Not for Sale (organization)

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Cecilia Flores-Oebanda (left) and David Batstone (right), the president of Not for Sale, speaking at a Not for Sale event

Not for Sale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based out of California that's primary purpose is to raise awareness about sexual slavery. According to their mission statement, "Not For Sale equips and mobilizes Smart Activists to re-abolish slavery — in their own backyards and across the globe. Not For Sale believes every individual has a skill they can contribute to fight human trafficking, and together we can end slavery in our lifetime".[1] Not For Sale works to involve individuals in the abolitionist movement through a variety of grassroots initiatives and innovative new technologies. The organization also has several international projects, working to identify victims of human trafficking, collaborating with local law enforcement to assist them, and providing survivors with essential aid after they have been rescued.


Not for Sale began when organization president, David Batstone, discovered that one of his favorite Indian restaurants near his home was using trafficked women from India to cook meals and perform various tasks around the restaurant. One of the women was killed in a gas leak, uncovering the restaurant's trafficking business. This discovery shocked Batstone and gave him an all-consuming passion to stop modern-day slavery. He began to travel around the world to learn more about trafficking and thus began Not for Sale to raise awareness for trafficking around the world.

Professor, journalist and author David B. Batstone founded Not For Sale. Batstone teaches in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco.[2] In addition to teaching and his efforts with Not for Sale, Batstone writes a weekly blog on ethics.[3] As of present, he has authored numerous books and articles. The book includes topics ranging from ethics to business to human trafficking. The books Batstone has written include:Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade—and How We Can Fight It; Saving the Corporate Soul—and (Who Knows?) Maybe Your Own; New Visions for the Americas: Religious Engagement and Social Transformation.[4] Additionally, Batstone has authored other books in collaboration with other writers.

Katie Couric sought Batstone's expertise on human trafficking, when she interviewed him on her show Eye to Eye.[5]

Current projects[edit]

Not For Sale currently helps victims of human trafficking overseas in Thailand, Uganda, Peru, Cambodia, and Romania. Additionally, Not For Sale has various awareness and action-based projects running in the United States.[6]

United States

Students of the University of San Francisco division of Not for Sale conducted research San Francisco area traffickers. Upon concluding their research, students advised the promotion of stricter regulations for massage parlors.[7] Not for Sale also provides various ways for citizens to become involved with their group either nationally or internationally.


"In Thailand, Not For Sale supports Kru Nam, a thriving artist and modern-day abolitionist who has rescued and prevented over 125 stateless children from exploitation on the streets of Northern Thailand. Since 2007, Not For Sale and Kru Nam have built three dormitories, a basketball court, a medical clinic, provided $1.9 million in medical supplies, and placed almost all children in local boarding schools."[8]


In Uganda, Not For Sale sponsors a school for former children soldiers. The school also takes in children at risk of becoming involved in war.

Not for Sale seeks to bring various local cultures together through music. In order to do this, Not For Sale is constructing an amphitheater for the locals to use for musical gatherings.

Not for Sale also actively documents the occurrence of slavery in Uganda as well occurrences of slavery in other parts of East Africa.[9]


Partnering with abolitionist Lucy Borja, Not for Sale supplies housing, medical care, and vocational training to victims of human trafficking and local youth of Peru.[10]


"In Cambodia, Not For Sale is providing the link between existing shelters and vocational programs to job opportunities. [They] have provided jobs and training salaries to women at [their] partner social enterprise garment factory and are enhancing vocational programs for poor and vulnerable women by providing electric sewing machines so graduates have a better chance of gaining employment."[11]


In Romania, Not For Sale supports 50 survivors a year with shelter, food, education, healthcare, vocational training, job placement, ID recuperation, and a holistic approach to repatriation.[12]

Volunteer involvement[edit]

Not for Sale has implemented multiple ways for people interested in stopping human trafficking help their organization.

Not for Sale also has something called a Slavery Map, where people can report cases of modern day slavery all over the world and thus avoid doing business or purchasing things from places where slavery is practiced.[13] One can sign up for an account to keep track of slavery occurring around the world.

Not for Sale also has an Abolitionist Academy located in California where people can attend lectures and lessons to learn about many aspects of trafficking, such as investigations, aftercare, health care, and Biblical justice.[14] Once someone graduates from the Abolitionist Academy, there are then various international opportunities to learn about trafficking on an international level. People can travel to places like Uganda, Peru and Thailand for a couple weeks.

There is also a Not for Sale fellowship for six months, located in NFS’s California headquarters. This fellowship is offered twice a year and gives people ages 21 and older an opportunity to be in the middle of the battle against human trafficking through education and activism.

Also, people can become Not for Sale Ambassadors by giving their time to raising money for a specific Not for Sale project. By getting various people to donate a certain amount of money per month, these Ambassadors do their part to help the Not for Sale campaign.

Not for Sale also offers international immersion trips, where people can learn more about modern day slavery through direct involvement in countries like Uganda, Thailand, Cambodia and Peru.

Lastly, Not for Sale has created an Underground Church Network for people of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith. This network was created with the intention of bringing people of many different faiths together to abolish slavery.


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