MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) today announces a historic live concert in Myanmar to be held on December 16th to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking. The free live concert will be held at the Yangon People’s Square, which lies at the base of the magnificent 2600 year‐old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most iconic and auspicious sites in the country.

Multi GRAMMY award‐winning singer songwriter Jason Mraz will headline the event becoming the first international artist ever to perform at an open‐air concert in Myanmar. Also performing are Myanmar’s top artists including Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein and R Zarni. Sharing the stage at the free concert will be speakers from the anti‐trafficking sector, government and donor community who work to fight human trafficking in Myanmar.

In addition, MTV EXIT today launches a contest giving fans a chance to win a trip to see ason Mraz live in Myanmar. Contest details are at www.mtvexit.org.

MTV EXIT Live in Myanmar will be broadcast in Myanmar on national television and will air across MTV’s international network in early 2013 as a special edition of “MTV World Stage,” MTV’s weekly live music series. Available in more than a half‐billion homes, the program will feature performances, interviews and key educational information about human trafficking.

The event is funded by the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Walk Free, a global movement to end modern‐day slavery; and produced in partnership with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the United Nations Inter‐Agency Project Against Human Trafficking (UNIAP) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Jason Mraz has taken his musical journey from coffee houses to stadiums globally and now has two GRAMMY awards and six GRAMMY nominations to his credit. In 2008, his third album, We Sing We Dance We Steal Things, featured the hit “I’m Yours,” which sold more than 21 million units worldwide and the GRAMMY‐winning songs “Make It Mine” and “Lucky.” Most recently, Mraz released Love Is A Four Letter Word, which features the chart‐topping song, “I Won’t Give Up.” Mraz has been a longtime advocate against human trafficking, engaging with anti‐trafficking organizations in Ghana and The Philippines. The Californian singer last performed to capacity crowds in Asia in June 2012 as part of the Tour Is A Four Letter Word world tour.

Human trafficking is a tragic crime that enslaves and exploits its victims, the majority of which are women and children. There are more than 20 million people living in slavery around the world with Myanmar and Southeast Asia particularly affected. The concert forms part of a wider initiative that seeks to educate and train youth through innovative television programming, digital content, capacity building workshops and community‐based events. MTV EXIT Live in Myanmar follows the production of two Myanmar MTV EXIT documentaries on human trafficking, which were broadcast in 2010 and 2012 on national television to educate the public about the dangers of trafficking.

MTV EXIT is also proud to partner with Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm. Further details on the concert including how to obtain free tickets will be released soon. For more information, visit www.mtvexit.org or follow MTV EXIT on the following social media platforms: Twitter @mtvexit and Facebook www.facebook.com/mtvexit.

For more media information, contact: 
Bonnye Hart, MTV EXIT | Email: bonnye.hart@mtvexit.org | Thai Number:  +66 2 261 7866 
Fearne (Wanwipa Wilawan), MTV EXIT | Email: wanwipa.wilawan@mtvexit.org /
media@mtvexit.org | Thai Number: +66 89799 9442

More Information:

MTV EXIT
The MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign is an award‐winning multimedia initiative to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking and exploitation. MTV EXIT was launched in Europe in 2004 and expanded across Asia with USAID in 2007. To date MTV EXIT has produced an extensive catalogue of powerful TV programming to promote awareness about human trafficking. MTV documentaries include Sold: An MTV EXIT Special presented by Lara Dutta; Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special, presented by Lucy Liu; and Inhuman Traffic, presented by Angelina Jolie; each of which have been translated into a dozen local language versions presented by Asian celebrities such as Rain of Korea and Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein an R Zarni in Myanmar. Further  MTV EXIT programming also includes short films, public service announcements, animated drama and  music  videos. MTV EXIT and Radiohead collaborated on an anti‐exploitation video for their song All I Need, which premiered across MTV’s global network with similar collabrations with The Killers, MUSE, The Click Five, etc. MTV EXIT has also established partnerships with over 100 non‐governmental organizations, distributed hundreds of thousands of anti‐trafficking brochures in over 25 languages, and reached out to millions of young people through anti‐trafficking messages at concerts and music festivals featuring  R.E.M., Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Hives, Thievery Corporation, Placebo, Jason Mraz and hundreds of other international and local artists. For more information visit www.mtvexit.org 
 
USAID
USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, is an independent U.S. Government agency that operates under  the  foreign‐policy  direction  of  the  U.S.  Secretary  of  State.    Since  1961,  USAID  has  been  the  principal  U.S. Government  agency  extending assistance to  countries  worldwide recovering from  disaster,  trying to  escape poverty,  and engaging  in  democratic  reforms.    USAID’s  Regional  Development  Mission  for  Asia,  based  in  Bangkok,  oversees  a  broad  portfolio of  regional  and transnational  programs,  and also provides  support  to several  USAID  bilateral  missions  in Asia  aswell as manages programs in countries in which it does not have a permanent presence.  Its regional approach addresses problems that cross national boundaries, such as human and wildlife trafficking, HIV/AIDS, natural resources conservation, trade, and political and economic conflict. Please see www.usaid.gov for more information. 
 
AusAID
AusAID  is  the  Australian  Agency  for  International  Development.  Australia’s  development  assistance  is  guided  by  the Millennium  Development  Goals,  the  internationally  agreed  targets  for  poverty  reduction,  and  by  the  Australian  aid program’s objective to assist developing nations to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. Australia works with  NGOs,  multilateral  institutions  and  volunteers,  as  well  as  directly  with  national  governments.  Australia’s  support  to the  MTV  EXIT  Campaign  complements  other  anti‐trafficking  work AusAID  is  undertaking  in  the  region.  These  projects include  the  Asia  Regional  Trafficking  in  Persons  (ARTIP)  Project,  which aims  to strengthen the  capacity  of  criminal  justice agencies  in  South  East  Asia  to  respond  to  human  trafficking;  Project  TRIANGLE,  which  works  with  governments  in  the region  to  improve  the  living  and  working  conditions  of  migrants;  and  Project  Childhood,  which  seeks  to  better  protect children  from  child  sex  tourism  and  improve  government  systems  to  put  the  perpetrators of  this  crime  behind bars.  See www.ausaid.gov.au for more information.
 
Walk Free
Walk  Free  is  a  new  movement  of  people  everywhere  working  together  to  end  one  of  the  world’s  greatest evils:  modern slavery. As we build our community across the world with the powerful tools of new technologies and social media, we will seek  change  at  local,  national  and  global  levels.  Walk  Free’s  aim  is  to  mobilise  citizens,  governments,  businesses  and communities  to  take  action  –  so  that  slavery in  all  its  forms  is  brought  to  an  end,  and  people  everywhere  can  walk free. www.walkfree.org
 
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)  
The  Association  of  Southeast  Asian  Nations  (ASEAN)  was  established  on  8  August  1967.  The  Member  States  of  the  Association are  Brunei  Darussalam,  Cambodia,  Indonesia,  Lao PDR,  Malaysia,  Myanmar,  Philippines,  Singapore,  Thailand,  and  Vietnam.  The ASEAN  Secretariat  is  based  in  Jakarta,  Indonesia.  General  information  on  ASEAN  appears  on‐line  at  the
ASEAN Website: www.asean.org.
 
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking is defined by the United Nations as “the recruitment, transportation, and receipt of a person for sexual or  economical  exploitation by  force,  fraud,  coercion,  or  deception”  in order  to make  a  profit.  It  is  a  form  of  modern‐day  slavery  with  the  UN  estimating  that  there  are  more  than  20  million  people  living  in  slavery  around  the  world,  with  the  majority  of  these  victims  in  Asia  and  the  Pacific.  It  is  the  second‐largest  illegal  trade  after  drugs,  with  criminal  traffickers  earning over  US$10 billion every year through the buying and selling of human beings. Often, victims are young men and women – the MTV demographic – who are guilty only of wanting a better life.