4 SEPTEMBER 2013, BEIJING – MTV EXIT and Chinese superstar Han Geng today launched “Human Traffic: China”, a powerful new documentary aiming to raise awareness and help prevent human trafficking in China.
“MTV EXIT worked closely with anti-trafficking agencies across China to document the real stories of people affected by human trafficking,” said Matt Love, Director, MTV EXIT. “Our goal is to educate young people on this critical social issue, and encourage audiences to take action if they suspect human trafficking is happening in their communities.”
Hosted by Han Geng, “Human Traffic: China” tells the stories of real people affected by the human trafficking trade in China and the region: Xiao Xiang, a young Chinese boy abducted for illegal domestic adoption; Kyi Kyi, a woman from Myanmar trafficked to China for forced marriage; and Thien, a young girl from Vietnam trafficked to China as a forced sex worker.
“Human trafficking and exploitation are happening all around us. That’s why I am proud to be a part of MTV EXIT’s ‘Human Traffic: China’. I call on my fans to watch this documentary and spread the word about human trafficking in China so we can help protect our friends, families and communities from falling into the trap. Together, we can end it,” said Han Geng.
MTV China’s popular nightly program, TLC, will be premiering exclusive clips from the documentary at 21:00 from 9-11 October. Please check local listings for repeat broadcasts.
“Human Traffic: China” is one of the first documentaries in China to cast a spotlight on cross-border human trafficking in the country. The 36-minute documentary is in Mandarin, with English subtitles, and is available rights-free and at no cost to broadcasters.
The production of “Human Traffic: China” was made possible through on-the-ground support from the China Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the United Nations Inter Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP). The documentary was produced in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Walk Free and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Han Geng has a rich history with MTV’s parent company, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). He was named Most Popular Mainland Male Singer at the CCTV MTV Mandarin Music Honours in 2012, Top Worldwide Act at last year’s MTV European Music Awards, and Favourite Asian Act at Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards in 2013. Most recently, Han Geng has been cast in the latest installment of the Transformers franchise by Paramount Pictures.
To report suspected cases of human trafficking and exploitation in China, please call 110.
MTV EXIT is pleased to have the Fairmont Beijing Hotel as an official sponsor for the launch of “Human Traffic: China”.
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MTV EXIT is the world’s largest behaviour change campaign in the fight against human trafficking and exploitation. Harnessing the power of the MTV brand, MTV EXIT’s mission is to contribute to a reduction in human trafficking through the design and implementation of innovative on-air, on-the-ground and online activities that equip young people to make informed, empowered decisions. Launched in 2004, MTV EXIT has held 38 awareness-raising concerts in 18 countries, reaching over 800,000 people on the ground with critical information about human trafficking. More than 87 million people have watched MTV EXIT programs on television, and thousands more have attended over 200 community outreach events. For more information, please 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.
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
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.