6,000 Fans Unite vs. Human Trafficking at MTV EXIT Concerts

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UDON THANI, 24 May 2014 – Over 6,000 exuberant fans descended on Udon Thani Hall in Central Plaza Udon Thani today for “MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani”- two free concerts to educate young people about the dangers of human trafficking. Multi-platinum artist Bodyslam, ASEAN collective Project E.A.R., Slot Machine, Palmy and more ignited the crowds with two back-to-back concerts.
“Today is monumental in the fight against human trafficking in ASEAN. Our voice is 6,000-people strong today in Udon Thani – and we are sending a clear message to the region that this crime will not be tolerated. By telling our friends and family what we learned here today, we will keep each other from falling into the trafficking trap,” said Matt Love, Director, MTV EXIT.
Thai bands Bodyslam, Slot Machine, Palmy, Scrubb and Kala; Lao rockers Cells; and ASEAN collective Project E.A.R. (East Asian Revolution) joined other passionate anti-human trafficking advocates, including local and international governments, NGOs and MTV EXIT’s ASEAN youth leaders, to share safe migration tips with the 6,000 concertgoers.
“The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security is pleased to collaborate with the MTV EXIT Foundation to prevent human trafficking, work together to monitor risky situations and report suspected cases through the OSCC 1300 hotline in order to ensure that our fellow humans receive assistance as quickly as possible to escape from human trafficking,” said Paveena Hongsakul, Thailand’s Minister of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS).
Concertgoers made the most of the festival-like atmosphere, packing the NGO booth area to pick up educational information on human trafficking from organisations including the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) and World Vision.
“MTV EXIT and all of our partners have been committed to this message: ‘Have fun, enjoy yourselves, but be safe’. You mean a lot to your friends and families. You have a future to look forward to. Let’s all make sure we get on that journey safely,” said Danny Lee, Director for Community Affairs Development, ASEAN Secretariat.
“Human trafficking is an unacceptable violation of basic human rights,” said U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, Kristie Kenney. “We are working with MTV EXIT, the Royal Thai Government, and partners across Asia to help communities fight human trafficking and end human slavery in our lifetimes. Join us in reaching out to help end this crime against humanity.”
“Today is about having a good time, but it is also about the very serious issue of human trafficking. We cannot, and must not, close our eyes to this terrible crime. The Australian Government is proud to be working with MTV EXIT, Thailand, ASEAN and the United States on this issue of shared international concern,” said Australian Ambassador to Thailand, James Wise.
Throughout the concert, fans tweeted ‘selfies’ using the hashtag #LIVEinUdonThani, generating a massive tweets from the event.
The evening concert was broadcast live on MCOT 360 HD, MTV Thailand and N Channel. In addition, a 30-minute in-depth feature on Bodyslam’s journey with MTV EXIT will air on MTV Thailand in June, and a 30-minute Concert Special, featuring Project E.A.R., will air on MTV Asia in June or July.
The MTV EXIT campaign is produced in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It is supported by ASEAN, the Udon Thani Municipality and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of the Royal Thai Government.
To report suspected cases of human trafficking and exploitation in Thailand, call 1300, a toll free Thai and English language hotline operated by the Ministry of Social Development and Human security.
For Myanmar migrants in Thailand, call 080 456 5560, a 24-hour Myanmar language helpline operated by Anti-Slavery International. This number is not toll free. (Ref:  ASEAN Secretariat)

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