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Facing the monster (One World Rotary eclub)

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Facing the Monster: presentation by Carol Metzker

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Facing the monster (One World Rotary eclub)

  1. 1. Facing the Monster: How Rotarians Are Fighting Human Trafficking By Carol Metzker
  2. 2. Thanks for having the courage to face this important subject. (Although I won’t sugarcoat the truth, there will not be graphic images or gory details in the program.)
  3. 3. In 2004, Rotarians from England, Canada and the U.S.—including myself—gathered in India to immunize children against polio.
  4. 4. Mark Little, a Rotarian from England, took us to see a special project. It changed my life.
  5. 5. My world was turned upside-down when we visited a center for children rescued from slavery. I really hadn’t understood that slavery still existed and that human trafficking wasn’t just a Hollywood plot.
  6. 6. Maina—an 11-year-old girl rescued from enslavement in the circus and the sex trade—was the same age as my daughter. After crying for ten hours, I vowed to help end child slavery.
  7. 7. But how? I knew nothing about modern slavery.
  8. 8. So I learned. Here’s what I found out.
  9. 9. Just to be clear – Slaves… work unpaid, are unable to leave, and are held by violence or threat.
  10. 10. Slavery is divided into two categories: Labor and sex.
  11. 11. There are an estimated 29.8 million people enslaved worldwide. Slavery is illegal in every country, but exists everywhere but Iceland and Greenland. Map Source: Free The Slaves (Washington, DC)
  12. 12. In my own country, the U.S., there are an estimated 100,000 Americans enslaved (2011 Trafficking in Persons report, U.S. State Department). They are mostly in the sex trade and agriculture. According to CNN, 17,000 more people are trafficked into U.S. per year. Half are kids.
  13. 13. Slavery still exists because of four components. Source: B. Morrison, FREE
  14. 14. The best thing I learned was how to help. (Rotarians are great at that!) Rotarians to the Rescue
  15. 15. A Few Projects We’ve Accomplished Funds from Rotary clubs on three continents, plus a matching grant, bought a vehicle for a center in India for boys rescued from slavery. It is used for raid-and-rescue operations, and transportation for medical and court appointments, and home after boys are recovered, educated and safe.
  16. 16. Help for a center for girls rescued from sex slavery in India: Cows, a cow-shed and a bio-gas system – provide dairy for consuming and selling, and methane for cooking Solar streetlamps for safety; solar panels for hot water Outdoor pavilion for classes and activities, books, sewing machines and more.
  17. 17. Help for Dawn’s Place, a residence for female survivors of human trafficking in Pennsylvania, USA Besides providing furniture, books and funds for education, every month for three years a few Rotarians and I have volunteered at the home. For some survivors, it is their first opportunity to develop friendships in dignity and freedom.
  18. 18. Blankets for Asha Nepal, an organization in Nepal that provides homes and counseling for children of survivors of human trafficking; a residence and rehabilitation center for female survivors; and a vocational training workshop. Rotarians and Rotarian Action Group members Stephen Sypula (England), Mike Korengel and I (US) delivered them to the children in February 2014.
  19. 19. I ended up writing a book about my journey. It includes the chronicles of my time at centers for survivors—the shelters in India, and Dawn’s Place in PA. My goal: to inspire other people to lend a hand, too.
  20. 20. Want proof we can spark change? Here it is.
  21. 21. At 16, Jaya* was abducted from her very poor village in India when her father left to look for work. She was locked in a room for two days. She escaped before being delivered to a brothel. Jaya’s village
  22. 22. She recovered and received an education at Punarnawa Ashram (“New Beginnings” center) for girls rescued from sex slavery. This is where Rotarians provided cows, a bio-gas system and sewing machines.
  23. 23. Jaya became the first female tailor in her region. By 17, she was a thriving entrepreneur helping raise the education and income level of her whole village. Her information led to the rescue of another girl; the two testified against their trafficker and he is now behind bars. She and I met in Nov. 2011.
  24. 24. You can help! Here are three ways:
  25. 25. 1. Help with one of RACSRAG’s projects—help build a sustainable handicraft workshop for survivors in Nepal. Become a member! For info on projects and membership: www.racsrag.org.
  26. 26. 2. Buy fairly traded products. (coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate, clothing, gifts, etc. )
  27. 27. 3. Learn more. Facing the Monster has information to help you understand this issue (in short, story form) and 18 solutions to help end modern slavery. Royalties help survivor projects. We can tackle this together!
  28. 28. Thanks for listening, helping and facing the monster together. echmetzker@aol.com Cover image: Girl crying, painted by survivors of child slavery

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