These products are hand made in Cambodia as part of Somaly Mam’s rehabilitation program that helps girls move from victim to survivor.
Silk Empowerment Necklace
Add a little shine to that dark winter wardrobe with brilliantly colored silk. These endless loop necklaces can be worn long, doubled, or layered with multiple necklaces for a colorful combination. They are so versatile they can even be wrapped around your wrist and worn as a bracelet. Each necklace is painstakingly beaded and knotted by a survivor using authentic Cambodian silk, which is renown for its high quality and gorgeous vibrant colors. Necklaces are available in fuchsia, orange, red, blue and green. Comes in a matching silk pouch.
These beautiful gifts help a survivor on her journey to a life of independence and personal empowerment. 100% goes to the Somaly Mam Foundation– a nonprofit charity committed to ending modern day slavery.
A krama is a Cambodian scarf that is the ultimate utilitarian fashion accessory. Used by both rural farm workers and urbanites alike, kramas can be worn in multiple ways and used in daily life as baby carriers, decorations, pillow covers, or drying a work day’s sweat.
The Freedom Scarves come in two basic options; the traditional checkered pattern or luscious color fields. But the patterns and color combinations within those options vary and are unique as the survivor who makes them. Let the world know where you stand on slavery with one of these exquisite, handmade silk scarves.
Buying a survivor-made product helps a woman on her journey to rehabilitation.
The Road to Recovery
When a girl escapes sex slavery and come to live in one of Somaly’s shelters she is traumatized, hopeless, and usually unskilled. These necklaces allow slavery survivors to create beautiful works of art as part of recovery therapy. The repetitive nature of stringing jewelry, weaving fabric, and embroidering provides these embattled survivors with a sense of comfort and security in structure and routine, cultivating a feeling of pride and accomplishment.
The Foundation’s founder, Somaly, was herself sold into prostitution as a little girl and forced to work in a brothel along with other children where she was brutally tortured and raped on a daily basis. One night, she was made to watch as her best friend was viciously murdered.
Fearing she would meet that same fate, Somaly heroically escaped her captors and set about building a new life for herself. She vowed never to forget those left behind and has since dedicated her life to saving victims and empowering survivors. Today she runs shelters for girls escaping sex slavery in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.
Wear it in solidarity
Like the survivors who create them, each is unique. Wear one to reflect your compassion for the enslaved, and your commitment to securing their freedom. Hollywood starlet Annalynne McCord even wears hers to the beach!
The combination of low value placed on girls, and the stigma associated with victims of the sex trade in Southeast Asian culture, along with a booming sex tourism industry, has helped perpetuate the cycle of trafficking and slavery in the region. More than 1 million children are exploited by the global commercial sex trade, every year. Profits from sex slavery are estimates at over $10 billion a year, making it the 3rd largest organized crime in the world. The Somaly Mam Foundation‘s mission is “to give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity.”