— Jason Mraz (@jason_mraz) October 22, 2013
In December of last year, Jason was the very first international artist to strut his stuff performing in Myanmar for a special MTV Exit concert. Myanmar, a country that is also known as Burma, is located next to China. According to the Global Slavery Index’s study, there are an estimated 384,037 slaves in Myanmar.
Human trafficking is a worldwide problem, and some countries have millions of slaves. (For instance, India is estimated to have 13,956,010 of them.) MTV Exit is all about fighting human trafficking, and it does this through things like making documentaries, drama series' and music videos (of course) to spread awareness. And naturally there are concerts and artist specials as well! Besides Jason performing in Myanmar, Placebo has been at Angkor Wat, a temple in Cambodia, and Simple Plan has been at Vietnam. But those are just a few examples — MTV Exit has produced about 40 concerts as part of its anti-trafficking work.
MTV is also involved with anti-trafficking work through its mtvU campaign, Against Our Will. You can check out both Exit and Against Our Will to learn more about the issues involving trafficking, and how to get involved. You can also get info on trafficking through the coverage here on MTV Act, which recently included deets on an app to report trafficking and an interview with a survivor. Jason’s dedicated to this worldwide cause, and there are plenty of opportunities for you to join him!