Issue 6
December 2016
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 Newsletter from Victoria Australia

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


Human Trafficking is a global market place where people are the product and everyone has a price tag. lt's based on an international conveyor belt of transactions and exchange, with sophisticated trade routes and communications. This human product creates profit, tens of billions every year...and growing. This crime is so awful that often people instinctively struggle to admit it exists. Often society doesn't listen, business doesn't see and governments don't talk about it. Those trafficked are often invisible, always powerless, and are forced to work”. (Stop the Traffik).
As we approach the Christmas buying season, let’s all be aware of the issue of modern day slavery and how it helps produce many of the items we purchase. In this Issue of the End Slavery Newsletter, we highlight some of the facts and figures around what is termed the  “supply chain” for businesses, how it can involve adult and/or child slavery and what you, as a consumer, can do about it.
Tony Stokes:        RAGAS coordinator for Victoria, Australia
Becoming a SLAVE FREE Business
is a resource for businesses and investors who need to understand and address forced labour abuses within their supply chain.

KnowTheChain Benchmarks:
Benchmarks can play a powerful role in encouraging companies to uphold labor standards and protect workers’ rights. In 2016 KnowTheChain will benchmark 60 large global companies in the Information & Technology Communication, Food & Beverage, and Apparel & Footwear sectors on their efforts to address forced labor and human trafficking in their supply chains.
Child Labour: The time for excuses is over
168 million children are in or at risk for child labour around the world and current levels of crisis and conflict heighten the vulnerability of children to exploitation. But at the 105th International Labour Conference, delegates were told that international standards now in place have reduced child labour by about 1/3 in the last decade, and that today, employers and business commonly expect to eliminate child labour in their supply chains. Delegates also heard that communities themselves can play a key role; providing decent work for adults helps eliminate child labour.

More data on Child Labour at
Anti-Slavery International’s “Slavery and What We Buy Campaign”, shows that slavery can occur today at different stages, from the production of raw materials such as cocoa or cotton to the manufacture of goods such as garments, toys or fireworks. The digital resource shows the magnitudes of the challenge and also highlights products made using child labour. Anti-Slavery International was founded in 1839 and is the world’s oldest international human rights organisation.

More  at                   
Great 'End Slavery' Projects
for your club to  support in 2016/17 or budget for in 2017/18.
International District Grant applications already drafted.
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Fight Cybersex Trafficking of Children         THE PHILIPPINES
What is Cybersex Trafficking?
Further to the article in our last newsletter, an opportunity exists for Australian Rotary Clubs to help combat Cybersex Trafficking of Children by partnering with the Rotary Club of  Grants Pass, USA and the Rotary Club of Metro Manila, to help fund a Global Grant project.

Learn more about this
Global Grant project here:

Project Hope (Kasame)


Through strategic partnerships
  • protect orphans and vulnerable children from child labour, early marriage, trafficking and other exploitation
  • empower widows Business training and a startup loan
Project Budget (clubs pay upfront)
Potential District Grant
Effective contribution from club
AUD   8,960
AUD   4,480
AUD   4,480
Child Rights
The Karen people have faced decades of conflict and extreme poverty. many children drop out of school to help provide for their families by working in the fields.cases of child abuse, neglect and exploitation are common.
This project endeavours to help build community capacity for child rights protection and empowerment of children in the Northern Karen State.
Project budget (clubs pay upfront)
Potential District Grant
Effective contribution from club
AUD  $9,540
AUD  $4,770
AUD  $4,770
For details visit

NB: Contributions to this project are matched 5:1 by DFAT, so $9,540 becomes $57,240 on the ground in Myanmar, thereby funding other aspects of this project.
Miraj Boys Home
Miraj Boys Home provides an education, school uniforms and books plus nutritious food, clean water and medical care for around 24 boys whose mothers are sex workers, thereby giving them a chance to escape a life of abuse and neglect.
Project Budget (clubs pay upfront)                                          
Potential District Grant
(varies by District)   
Effective contribution from clubs

For details, visit          
AUD 8,988

AUD 3,000 - 4,494
AUD 5,988 - 4,494
Sangli Education Centre  


The Sangli Education Centre is a place where the daughters of sex workers can escape the danger, violence and abuse of the brothel environment. It is a place to sleep while their mothers work. It also provides food, medical care, clothes and toiletries to around 25 girls.
Project Budget            
Potential District Grant       
Effective contribution from clubs
AUD  5,365
AUD  2,682

AUD  2,683
For details visit
Deep Core Bore Wells 
Bring life changing impact to the lives of the poor in north India, by providing sustainable supplies of fresh water through provision of five wells, sunk deep into the aquifer, supplying safe water throughout the year.
Project budget
Potential District Grant (varies by District) 
Effective contribution from clubs
AUD 8,180
AUD 4,090 - 3,000

AUD 4,090 - 5,180
For details visit
Issue 69 at          

Features include:
  • Thai Court finds HR activist guilty of defamation
  • Proposals to improve UK Supply Chain Regulations
  • Progress Report on School4Freedom Project
  • A request to help to refurbish a new Emergency Shelter for Exploited Girls in Nepal
  • A list  of the various ways in which an individual can help to combat slavery.
Issue 70 at  

Features include:
  • Exploitation of child refugees in Turkey
  • Successes of the first Children Protection Unit in Kenya
  • UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s 1stAnnual Report
  • Opening of the Kalimpong Project which provides vocational training to vulnerable individuals in the community, and will provide shelter accommodation for women and girls rescued from human trafficking and slavery.
  • A checklist on how to spot a victim of trafficking
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