Diana Mao wrote -
My life was forever changed seven years ago after I met Nomi, a little 8 year old girl who is a survivor of sex trafficking. Every year I visit her and watch her blossom. Last year, I had the chance to visit her at a shelter where she has been living for the past seven years and it continues to move my heart seeing how she cares for the new girls that arrive at the shelter or how she follows her house mom around asking the most inquisitive questions.
I can't help but to ask the question, why are there 32 million slaves today. Girls like Manisha who will not live to see her 11th birthday after being found in a pond near her village or women like Sokha who contracted HIV after being sold over and over again. My heart broke when I got the news in September 2014 that Manisha died. This is why I am running the Paris Marathon on April 12th, 2015 to raise awareness about the issue, remember Manisha and fundraise to support Nomi Network's programs to create training and job opportunities for survivors and women at risk of sex trafficking.
The funds will be used to replicate Nomi's train the trainer program in other regions. As a result, more women will have a job, a voice, a choice and opportunity to send their daughters to school. Please visit www.nominetwork.org for more information.