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Issue 10
December 2017
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 Newsletter from Victoria Australia

Raising Awareness                   Taking Action
(This RAG is not an agency of or controlled by, Rotary International)
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Dear Friends

The eagerly awaited report "Hidden in Plain Sight", by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia was released on Thursday 7th December.

In summary, it recommends:
  • The development of a Modern Slavery Act
  • Appointment of an independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • Larger companies be required to eliminate forced labour and trafficking in supply chains

This is a very positive and encouraging first step towards eliminating this abominable practice in Australia. We await the drafting of the legislation with anticipation that it will be strong and effective. There are links to the report as well as to press releases and press reports in this Newsletter.

We are also bringing you details of an exciting opportunity for Rotary Clubs to support an Anti Human Trafficking and Health Education / Medical Outreach Global Grant project in Sungai Kolok, Southern Thailand, for which funding partners are being sought.

Robyn and I thank all RAGAS supporters for your dedication and passion to end modern slavery, and wish you a safe and peaceful Christmas, with a reminder  that, as we purchase gifts for family and friends this festive season, we need to be ever more vigilant to purchase only items that we are reasonably confident have been produced ethically.

Tony Stokes
Rotary Club of Box Hill Central D9810 
   
RAGAS Board Member
RAGAS Coordinator for Victoria, Australia
tony@ragas.online      

Read full report: "Hidden in Plain Sight"

Path is clear for Australia to adopt an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner: Andrew Forrest AO, Founder of Walk Free Foundation.
 

Australia needs new watchdog to tackle slavery, parliamentary inquiry says: Guardian Newspaper

There are estimated to be at least 4,300 slaves in Australia today.
Can your club help make this Global Grant happen?
Get in touch quickly with David  or Glen  for info package to share with your International Director and Board.
Remember to source ethical gifts this Christmas season.

Check out these links:
  • India criminalizes sex with underage girls ;
  • Fruit pickers exploited in Victoria, Australia; 
  • Exploitation of ASEAN domestic workers; 
  • George Shelley, of Anti-Slavery International, talks about, and invites support for their project work in Tanzania, which helps children who fall into domestic slavery.
  • Recent initiatives to tackle Slavery & Human Trafficking in the US. India and the UK; 
  • Dr Aidan McQuade, retiring Director of Anti-Slavery Internation (ASI) talks about ASI’s Anti-Slavery Charter;
  • UK Prime Minister, Theresa May hosted an event at the United Nations General Assembly during which 37 governments committed to a Call to Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: UK Government commit £20 million ($27 million) to the Global Fund
  • Matt Friedman comments on the latest Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2017 
  • How to spot a trafficked victim and to ask the right follow up questions.
  • Project opportunity – help buy a Minibus for YouCanFreeUs, an anti-slavery organization based in Mumbai which rescues women and children who are trapped in slavery.
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