MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) celebrates Indonesia Roadshows series part two in East Lombok.  The MTV EXIT 2012 Indonesia Roadshows are a three-part traveling campaign of events aiming to build the capacity of youth leaders to hold their own human trafficking awareness campaigns throughout the country. The first part of the Roadshow series was held in Pontianak, and the East Lombok event features a two-day training session and three days of screening events in schools across the province.

The Roadshows will follow on the success of the MTV EXIT Live in Bandung Concert in September 2012, which led to 25,000 Indonesian music fans joining the movement to end exploitation and human trafficking. After this week’s stop in Lombok, MTV EXIT’s three-city Roadshow tour will end in Sukabumi, West Java in January 2013.

On 4 December in Lombok Timor in West Nusa Tenggara, 20 local youth leaders ages 18-25 experienced two days of human trafficking awareness and theatrical training sessions. The objective of the training sessions is to further the participants understanding of the devastating crime of human trafficking, while building their confidence and skills to share important safe-migration messages with their peers and communities.  

The Youth Jam will feature campaign-building workshops, including a screening of MTV EXIT’s documentary Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special, followed by a training session by MTV EXIT’s official Roadshow partner in Indonesia, International Organization for Migration (IOM).  There will also be a discussion between the youth and representatives from local NGOs Advokasi Buruh Migran Indonesia (ADBMI), LBH APIK, and the local police force who tackle the issue of human trafficking on a daily basis in Lombok.  The youth will use their knowledge of human trafficking to create their own drama performance that they will perform for their peers at local schools.

The documentary gives audiences a real-life perspective into this critical social problem affecting 2.5 million people, more than half of which are from Asia and the Pacific. MTV EXIT Celebrity Ambassador to Indonesia and host of Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special, Dian Sastrowardoyo, connects these experiences to the audience, shares information about how Indonesians can protect themselves and their families from being trafficked, and highlights what everyone can do to help end this devastating crime.

From 6-8 December, MTV EXIT is visiting five religious and public schools in three of the most at-risk districts of East Lombok Selong, Keruak and Terara reaching nearly 500 youth ages 16 and older.  These district-level school events will include a screening of Enslaved, speeches by local NGOs, quizzes and games, and a special drama performance by the MTV EXIT youth.  

The MTV EXIT Indonesia Roadshows aim to support the ongoing counter-human trafficking efforts of the Government of Indonesia (The National Task Force to Prevent and Address the Criminal Act of Trafficking in Persons), and are produced in partnership with IOM, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID), Walk Free: the movement to end modern slavery (WF) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

For more details about human trafficking and exploitation in Asia, visit www.mtvexit.org or follow MTV EXIT on the following social media platforms: Twitter @mtvexit and www.facebook.com/mtvexit.