For Immediate Release
USAID partner MTV EXIT, in collaboration with MTV Thailand, today announced the full line-up for “MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani”, a free concert on March 15 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 March 15 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."
“MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani” takes place at the Udon Thani Football Stadium on 15 March 15th, 2014. Gates open at 5:00 P.M.. To pre-register for free tickets, go to www.mtvexit.org. Free tickets will also be available to pick up from 4:00 to 8:00 on March 7, 8, and 9 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 labor 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.
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.
To see more photos from the event, click HERE
Last updated: August 14, 2014