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Raoul F. Duke

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A Sobering Service
« on: May 07, 2007, 09:49:36 AM »
The good folks at TESall have started a new service that deserves a look. They're seeking general public help looking for English teachers that have gone missing while abroad. Pretty chilling stuff.

http://www.tesall.com/international/viewtopic.php?t=956
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Re: A Sobering Service
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2007, 10:38:21 AM »
This is Creepy, Scary!!  And I notice that (so far) all the missing teachers are young MEN!!  What gives?!?  It's not like a Westerner can just melt into the woodwork, is it?
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Re: A Sobering Service
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2007, 02:17:04 PM »
I've often wondered what the statistics on this sort of thing were.Hats off to TESALL for providing this much needed and  long overdue service.

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Re: A Sobering Service
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2007, 02:22:33 PM »
It's not like a Westerner can just melt into the woodwork, is it?

One young woman melted into the woodwork up here...
"I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich"

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Re: A Sobering Service
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2007, 10:05:48 PM »
It's not like a Westerner can just melt into the woodwork, is it?

One young woman melted into the woodwork up here...

Maybe her family/friends should post info of her "melting into the woodwork."

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Re: A Sobering Service
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2007, 05:28:36 AM »
She was teaching further north and just disappeared. It happened a few months prior to our arrival. Apparently there was a big hunt for her but she was never found.

It was actually in the town I first applied for a job, but they wouldn't have me as they said it wasn't safe for a sole-mum with a child.
"I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich"

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Re: A Sobering Service
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2007, 05:49:38 AM »
That's another great thing about the Saloon: youcan let dozens of people know where you are, and whether you're safe.  You're never too old to leave a trail of breadcrumbs.
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Re: A Sobering Service
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2007, 03:58:46 PM »
A very sobering reality. I often tell people how safe I feel in China. So safe that I find myself letting my guard down quite a lot. After reading this, I think I'll start paying more attention to my own safety.

Thanks for posting this Raoul.
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Re: A Sobering Service
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2007, 06:27:48 AM »
A friend of mine joined the Peace Corps and is now teaching in South America.  In her classes with adult males, they all hold up cameras and take pictures of her, all while saying very disgusting things in Spanish (which she majored in and can unfortunately understand).  China seems very safe by comparison, but I think everyone has to remember that they are the outsiders, and have to act accordingly.

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Re: A Sobering Service
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2007, 02:10:40 PM »
I do feel much safer here than I would have at home, doing some of the things I do.  I figure I am clearly noticeable, and anyone trying to kidnap me etc would be noticed pretty soon.

I have walked back from the centre of the city at 2:00am, stopping to chat with workers etc on the way, walked through small alleyways hone by myself at 4:00am.

At home - no way would I do this stuff. I am very aware of where my purse, camera etc is all the time, and I walk confidently and I do chat to people - so plenty of people will be able to say where I last was.