The band composed of vocalist Ryan Tedder, guitarist Zach Filkins, guitarist Drew Brown, bassist Brent Kutzle, drummer Eddie Fisher and keyboardist Brian Willett spent time learning about the efforts of the Philippine government, law enforcement partners, IJM and other like-minded organisations to eradicate cybersex trafficking. They met with several key leaders and stakeholders in the Philippines to understand the global nature of this crime and the multi-prong approach needed from both the public and private sectors to intervene, and the band also experienced the courage and restoration of survivors through a “Day of Hope.” These survivors of sex trafficking (commercial sexual exploitation of children) and cybersex trafficking shared a common language with the band – music – performing songs for one another and ending the day with an impromptu musical collaboration.
In an interview with social media influencer Amanda Griffin-Jacob, who has also committed to support the fight against cybersex trafficking, Tedder described the crime as,
Through the band’s trip and public sharing about their experience, they are helping shine a spotlight on the issue and educate the public about the dark, hidden and often overlooked crime.
Samson Inocencio, National Director of IJM Philippines, said, “It’s very easy for us to be consumed, overwhelmed and immobilised by OSEC, but fighting the horrific crime takes individuals caring at all levels of society. We were honoured that OneRepublic would share and educate their audiences that modern-day slavery still exists and together we can work to combat it.”
Learn more about cybersex trafficking here.
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