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News from Australia


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District 9810, Victoria produces a District ‘End Slavery’ Newsletter which is circulated to all Clubs. It’s edited by RAGAS Coordinator, Tony Stokes. Tony pulls relevant articles from RACSnews and adds material from other sources to keep Rotarians informed and engaged. Click on an Issue number to read, share or download.


Issue Date                                 Contents                                     
1 August 2015 Introduction to the Newsletter and the topic of child slavery and exploitation as well as an introduction to the Rotarian Action Group against Child Slavery. The headline item is the World Summit to End Human Trafficking that was hosted by Past US  President Jimmy Carter and RAGAS Board member Dave McCleary, with RI President Ravi Ravindran as a keynote speaker.
2 November 2015  Features a report on the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes a declaration “to eradicate forced labour and human trafficking and end child labour in all its forms”.
3 February 2016 Focuses on the Australian scene with the launch of the Australian Freedom Network by Walk Free founder Andrew Forrest and endorsement by Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. It also includes recent articles from the Australian Press which have highlighted possible unethical practices within the supply chains of some major retailers.
4 May 2016 Introduces opportunities for Clubs to support five new projects in Rotary year 2016 : View the Newsletter for further details and weblinks



Issue Date                                 Contents                                     
5 Sept 2016 Tony Stokes introduces a new, more dynamic Newsletter format using MailChimp. There are updates on smaller, affordable project opportunities for Clubs; Welcome to new RAGAS members in Victoria; A BBC article entitled “A Modern day slave in Australia’s suburbs. If you are outside Australia and wish to donate to any one of these $AUD projects you can do so via PayPal, using either the Australian $ (AUD) donate button on the RAGAS Donate page or this direct link https://goo.gl/TvFyYk

There is also a very disturbing video report (7.30 mins) on cyber sex trafficking in the Philippines from ABC News ‘Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil crime we are seeing‘. It features the work done by the International Justice Mission (IJM) to track down and prosecute the perpetrators. NB RAGAS member Irene Garcia, President of RC Metro Manila and her Club are working with international partnering Club RC Grants Pass and RAGAS Coordinator Caleb Laplant to produce a Global grant to challenge this crime in Manila, supported by IJM.

6 Dec 2016 A landmark edition. Supported by short videos, it helps us understand the importance of developing effective supply chain management to root out and eliminate slave labour engaged in the goods and services we buy. It also puts a focus on cybersex trafficking of children in the Philippines, inviting your support for a RAGAS supported global grant project being jointly developed between RC Grants Pass (USA) and RC Metro Manila (Philippines). Editor Tony Stokes, also features 5 other potential projects, in India, Myanmar, and Zambia for Clubs to support.
7 April 2017 Editor Tony Stokes explains how to Rotarians can engage and inform debate with the Australian Government as it sets out to inquire into whether it should adopt national legislation to combat modern slavery. Working with Stop the Traffik the edition is supporting a campaign to make it a “Traffik Free Easter” by selecting only brands of chocolate that are ethically produced. View this hard hitting documentary – The Dark side of Chocolate.  Better still Share it on your own Facebook page. Help fight cyber sex trafficking in the Philippines through A Rotary Foundation Global Grant (to be featured at RAGAS’s Business meeting in Atlanta;  Support Child Rights in Myanmar, and / or support the “Save the Girl child” project in India.