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Story Publication logo February 13, 2020

Erica Ayisi on the Global Hair Industry

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Hair salon owner Meyly Heng places a hair extension on a customer in Phnom Penh. Image by Paula Bronstein. Cambodia, 2019.
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Women in some of the most impoverished areas of Cambodia sell their hair as a means of survival. But...

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Image courtesy of Al Jazeera.
Image courtesy of Al Jazeera.

Pulitzer Center grantee and independent journalist Erica Ayisi joined Femi Oke of Al Jazeera English's The Stream to discuss the implications of the global hair trade. Recently, activists are arguing that the industry exploits poor women, who "are essentially selling a body part to meet their basic needs." Ayisi has previously reported from Cambodia on this issue for her Pulitzer Center-supported project, "If This Hair Could Talk."

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