The issue of human trafficking has become a global concern, and most directly affects Asia. About 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked annually in the region, of which an estimated 250,000 are from Southeast Asia and an additional 150,000 from South Asia. USAID and the MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) Foundation work together to raise awareness about—and increase prevention of—human trafficking and exploitation across Asia. This public-private partnership harnesses the power of local and international musicians and celebrities through on-air, online and on-the-ground actions designed to reach young adults who are at risk of becoming victims of the trafficking chain.
The MTV EXIT campaign has organized 30 concert events across Asia coupled with National Youth Sessions, youth roadshows, documentaries and more than 100 multimedia products produced for television and the internet. Combined, these have reached an estimated 300 million people in Asia with messages aimed at increasing awareness of the threat of human trafficking. Live events and multi-media products draw on important financial and other support from the private sector, non-governmental organizations and local governments. The campaign in Asia is funded in partnership with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the international non-governmental organization, WalkFree, and is endorsed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Last updated: April 17, 2014