Issue 7
April 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)

Dear friends

Welcome to our new subscribers.

It is encouraging to see the Federal Government is inquiring into whether it should adopt national legislation to combat modern slavery, comparable to the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015. (For commentary on the UK legislation, see the RAGAS Newsletter #68 and #73). We are currently looking into whether, and how, the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery might make a submission to this inquiry, as was done by our parent body in UK back in 2014. For more information on the Federal Inquiry, see the link below.

This Easter, we are encouraged to make it a “Traffik Free Easter” by selecting only brands of chocolate that are ethically produced, and we thank Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and Haighs for stocking ethically produced Easter Eggs. Further, we acknowledge that many brands, including Cadbury, Mars, Nestle, Lindt, Ferrero and Hershey are taking steps towards making their chocolate “Traffik Free”, for which they are to be congratulated, while being encouraged to not stop before slavery and child labour are completely eliminated from their supply chains. It is disappointing to see Darrell Lea does not appear to be following suit, and we urge them to act now.
It was a great pleasure to welcome two new members of RAGAS in Victoria; Stephen Bellamy and Glenn Rundell from the Rotary Club of Warrnambool Daybreak.

Tony Stokes:       
RAGAS Coordinator for Victoria, Australia

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On Wednesday, 15 February 2017 the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.
The committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Friday April 28, 2017.

Click above to read full press release.
The global chocolate industry is notorious for the use of child labour and exploitation.

Which comes first, the children or the egg? 
Your choice is your voice.

Good Easter chocolate choices here:
Documentary. The Dark Side Of Chocolate
Documentary: The Dark Side of Chocolate  46min
While we enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate, the reality is strikingly different for African children.  The Dark Side of Chocolate is a documentary film about the exploitation and slavetrading of African children to harvest chocolate still occurring.

Check out the new  website  with new tools to help us all make a greater impact towards ending modern slavery.      FREEDOM UNITED

Watch their mission video below (1:43min)
"to end modern slavery, with a united movement of partners and supporters"
"We are a modern abolitionist movement"

Learn  about cybersex trafficking of children in the Phillipines
and what International Justice Mission and Rotary could do about it.

Maarko is an ordinary boy in the Philippines who wants to be a superhero. But the evil that happened to him and his sister exists beyond the imagination. That’s what cybersex trafficking does.          (WARNING: this video is confronting)

Great 'End Slavery' Projects
for your club to  support -  email
Cyber Sex Trafficking
Specific 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 in 2017/18.

Learn more about this
Global Grant project here:
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 (varies by district)
Effective contribution from club
AUD  $9,540
AUD  $3,000 - 4,770
AUD  $4,770 - 6,540
For details visit

NB: Contributions to this project are matched 5:1 by DFAT,
so $1,000 contribution + $5,000 DFAT matching = $6,000 in country.
All contributions welcomed.
Save the Girl Child
In the Banchara people group, young girls are raised with the expectation of supporting their families through sex work.  However a small number of families are seeking alternative, better lives for their daughters.

This project covers the educational expenses for 40 girls for one year, allowing them to access schooling, at a distance from family/society pressures and dream of a better life. Part of a three year project allowing development of sustainable alternative funding.
Project budget (clubs pay upfront)
Potential District Grant (varies by district)
Effective contribution from club
AUD $6,569
AUD $3,384
AUD $3,284
For details visit
Issue 74 at
  • children as young as 4 mining cobalt in the Congo for our smartphones 
  • bus appeal from anti-slavery charity in India,  ‘YouCanFreeUs
  • Rotaractors visit Cambodia and Thailand to work with Project Starfish’s Rescue Mission for Children Centre in Mae Suai, Thailand.
  • Report from South Africa from RAGAS Coordinator Professor Philip Frankel
  • RAGAS Member Malcolm Baird, RC of Brighton North, D9800, writes  ‘So What Can Rotarians Do to Help Alleviate Modern Slavery?’ 
  • Free The Slaves in Ghana, Senegal, the DRC, Haiti, India, and Nepal
  • some projects Rotarians and Clubs may wish to support   
  • Details of RAGAS attendance at RIC 17 Atlanta.

Issue 73 at 
  • IJM rescues 24 boys in Ghana
  • relaxation of the US  Dodd-Frank Law could undo protection for mine workers in the Congo
  • anti-slavery awareness programmes
  • the Rosie May Foundation
  • Tackling slavery at its Roots in Ghana
  • Walk Free re-launching under a new name – see its short launch video: Freedom United
  • introducing Professor Philip Frankel as RAGAS Coordinator for Southern Africa
Issue 72 at  
  • Gary Haugen’s conversation with Sallyann Price in the February edition of the Rotarian
  • A link to the documentary Face to Face with Slavery
  • a link to BBC Radio 4 interview with ‘Anna’ who was held captive and subjected to sadistic sexual and psychological abuse for the next 13 years in the UK  
  • Carol Metzker's update on the amazing Schools 4 Freedom project in India, supported by RAGAS.
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