Over 25,000 women work in prostitution in the Netherlands. Most are from economically-deprived regions in Eastern Europe and highly at risk of exploitation.
Not For Sale provides job training and access to dignified employment to survivors of human trafficking.
Not For Sale partners with a local shelter in Amsterdam that provides short-term housing and social services to international and domestic survivors of human trafficking. The majority are women who have been trafficked for sex. Every victim is able to begin the long road to recovery in a safe and supportive environment.
Not For Sale provides training in computer skills and basic job readiness that prepare women to enter the workforce. Participants are given the chance to learn about resume writing, interview skills and basic business development. We also offer professional culinary training to survivors of human trafficking in Amsterdam. Trainees are taught to prepare soup that is sold to women working in the brothels of the surrounding Red Light District.
Selling soup to women working in the Red Light District enables Not For Sale to build credible and lasting relationships. These relationships provide insight into the backgrounds and demographics of the women we serve, many of whom are from Eastern Europe. Understanding where victims come from and the environments from which they were trafficked allows us to create solutions that build economic opportunities for the most at-risk communities, ultimately preventing trafficking before it occurs.
During their culinary internships, survivors gain valuable job and life skills that will help them find dignified employment in their home countries. They experience a normal, healthy work environment that offers them a sense of equality and empowerment. After the women graduate from the culinary training, Not For Sale works to place them in jobs or paid internships throughout Amsterdam.
In 2014, Not For Sale is working to open a public cafe in the Red Light District to sustainably provide stable employment to survivors of human trafficking. We seek to revolutionize what it means to be a woman employed in the Red Light District by bringing decent work opportunities to survivors in the area.
In an attempt to regulate the industry, the Dutch government legalized prostitution in 2000. However, investigations continue to document high incidents of international sex trafficking and large-scale criminal involvement in the industry. An estimated 70% of women working in prostitution in the Netherlands are foreigners, primarily from Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and South America. Economic vulnerability and stagnant local job opportunities are widely recognized as the main factors contributing to their exploitation.