Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kudos to the Killers

by Molly Hays

The Killers and MTV have teamed up with U.N. children's arm UNICEF and U.S. aid agency USAID to create a video for the band’s song, “Goodnight, Travel Well,” off the album “Day & Age,” that highlights the issues of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

The video never actually shows the Killers, but instead hones in on the emotions of a young girl being forced into the sex slavery world.

“We are deeply shocked and appalled that women and children are forced into such exploitative situations,” said The Killers, adding, “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 video is very powerful and moving. It brings a human face to an issue that by its nature, many people never get to see the personal side of.

In the video, young girls are locked in a dinghy room where they are only retrieved to be sexually exploited. The one girl who is “chosen,” fights and resists but is overpowered. While she goes off to do “her job,” the sadness in her face is unavoidable.

“Some things cost more than you realize,” flashes on the screen and lingers near the end of the video. This single line of text paired with the images of a man paying for sex and the sex slave leaves a haunting message.

Watch the video here.

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