MTV EXIT returns to Cambodia to fight human trafficking
( MTV EXIT) - MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking), in partnership with the Royal Cambodian Government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Government's Agency for International Development (AusAID), and Cellcard today announced the return of the MTV EXIT campaign to Cambodia with a free live concert at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh on December 17.
MTV EXIT will produce a free live concert in Phnom Penh that brings together international and local artists to raise awareness and help prevent human trafficking and exploitation. The MTV EXIT Live in Phnom Penh concert will be headlined by Korean girl band, After School and American pop band, The Click Five who performed at the previous MTV EXIT Live in Phnom Penh concert in 2008. Also joining the line-up are top local artists Preab Sovath, Sok Pisey, Cartoon Emo, Eklectic, and Thmore band.
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.
In addition to the concert, MTV EXIT also announced the new appointment of Dr. Chea Samnang as the MTV EXIT Celebrity Ambassador in Cambodia, where Dr. Chea Samnang will host a new half-hour Khmer documentary film, Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special. The documentary will give audiences a real and rare glimpse into human trafficking and exploitation in Cambodia, telling stories of human trafficking survivors and highlighting what everyone can do to help end this horrific crime. Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special is currently in production and will premiere on Cambodia Television Network (CTN), Channel 21, in early 2012.
MTV EXIT new celebrity ambassador to Cambodia, Dr. Chea Samnang said, "Human trafficking is modern day slavery and it is an issue that affects all of us, including my family and yours. It is a crime that needs to be addressed and stopped, which starts from you and me. Let us join the fight together to end this critical social issue in Cambodia."
MTV EXIT is also hosting the first-ever MTV EXIT National Anti-Trafficking Youth Forum in Cambodia co-organized with World Vision Cambodia to empower and engage youth leaders from across Cambodia to spread key anti-trafficking messages. The Forum will bring together youth leaders ages 18 to 25 years old for a series of interactive workshops conducted by media professionals over 4 days, from 14 to 17 December 2011. The Forum will strengthen the youth leaders' creative skills, while challenging them to produce a campaign plan to take the fight against human trafficking back to their local communities. These youth leaders will then run their planned series of engagement activities at MTV EXIT's anti-trafficking promotional roadshows held in 6 provinces outside of Phnom Penh starting from the second quarter of 2012.
"We are excited to return to Cambodia with the launch of MTV EXIT's new series of youth-oriented activities to take another step forward in raising awareness amongst young people, who are increasingly vulnerable to being trafficking and exploited," said Matt Love, MTV EXIT Campaign Director. "MTV EXIT's privileged-access to international and local celebrities will also bring them together in solidarity with the youth in Cambodia to inspire local action towards this global problem."
"The U.S. Government is committed to ending modern-day slavery. We are proud to work in partnership with MTV EXIT and others throughout the region, including the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) ASEAN, AusAID, and civil society groups," said Jeff Daigle, U.S. Embassy Chargé d' Affaires, a.i.
H.E. Penny Richards, the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia said, "The risk of being trafficked is all too real for many Cambodians. The return of MTV EXIT campaign to Cambodia is a stark reminder that we must do everything we can to end human trafficking. Individuals, families, businesses and governments all have a role to play in stopping this trade in human life and ensuring justice for its victims. Human trafficking calls for a global response. Australia is committed to working with Cambodian and other governments in the region on this issue of shared international concern."
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