Project Karma Fund
After travelling extensively throughout South East Asia over the last 12 months and working with a major child protection organisation in running a project spread over 6 countries that focussed on investigating reports of transnational child sex exploitation and working with local authorities in bringing perpetrators to justice, as well as consulting to other smaller child protection agencies in combating these types of crimes, I have identified a need for a new approach to the currently adopted one in these regions and many other areas that require a targeted focus.
My story has been covered through numerous media outlets in Australia and around the world during my time overseas and I have learned much about the nature of these crimes and successful methods in combating them. I have also developed an extensive network in these countries that Project Karma will draw upon to combat organised crime that facilitate the services and the foreign nationals that visit the regions to utilise them. We will also be focussing on expatriates and local offenders that sexually abuse children.
I have since returned to Australia and created a project model that will be a game changer in making serious inroads to stamping out the human trafficking of children into forced prostitution and protecting children from travelling child sex predators - "the Sentinel Project"
A full business plan is available to serious donors on request and a website is currently under development.
We are in start up phase and funding is required to enable me to afford focusing on this project full time and travelling to researched, target locations in South East Asia to interview suitable partner organisations to provide aid services to the children we will be rescuing as well as identifying a suitable premises as a base of operations and interviewing potential investigators and staff members.
Full details of the project concept, targets, goals and strategies will be presented on this page in the weeks to come as the final stages of incorporation are completed and the project moves into roll out.
Once the charity is registered officially, tax deductible donation options will be provided, partner charity organisations will be announced and we plan to launch a dedicated global media campaign.
For now, we are appealing for donations to cover start up costs and would appreciate anything you are able to offer.... Every dollar helps.
I am dedicated to seeing this vision become a reality and I have committed everything I have to it. I hope you feel as passionate as I do about tackling this serious issue and want to play a part in having an impact on these criminals and saving children from the abhorrent circumstances they are forced to endure.
Here is the story of my background as was originally released last year to assist in sending me to South East Asia to begin this journey which has ultimately led to the creation of Project Karma and the Sentinel Project.
KARMA IS COMING
My name is Glen and I am a qualified Private Investigator with over 12 years’ experience in the Victorian Police Force.
12 months ago I made a decision to leave Australia in order to offer my skills as an investigator to assist organizations abroad to combat Transnational Child Sex Offenders which is a broad term used to describe many forms of pedophilia and child sex exploitation committed by traveling and expatriate foreign nationals as well as organized crime syndicates around the world. It took some 6 months of research and preparation to enable me to make the transition and my journey to date has led me to multiple countries throughout South-East Asia as I accepted a position with an international non government organisation heading a donation funded project to coordinate, manage, mentor, train and in some cases provide my services directly in the field to assist in enhancing the investigative skills and evidence gathering techniques of around 10 local private investigation teams tasked with analysing, investigating and then reporting to law enforcement agencies on all known incidents of child sexual exploitation spread across India, Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
I was previously based in Jakarta, Indonesia but broadened my scope to continue this work with other organizations and relocated to Bali.
I plan to follow this journey where ever it will take me and stay where the need is greatest. I have a very big dream that with the help of the many good local and international contacts and the support many good people with good hearts that have and continue to donate to funding me in this mission, I can see that this will become a reality.
I plan to have investigation teams located in more and more "hot spots" for child sex tourism as well as assist in the design of a stafe house that will be used to rehabilitate and provide welfare and education services to child victims of these abhorrent crimes but I also plan to partner with many like minded people and organisations with the singular goal to take the fight to the organised crime syndicates that create the market for traveling child sex offenders and profit from the life long damage that they inflict upon children every day.
I have been fortunate enough in this first 3 months to build an extensive network of local and international police as well as embassies, consulates, charities and non government organisations that provide critical after care and rehabilitation services to the victims we rescue. I will continue to work to train educators and investigators in a high standard of investigative techniques that will allow them to then work actively with local police who are often under resourced, inexperienced and/or underpaid, in pursuing offenders through the local courts and justice systems.
I am have been asking for donations because an average wage in a South East Asian country is well below the minimum wage in Australia and although it would be enough for me to live off in South East Asia, I have 2 young boys that live in Victoria that are 7 and 4 years old, whom I love very much and I need to be able to maintain loving relationships with them and contribute financially to their wellbeing my meager form of income.
I have sold next to everything I own in order to contribute to this important cause after I was inspired by my travels to South East Asia in 2013. What was a very relaxing holiday unexpectedly changed many things within me and challenged many of my own core beliefs. I have witnessed many things in some of theses countries I visited that even after having served with Victoria Police for over 12 years I thought I had a true understanding of the world but soon found myself questioning what I valued most, what I felt was important to me and also what would make me happy, fulfilled and my young sons proud of me and inspired in their life.
I left my boys and departed Australia on the 15th of September to commence my work and there have been many challenges and more ahead and the work is often quite dangerous but the desired result is very important to the lives of many children in these countries.
By donating to my cause, you are enabling me to make a significant impact on the safety and wellbeing of children across some of the most high-risk areas of the world. You are enabling me to maintain relationships with my family which will in turn allow me to provide focused and sustained support to a program that will deliver strong outcomes in the fight against child exploitation.
The campaign has evolved into a fully fledged charity with all donations going toward a world first model to address child sexual exploitation in South East Asia - the Sentinel Model and we continue to expand this concept with operations in Bali underway and Cebu to follow very soon.
Last night saw another milestone in the organisation's achievements with the legislation to amend the Passport Act 2005 to ban travel of all Australian registered child sex offenders (RSCOs) passing through the Senate after previously passing through the House of Representatives last week. It is now LAW pending an implementation date and 20,000 RCSO's are now prevented from overseas travel which will protect thousands of children in South East Asia for generations to come.
We are proud to have played an initial role by bringing this to Senator Derryn Hinch in October 2015 before he became a politician and we congratulate him and his Justice Party for their efforts in working with the Government to create this bill almost immediately upon being voted in. We are told that this legislation is the fastest in Australia's history to be drafted, tabled and voted on - ever!
Your support has helped make that all that possible.
Next we will take this world first legislation to other countries and will lobby for it to be adopted by their Governments to further protect children around the world. New Zealand being the first stop.
Watch this space for further developments and please continue to support our cause as without any form of Government funding, we rely on private donations to continue our work.
Thank you from all at #projectkarma
Much behind the scenes efforts have been occurring to secure our first Sentinel Team in Bali and we are very close to operations commencing. You may have seen the conviction and 15 year sentence of Australian child sex offender Robert Andrew Ellis in Bali in October last year. We played an instrumental role in his arrest months earlier as well as providing support and legal representation to victims through our extensive network of providers.
Likewise there has been much efforts in preparing for operations to commence in Cebu, Philippines and the formation of our first Sentinel Ream there.
Funding is critical to these operations commencement.
We currently have an online raffle open to Australian residents in eligible states with very good odds vs outlay which has first prize as a trip for 4 to Bali with flights a private villa accommodation. You can support our operations by purchasing tickets here: www.rafflelink.com.au/karma
Or you can donate directly via our facebook page donate button: https://m.facebook.com/project.karma.sentinel/
or via our website: www.projectkarma.org.au
I personally, along with the growing supporting cast of volunteers playing an active role in Project Karma's development sincerely thank you all for your previous donations and support that have lead us to here. We desperately need to raise the required funds over the next 3 months for operations to be sustainable and once again I am personally appealing to you to helps us in achieving this goal. Feel free to use any of the aforementioned methods to contribute or donate here via gofundme.
KPPA is a respected child protection, welfare and legal advocacy in Karangasem and will play an important role in providing legal services to child victims rescued under the Sentinel Project and shelter/welfare services to child victims unable to be repatriated. In order to cope with the expected demand once the Sentinel Project is commenced in conjunction with local civil police (Pecalang and Jaga Baya) KPPA has commenced construction of a new building to house another 15 beds. These beds will add capacity to existing services and be available for victims rescued under Project Karma's Sentinel Project. Our organisation will in turn assist with funding to ensure construction is completed as quickly as possible.
We are excited to see this new development and look forward to a productive partnership in Bali with KPPA.
You can assist us with this project in Bali by donating via our website: www.projectkarma.org.au or by clicking on the "Donate Now" button on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/project.karma.sentinel/
Hello, I am Humphrey from New York city. 52 years old with two grown boys. I took time to read about your Story and it really touched me. I know how much you try to keep up with the support you need. I and my wife have decided to contribute to the donation but directly to you because i am having a little challenge doing it here. You can mail me on humphreychris751 at gmail.com
Coming up to retirement I would love to offer some help, even on the ground as a volunteer.
Mate you may be able to raise funds through the Avaaz community. Avaaz.org They are massive and all community backed. Cant see why they wouldnt allow you to post this page or even start by a petition for foreign action for child protection through their online community of millions. These people move mountains.
You're a legend. Thank you for making this world a better place.
What you are doing is fantastic. I do need to get in contact with you as my company maybe of some help. www.forensic-pathways.com. We have unique technology for the identification of digital images - Forensic Image Analyser and are working with Interpol re Child Exploitation Images. Please take a look at our website and let me know when it would be good to talk if you would like to. We also have an Australian entity. It would also be good to promote what you are doing .
I think what you are doing is awesome! Go you! I admire what you are doing. Good luck!
Hey mate what you are doing is very special I hope you succeed.We live in an evil world but its people like you who breed some hope.I wish there was another way to help.Are there anymore positions like yours?You must need some physical help along side you dont you?What can I do?Anyway good luck and stay strong
Hi Glen, Fantastic to read. Could you provide some details to contribute from outside Australia? I am overseas (Australian in Austria) and the website wouldn't allow a payment to be processed. Thankyou Brenton
I will donate whenever I can! I really hope that when you are in the Philippines you and Project WATCH are able to make some sort of an impact. Too many times when visiting Metro Manila at night I see lone men (majority of them Australian and American men well past their 40s) just hanging around and trying to "spark up conversations" with young children knowing very well what they are doing. I've even had men start talking to me offering to buy me something when I was a child (I am half Philippine-half Australian and visit often) with my older relatives right near me! But I know all too well the truth behind their holidays there as my parents made sure I understood. It's disgusting what these sex tourists do and these child sex rings only thrive because they always have "customers" and in the Philippines they are not run by Filipinos they are run by Eastern European and Middle Eastern men exploiting the naïve and hungry.
Inspirational to see you are being the change you wish to see in the world. I wish you every success and will donate as soon I am able too. Be safe.