CELEBRITIES, NGOS AND STUDENTS JOIN FORCES WITH MTV EXIT TO TEACH SAFE MIGRATION IN BATTAMBANG
04 DECEMBER 2013, BATTAMBANG, CAMBODIA
SummaryMTV EXIT reached nearly 4,000 people in Battambang province with information about human trafficking from 9-12 December. This was the fifth consecutive year MTV EXIT has produced a free concert in Cambodia to mark National Anti-Trafficking Day on 12 December.
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- MTV EXIT, the world’s largest behaviour change campaign in the fight against human trafficking, held a Roadshow in Battambang, Cambodia, from 9-12 December to raise awareness of human trafficking and exploitation.
- The Roadshow kicked off with a Youth Jam on 9 December, where 26 young people (aged 18-25) learned about human trafficking, how to hold awareness-raising events, and how to use community theatre and visual arts to share messages. The three-day Youth Jam took place at World Vision and Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang city. The young people will now take what they learned back to their homes across Battambang province in order to teach vulnerable groups in their communities how to make smart migration choices when considering work abroad.
- The Roadshow wrapped with a free concert on 12 December – marking Cambodia's National Anti-Trafficking Day. The concert took place at B2B Night Market in Battambang. Nearly 4,000 people were entertained by Loy 9 superstars Yaro and Catherine, MTV EXIT Celebrity Ambassador Pou Khlaing and the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus theatre. Local NGOs set up booths on the concert grounds to distribute information on safe migration.
- The MTV EXIT Roadshow was produced in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID, ASEAN, World Vision and Phare Ponleu Selpak.
- Battambang province is a source of young men trafficked to Malaysia and Thailand, particularly for forced labour in the fishing industry. Battambang province is located close to the Thai border and there are many young men (18-25 years) wanting to migrate to Thailand and onwards to Malaysia for work. Battambang-Chanthaburi and Poipet-Aranyaprathet are key crossing points for Cambodian nationals into Thailand, who are often unaware that they are being trafficked to Samut Prakan, Rayong or Chonburi and into the fishing industry.
- Since 2008, MTV EXIT has produced five free concerts in Cambodia, reaching over 100,000 people with information on human trafficking and safe migration. The concerts took place in Sihanoukville, Kampong Cham, Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh. MTV EXIT also produced the Khmer-language documentary “Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special hosted by Dr. Chea Samnang” and a music video called "3 Don'ts" featuring hip hop artist Pou Khlaing. In 2011, MTV EXIT hosted a National Anti-Trafficking Youth Forum in Phnom Penh.
If you suspect a case of human trafficking, please call the free Cambodia Helpline 1280. If in Thailand, call the free Thailand Helpline 1300. The Khmer language service of the Thailand helpline will begin in January 2014. If in Malaysia, call +60 12 3350512 (not free) to seek assistance and report cases of trafficking.
"In one week I have learned a lot. I now know how art, music and drama performances can help educate people on how to protect themselves from becoming victims of human trafficking." Vang Sara, MTV EXIT Youth Ambassador
"I feel so proud that so many people came to watch this concert -- there was great energy in the crowd. I have worked with MTV EXIT since 2008. We toured around the country, and awareness about human trafficking got better and better. I'll keep working with all my heart because this is good for my people." Pou Khlaing, MTV EXIT Celebrity Ambassador
"MTV EXIT is an organisation that can spread the message wider and wider. The anti-trafficking in persons programme needs MTV EXIT to help spread messages about safe migration to prevent human trafficking. " Kim Thea, World Vision
About MTV EXIT
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 has one vision: to contribute to a reduction of human trafficking through the design and implementation of innovative campaigns that equip young people to make informed, empowered decisions.
With the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), MTV EXIT works closely with key stakeholders and influencers across the globe, including international and local celebrities, media and corporate partners, anti-trafficking and youth organisations, government agencies and young people to create targeted campaigns that promote safe migration, and encourage communities to take social action.