I am very happy to work for them. The results are impressive: In this piece, Alice writes about her meeting with women survivors of sex trafficking in Vientiane, Laos.
Being alone in this new working life is difficult and they need support. I am very happy to work for them. Continual psychological support is therefore crucial. Indeed, girls and women who have survived sexual exploitation are among the most vulnerable and marginalized people within Laotian society; many of them have no family or community support whatsoever. Before my trip, I had no idea how vulnerable girls and women in Laos could be, nor did I suspect the extent of the suffering and trauma of trafficked girls and women. Taikam is doing incredible work; I could see how committed she is to all the young women in her care. The book has moved and inspired thousands of people around the world. On the wall behind Taikam, between a poster showing how to do French braids and an ad for a self-defense course, there is an array of pictures of smiling women and small colorful notes: The program helps the women to become self-sufficient and, above all, regain self-confidence and hope for the future. They all seemed very concentrated and professional. Taikam showed me around the salon and introduced me to the staff. Remember that every donation, even the smallest amount, is a huge help! What a wonderful mark of pride and regained self-esteem. What better place than a beauty salon to inspire hope in these young women and put colour back in their lives? Text and photos courtesy of Alice Vivian. I was deeply touched by the book and highly recommend it. The results are impressive: Two staff members were training upstairs, diligently practising hair-styles on each other. AFESIP Laos provides holistic care and recovery services for girl and women survivors of trafficking in Laos and the region, as well as vocational training and employment — through a social enterprise program — to help the girls and women reintegrate into their communities. Tragically, the sex trafficking industry continues to grow by the day. The organization was founded in Cambodia in by Somaly Mam , a Cambodian activist who survived sexual slavery and has become a leading global advocate in the movement to end human trafficking. Taikam described how after a couple of months of working in the salon, of learning how to interact with customers, the women would open up and the light would return to their eyes. The staff members were busy working. In this piece, Alice writes about her meeting with women survivors of sex trafficking in Vientiane, Laos. Halfway through her trip around the world, Alice concludes that we all have the capacity to be changemakers and to contribute to social and environmental progress. I look at the pictures and handwritten notes and imagine a transformed woman behind each one. For those who are unaware of the gravity of the crime of human trafficking, let me first throw a few figures out there:
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