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UPDATE FROM AMSTERDAM: A LOOK INSIDE THE SHELTER

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

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Less brothels, more prostitution

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on December 12, 2012 at 9:42 am
Leaflets advertising “full salon” service were handed out to passersby at night on Dec. 2 in a red-light district in Busan. “Full salon” service implies a customer can drink with a hostess and then have sex for money in the same building. By Song Bong-geun

Leaflets advertising “full salon” service were handed out to passersby at night on Dec. 2 in a red-light district in Busan. “Full salon” service implies a customer can drink with a hostess and then have sex for money in the same building. By Song Bong-geun

After the sex trade law went into effect on Sept. 23, 2004, the number of old-style red-light districts in Korea decreased, but prostitution has taken on new forms and began popping up in areas where people live and send their children to school.

Now prostitutes practice their trade in room salons, massage parlors and officetels, dual purpose buildings used for both commercial and residential purposes. These new setups allow pimps to more discretely arrange sex for money.

A team of JoongAng Ilbo reporters investigated how these prostitution places are operating in the country’s major cities, including Seoul, Busan, Gwangju and Ulsan, in November.

On Nov. 2, at a red-light district near Yeongdeungpo Station, western Seoul, one brothel was under renovation. “That one is pretty popular among customers. That’s how they have the money to remodel,” a nearby merchant told the JoongAng Ilbo.

Source: Korea Joongang Daily

NFS NEWS: NEW LAWS TO REGULATE PROSTITUTION IN AMSTERDAM’S RED LIGHT DISTRICT

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

Human trafficking and how to combat it

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Human trafficking and forced prostitution – it’s only too easy to get trapped in this web of violence, dependence and exploitation, but how – if ever – do you get out again? In his recent book The Fatal Trap Dutch police officer Henk Werson shares his experiences of the world of human trafficking and how it can be combated.

Henk Werson accidentally got involved in a human trafficking case in 1995. While investigating a possible liquidation, he stumbled upon a prostitution network in which women were forced to sell their body under threat of extreme violence. The victims are caught in a web of dependence and exploitation – a fatal trap.

Andrej: “Honey, you listen to me, you’ve paid off your debts, but my income is dropping. I won’t put up with that. Your tits are your source of income and if you don’t earn more money, I will nail them down. Then we can tether you with chains through your nipples. Understood?!” 
[Quote from Henk Werson’s book: The Fatal Trap]

Prostitutes seriously traumatised
When Mr Werson found out later via a telephone tap that this threat had actually been carried out, he and his colleagues intervened. The women were arrested and questioned. Mr Werson imagined they would be happy to have been rescued and willing to disclose everything. But the women refused and said they worked in prostitution of their own free will.

Now Mr Werson knows better. Victims are seriously traumatised as their personality has been taken away from them bit by bit. They live in a world without humanity. On top of that, the women who work illegally in the Netherlands don’t trust the police. At home the police are often corrupt.

(Myrtille van Bommel for Radio Netherlands Worldwide)

In Human Trafficking on January 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm

The Band: Tenth Avenue North

The Project: Not for Sale in Amsterdam // FREE2ROCK

The Cause: 

This limited edition Free2Rock T-shirt has been exclusively designed in partnership with Tenth Avenue North. Emblazoned with empty windows and street lanterns representing Amsterdam’s Red Light District, proceeds will benefit Not For Sale’s new catering project in the Netherlands, employing survivors of slavery to help free women in forced prostitution.
100% Pre-shrunk Cotton. Available in Black.

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