Not For Sale Week 2

 | June 15, 2009 3:23 AM

David Batstone led the Week 2 Bible Study.  He is a professor at the University of San Francisco.  He started Not For Sale 30 months ago.

God frees all people, whether it be chains or egotism or materialism.  We as Christians are redemption people.  God said “Let my people go” and “Loose the chains” and “Restore sight to the blind.”

13th amendment of the U.S. constitution calls slavery “involuntary servitude.”  David encountered slavery at one of his favorite restaurants in Berkeley, Pasand Madras, which he learned about in the San Francisco Chronicle.  He learned that this restaurant was the center of a trafficking ring of young teenage boys and girls from India.

NFS-Logo-SmallDavid traveled the world, investigated slavery and then created Not For Sale to “reabolish” slavery.  Not For Sale investigates and documents slavery and trafficking all around the world.  Slavery is too “ordinary” and Not For Sale want to makes it “extraordinary.”

Not For Sale is not a Christian organization.  Instead Not For Sale is first an abolitionist organization.  Being a secular organization allows him to work with the government, speak at universities, speak at Google.  And when someone asks why David does it he says because of his faith in Jesus Christ.

David was an investigative journalist who won national awards.  He wanted to take his talents to investigate slavery.  He also tasked his students in his class, Justice 101, to do it instead of writing boring essays.  The students went to social workers, police, immigration workers, etc.

Not For Sale’s bar for what is slavery is that “you can walk away.”  Not For Sale charts 50 garment factories and 175 massage parlors/brothels in the Bay Area.  Not For Sale has 40 similar operations all around the U.S. is their public documentation of what they have learned.  Not For Sale also monitors ads and even chat rooms/forums where people talk about their experiences with prostitutes, looking for under age or scared prostitutes.  “Open source activism” is bringing these operations around the world and opening up the platform to allow others to enhance it.

Movies about slavery.

  1. Call and Response
  2. Slumdog Millionaire (child beggars, often slaves)
  3. Holly (not mentioned by David)

Not For Sale partners w/ groups like World Vision and Compassion International that have thousands of workers to find out where there is trafficking.  Then they tell the police who do the enforcement.

To fight corruption Not For Sale tries to create a reward system, bringing status to the police officers who are stopping slavery.

Not For Sale opportunities

  1. Take the academy courses and become an investigator.
  2. Help the survivors by offering counseling, legal advice, etc.
  3. Pray for the cases in
  4. Help create and improve tools.

2 Responses to “Not For Sale Week 2”

Ed Chang wrote a comment on June 15, 2009

Have you heard of IJM and their book “Terrify No More”? To me, they are much more anti-slavery focused than World Vision and Compassion International. Not that the latter two organizations are bad in any way, but rather focused on different areas.

seonghuhn wrote a comment on June 19, 2009

Hi Ed,

I love IJM but I haven’t heard of that book though it sounds good. I did read Gary Haugen’s book “Good News About Injustice.”

Sorry I wasn’t more clear in my post. Not For Sale contacts World Vision and Compassion International because since they work w/ children they could have knowledge about child slavery.

You’re right that IJM’s work more closely aligns with Not For Sale.

Thanks for reading,

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