THIS SOUP FIGHTS SLAVERY. MAKE MORE SOUP.
When Not For Sale Netherlands started working on outreach to women in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, they discovered that offers of shelter, support and encouragement could only go so far.
What women needed to leave the business - and a large number of women DID want to leave the business - was an alternative livelihood. A combination of visa restrictions (prostitution is legal in the Netherlands), and debts incurred to traffickers or in their homelands, meant that women were trapped.
They might come to a shelter, but unless they found a way to support themselves and their families, and to pay off their debts, they often ended up back in the windows.
Home Soup was conceived of as a social enterprise, creating delicious, gourmet soups and delivering them to shelters, the local police force, and to women working the windows.
After an initial pilot phase, Home Soup is expanding.
Good intentions are not enough in the fight against trafficking. We need a plan that meets the needs of those we are aiming to help.