Slavery is illegal everywhere, yet ...
46 million are enslaved … some less than 4 years old. Get engaged NOW
There are an estimated 46 million, according to Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index. That’s four times more than those taken out of Africa during the 400 years of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Modern slaves, however, are disposable, cheap, and being hidden from plain sight have no human rights. Very young children are now in greater danger than ever before as sex traffickers exploit opportunities arising from natural disasters, deprivation, civil conflict, and mass migration. So let’s Get Engaged.
RAGAS, formerly RACSRAG, working with others globally will change that by
- Creating awareness: Telling Rotarians and the wider public that millions are held captive for illegal gain – MANY NEAR WHERE YOU LIVE!
- Taking action: Supporting, working with and promoting global anti-
slavery bodies and activities through Rotary Clubs, campaigns and projects that help protect children and adults from slavery and its consequences.
YOU can help make that change
Matt Friedman, a former UN expert on human trafficking and slavery, now CEO of the Mekong Business Club which has pledged to combat human trafficking and slavery in Asia, invites Rotarians to join RAGAS & outlines simple steps to help end slavery
Latest Anti-Slavery News
17th November. “A Look at Counter-Trafficking Efforts in the USA“. This important summary of findings by Matt and Sylvia Friedman (Mekong Club) makes important recommendations for not just the Anti-trafficking and Slavery movement in the USA but for all nations. Its drawn from their 70 day speaking and fact-finding tour reaching out to over 800 Business enterprises, 30 NGOs, Rotary and multi-faith bodies and the media. A must read report. See accompanying video
17 October – Enroll in WalkFree’s free online training course on Slavery – see Resources for details
31 July. Modern Slavery: UK Prime Mnister Theresa May, vows to make it her mission to defeat [this] ‘barbaric evil’. Wrting in the Sunday Telegraph she called Modern Slavery “the great human rights issue of our time“ BBC News / RagasNews68.