MTV to Fight Human Trafficking With Free Indonesia Concert
MTV Exit (End Exploitation and Trafficking), a campaign run by music channel MTV that aims to eradicate human trafficking and exploitation, will make its way to Indonesia to put on a free concert in Bandung next month.
Australian indie-rock band Expatriate will headline the event, which will be held in Bandung’s colossal Gasibu concert space and be broadcast live on Global TV.
While the other acts have not been announced, the event’s press release boasts that it will feature many of “Indonesia’s top artists.”
The band’s lead singer and guitarist, Ben King, said the event felt more personal because he grew up in Indonesia.
“I personally grew up in Jakarta as a boy, and it has always been a dream of mine to play here with the band,” he said. “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.”
In conjunction with the concert, Indonesian actress and model Dian Sastrowardoyo has been crowned the “MTV EXIT Celebrity Ambassador to Indonesia.”
Dian will host a special TV program, “Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special,” which is scheduled to air immediately after the concert.
The actress said she had always supported human rights, believing that “freedom is an inherent right 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,” she said. “I personally believe that human trafficking is a horrible crime that takes always the rights and freedoms of individuals.”
MTV EXIT plans on continuing its fight against trafficking and exploitation after the concert ends by working with the Bandung Creative City Forum in hosting its first-ever “National Youth Sessions” on human trafficking in Indonesia.
Organizers also stated in the press release that the event “will give Indonesian youth the opportunity to learn about human trafficking by interacting with the issue through different creative mediums.”
The sessions will feature a host of programs including training workshops that aim to “empower and engage selected youth leaders aged 18 to 25 and challenge them to fight human trafficking in their local communities and by running their own campaigns.”
According to MTV EXIT, it has successfully reached approximately 25 million such youths through its campaigns and concerts.
The MTV EXIT Indonesia Campaign should be a massive event in terms of the organizing partners involved: Indonesia’s National Task Force to Prevent and Address the Criminal Act of Trafficking in Persons, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Australia’s Agency for International Development (AusAID); Walk Free, a movement to end modern slavery; and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
The MTV EXIT Indonesia concert will be held on Sept. 1 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, visit www.mtvexit.org or follow MTV EXIT on the following social media platforms: Twitter @mtvexit and www.facebook.com/mtvexit