STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Help victims of sexual exploitation while giving gifts this holiday.

Lisa Nguyen, of Newport Beach’s Senhoa, visited the KCAL 9 studios Wednesday and brought handmade jewelry who are victims of sexual slavery.

Senhoa is a non-governmental organization that supports victims of human trafficking by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration and programs for self-empowerment.

When women are rescued from sexual slavery, they are often placed in shelter care. However, once they have undergone counseling and completed their shelter program, they have nowhere to go and no employment to sustain their livelihood. We believe that in order to “rescue” young women in distressed situations, the first step after crisis-care is to simultaneously provide economic, social, intellectual and emotional empowerment. It is researched that one of the most effective ways to instill this empowerment is by providing women with access to safe and secure employment, while concurrently enrolling them in social reintegration programs.

Senhoa currently has three core programs in Cambodia to aid the rescue, rehabilitation and education of young women sold into slavery. Senhoa is unique in that it operates as a social enterprise. Our programs are designed to provide economic opportunities to the survivors of human trafficking and vulnerable young women by training them to make high-quality jewelry. 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of these individually handcrafted jewels go directly to fund Senhoa’s community development projects.

For more information, visit Senhoa online.


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