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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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Generation 414 feature in The Merlion Club

The editorial team would like to warmly welcome all new members who signed up with the club in the first quarter of 2016. Welcome to the Merlion Club! We hope you will enjoy reading our newsletter. SINGAPOREANS IN VICTORIA  CHRISTINE TEO  In this edition, we are pleased to introduce a young dynamic Singaporean living right here in Melbourne, Miss Christine Teo. Christine is a social worker, human rights advocate, business owner and founder of Generation 414, a social enterprise created out of Christine’s passion and work in the area of helping survivors of sex trafficking in Asia. On a mission to end modern day sex slavery, Christine set up Generation 414, a 100% organic, ethical, fair trade online store and...

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Reflections from an Asian Tour

(Originally written by Christine Teo on 26 July 2012.)  I’ve spent the last three weeks travelling around various countries around Asia. Most people would think a three week holiday around Asia would be a really fun and enjoyable one (and most people do have fun). I don’t deny that I did have many enjoyable moments throughout the entire trip but in another sense, it was one of the worst holidays I had, not taking into considerations the medical mission trips that I use to participate in. Why you might ask? And I’ll proceed to explain so…  I had just finished a semester of social work post graduate studies specialising in women and international justice and was taking a summer break....

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