Bulletin 16 April 2012

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3400/No.79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud

 
 
“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod;
my shadow does that much better.”
―Plutarch

 

Attending: Rucina, Cat, Rosalind, Mandy, Fred, Gabe, Bruce, Cheung Chu, Bill, Philip

Regrets: Antje (Germany); LLoyd, Sue, Marilyn, Alisa, Danielle (US); Zsuzsa (Canada); Don and Sue B (somewhere in the Pacific); Driya and Probo, Kadek, Mary Lee, Mary Jane, Patricia, Tjok Raka (Bali); Augie (Bali? Thailand?)

Guests: Andrew and Penny Wells from the UK; Deborah and Douglas MacDonald of Queensland, AU; Ruth Austin from Sydney, AU; Natalia Perry (speaker), Parveen and Wayan, all from Sacred Childhoods Foundation; Nikki Hennigan and Barbara Smith of RC Canggu

PE Rosalind opened the meeting with an apology for the lack of a raffle prize. We suspect there’s a secret stash at LLoyd’s, but since he’s out of the country… Donations of prizes will be most welcome!

Rucina, Rustiasa and Rosalind shared their different experiences at DISTAS (District 3400’s Assembly) in Sanur on Saturday. Each went to a separate, day-long breakout session. Rustiasa attended the one on Rotary’s New Generation focus led by PP Suryawan of RC Denpasar (a former Rotaract), and was amazed at the range of programs Rotary offers, some of which have direct application to plans at his Campuhan College. Rucina joined the Administration section which, as incoming Secretary, she found quite useful. Rosalind was in the English-speaking section led by Guz Goh and got a thorough review of all the roles of club officers and the many aspects of being a club president.

One thing she learned there is that Club Assemblies are recommended to be held four times a year. Some clubs include these in their regular meeting schedules, devoting one meeting to an assembly and closing it to guests. She asked for members’ opinions, which were mixed. Gabe settled it for the immediate future by offering her place for the next assembly. Thanks Gabe!

Bill gave an update on the proposal for an HIV/AIDS testing clinic. He reported that Marilyn had received very positive feedback on it from RC La Jolla Golden Triangle, and it’s moving along.

Gabe’s Rotary Minute was inspiring as usual, reminding us of President Banerjee’s message of humanity’s common hopes, and then noting that his Bangladeshi countryman Mohamed Younis will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Rotary Convention in Bangkok (May 6-9). Younis won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work founding the Grameen Bank and its hugely successful microfinance program, which makes small loans to people (mostly women) ineligible for traditional bank loans. Younis is a mesmerizing speaker—yet another reason to attend the Convention!

Rucina introduced our guest speaker, Natalia Perry, who founded Sacred Childhoods Foundation to combat the trafficking of children and women. This was Natalia’s second visit to RCBUS, and she got more detailed about the efforts of SCF, including their Project COCAC: Combating Organised Crimes Against Children, just launched in January.

Human trafficking is currently the second most prevalent and profitable crime in the world after drugs, and alongside arms trafficking. COCAC is focused on three major issues in Indonesia: (1) Trafficking of Children (ToC) for purposes of sex; (2) ToC for Illegal Organ Harvesting; and (3) Child Abuse in the Indonesian Community.

ToC is a significant problem in Indonesia where about 100,000 children per year are trafficked, 70,000 of whom are sold into sex slavery. Their families are told lies about what they will be doing, e.g., cultural dancer, and they end up in a brothel with a life expectancy of four years.

Indonesia signed the Rights of the Child Protocol in 2008, but there is a wide discrepancy between the law and its enforcement. The US Department of State publishes the Trafficking in

Persons (TIPS) report ranking countries by the extent of trafficking. Indonesia is currently a Tier 2 country: countries who do not fully comply with the minimum standards, but are making

Natalia Perry of Sacred Childhoods Foundation

significant efforts. Indonesia wants to avoid the Tier 2 Watch List: countries in which the number of victims is very significant or is significantly increasing, and fail to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat trafficking.

Action is necessary on a wide variety of fronts:

  • A Nationwide Awareness and Prevention Program for communities being targeted by traffickers
  • Effective toll-free hotline help (current staffing takes four days to answer)
  • PPA units (Perlindungan Perempuan Anak – Children and Women Protection) need more training and budgets to investigate
  • Seizure of assets needs to be a real threat for those indicted of trafficking
  • Aftercare is needed: safe houses and half-way houses (SCF is building The Sanctuary, a therapeutic recovery center
  • ToC for Organ Removal seems to be real, though is still under investigation and cannot be discussed now.
  • An awareness and prevention campaign is needed in major tourist spots and within the expat community to combat Child Sex Tourism (CST), both by unregistered, situational sex offenders and prolific sex offenders known to authorities, and even long-term expats engaging in CSA.

Australia is one of the few countries with a sex offender registry linked to its immigration database, so they know that about 275 registered sex offenders come from Australia to Bali every month. There’s no data on traveling Asian sex offenders since their databases do not link with immigration.

Cyber CSA may become the biggest threat to children in Indonesia. A lot of cooperation will be needed among providers (Paypal, Google, etc.). The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children is pressuring many Internet providers to report any indication of child pornography.

Natalia will be working with Rucina to prepare a proposal for RCBUS to assist the work of SCF, focused on awareness and aftercare programs.

Rosalind adjourned the meeting.

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