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MTV EXIT, in collaboration with MTV Thailand, today announced the full line-up for “MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani”, a free concert on 15 March to educate young people about the dangers of human trafficking. Multi-platinum artist Bodyslam will join top bands from around the ASEAN region, including Project E.A.R.
“The fact that ASEAN’s top artists are pledging their support for the MTV EXIT campaign is testament to how the fight against human trafficking is gaining traction in the region,” said Matt Love, Director, MTV EXIT.
The “MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani” line-up includes Thai bands Bodyslam, Slot Machine, MILD, Yellow Fang and Kala, Lao rockers Cells and Kai Overdance, and Project E.A.R. (East Asian Revolution). Project E.A.R. brings together talent from established bands across ASEAN, including members of Pop Shuvit (Malaysia), Slapshock (Philippines) and Thaitanium (Thailand).
“It is inspiring to see artists from across ASEAN come together to raise awareness about human trafficking. It is a devastating crime that can affect anyone. I call on my fans in Udon Thani to come to our concert on 15 March to learn about human trafficking, and for my fans everywhere to join the fight against human trafficking in their communities,” said Artiwara Kongmalai, lead singer of Bodyslam.
The MTV EXIT campaign is produced in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It is supported by ASEAN, the Udon Thani Municipality and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of the Royal Thai Government.
"We have to work together to end human trafficking and exploitation," said Kristie Kenney, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand. "With MTV EXIT and others, we join forces with our partners across Asia and beyond to say this: enough is enough -- the scourge of human trafficking must end."
James Wise, Australian Ambassador to Thailand, said: “Human trafficking affects women, men and children alike. Australia is proud to be working with the United States, Thailand and the ASEAN community to combat this heinous crime. MTV EXIT’s concert in Udon Thani will bring together governments, communities and artists to inform and mobilise people in the fight against human trafficking. This is important because lasting change will only happen if everyone works together.”
“MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani” takes place at the Udon Thani Football Stadium on 15 March 2014. Gates open at 17:00. To pre-register for free tickets, go to www.mtvexit.org. Free tickets will also be available to pick up from 16:00-20:00 on 7, 8 and 9 March at Central Plaza Udon Thani. Supplies are limited!
People are trafficked from, through and into Thailand for sexual exploitation, forced domestic work, begging, and forced labour in the fishing, construction, factory and low-end garment industries. Udon Thani is a known area for human trafficking due to higher levels of poverty and low levels of awareness.
The majority of Asia’s 11 million victims of human trafficking are young people, making the large university town of Udon Thani a perfect location to reach those at risk with information on how they can protect themselves.
“MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani” is the thirty-ninth free human trafficking awareness-raising concert MTV EXIT has held globally. MTV EXIT made history by producing the first-ever major international concerts at Angkor Wat in Cambodia and in front of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. MTV EXIT concerts have featured top international and local artists, including Placebo, Jason Mraz, Super Junior, Simple Plan and R.E.M. MTV EXIT’s live events have reached over 1.8 million people globally.
MTV EXIT is pleased to Nok Air, Central Plaza, MCOT and TQPR as official partners for this event.
To report suspected cases of human trafficking and exploitation in Thailand, call 1300, a toll free Thai and English language hotline operated by the Ministry of Social Development and Human security.
For Myanmar migrants in Thailand, call 080 456 5560, a 24-hour Myanmar language helpline operated by Anti-Slavery International. This number is not toll free.
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MTV EXIT announced the full artist line-up for its upcoming free concert in Udon Thani during a press event in Central World on 19 February. From left: Artiwara Kongmalai (lead singer of Bodyslam), Byrd Kulpong Bunnag (CEO of MTV Thailand), Matt Love (Director, MTV EXIT), Kristie Kenney (US Ambassador to Thailand), James Wise (Australian Ambassador to Thailand), Khun Saowanee Khomepatr (Deputy Director General of the Department of Social Development and Welfare at the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security), Khun Na (person affected by human trafficking) and Khun Karinyawat Durongjirakan (Lead singer of Slot Machine),
Popular Thai bands, including Bodyslam, Slot Machine, Yellow Fang, Kala and Thaitainium, attended the public announcement of the full artist line-up for MTV EXIT’s upcoming free concert in Udon Thani during a press event in Central World on 19 February.
MTV EXIT announced the full artist line-up for its upcoming free concert in Udon Thani during a press event in Central World on 19 February. From left: Matt Love (Director, MTV EXIT), Kristie Kenney (US Ambassador to Thailand) and James Wise (Australian Ambassador to Thailand).