5 MARCH 2013, BANGKOK/VIENTIANE: MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) today announces the release of “Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special,” a powerful documentary film aiming to raise awareness and help prevent human trafficking in Laos. The half-hour documentary film, hosted by musician Sac from the Cells, is produced in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID), Walk Free: the movement to end modern slavery, and it is supported by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP).
The documentary film will premiere on LaoStar 8 March 2013 8:30 PM. Next month, additional human-trafficking awareness programming from MTV EXIT will air on LaoStar and broadcast details will be announced soon.
“Enslaved” is MTV EXIT’s insightful documentary series produced for 13 different countries across Asia including Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Adapted versions of “Enslaved” identify relevant current and emerging trafficking trends, while allowing audiences to connect this important issue to their community.
“I am proud to partner with MTV EXIT on this project. My hope is that the people of Laos will watch Enslaved and be encouraged to get informed and join the fight against human trafficking. Join me and take a stand against modern-day slavery,” said Sac, MTV EXIT Celebrity Campaign Ambassador of Laos and host of “Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special.”
The Lao version of “Enslaved” takes viewers inside the harrowing stories of people affected by the human trafficking trade in Laos: Gai, a Thai woman trafficked to Japan as a forced sex worker; Vannak a young man from Cambodia trafficked for labour onto a Thai fishing vessel; and Vatsana, a Laotian woman trafficked to Thailand and forced to work as a domestic slave for 16 years in a Bangkok home.
Human trafficking is a crime where traffickers enslave and exploit victims. There are more than 20 million people living in slavery around the world and more than half of those affected are in Southeast Asia. Through “Enslaved,” MTV EXIT and its partners aim to inform the public about the traps of trafficking and how to take action to prevent becoming a victim of this devastating crime.
For more information, visit www.mtvexit.org or follow MTV EXIT on the following social media platforms: Twitter @mtvexit, Facebook www.facebook.com/mtvexit, Google+ www.google.com/+MTVEXIT and YouTube www.youtube.com/mtvef.
To seek help or advice on human trafficking in Laos, please call the Anti Human Trafficking Prevention Department at 021970 543 or the Counseling and Protection Center for Women and Children 1362.
The MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign is an award-winning multimedia initiative to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking and exploitation. MTV EXIT was launched in Europe in 2004 and expanded across Asia with USAID in 2007. To date MTV EXIT has produced an extensive catalogue of powerful TV programming to promote awareness about human trafficking. MTV documentaries include Sold: An MTV EXIT Special presented by Lara Dutta; Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special, presented by Lucy Liu; and Inhuman Traffic, presented by Angelina Jolie; each of which have been translated into a dozen local language versions presented by Asian celebrities such as Rain of Korea and Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein and R Zarni in Myanmar. Further MTV EXIT programming also includes short films, public service announcements, animated drama and music videos. MTV EXIT and Radiohead collaborated on an anti-exploitation video for their song All I Need, which premiered across MTV’s global network with similar collaborations with The Killers, MUSE, The Click Five, etc. MTV EXIT has also established partnerships with over 100 non-governmental organisations, distributed hundreds of thousands of anti-trafficking brochures in over 25 languages, and reached out to millions of young people through anti-trafficking messages at concerts and music festivals featuring R.E.M., Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Hives, Thievery Corporation, Placebo, Jason Mraz and hundreds of other international and local artists. For more information visit www.mtvexit.org
USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, is an independent U.S. Government agency that operates under the foreign-policy direction of the U.S. Secretary of State. Since 1961, USAID has been the principal U.S. Government agency extending assistance to countries worldwide recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia, based in Bangkok, oversees a broad portfolio of regional and transnational programs, and also provides support to several USAID bilateral missions in Asia as well as manages programs in countries in which it does not have a permanent presence. Its regional approach addresses problems that cross national boundaries, such as human and wildlife trafficking, HIV/AIDS, natural resources conservation, trade, and political and economic conflict. Please see www.usaid.gov for more information.
AusAID is the Australian Agency for International Development. Australia’s development assistance is guided by the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed targets for poverty reduction, and by the Australian aid program’s objective to assist developing nations to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. Australia works with NGOs, multilateral institutions and volunteers, as well as directly with national governments. Australia’s support to the MTV EXIT Campaign complements other anti-trafficking work AusAID is undertaking in the region. These projects include the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons (ARTIP) Project, which aims to strengthen the capacity of criminal justice agencies in South East Asia to respond to human trafficking; Project TRIANGLE, which works with governments in the region to improve the living and working conditions of migrants; and Project Childhood, which seeks to better protect children from child sex tourism and improve government systems to put the perpetrators of this crime behind bars. See www.ausaid.gov.au for more information.
Walk Free is a new movement of people everywhere working together to end one of the world’s greatest evils: modern slavery. As we build our community across the world with the powerful tools of new technologies and social media, we will seek change at local, national and global levels. Walk Free’s aim is to mobilise citizens, governments, businesses and communities to take action – so that slavery in all its forms is brought to an end, and people everywhere can walk free. www.walkfree.org
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967. The Member States of the Association are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The ASEAN Secretariat is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. General information on ASEAN appears on-line at the ASEAN website: www.asean.org.
United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP)
The United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) was established in 2000 to facilitate a stronger and more coordinated response to human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). UNIAP’s overall goal is to make a tangible and sustained impact on human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) through continued advancement of a more cohesive, strategic and incisive response. As an interagency project, UNIAP works closely with over 250 government (including all relevant ministries), UN (ILO, UNICEF, IOM, etc.), civil society (national and regional NGOs) and private sector partners regionally, nationally and on the community level. Please visit www.no-trafficking.org/ for more information.
Human Trafficking is defined by the United Nations as “the recruitment, transportation, and receipt of a person for sexual or economical exploitation by force, fraud, coercion, or deception” in order to make a profit. It is a form of modern-day slavery with the UN estimating that there are more than 20 million people living in slavery around the world, with the majority of these victims in Asia and the Pacific. It is the second-largest illegal trade after drugs, with criminal traffickers earning over US$32billion every year through the buying and selling of human beings. Often, victims are young men and women – the MTV demographic – who are guilty only of wanting a better life.