Cambodian youth to lead in the fight against human trafficking
( MTV EXIT ) - MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and the Cambodian National Committee to Suppress Human Trafficking, Smuggling, Labor and Sexual Exploitation (NC to lead S.T.S.L.S.) will be launching the first-ever National Trafficking-in-Persons Prevention Roadshows in Cambodia to empower youth leaders to spread key anti-trafficking messages across five provinces. The first series of roadshows will take place in the provincial municipality of Prey Veng and subsequently in Kampong Cham, Koh Kong, Banteay Meanchey, and Siem Reap over five months.
The Roadshows will center on a series of engaging music performances by young leading musicians, dancers, and comedians. Educational workshops and interactive sessions will be conducted where the youth will also participate on the development of an art installation with two young professional visual artists. The art installation will be displayed in public areas in their province to further spread anti-trafficking messages.
The Roadshows will then travel around the provincial level districts with a giant inflatable screen to conduct special screenings of the documentary film entitled, Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special, hosted by MTV EXIT's Celebrity Ambassador to Cambodia, Dr Chea Samnang, who reveals the real-life issues of this horrific crime affecting Cambodians.
Human trafficking is a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide. Of those, more than half are living in or are from Asia and the Pacific. It is also happening here in Cambodia. Many Cambodians and their families are affected by human trafficking. Often, the victims are young people who are guilty of nothing more than wanting a better life for themselves and their families.
The National Trafficking-in-Persons Prevention Roadshows are produced by MTV EXIT in collaboration with NC to lead S.T.S.L.S. and in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Government's Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Winrock International, Khmer Youth Association (KYA), Cellcard, and Cambodian Television Network (CTN).