The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam
As a girl she was sold into sexual slavery, but now she rescues others. The true story of a Cambodian heroine.

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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.
 

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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.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published August 19, 2008 by Spiegel & Grau. 210 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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That campaign is ongoing, and Mam concludes that there’s plenty left to do, since Cambodia is “in a state of chaos where the only rule is every man for himself.” An urgent, though depressing, document, worthy of a place alongside Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone, Rigoberto Menchú’s autobiography an...

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Beyond Ugly, by Constance Briscoe (256pp, Hodder, £14.99) The Road of Lost Innocence, by Somaly Mam, translated by Lisa Appignanesi (180pp, Virago, £12.99) Things the Grandchildren Should Know, by Mark Oliver Everett (244pp, Little, Brown, £14.99) Just as it seemed there wasn't going to be a Sh...

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Somaly truly wants nothing for herself other than the opportunity to continue working with the victims of sexual trafficking and to draw awareness to their plight.

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Using the only currency at her disposal she begins to make alliances with foreign men – those with wealth and power – and uses them to begin her slow ascent out of prostitution.

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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 h...

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I thought that it was a daring topic to write about, but if its something Mam feels strongly about, so writing about it only makes sense.

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