MTV EXIT Continues Indonesia Roadshow Series Educating, Engaging and Empowering Young People to Fight Human Trafficking
MTV EXIT National Anti-trafficking Roadshows Held Across Three Provinces in Indonesia: Pontianak, Lombok, and Sukabumi
MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) celebrates the final installment of the Indonesia Roadshows, a series of events aiming to build the capacity of youth leaders to execute their own human trafficking awareness campaigns throughout the country. In partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the final stop on the MTV EXIT Indonesia Roadshows tour will be held in Sukabumi.
The MTV EXIT Roadshow in Sukabumi will kick-off on 16 January with two days of human trafficking awareness and creative workshops for 20 local youth leaders ages 18-25. The objective of the training sessions is to further the understanding of this devastating crime among young people while building their confidence and skills to share important safe migration messages with their peers and communities. The MTV EXIT youth participants will work with local creative group Bumi Kreativ to develop their own dramatic performance about human trafficking, which they will perform live at upcoming public events and on local radio stations.
The Indonesia Roadshows follow on the success of the MTV EXIT Live in Bandung concert held in September 2012, which led to 25,000 Indonesian music fans joining the movement to end exploitation and human trafficking.
In a unique peer-to-peer learning opportunity, an MTV EXIT training session has been designed by MTV EXIT-trained, youth-led non-profit FIGHT BDG (From Indonesia aGainst Human Trafficking) from Bandung, who will play a key role in delivering guidance and inspiring the youth of Sukabumi.
On 18 January, MTV EXIT Roadshows partner IOM will host a School Forum at Al Masturiyah Foundation Meeting Hall in collaboration with the Sukabumi Regency and support from the United States Department of State (JTIP) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The event will bring together approximately 1,000 students from across Sukabumi, 100 sub-district representatives and village leaders, and 20 border control and police officials to learn how they can take complementary actions to prevent human trafficking and exploitation in Indonesia. The event will feature remarks by representatives from the IOM, the Al Masthuriyah Foundation and the Government of Sukabumi Regency along with drama performances by the MTV EXIT youth participants, and a screening of the documentary Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special.
The documentary gives audiences a real-life perspective into this critical social problem affecting 2.5 million people, more than half of which are from Asia and the Pacific. MTV EXIT Celebrity Ambassador to Indonesia and host of Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special, Dian Sastrowardoyo, connects these experiences to the audience, shares information about how Indonesians can protect themselves and their families from being trafficked, and highlights what everyone can do to help end this devastating crime.
On 19 January, the MTV EXIT youth participants will conduct their own school event at SMA 5in accordance with local NGO partner Serikat Buruh Migran Indonesia (SBMI) inviting 300 youth aged 15-18 from surrounding schools. This event will feature a live performance of the drama as well as a screening of ENSLAVED, games and prize giveaways, all activities organized and led by the youth themselves. This is a key facet of MTV EXIT youth engagement programs; to empower and equip youth with the knowledge and the skills to raise awareness of human trafficking independently and create a network of youth activists across Indonesia and the Asia Pacific committed to ending human trafficking.
Following the school screening event, the team will visit four local radio stations. These Radio shows will feature a Talk Back section where MTV EXIT youth discuss human trafficking with local NGO partners & local creative. There will also be a special broadcast of their human trafficking drama adapted for radio.
The MTV EXIT Indonesia Roadshows aim to support the ongoing counter-human trafficking efforts of the Government of Indonesia (The National Task Force to Prevent and Address the Criminal Act of Trafficking in Persons), and are produced in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Serikat Buruh Migran Indonesia DPC Sukabumi, CIMW, LENSA and the Government of Sukabumi Regency, 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 or follow MTV EXIT on the following social media platforms: Twitter @mtvexit and www.facebook.com/mtvexit
The MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign is an award-winning multimedia initiative to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking and exploitation. MTV EXIT was launched in Europe in 2004 and expanded across Asia with USAID in 2007. To date MTV EXIT has produced an extensive catalogue of powerful TV programming to promote awareness about human trafficking. MTV documentaries include Sold: An MTV EXIT Special presented by Lara Dutta; Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special, presented by Lucy Liu; and Inhuman Traffic, presented by Angelina Jolie; each of which have been translated into a dozen local language versions presented by Asian celebrities such as Rain of Korea and Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein in Myanmar. Further MTV EXIT programming also includes short films, public service announcements, animated drama and music videos. MTV EXIT and Radiohead collaborated on an anti-exploitation video for their song All I Need, which premiered across MTV’s global network with similar collaborations with The Killers, MUSE, The Click Five, etc. MTV EXIT has also established partnerships with over 100 non-governmental organizations, distributed hundreds of thousands of anti-trafficking brochures in over 25 languages, and reached out to millions of young people through anti-trafficking messages at concerts and music festivals featuring R.E.M., Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Hives, Thievery Corporation, Placebo, Jason Mraz and hundreds of other international and local artists. For more information visit www.mtvexit.org
USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, is an independent U.S. Government agency that operates under the foreign-policy direction of the U.S. Secretary of State. Since 1961, USAID has been the principal U.S. Government agency extending assistance to countries worldwide recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia, based in Bangkok, oversees a broad portfolio of regional and transnational programs, and also provides support to several USAID bilateral missions in Asia as well as manages programs in countries in which it does not have a permanent presence. Its regional approach addresses problems that cross national boundaries, such as human and wildlife trafficking, HIV/AIDS, natural resources conservation, trade, and political and economic conflict. For more information, visit www.usaid.govand http://indonesia.usaid.gov.
AusAID is the Australian Agency for International Development. Australia’s development assistance is guided by the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed targets for poverty reduction, and by the Australian aid program’s objective to assist developing nations to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. Australia works with NGOs, multilateral institutions and volunteers, as well as directly with national governments. Australia’s support to the MTV EXIT Campaign complements other anti-trafficking work AusAID is undertaking in the region. These projects include the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons (ARTIP) Project, which aims to strengthen the capacity of criminal justice agencies in South East Asia to respond to human trafficking; Project TRIANGLE, which works with governments in the region to improve the living and working conditions of migrants; and Project Childhood, which seeks to better protect children from child sex tourism and improve government systems to put the perpetrators of this crime behind bars. Visit www.ausaid.gov.au for more information.
Walk Free is a new movement of people everywhere working together to end one of the world’s greatest evils: modern slavery. As we build our community across the world with the powerful tools of new technologies and social media, we will seek change at local, national and global levels. Walk Free’s aim is to mobilise citizens, governments, businesses and communities to take action – so that slavery in all its forms is brought to an end, and people everywhere can walk free.www.walkfree.org
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) aims to enhance regional peace, stability and security, facilitate economic integration, and improve wellbeing and livelihoods for the peoples of ASEAN. ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967. The Member States of the Association are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The ASEAN Secretariat is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. General information on ASEAN appears on-line at the ASEAN Website: www.asean.org.
IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits both migrants and society. As an intergovernmental organization, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: assist in meeting the operational challenges of migration; advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration; and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants. Please visit www.iom.int for more information.
Human Trafficking is defined by the United Nations as “the recruitment, transportation, and receipt of a person for sexual or economical exploitation by force, fraud, coercion, or deception” in order to make a profit. The UN estimates that at any one time there are 2.5 million trafficked victims in the world, with the majority of these victims in Asia and the Pacific. It is the second-largest illegal trade after drugs, with criminal traffickers earning over US$10 billion every year through the buying and selling of human beings. Often, victims are young men and women – the MTV demographic – who are guilty only of wanting a better life.
MTV EXIT Foundation
Launched in 2003, the MTV EXIT Foundation is a UK-based charity (Reg. No. 1103267) whose overarching aim is to utilize and maximize the power of MTV’s network to educate youth and adults on critical social and human rights issues. The Foundation produces multimedia programming and events aimed at raising awareness and influencing attitudes and behaviors on key issues, as well as inspiring young people to take action. In addition, the Foundation seeks to support nongovernmental organizations that are working on the ground to address these issues and effect positive change.