Romania is a gateway for individuals crossing from Asia into Europe. Every year thousands of men, women and children are trafficked from, within and through Romania for the purpose of forced prostitution and labor.
Not For Sale intercepts, protects and prevents human trafficking by offering long-term rehabilitation to survivors of modern day slavery and at-risk children.
In Romania, Not For Sale rehabilitates and repatriates survivors trafficked from dozens of countries. We provide short and long-term housing, extensive medical care and counseling. Through legal support, we help survivors obtain identification documents or immigration status and assistance taking action against traffickers in court. At our children’s home, we work to prevent up to 100 children from poor, marginalized and at-risk communities from being recruited and trafficked. We offer them a stable, supportive and transitional environment while we work to locate long-term, healthy foster care. For up to three years, we provide each child with shelter, education, health care, psychological services, legal services, life skills training, aftercare support, and, if the individual is old enough, job placement. This holistic approach greatly reduces their vulnerability to exploitation. Every case of human trafficking is different, and every individual reacts and recovers at a different pace. Our program in Romania provides flexible and personalized care while offering unconditional support to each survivor in our care.
Not For Sale provides extensive opportunities for survivors and at-risk children to enroll in school or basic life skills training. We offer activities and training in jewelry making, cooking, job readiness and agriculture. Each opportunity is crafted with an individual as part of their unique rehabilitation plan. Doing so empowers the individual to create a future free of exploitation.
Not For Sale operates an organic farm where we employ survivors of human trafficking to grow fruits, vegetables, produce, milk, cheese, and jams which are sold to local restaurants and catering companies. This program creates immediate opportunities for survivors to earn an income in a supportive environment. Not For Sale offers technical and vocational training courses and works with the local community to find dignified employment opportunities for survivors.
Romania entered the European Union in 2007, simplifying border crossing procedures and enabling more opportunities for the illicit transportation of people and goods from Eastern Europe to the West. Throughout Europe, Romanian women and girls make up a significant portion of the individuals exploited in the sex industry. Underage girls and ethnic Roma are particularly vulnerable to being trafficked. In the country and abroad, victims of labor trafficking are forced to work in agriculture, construction, domestic service, tourism and manufacturing.