You Sheng Reveals the Real-life Stories of People Affected by Human Trafficking to Raise Awareness in Taiwan

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4 OCTOBER 2012, TAIPEI: MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) today announces the release of Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special, a powerful documentary film aiming to raise awareness and help prevent human trafficking in Taiwan. The half-hour documentary film, hosted by actor You Sheng, is produced in partnership with 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), American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), National Immigration Agency (NIA), Taiwan Coalition Against Violence (TCAV), Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD), Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation (TWRF), Garden of Hope, and MTV Taiwan.

The documentary film will premiere on MTV Taiwan on 7 October 2012 at 6:00 PM, followed by repeat telecasts on 8 October 2012 at 12:30 AM, 13 October 2012 at 10:00 PM and on 16 October at 2:00 PM.

Enslaved is MTV EXIT’s insightful documentary series produced for 13 different countries across Asia including Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Adapted versions of Enslaved identify relevant current and emerging trafficking trends, while allowing audiences to connect this important issue to their community.

“I hope that this documentary will raise awareness about the problem of human trafficking in Taiwan and also inspire more and more people to join this important campaign”, said You Sheng, MTV EXIT Celebrity Campaign Ambassador of Taiwan and host of Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special.

The Taiwanese version of Enslaved takes viewers inside the harrowing stories of people affected by the human trafficking trade in Asia: A-Ching, a young Vietnamese woman trafficked to Taipei as a forced sex worker; Vannak, a young man from Cambodian trafficked for labour onto a Thai fishing vessel; and Siti, an Indonesian woman trafficked to Malaysia and forced to work as a domestic slave.

Human trafficking is a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide. Of those, more than half are living in or are from Asia and the Pacific. Modern-day slavery is also happening here in Taiwan, as a source and destination for those caught in the human trafficking. Often, the victims are young people — MTV’s demographic — who are guilty of nothing more than wanting a better life for themselves and their families.

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and it can happen to anyone. Traffickers are often people who we know and trust, and they do not discriminate in their efforts to deceive, coerce or force victims into exploitative situations,” said Matt Love, MTV EXIT Campaign Director. “In 2009, we produced two great concerts in Taipei and Kaoshiung. We are excited to be back in Taiwan collaborating with fantastic local artists and anti-trafficking organisations to continue inspiring youth to join the fight to end exploitation and trafficking.”

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.

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