HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - People who are fighting human trafficking in Cambodia are getting help from a Hattiesburg hair salon.
The Studio Aveda Salon on Highway 98 donated all profits from hair services and 10 percent from sales of retail products Wednesday to help victims of trafficking in that country.
The salon is also teaming up with Topher's Rock 'N Roll Grill to build a restaurant there, to provide employment opportunities for local residents.
"In America, we have so many opportunities that we don't take advantage of and even like government assistance, and when you're in a country like that, they do not have the opportunities, they don't have the social protection like we do," said Lisa Cochran, owner of the salon.
John McCarter, brand president for Topher's, said, "This fundraiser is the first of many that we'll do. Our store that's going to open on Hardy Street in late June or July, we'll be doing some fundraising through that through the opening and we'll be doing some others in the fall."
The local effort to end human trafficking in Cambodia grew out of mission trips to that country.