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iMind Update (Winter Edition)

Generation 414 feature in iMind Newsletter by Mind Australia    Name: Christine Teo Role: National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Project Officer How long have you been with Mind? Since 2010, including a year-long break to set up an Anti-Trafficking NGO in Asia in 2014. Favourite hobby: Baking cupcakes and sharing them around. Worst habit: Not drinking enough water. Favourite hobby: Baking cupcakes and sharing them around. Worst habit: Not drinking enough water. Worst habit: Not drinking enough water. I’ve loved working for Mind in various roles. It is a wonderful organisation with great culture that believes in helping people gain better mental health and wellbeing while also improving the quality of their lives. Outside office hours, I run a social enterprise...

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The Generation 414 Team

Christine Teo  Christine Teo, a business graduate and registered social worker is the Founder of Generation 414. During a tour through South East Asia, one summer break, Christine was brutally confronted with the way the local women were callously treated by male tourists. At night, streets were lined with high-school aged girls and children selling their bodies for cash. Christine was often approached by male tourists and mistaken to be a prostitute during her visit because of her Asian descent. This infuriated her and it was this anguish lead her to create Generation 414 to address the issue of sexual exploitation.  Christine has international experience in combating sexual exploitation and human trafficking. She is actively involved in many community outreach...

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Generation 414: Acting against modern-day slavery

(Originally written by Dawn Lee on 1 Jul 2016)  Sex trafficking and slavery may seem like two of the world’s most intractable problems, but founder of Generation 414, Christine Teo, wants to show this generation of young people that action can make a difference towards solving it.  It’s only about half an hour into the morning tea, and the plates of fresh scones, cream and jam and mugs of coffee lie forgotten. Instead, all eyes and ears are glued to the screen at the front of the darkened room.  The hush contrasts with the petrified and screaming faces of young women in a re-enactment from a documentary about the global sex trafficking industry, Nefarious: Merchants of Souls. It details stories rife...

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The 2016 Run Melbourne & Lessons learnt from The 2013 Melbourne Marathon

I took part in the 2016 Run Melbourne to help raise awareness on Human Trafficking and Mental Health. It was a very cold start to the morning however I had a very inspiring walk with Mr Julian Gardner this morning. It wasn't till I arrived home and googled him before I realised who he really is... Mr Gardner from February 2000 to April 2007, was the Public Advocate for the Australian state of Victoria. The Advocate protects the legal rights of Victorians over 18 years old with disabilities, often by intervening in court actions, holding and exercising legal guardianship over disabled persons, and/or petitioning other government agencies on behalf of disabled persons.  In 1972, he was one of the founding...

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‘Do you think we’ll pay for bad things we’ve done?’ Revelations of Aussie sex tourists in Thailand

(Originally written by Jas Rawlinson, on 4 July 2016) It’s a warm Monday evening, and somewhere in southeast Asia an Australian man is about to enter a bar filled with beautiful young women. Dan isn’t ashamed to say that he’s spent a lot of time in karaoke bars and red light districts around Thailand. After all, he’s just one of many Western men doing the same thing. But while Dan could be your average Australian sex tourist there’s one thing that sets him apart; he’s actually an undercover rescue worker, searching for underage girls and trafficking victims. “It’s a rough industry,” he admits, as we talk of the girls he has seen rescued and the men who travel to Thailand to purchase them. While the...

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