David Batstone

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Not For Sale:
The Return of the Global Slave Trade

In 2001, David Batstone discovered that his favorite bay area restaurant had been the center of a local human trafficking ring. He was shocked to learn that the workers who had cooked his food, waited at his table, and washed his dishes were slaves.

He researched human trafficking and soon realized this was part of a growing international issue affecting every industry and corner of the earth. He conducted hundreds of interviews with trafficking victims from the United States, Mexico, China, Korea, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Peru, India, Uganda, South Africa, and eastern Europe while writing the book Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and How We Can Fight It, and launched the organization Not For Sale to fight modern-day slavery around the globe.

“Our mission is to create a world where no one is for sale.”

The modern-day slave trade is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, enslaving more than 30 million individuals today. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second-largest criminal industry in the world.” Combating this $32 billion-dollar-a-year industry takes enormous effort as well as a large framework of diligent abolitionists. Slavery is wrapped up in almost every industry’s supply chain, tainting the food we eat, the clothes we buy and the electronics we love.

Not For Sale fights modern-day slavery using business creation, supply chain evaluation, and aftercare aid. By creating enterprise opportunities for vulnerable communities, offering social services to survivors and those at-risk to human trafficking, and evaluating the use of forced labor in mainstream supply chains, Not For Sale works on multiple fronts to address the issue.

David Batstone will offer your audience an inspiring and detailed look at the efforts of modern-day abolitionists. He offers eye-opening stories about the exploitation that occurs in our own backyard and offers them multiple pathways for getting involved, whether that means volunteer opportunities or simply shopping with social justice in mind.

About the Speaker

David Batstone is also co-founder and managing partner of Just Business, an international investment group that incubates social enterprises. He has authored five books, is the recipient of two national journalist awards, and was named National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at the University of San Francisco for his work in technology and ethics. Not For Sale has been featured in CNN, the Guardian, USA Today, Forbes, Fast Company, The Atlantic, the LA Times, and many more.


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