Caged Prostitutes in Japan photo credit: Okinawa Soba
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings and their use by criminals to make money. That could mean deceiving and/or forcing people into prostitution, domestic servitude or manual labor.
It is a tragic form of modern-day slavery and is one of the most urgent human rights problems in the region.
– MTV Exit
Human traffickers target individuals who are eager to elevate their status in life. These criminals woo their targets by luring them with false promises of a bright future. The so-called “victims” are trapped in the (un)safe houses of these syndicates – controlling every move of their modern day slaves. Calling them ‘victims’ would only make them powerless and we need to also change this kind of ‘victim’ mentality.
The idea of human trafficking is rejected by many because it hinders human freedom or human emancipation. Relating it to Marx and other social theorists’ concept of human nature, humans have the capacity to realize their potential aside from being mechanical workers and be productive as human beings . The idea is to remove the objectification of humans and realize our worth. As you can see, the concept of enslaving humans has existed a long time ago and it’s now time to realize that this kind of activity should be lessened, if not eliminated.
The Need for Global Awareness
In line with the issue at hand, MTV created MTV Exit to raise awareness against human trafficking. Last May 22, 2009, the MTV Exit awareness concert was held at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. The concert was absolutely free. Short films and clips about human trafficking were shown to the public to also help them prevent from being exploited. A lot of artists and bands participated in this good cause such as Christian Baustisa, Gary V, Bamboo, Pochoy Labog, Spongecola, Kjwan, Callalily, Pupil, Duster, Kitchie Nadal, Rico Blanco, Itchyworms, Kamikazee, Moy Moy Palaboy and Parokya ni Edgar.
I hope that the people who attended the event were able to understand the issue and spread the message. For more information about human trafficking and MTV Exit, please visit their website at www.mtvexit.org .
Here are some photos of the bands that performed during the event courtesy of @karlaredor.
Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar and Jay Contreras of Kamikazee (performing “Ordertaker”)
Kelvin Yu and Jugs Jugueta of Itchyworms
Smiling Ely Buendia of Pupil
Gary V. and Yael Yuzon (together with the rest of Spongecola) perform their song “Ayt” live for the first time
Katwo Puertollano of Duster
Bamboo Manalac and Ira Cruz of Bamboo (last band that performed)