Posted by Carol Metzker on Apr 03, 2014

Slavery (human trafficking)

(Ed. Note: Carol is a writer, speaker and author.  She is a recipient of Rotary International’s highest award, Service Above Self.)


Most people think that human trafficking and child slavery exist "somewhere else." The sad truth is that they exist in every country of the world.

You don't need to be a saint, millionaire or world traveler to help change this injustice—just someone who cares about his or her fellow humans. In fact, Rotarians are the perfect people to help… and they're already taking on this issue. In this program, learn how they are making a difference and how you can join us.

This program is also a sneak preview of some of the stories in my presentation at the 2014 RI Convention in Sydney. The breakout session, "Rotarians Combating Child Slavery" hosted by the Rotarian Action Group Against Child Slavery, will the first presentation about human trafficking at an RI convention.


(Please click on the bottom-right bottom of the presentation, the one with the 4 arrows going in 4 directions, in order to increase the size of the presentation slides)


Survivor Success Stories

Ann Marie recovered from a decade of sex trafficking in PA, USA, at Dawn's Place (where I volunteer and where Rotarians have provided books, furniture, money for interpreters and education, and public transportation passes). She was arrested more than 50 times for prostitution before anyone looked at her as a victim instead of as a criminal. Today her record has been expunged and she is a peer counselor who helps women recover from the life she once endured.

Kalika* (name changed for protection) was enslaved as a child—taking care of seven children in a tiny room, not provided with enough food, not allowed to leave or go to school. After being rescued, she was given shelter, food, medical and psychological help, an education and care. Today she is an energetic and confident teen studying English in college (with aspirations to become a journalist) and training to become a rare female trekking guide in Nepal. Her younger sisters are still being cared for Asha Nepal's children's center, where Rotarians donated blankets in February.

It has been my honor and privilege to spend time with these survivors and to take inspiration from their strength and resiliency.


Learn More

Becoming a Slavery-Free Business, Removing Slavery From Product Supply Chains: 8:18 min: - more ways to help, more photos - Join the Rotarian Action Group Against Child Slavery!

If interested, a video on the country of Nepal.

Rural Nepal - Village Life in the Middle Hills: 10:14 min



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