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February 12, 2014 BANGKOK – USAID partner MTV EXIT, in collaboration with MTV Thailand, will host a massive live concert in Udon Thani on March 15th to educate young people about the dangers of human trafficking. Thailand’s Slot Machine and MILD, and Lao rockers Cells and Kai Overdance, will be joined by top acts from around ASEAN. The full line-up, including the hugely popular headlining act, will be announced in Bangkok on 19 February.
“Once again, we are breaking ground in our approach to educating young people about human trafficking. We are going straight to the source – to a region where young people are targeted by human traffickers every day. By combining music with information, ‘MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani’ will equip concertgoers with concrete actions they can take to stay safe from traffickers,” said Matt Love, Director, MTV EXIT.
“We are excited to be partnering with MTV EXIT for the fourth time, as we continue our fight against human trafficking. Music is a powerful tool, and when we hit the stage in Udon Thani on 15 March, people are going to learn the hard facts they need to protect themselves and their families from being trafficked,” said Karinyawat Durongjirakan, lead singer of Slot Machine.
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.
“Human Trafficking is one of the most prevalent transnational crimes, not only in ASEAN but in the world. Law enforcement alone cannot combat this inhumane trade of human beings. ASEAN Member States are committed to combating human trafficking and protecting our people. I encourage the people of ASEAN to be vigilant against the signs of trafficking in their neighbourhood and their community, and to join hands with law enforcement in preventing vulnerable people from trafficking,” said Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN.
“MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani” will take 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!
“MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani” is the thirty-ninth free human trafficking awareness-raising concert MTV EXIT has held globally.
MTV EXIT is pleased to have Central Plaza Udon Thani 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.
Last updated: June 17, 2014