Cambodian youth fight trafficking through art and music
Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 2012. Thousands of Siem Reap youth gained a greater awareness of human trafficking at a concert headlined by Cambodian rap artist Pou Khlaing and backed by a host of other performers on July 28, 2012. USAID Mission Director Flynn Fuller joined local authorities as well as the concert organizer MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking). MTV EXIT is working with USAID partner Winrock International, through the Counter-Trafficking in Persons II (CTIP II) program, on a national communications campaign to combat human trafficking and exploitation. The campaign leverages music and digital media to educate and raise awareness about the problems of human trafficking, and particularly how youth can protect themselves and their loved ones. It engages Cambodia’s young people through audience outreach including youth-driven activities and mini-events to cultivate a new generation of activism.
The roadshows also traveled around the provincial level districts with a giant inflatable screen to conduct special screenings of the documentary film entitled, “Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special,” hosted by MTV EXIT’s Celebrity Ambassador to Cambodia, Dr Samnang Chea. The documentary reveals the real-life issues of this horrific crime affecting Cambodians.
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