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USAID Supports MTV EXIT Concert Tour to Combat Human Trafficking - Agnes Monica Headlines Jakarta Concert

April 26, 2010

Jakarta – The MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign – supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) -- today announced full event details for a nationwide concert tour to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking, a crime that impacts millions of people worldwide.

Well-known entertainer Agnes Monica, MTV EXIT Indonesia spokesperson, will perform at two concerts, in Surabaya and Jakarta.

MTV EXIT Live in Indonesia is produced by the MTV Europe Foundation in partnership with USAID and Australia’s Agency for International Development (AusAID).

“USAID and MTV have been working together since 2007 to reach millions of young people in Asia who are the most vulnerable to being trafficked for labor, servitude, and sexual exploitation.” said U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Cameron Hume. “Outreach efforts have delivered information to over 200,000 people.” 

The tour gets underway at 7 p.m. May 2nd at Jalan Rahadi Oesman in Pontianak. Indonesian star Hijau Daun will headline along with local artists Zogut, Sidepony, Puck, Mude and Kaolinit Project. The second concert will take place in Makassar at 6 p.m. May 9th at Lapangan Karebosi and feature S.I.D and local Makassar artists.

The tour then moves to Surabaya on May 16th for a 7 p.m. concert at Lapangan Makodam featuring S.I.D. and local artists. The fourth concert will be staged at 7pm on May 23rd at Lapangan Merdeka featuring the Changcuters and local artists.

The tour’s final show will be at 4 p.m. June 6th at Lapangan D Senayan in Jakarta. The show will feature Agnes Monica, the Ariel, Ukie, Loekman, Reza, David Band, the Changcuters, J-Rock, Kotak, SHE, Tipe-X, Steven and Laurenz, Souljah and Gruvi.

"The Australian Government, through the Australian Aid Program, is proud to support these anti-human trafficking events”, said Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Bill Farmer. “Through the concerts, many at-risk Indonesians will learn about the dangers of this crime. By raising awareness we could change lives."

MTV EXIT is pleased to be working in Indonesia with the full support of the Coordinating Ministry of People’s Welfare (MENKOKESRA) and the Department of National Education (DEPDIKNAS).

The concert tour will provide content for the live broadcast of the Jakarta concert, produced by MTV EXIT’s official broadcast and production partner Global TV. The live show will combine concert footage with important information about human trafficking. All MTV EXIT television programming is produced rights-free and free of charge for all broadcasters and organisations.

All five concerts will be free events; the Jakarta will be a ticketed (free) event.  For ticketing information, go to www.mtvexit.org

MTV EXIT Live in Indonesia Concert Tour is produced in partnership with Global TV, Cognito Communications Counsellors, Garuda Indonesia, Timeout Jakarta, Free! Magazine, and Hers Magazine.

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For more media information, contact:

Ruici Tio, MTV EXIT, T: +62 812 8177 8396 media@mtvexit.org
Mia Salim, AusAID, T: +62 21 2550 5490 mia.salim@ausaid.gov.au
Roman Woronowycz, USAID: T: +62 21 3435 9424 rworonowycz@usaid.gov