This commitment seeks to create and support economic opportunities for survivors of sexual slavery through a cross-sector partnership between the Somaly Mam Foundation, Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Précaire (AFESIP) in Cambodia, and The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) and its associated brands, including Bumble and Bumble, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and Clinique. Together, they will launch the Somaly Mam Beauty+ Salon.
The Salon will offer advanced skills training and job placement opportunities for young women who are survivors of sex slavery and preparing to reintegrate into the community. Trainees will be selected from AFESIP Cambodia's Siem Reap facility, where they have undergone a period of recovery, informal education, and basic salon skills and business training curriculum to help prepare them for running their own salon. Launched in August 2013, 10 classes of three trainees each will undergo a minimum three-month, four-stage training period, beginning in the AFESIP Center for Recovery and Skills Training and ending in the salon as an unpaid apprentice. In addition to offering beauty and hair care services to customers, trainees will also begin to practice small business skills. Upon graduation, women can choose between a startup kit to open their own salon, or AFESIP's job placement officers' assistance in existing salons. AFESIP's reintegration team will track progress monthly and then every three months for the first two years after graduation from the salon program, to help support development and stability.