Rotary Action Group Against Slavery

By Jerry Nelson

I invite you to become more aware of human trafficking/modern slavery and, if you can, become involved in stopping these practices. While the efforts to combat slavery can be daunting, overwhelming, frustrating, and sometimes heartbreaking, it’s worth it. The reward will be a better world, a world safer for our children and grandchildren! Please take a serious look at The Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS). Rotarians from all over the world are involved with this action group, but our numbers are still small. Join us!

The latest Trafficking in Persons Report from the United States Government was released on 16 June 2020. Projects to combat human trafficking fall into categories known as the “3Ps” of human trafficking (prosecution, protection, and prevention). In Thailand, excellent work is being done by Thai government authorities, and several NGOs in areas involving prosecution and protection.

In Thailand, the RAGAS focus will be prevention through the education of children, their teachers, and families. Our first project will be at the Thammarat school Wat Phrasing in Chiang Mai, where we will integrate awareness training into their 7th and 8th grade (Mattayom 1 & 2) English classes. Native English speakers in Chiang Mai are needed for this project. The start date will be in middle July. If you are interested, please contact me.

Matt Friedman of the Hong Kong-based Mekong Club has made very powerful speeches which are available on YouTube. He also has a new book called “Be The Hero: Be The Change” which is available on Kindle. I highly recommend them all!

One of my favorite quotes is from the famous American actress Lilly Tomlin who said “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody”.

Feedback on this short article would be greatly appreciated. Who is interested in ending human trafficking/modern slavery? What can you do to help? How can we help you? I am reminded that I can’t do everything, but I can do something. Together we can, will and must make a difference!

Editor's note:  Jerry Nelson is the RAGAS Coordinator for Thailand, Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Ending Trafficking and an Honorary Member of Chiang Mai International Rotary Club.  Contact him at jnelson.ragas@gmail.com

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