward a possible new federal law inspired by California’s Transparency In Supply Chains Act, which requires every company making $100 million in revenue or more to report where their products were made. The White House declined to comment on the possible new law, but spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden told Whispers the president’s remarks made clear that the administration will be “working with the Congress and private sector and others [on this issue], because a whole-of-nation approach is needed.”

Source: US News


In Awareness, Human Trafficking on August 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm

As Syria continues its descent deeper into civil war, the situation in the Arab nation continues to dominate headlines across the globe. While politicians debate the best course of action and issue warnings of escalated forms of warfare, human trafficking in the region has gone largely unreported.

Syria itself was recently ‘blacklisted’ by the US government, dropping from a Tier 2 (watch list) to Tier 3 country in the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP). Generally speaking, a Tier 3 country ‘does not fully comply with the minimum standards [of human trafficking prevention, protection of victims and prosecution of traffickers] and [is] not making significant efforts to do so’. Specifically, Syria is a source country of girls who travel to neighboring Lebanon and are forced to work in prostitution. Within the country, dire economic situations had led to children engaged in forced labor and forced begging in the past. It is difficult to know now, amidst the hostilities, how street begging rings operate. However, where the unawareness of human trafficking is currently most detrimental lies in those who are trafficked into Syria.

The conflict-ridden country also happens to be a transit country for women and girls from Iraq, the Philippines, Indonesia and Ethiopia. In being a transit country, many are eventually trafficked into Lebanon and Jordan. However, those who stay are often found in debt bondage, working as house maids or in prostitution. According to the International Trade Union Confederation, even as the conflict has continued to rage, the amount of Filipino workers has not significantly decreased. The Manilla Times reported in April that the Philippines Government is trying to bring home as many as 9,000 Filipino women. Many are trapped inside cities that are under siege, such as Homs and Hama. With no formal government in place in Syria, the negotiation of rescuing Filipino nationals is a next to impossible task. As violence now spreads into parts of Lebanon, a deeper turn into turmoil could well see more foreign nationals in similar situations become ever more susceptible to trafficking across the region.

Source: Not for Sale


In Awareness, Human Trafficking on July 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Recently, the 2012 Trafficking In Persons Report was published by the US State Department. South Africa, a country where Not For Sale actively works to assist victims of human trafficking and provide them with opportunities to create new futures, was rated as a ‘Tier 2′ country; a country whose government does not fully comply with the standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) but is making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards. In recent years, South Africa has moved up from the ‘Tier 2 Watch List’; meaning that the country’s efforts to address human trafficking have started to receive positive feedback.

The work of Not For Sale in South Africawas indirectly referenced in the 2012 report with regards to the establishment of a short-term Victim Assistance Center to provide victims of trafficking with placement, and the development of a rapid response team in the Western Cape, a process in which NFS played a significant role.

Episode 1: The Problem of Slavery in the Amazon

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 21, 2012 at 8:33 am

Let me take you into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. It’s a place where plants, animals and resources grow abundantly, and everything is lush and rich. Men and women (like you and me) have skills and crafts, but are hours away–by boat–from real marketplaces where they can sell them.

Since families are unable to make enough money to support themselves, they have to take the few options that come their way. Unethical middle men take advantage of the situation with low offers on their goods. In other cases, fathers have to leave home to work for logging companies that refuse to pay a fair wage. And children often migrate to Lima to make money but end up begging on the streets, or are trafficked in brothels.

Source: Not for Sale, Causes, REBBL

Mapping a Supply Chain: Consumer Electronics

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on May 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Have you ever wondered where your consumer electronics come from?

The supply chain for consumer electronics is complex, composed of many layers, and involves many parties. This makes it difficult to trace where labor abuses occur. Most products travel through various parts of the world, and the making of electronics is a prime example of that. Our goal at Free2Work is to shed light on this process.

Take a look at the ongoing research the Free2Work team is conducting to decipher the consumer electronic supply chain. From conflict mines in the Congo to the electronics we rely on, follow the supply chain to see the global reach of our consumer goods.

Click to View Full-Size, Interactive Map

Source: Free2Work

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