August 12, 2010

A Heroine for Today- Somaly Mam

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:06 pm by lbrosch

Somaly Mam tells her story in The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine (2009). In this shocking memoir Somaly tells of her own experiences as a sex slave. After her escape she returns to try and save many of the girls who were left behind. The story tells of her efforts to lead them into a new life. Somaly ends up sacrificing much of her personal life to continue her goals of making a better life for abused girls in Cambodia and still works against many difficult roadblocks today. She describes the hardened emotional state of Cambodians who suffered so much degradation and loss during the reign of the Khmer Rouge and the many wars before then. She even interviews men and discovers why they feel no remorse at using young girls as sex slaves and supporting the brothel trade. She has tried to start a campaign against this point of view. You can learn all about her work at the Somaly Mam Foundation at

Warning: You will come away from this book with anger and frustration about women’s rights and feel a need to join the fight!


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