The Rotary Action Group Against Slavery is committed to connect, empower and equip Rotarians to engage their communities to eradicate all forms of Modern Slavery/Human Trafficking locally and around the globe.
What is RAGAS
What We Do
We leverage our global and diversified expertise, serve others and lead from the heart with passion, energy, and purpose in driving issue awareness, empowering Rotarians, and supporting the communities Worldwide to eradicate Modern Slavery.
We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways.
We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and around the globe.
How We Do It
Through Community Awareness and Prevention Education (CAPE) Plan. RAGAS’s work affects change globally through relying on Rotarian’s understanding and knowledge of their own local communities to determine how they are best served. Once identified, the RAGAS network can coordinate successful projects, connect local partners and promote Rotary’s mission and mandate to better the world and reduce the risk of Modern Slavery.
Why We Do It
Because we believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues and because the world should be FREE of Modern Slavery as freedom is a basic human right. Without freedom, individuals and communities cannot achieve things like basic education, economic development, or peace. RAGAS clubs work together to promote education, peace, freedom, and healing in the world.
Modern Day Slavery
Modern slavery is a severe exploitation of others for personal or commercial gain. It is often linked to human and sex trafficking and to land and labor slavery, where a person is forced to work entrapped and controlled against their free will – either physically, financially or psychologically. Many fall into this oppressive trap because they are trying to escape poverty or insecurity, improve their lives and support their families. We are here to help free them.
Million people in forced labor, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and forced marriages worldwide
Billion dollars are made each year from forced labor, which translates to over $4,750 per second
Women and girls are disproportionately effected by forced labor around the world
As former General Secretary of the United Nations, Kofi Annan reminds us all
There is no trust more sacred than the one that the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from want and fear, and that they grow up in peace.
Types Of Explotation
A person trafficked for sex may be controlled by violence, threats, substance abuse, deception or grooming, with extreme physical or psychological domination.
Forced labour is work done under the threat of a penalty such as violence or harm to family. Victims are often further controlled by debt bondage.
A person is forced to provide services with the obligation to live on or in a property without the possibility of changing those circumstances.
Debt bondage, also known as bonded labor, is a means by which traffickers exploit people and trap them in human trafficking. As payment for debt, traffickers offer individuals the ability to work to pay off the debt.
Internal vs External Trafficking
Internal trafficking occurs when a person is recruited in one area of a country or city and moved from area to area or city to city within the same country for the purposes of exploitation. An example would be a runaway girl picked up in Philadelphia, USA who is then driven from truck stop to truck stop up and down America’s East coast to be sold for sex.
If a person is trafficked into one country from another country it is case of external trafficking. An example would be a homeless man in Warsaw, Poland who is offered a job in the UK and travels to the UK but then finds himself trapped in forced labour. He is unable to leave because he has no money, can’t speak English and his trafficker has taken his passport.