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MTV’s Korean Drama Butterfly to Raise Awareness on Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm


An unfortunate social reality in the Asia-Pacific is that it accounts for the lion’s share of the world’s human trafficking: according to the United Nations, 56 percent to be exact. Globally, the number of victims is around 2.5 million people, mainly women and children.

In an effort to stem this human rights atrocity, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking), an award-winning freedom and human rights multimedia campaign linked to the global music giant, announced yesterday that it will soon air Butterfly, an “edutainment” program that will shine a light on this dark spot of the region’s underbelly through that perennial television favorite: Korean drama.

“The reason we selected a Korean drama as a format for a human trafficking awareness program was due to the massive popularity of that format across Asia,” MTV EXIT Director Matt Love told The Diplomat. “In almost every country in Asia, Korean dramas are among the highest-rated programs, so it’s an excellent medium to reach a large number of young people with key safe migration messages.”

Source: The Diplomat


SMAD majors win MTV national contest, working against human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on February 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm

For four JMU students, the $10,000 reward they won from a nationwide mtvU contest means much more than just money.

Media arts and design majors Kristen Hotz, Jasmine Jones, Danielle McLean and Liz Ramirez recently won mtvU’s “Against Our Will Challenge,” a contest designed to get college students involved in the fight against human trafficking.

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. and has been reported in all 50 states, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

The JMU students created an interactive video series called “The Backstory,” which uses social media to take viewers right into victims’ stories.

Their concept took about four-to-six weeks to develop and centered around the misconceptions of sex trafficking victims.

“Lots of people think that that these people are abducted, but there’s lots of psychological coercion that goes on and that’s just as powerful,” Ramirez said. “It happens abroad, but it could happen to someone you know, too.”

Seventy-three cases that reference potential trafficking situations were reported to the NHTRC from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2012.

Source: Breeze JMU

Experience Human Trafficking Through MTV’s Digital ‘Backstory’

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on February 7, 2013 at 9:28 am
Image courtesy of MTV

Image courtesy of MTV

MTV‘s college station, mtvU, launched a digital experience Wednesday, created to teach students about the harsh realities of human trafficking.

The Backstory,” the video experience, is the latest component of mtvU’sAgainst Our Will campaign, which unites students in the growing movement to end modern-day slavery. The interactive site was inspired by four James Madison University students who won mtvU’s Against Our Will Challenge, which calls for students to innovate with digital tools to spread awareness for modern slavery. The Backstory puts you in the position of a victim of sex trafficking or labor trafficking victim. After completing the experience, you’ll learn ways to get involved with the ongoing fight to end human trafficking.

The experience (which doesn’t work in all browsers) begins with a list of ads that resemble Craigslist posts. If you select one such ad, titled “No Questions No Papers Just EZ Money,” you’ll see the following post:

Free Rent and Money for School in Exchange for Housekeeping.
Large, clean room.
Looking for honest, HARD WORKING person.
Duties: vacuum, dusting, laundry, shop for groceries, and occasional cooking.
Serious Inquiries Only. No Papers Needed. Please call 555-1313 for further information.

One can understand why a college student struggling to finance their education would respond to the ad to learn more. You can then click to learn the Backstory, and see what happened to the young man who replied to this ad. If you connect with your Facebook account, the experience integrates your photos into the experience.

Source: Mashable / MTV


In Awareness, Human Trafficking on January 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm
Photo: (mtvU Against Our Will)

Photo: (mtvU Against Our Will)

+ Polaris Project

The Polaris Project has put together a petition that’s calling for Safe Harbor laws. It gives an example of a 15-year-old girl who was forced into sex trafficking and was assaulted. But instead of being treated like the victim she was, she was put into juvenile detention for selling herself. Safe Harbor laws would protect girls like this so that they would get help instead of being treated as if they broke the law.


Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (a.k.a. GEMS) helps girls and young women who have been trafficked. If you’re a bookworm, pick up a copy of “Girls Like Us,” a memoir by GEMS founder Rachel Lloyd. And if you’re a film buff, you can buy or rent the GEMS documentary “Very Young Girls.” Learning about how human trafficking works is an important step to fight it.

+ Free the Slaves

If you’re a college student now, I’ve got a great idea for you: join or start a Free the Slaves student chapter at your school! If you go to the Free the Slaves website and fill out the form they have there, they’ll get you the materials you need and help you with your activism. They also encourage you to share and swap what you’re doing on social media. Not only will this spread ideas, but you might get featured on their blog!

+ Slavery Footprint quiz

Okay, so you don’t own slaves, but chances are something you own got to you through some kind of slave labor. When you take the Slavery Footprint quiz, you’ll get a better idea of how many slaves might inadvertently be working for you. While it is a really depressing and awful reality, the quiz is made to teach you about slavery and help you fight it.

+ Against Our Will

Against Our Will is mtvU’s own campaign against human trafficking. We’ve got some big names involved, including Alicia KeysP!nk and Jada Pinkett Smith, and we know they’d be thrilled if you joined them. Besides educating you on the facts of slavery, Against Our Will supplies you with tons of ways to take action. So check out the site and spread the word!

Source: MTV


In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm
Photo: (Somaly Mam Foundation)

Photo: (Somaly Mam Foundation)

ACT: Can you tell us about your experience visiting Cambodia and being with Somaly Mam? What inspiring stories of change did you see while visiting?

SHAY: When I went down to Cambodia, it was a lot to take in. You’re seeing these children, children, who haven’t even experienced a childhood before coming into Somaly’s centers. I think every child deserves to have a childhood and be carefree. Hearing some of the stories of what they’ve been through is just horrific.

My friends and I went to the Kampong Cham center, and we literally got out of the truck and the younger girls were running to me and my friends. They hadn’t met us before, they had no idea who we were. They didn’t care. It was just the fact we’d come to visit — that was enough for them to come up and give us a hug. They were saying, “Sister, sister.” That was unconditional love like I’ve never felt in my entire life.

Source: MTV

Jason Mraz & Myanmar: Singer Hits Country For Anti-Trafficking Concert

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on December 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm
Jason Mraz performed in Myanmar.

Jason Mraz performed in Myanmar.

American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz mixed entertainment with education to become the first world-class entertainer in decades to perform in Myanmar, with a concert to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Mraz’s 2008 hit “I’m Yours” was the finale for Sunday night’s concert before a crowd of about 50,000 people at the base of the famous hilltop Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the country’s biggest city.

Local artists, including a hip-hop singer, also played at the event organized by MTV in cooperation with U.S. and Australian government aid agencies and the anti-slavery organization Walk Free.

Myanmar is emerging from decades of isolation under a reformist elected government that took office last year after almost five decades of military rule. It has been one of the region’s poorest countries, and its bad human rights record made it the target of political and economic sanctions by Western nations.

Source: Huffington Post

MTV Takes on Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on December 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

MTV has been working to raise awareness about human trafficking for nearly a decade through concerts, television documentaries and music videos. Now, it is through a campaign known as MTVExit, it is putting on awareness-raising concerts around the world and training youths how to use Facebook, Twitter and other online platforms to spread the fight against human trafficking.

Last week, 25 young people from around Southeast Asia participated in a four-day workshop where they learned how to link their offline activism to the Internet, increase their number of followers and craft messages about human trafficking to appeal to new audiences.

Source: VOA News

Talib Kweli MTV Spot

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on April 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Natasha Bedingfield MTV Spot

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on April 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Moby MTV Spot

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on March 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm
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