Rotary International - IMAGINE a World Without Human Trafficking


Kristi Wells, #CEO of Safe House Project, spoke to members of Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) on the importance of #survivorempowerment to eradicate trafficking. Through a multi-disciplinary panel of industry leaders, like Bill Woolf, Mary Frances Bowley (Wellspring Living), Heather Fischer (Thomson Reuters), Ashlie Bryant (3 Strands Global), Dave McCleary, Jessica Munoz (Hoʻōla Nā Pua), Marc Stanton, and leading #rotarians the event educated participants on the current state of trafficking in America and around the globe.

The Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery was established in 2013 and has Rotarian members in over 65 countries. The Action Group’s Theory of Change commands how we believe we can make our mission a reality. Through awareness and prevention education of the human trafficking/modern slavery issue and membership, RAGAS can activate Rotarians/Rotary Clubs to serve their communities to help lessen their vulnerability to human trafficking/modern slavery. Rotary has proven that it can best affect change within communities by relying on Rotarian’s understanding and knowledge of their own local communities to determine how they are best served.  Once identified, then RAGAS can share and better help to coordinate successful projects, connect local partners, and promote Rotary’s 7 areas of focus, ultimately helping to reduce the risk of human trafficking/modern slavery.  No other organization has the sphere of influence like Rotary, with the ability to be focused at the local level while operating at a global level. Through Rotary’s influence and strength, RAGAS will continue to globally network one community at a time for real and lasting impact, change, and hope to end Human Trafficking/Modern Slavery.   

Trafficking victims are often lured into modern slavery by false promises and so may not easily trust others. They may:

  • Be fearful of police/authorities
  • Be fearful of the trafficker, believing their lives or family members’ lives are at risk if they escape
  • Exhibit signs of physical and psychological trauma e.g. anxiety, lack of memory of recent events, bruising, untreated conditions
  • Be fearful of telling others about their situation
  • Be unaware they have been trafficked and believe they are simply in a bad job
  • Have limited freedom of movement
  • Be unpaid or paid very little
  • Have limited access to medical care
  • Seem to be in debt to someone
  • Have no passport or mention that someone else is holding their passport
  • Be regularly moved to avoid detection
  • Believe they are being controlled by use of witchcraft

Check out the recording above to hear from these thought #leaders on how we can all #IMAGINE a world without human trafficking.


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