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The Road of Lost Innocence: As a Girl She Was Sold into Sexual Slavery, but Now She Rescues Others. The True Story of a Cambodian Heroineby Somaly Mam
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A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Somaly Mam Foundation.
A riveting, raw, and beautiful memoir of tragedy and hope
Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. Trapped in this dangerous and desperate world, she suffered the brutality and horrors of human trafficking—rape, torture, deprivation—until she managed to escape with the help of a French aid worker. Emboldened by her newfound freedom, education, and security, Somaly blossomed but remained haunted by the girls in the brothels she left behind.
Written in exquisite, spare, unflinching prose, The Road of Lost Innocence recounts the experiences of her early life and tells the story of her awakening as an activist and her harrowing and brave fight against the powerful and corrupt forces that steal the lives of these girls. She has orchestrated raids on brothels and rescued sex workers, some as young as five and six; she has built shelters, started schools, and founded an organization that has so far saved more than four thousand women and children in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. Her memoir will leave you awestruck by her tenacity and courage and will renew your faith in the power of an individual to bring about change.
To learn more about how you can help fight human trafficking, visit the foundation’s website: www.somaly.org.
In a compelling memoir, a Cambodian woman sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather at the age of twelve describes the brutality of the sex trade in Southeast Asia, the horrors she experienced until she managed to escape, and her role as an activist and advocate for the victimized young women whom she has rescued from the region's brothels. 50,000 first printing.
Somaly Mam is the cofounder of AFESIP (Acting for Women in Distressing Situations) in Europe and The Somaly Mam Foundation in the United States, whose goal is to save and socially reintegrate victims of sexual slavery in Southeast Asia. She was named Glamour's Woman of theYear in 2006. She lives in Cambodia and France.
Table of Contents
The forest — The village — "This is your husband" — Aunty Nop — Aunty Peuve — Foreigners — The French embassy — France — Kratie — New beginnings — Guardian angels — The Prince of Asturias and the village of Thlok Chhrov — AFESIP — The victims.
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