Thursday, February 12, 2009

New UN Report on Human Trafficking

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is releasing a new global report it conducted on human trafficking today. The report will not mention any new quantitative estimates but instead focus on current global trends.

Some highlights of the report:
-In Central Asia and Eastern Europe 60% of convicted traffickers are woman
-The South African region reported the weakest in combating human trafficking. Of the 11 countries only Zambia has prosecuted suspects since 2003
-79% of the victims were found to be exploited sexually
-Cases of human trafficking previously overlooked included forced marriages, ritual killings, and organ harvesting

Overall the report found that although efforts globally have increased substantially since 2003 the majority of countries still remain ill-equipped to combat human trafficking.

The full-report should be made available on the UN resources page soon.

Kilian Moote

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Free2Work Soft Launch!

Not For Sale is excited to announce that is now up and ready for your consumption.

Free2Work follows in the Not For Sale model of open source activism. It allows you to be a part of the abolitionist process by using your power as a researcher, investigator and news junkie! Free2Work's platform allows you to report information (both good and bad) about companies. If a company deserves recognition as a Free2Work company - which has taken a pledge to independently verify their supply chain - you'll know about them. Conversely if a company needs urging to change their practices they'll be placed on a 'watch list'.

So the next time you're about to buy some chocolate, a new pair of shoes, or even a new car we encourage you to take a look at Free2Work so that you purchase from a company known to do business in a Free2Work manner.

We hope you enjoy navigating around Free2Work and choose to sign up as a Free2Work investigator.

-Mark Wexler

Monday, February 9, 2009

FREE Download - Not For Sale the Audiobook

Get Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade--and How We Can Fight It audio book -- for free! This one-time offer only lasts through the end of February so go download the critically acclaimed book written by Not For Sale Campaign, President, David Batstone. The audio book was made available by the amazing folks at

While you're there download the brand new Set the Captives Free Bible study brought to you by Not For Sale... again, for free.

Remember, Not For Sale offers many free resources to gear up the abolitionist movement.

- Mark Wexler

HandShadow Props

We've had our HandShadow spot on our homepage for several months now... we'd like to note the praise Minneapolis-based Martin/Williams has been receiving within the PR industry for the stunningly powerful piece created pro bono for Not For Sale. We're also glad to report that the video has been running on the Setanta Sports Network internationally.

- Mark Wexler

No Really... Smash My Car

Thanks to Amanda Kloer at for alerting us about this dose of creative activism. Do you have any fun/creative examples of advocacy? Post 'em below.

Photo Credit: Beth Suda/Missourian

- Mark Wexler