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Month Content
81 January TRF approves a $340k Global Grant for the biggest ever anti-trafficking (education based) project by RAGAS Member  PDG Bob Deering, RC of East Sacramento, D5180, USA – but more funds are required; Fiona Stevenson (RC Tenterden, UK) writes on how a group of people in Kent are raising awareness of modern slavery – a potential model that could quite easily be followed by Rotary Clubs;  Major electronics and electric vehicle companies are not doing enough to stop human rights abuses entering their cobalt supply chains, suggests Amnesty International – see Editorial and their report; UK toughens up Modern Slavery legislation – the Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill will extend reporting requirements to make providing information listed under Section 54 (5) mandatory rather than voluntary. It will also extend reporting requirements to public authorities; UK PM May made Honorary Member of RC Maidenhead and Thames; Ending child slavery by 2025 – a report by the International Labor Organisation (ILO); The three UN Sustainable Development goals most relevant to our focus.


82 February This month’s issue of the RAGAS Newsletter highlights the exploitation of human beings in Malaysia, Australia and the USA. But as Eitor Mark says encouragingly, Malaysia they are creating a special court specifically to protect the victims of exploitation. In Australia moves are afoot to introduce a comprehensive Modern Slavery Act and in the USA many Rotarians are seriously on the move to eradicate human trafficking and slavery as the supporting articles show. We have a call for Volunteer Trainers to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery in Iowa.
83 April Included in this Newsletter is an update report about the amazing 3 years School4Freedom Project which was masterminded by RAGAS member Carol Metzker, information from RAGAS Secretary, Harry Payne about how the new Data Protection Regulations will impinge upon the Action Group and a perceptive step by step account about how women are trafficked across borders and then end up in places like the notorious brothel in Mumbai called “Kamathipura” which is visited by thousands of men each day all hell bent on spending a few hundred rupees for a few moments of “pleasure”. But for the 3,000 or so girls who live and work there, Kamathipura is a place of “pain” as none of the sex workers are there by choice.  Going to the RI 2018 Convention? Book early to guarantee entry to our RAGAS Breakout session on Monday 25 June between 13.00 -14.30 hrs and do visit us at our Booth (Number 312).

Local Newsletter are also published by some of our Members. View them by clicking on a link below …
District 9810 (Victoria, Australia) produces an End Slavery newsletter for Club Members. Editor Tony Stokes.