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Calle 13 Takes on Human Trafficking in Latin America


Calle 13 has never been shy about shining a light on some dark realities in  Latin America.

Its most recent initiative is no different.

The Puerto Rican duo is teaming with UNICEF and MTV Exit project to bring  awareness to the problem of human trafficking.


“We are grateful to MTV and UNICEF for thinking of us for this tremendous  project,” said René “Residente” Pérez in Spanish.

The 19-time Latin Grammy-award winners and representatives from MTV and UNICEF announced the initiative, a multimedia campaign that aims at increasing awareness of  the widespread problem, during a press conference Monday in Manhattan. The  documentary is entitled “Esclavos Invisibles,” or “Invisible Slaves.”

 

“The reality is that combating this issue is everyone’s responsibility; that  is, the message we hope to bring to audiences in the U.S. and Latin America, ” said Mario Cader Frech, vice president of Public Affairs at MTV Tr3s and MTV  Latin America. “If Calle13 can’t help us get the message out, I don’t know who  can.”

 
By tapping into the undeniable popularity of the duo and incorporating their  well documented passion for human rights activism, MTV hopes to reach a large  number of young Latinos with Calle 13 – many of whom are the most  vulnerable to the advances of dishonest and dangerous traffickers.

 
“With this campaign we want to provide information especially to young people  so that they can protect themselves and protect each other,” said Bernt Aasen,  UNICEF’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Human  trafficking turns the dream they have for a better life into a nightmare.”

 
According to UNICEF, over half a million young people in Latin America alone  are victims of human trafficking. Overall, the UN estimates that nearly 2.5  million people worldwide have been affected.

 
“What is happening with the young people and the children in Latin America is  like 21st century slavery. So many are being forced into either labor or  prostitution….” Pérez said.

 
Pérez and Eduardo “Visitante” Cabra, Calle 13’s other half, not only hosted  and directed the documentary but they donated the rights to Pérez’s composition, “Prepárame la cena,” from their recent release, “Entre Los Que Quieran,” for  Esclavo Invisibles’s first trailer.

“The young people are key to the development of any country and instead of  being in school they are in the street, often on drugs,” Pérez said. “If they  start on that path it only creates more problems for the countries they are  in.”

MTV’s Esclavos Invisibles (Invisible Slaves), hosted by Calle 13, will air  next Tuesday, November 29th.

 

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