I am a volunteer with a non-profit organization called Nomi Network that combats human trafficking. We were formed in 2009 and are headquartered in N.Y. Our major initiative is in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We provide job training and jobs for women who have been rescued from sex trafficking, as well as for women who are at risk. The jobs are in the manufacture of women’s fashion accessories, mostly hand bags. The women that we employ (23 at this time) receive a living wage that includes family health insurance, child care services, and transportation if they work late. Each woman that we employ supports a family of four or five, on average—we are lifting entire families out of poverty. We market the goods that they make in the U.S., in boutiques, fairs, and the Internet. All profits are re-invested in anti-trafficking efforts in Cambodia. The sale of the bags is critical to sustaining the enterprise.
I would like you to consider either making a donation to Nomi Network directly, or buying one or more of the products that we make, perhaps as a gift for someone. Our bags are marketed under the brand-name, Buy Her Bag Not Her Body. The bags can be purchased on the Internet at http://www.buyherbagnotherbody.com/
The website for Nomi Network is www.nominetwork.org
On that website, there is a button labeled, “Please Donate Now,” as well as one labeled, “Pick Up Your Bag,” which will bring you to the Buy Her Bag Not Her Body website.
Nomi Network is a 501(3)(c) organization, and our IRS EIN # is 80-0290896
Incidentally, next year, we will be starting an effort to provide scholarships for higher education for children who have been rescued from brothels. If you would like to donate for that effort now, please indicate so on your donation.
Also, please direct your wives, girlfriends, and other family members to this initiative. And if anyone is interested in volunteering for the organization, please contact us.
If you would like to find out more about Nomi Network or sex trafficking in Cambodia, I invite you to look at our main website and explore our blog.
Stephen M. Bauer