The third annual Free2play Camp is the fruition of the Not For Sale platform that engages athletes & artists to support victims of human trafficking through physical activity. For 3 days, Not For Sale volunteers from around the world organized a camp of music, art, and sports with nearly 130 children of all ages who have been rescued from exploitation - demonstrating the power of play as a tool for rehabilitation.
About Not For Sale in Thailand
The vast majority of street children living in Northern Thailand come from the Burmese Thai border at the busy market city of Mae Sai. These children are born into minority tribal groups and neither the Burmese nor the Thai government considers them to be citizens. This “stateless” population is not eligible to receive government provided education, health services, or employment. Many children are trafficked into karaoke clubs, sexually exploited by foreign tourists, forced into organized begging rings, or used to traffic drugs across the border.
Not For Sale supports the work of an abolitionist named, Kru Nam, to provide emergency and long term assistance for 125 stateless street children rescued from exploitation. Since 2007 Not For Sale has assisted building four dormitories, a medical clinic, safe house, basketball court, provided seed funding for sustainable vocational training, purchased land, and provided $1.9 million worth of medical supplies. In June 2011, Not For Sale completed the construction of an additional dorm expected to house nearly 180 children.
For more information about Not For Sale's work in Thailand, click here.