Friday, August 14, 2009

The Killers and MTV unite to wipe out Human Trafficking

The Killers have partnered with MTV, UNICEF and USAID to help raise awareness for the issue of human trafficking. The band's new video for Goodnight, Travel Well, highlights the danger of trafficking and the sexual exploitation of young women.

"We are deeply shocked and appalled that women and children are forced into such exploitative situations,” said The Killers, announcing the collaboration. “We hope that through MTV's efforts and this powerful video that millions of people across the world learn about this tragic form of modern-day slavery".

The Killers' partnership with MTV follows the footsteps of last year's collaboration with Radiohead for their All I Need video.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke said the following about his collaboration with MTV's Campaign against Human Trafficking: "I think if (the campaign) does one good thing, it would be to make this concept of slavery — which is what it is — less taboo. If they can make it something that is OK for us to talk about, and for politicians in the West to actually accept that this is an issue, well, then we're doing a good thing."

More than 1.2 million children are being trafficked each year and nearly 80 percent of all trafficking is for sexual exploitation.

Thanks to MTV, UNICEF, USAID, The Killers and Radiohead for getting the word out there.


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