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The Killers' PSA For Sex Trafficking

PSAs as Music Videos: Good For Message, or the Band?

Stereogum says this antisex-trafficking PSA will do more for the band behind it, The Killers, than promote awareness of the crime. A collaboration between UNICEF, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking), and the US Agency for International Development, the video began airing yesterday on MTV stations around the world. Guess MTV does play videos!

Set to the track "Goodnight, Travel Well," off The Killers' Day and Age album, the video is the second in a series of PSA music videos. The first, set to Radiohead's "All I Need," was for human trafficking and child labor. It maintained a clear message throughout by juxtaposing two boys' days — one going to school and coming home and the other working in a factory. The less-obvious "Goodnight, Travel Well," shows a young woman go from excited to reticent on a date several times until we see she's just returned from her forced-labor job as a sex worker. Check it out and tells us what you think. Effective or not?

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WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 8 years
Simple Plan did something similar with MADD. The song is Untitled; it's so beautiful and the video makes me cry. Powerful message & great music- it works.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
not patronize hookers? I remember my BF told me about how he got in a fight at an ex-pat bar in Shanghai. A group of americans were talking about how great it was that the could pay seven bucks to choke a girl while they had sex. My bf thought this was disgusting and called one guy out on it. I'm not happy my bf got in a fight while on a business trip, but those guys sounded gross.
missyd missyd 8 years
i love it as wlel. It is effective. However, I wonder what this point of this is....just to raise awareness? What can we as just viewers do about it?
Amanda-La Amanda-La 8 years
I love it. It's very very powerful. The song is so quiet and slow that you're focusing on what's happening in the video. I love the message here.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I agree with the above... it works and it isn't vulgar.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
it's subtle and not preachy. I wouldn't say I like it, but I do think it's effective
janneth janneth 8 years
People will watch this. Very effective.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 8 years
I think it works. It raises awareness to the issue without using grotesque shock methods to send the message across that this is going on.
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