United States and ASEAN Support Return of MTV Exit to Indonesia

mtv_exitMTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) today announced the return of the MTV EXIT campaign to Indonesia with a nation-wide initiative to combat human trafficking, a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide. There will be a series of awareness raising live events, TV programming and youth engagement activities. The flagship event will be a massive live concert at Gasibu Bandung on 1st September featuring Australian indie-rock sensation, Expatriate, supported by Indonesia’s top artists.

Expatriate has performed for fans across the world including a 26 date arena tour across 7 countries as the support act to PLACEBO, many of Europe’s largest rock festivals as well as sold-out headline shows in Switzerland, France, Germany, UK and Greece. The band’s new album, titled Hyper/Hearts, showcases their musical journey and experiences living in different countries over the years. Originally from Australia, the indie-rock band is fronted by lead singer and guitarist, Ben King, who spent his childhood growing up in Indonesia.

Ben King, lead singer of Expatriate said, “We’re so excited to be invited to play at the MTV EXIT concert in Indonesia. I personally grew up in Jakarta as a boy, and it has always been my dream of mine to play here with the band. So this really is a dream come true for me; not only for playing a massive stadium show in Bandung, but also combined with a real privilege to play for such a great cause, and campaign against Human Trafficking. I still have lots of family and friends living in Indonesia so I’m honored to have the chance to help the people and communities I grew up with, in their fight against this horrible crime.”

Human trafficking is a critical global problem where more than half of 2.5 million people are living in or are from Asia and the Pacific. Often, the victims are young people who are guilty of nothing more than wanting a better life for themselves and their families.

Also joining the line-up are top local artists to be announced soon. Details on how to obtain free tickets to the concert will be released on www.mtvexit.org. The 1st September live concert will also be broadcast nationally live on Global TV from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The MTV EXIT’s 2010 concert tour in Indonesia, featuring Indonesia pop star Agnes Monica, was attended by 170,000 Indonesian music fans across the country.

In addition to the concert, MTV EXIT announced the appointment of top actress, Dian Sastrowardoyo as the new MTV EXIT Celebrity Ambassador to Indonesia, where she hosts a new half-hour Indonesian documentary film,Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special. The documentary will give audiences a real and rare glimpse into human trafficking and exploitation affecting Indonesians, telling stories of trafficking survivors and highlighting what everyone can do to help end this horrific crime. Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special will premiere on Global TV on 1st September 2012, at 10:00 P.M.

Dian Sastrowardoyo said, “I have always believed that equality and freedom are inherent rights that every human being is born with. No one has the authority, and no one should have the power, to take away our individual freedoms to make our own choices. I personally believe that human trafficking is a horrible crime that takes always the rights and freedoms of individuals. Thus, I’m honored to be able to contribute to the fight to end human trafficking and exploitation in solidarity with the MTV EXIT Indonesia campaign.”

MTV EXIT is also partnering with the Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF) to host its first-ever National Youth Sessions on human trafficking in Indonesia. This will give Indonesian youth the opportunity to learn about human trafficking by interacting with the issue through different creative mediums. The Youth Sessions will include training workshops by creative professionals to empower and engage selected youth leaders aged 18 to 25 years old and challenge them to fight human trafficking in their local communities and by running their own campaigns. MTV EXIT will also engage with youth living in the provinces in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The MTV EXIT Indonesia Campaign is produced in partnership with the Government of Indonesia (The National Task Force to Prevent and Address the Criminal Act of Trafficking in Persons), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID), Walk Free: the movement to end modern slavery (WF) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

For more details about human trafficking and exploitation in Asia, visit www.mtvexit.org.

Amb. Carden is shown addressing the crowd of 40,000 at the MTV Exit concert in Hanoi in May, 2012. The Ambassador will again help raise awareness about human trafficking at the Bandung concert.
Amb. Carden is shown addressing the crowd of 40,000 at the MTV Exit concert in Hanoi in May, 2012. The Ambassador will again help raise awareness about human trafficking at the Bandung concert.