Fighting the Monster: How Rotarians Can Stop Human Trafficking


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Fighting the Monster: How Rotarians Can Stop Human Trafficking

  1. 1. Fighting the Monster: How Rotarians Can Stop Human Trafficking, Program 2 By Carol Metzker
  2. 2. In April 2014, One World hosted a program called “Facing the Monster,” about human trafficking.
  3. 3. Rotarians responded. They wanted to know more. Best of all, they asked how to help. This program gives you more information and provides a unique opportunity to help free a village.
  4. 4. Learning More…
  5. 5. Ati* (real name changed for privacy and protection), originally from Indonesia, was enslaved in domestic servitude in the U.S. for ten years before being rescued. We met at Dawn’s Place, where she recovered and I volunteered.
  6. 6. With the help of our volunteer group, Ati— and other survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation—practiced English, learned American customs and developed friendships in dignity and freedom. We did this during activities like quilt-making.
  7. 7. On weekends when survivors didn’t have medical or psychological treatments or weren’t learning vocational skills, we’d visit local botanical gardens or a café. We’d photograph our hands or feet so that their faces would not be revealed.
  8. 8. While at Dawn’s Place, Ati learned English, self-confidence and new job skills. Today she is a self- sufficient member of the community. She had always dreamed of getting married— something that could happen only in freedom. Last year she married. Only in freedom can we work toward our dreams.
  9. 9. For 10 years, Ati endured a life that is the plight of 29.8 million people today, according to the Global Slavery Index. She was a slave—unpaid, unable to leave, and subject to violence or threat of harm. There are more slaves today than at any other time in history. Why does it still exist?
  10. 10. Slavery still exists because of four components. Together, they form a strong, well-oiled machine. Source: B. Morrison, FREE
  11. 11. People who are homeless, hungry, illiterate, in crisis or caught up in war or a natural disaster are vulnerable to exploitation and deception.
  12. 12. Human traffickers exploit vulnerable people through labor and/or sex. According to the International Labour Organization, human trafficking is a $32 billion industry.
  13. 13. Consumers who buy sex or unfairly-traded goods keep that business strong. When we don’t demand and purchase fair-trade coffee, tea, sugar, tomatoes, makeup, soccer balls, rugs and other products, WE keep it going.
  14. 14. Until WE—as a society—demand that modern slavery stops, it will continue.
  15. 15. Rotarians to the Rescue In addition to the projects mentioned in the April program, here are other great Rotary projects that strengthened vulnerable people and thwarted traffickers.
  16. 16. A Motorcycle for Field Workers at Bal Vikas Ashram a center for boys rescued from slavery in India The motorcycle allows field workers to check on the safety and ongoing health and welfare of boys after being reunited with their families. Three Rotarians (including me on the motorcycle) saw the motorcycle and liberators (eyes blanked out in the photograph for their confidentiality) in 2010.
  17. 17. A Higher Wall for Punarnawa Ashram, a center for girls rescued from sex slavery in India. When a new road was built next to the center, it effectively shortened the wall surrounding the campus, allowing traffickers potentially to get into the center and re- capture the girls. So members of the Rotarian Action Group Against Child Slavery and clubs in England, Australia, Canada and the U.S. provided funds to make it higher.
  18. 18. Solar Streetlights for Punarnawa Ashram. I loved this project because the streetlights allowed girls to study in the evenings even though there isn’t consistent electricity. When I visited the center in 2011, the lights made me feel a lot safer and made it possible to walk around campus after dark. Furthermore, the girls learned to install the lights, providing them another skill.
  19. 19. Rotarians are helping disable the monster of human trafficking because they are addressing slavery’s four components.
  20. 20. They are strengthening vulnerable people. They are learning to use their country’s human trafficking hotline #s. They are switching to fair-trade products. They are no longer turning a blind eye… and they’re telling their fellow Rotarians about the problem.
  21. 21. Want to be one of those Rotarians who is fighting human trafficking? It’s not as hard as you might think.
  22. 22. What if we could teach children to read, provide them with food, and free an enslaved village… all in one project?
  23. 23. Actually we can. Because that’s how creating sustainable freedom works.
  24. 24. It all starts with a school. Keep reading this One World Rotary e-Club program to find out exactly how.
  25. 25. Thanks for listening, helping and fighting the monster together. Cover image: Girl crying, painted by survivors of child slavery