Monday, September 10, 2007

Thailand: MTV Turns Programming to Sex Trafficking

BANGKOK, THAILAND -- MTV, the most popular music channel in the Asia-Pacific region, will soon be playing a different tune. Half-hour shows, beginning Sep.18 for MTV Thailand, will have live and hip music giving way to the harrowing accounts of human trafficking victims.

No glam shots and glitzy productions here, just raw and oftentimes shocking images that will make young MTV fans sit up.

Trafficking will get a human face through the personal accounts of Anna, Eka and Min Aung. Anna was forced into prostitution in the Philippines, while Eka is an Indonesian who was an abused domestic worker in Singapore. Min Aung from Burma recounts his experiences working and being practically imprisoned in a Thai factory for two years.

"Why is MTV involved in the issue of human trafficking? It's primarily because our audience, who belong to the 15 to 29 age range, are the main target of traffickers. We believe that the key to solving the problem is to raise awareness especially among the young people," said Tom Ehr, chief executive of MTV Europe Foundation (MTVEF) at the launch of the documentary, titled 'MTV Exit: End Exploitation and Trafficking', here on Tuesday.

The programme, hosted by popular Thai singer Tata Young, was produced by the Britain-based MTVEF and MTV Networks with the full support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The documentary, which will be presented by different hosts in the region, will be shown in Japan, Taiwan, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, to name a few...


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