MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and ASEAN continue their successful partnership to raise awareness and combat human trafficking in Southeast Asia, this month presenting the MTV EXIT Free Live Concert at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium on 26 May, featuring as headline act the multi-platinum international rock band Simple Plan.
ASEAN joined forces with MTV EXIT in 2011 and ever since ASEAN’s presence has been ubiquitous throughout all MTV EXIT events and announcements in the region. MTV EXIT campaign in Viet Nam will include a nation-wide initiative to combat human trafficking through a series of live events, TV programming and youth engagement activities.
ASEAN has been an official partner of the successful anti-trafficking program since 2011. MTV EXIT, which is also supported by the United States and Australian governments, produces free live concerts, public service announcements (PSAs), music videos, and documentary films to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking and exploitation.
“ASEAN is delighted to continue its partnership with MTV EXIT to raise awareness throughout the region and throughout the world about the vital importance of tackling the issue of trafficking and exploitation” said the ASEAN Secretary General. “The youth of Viet Nam are urged to help spread the TIP awareness to the wider community”.
Human trafficking is a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide. Of those, more than half are living in, or are from, the Asia-Pacific region. Often, the victims are young people who are guilty of nothing more than wanting a better life for themselves and their families. MTV EXIT works to engage youth and highlight the relevance of this problem, inspiring young people to help build local awareness and drive local action.
The free concert will be the 29th MTV EXIT concert in Asia in two and half years, and the second to take place in Hanoi. The concerts have been staged in 9 countries across the region, featuring international stars and some of Asia’s best talent, they have been attended by over half a million concert-goers and been viewed by tens of millions through MTV television programming. The Hanoi event will also feature Korean pop group Brown Eyed Girls and Australian vocalist Kate Miller-Heidke.
“The U.S. Government is proud of the work we are doing in partnership with MTV EXIT, ASEAN and Australia to help end trafficking in persons,” said David L. Carden, U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN, who is scheduled to address the crowd during the Hanoi concert. “It is inspiring to see the way the youth of ASEAN are actively addressing this global problem, helping to build better futures for themselves, their families, friends and neighbors.”
The MTV EXIT Free Concert in Hanoi is produced by MTV, in partnership with ASEAN, the Government of Viet Nam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCST), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID).
For more details about human trafficking and exploitation in Asia, visit www.mtvexit.org.