The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Childhood

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Virago, Dec 3, 2009 - Abused children - 210 pages
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Somaly Mam was abandoned as a baby and looked after by her grandmother until she disappeared. She was then taken into the care of a man she called 'grandfather', but was treated no better than an unpaid servant. sold. Raped at twelve, Somaly was forced to marry at fifteen and then sold to a brothel. She endured years of abuse before managing to escape.

The Road of Lost Innocence is a moving account of a traumatic childhood and also the inspirational story of a determined and courageous woman devoted to helping other girls caught up in the illegal sex trade and violent underworld in Cambodia.

In 1997 Somaly Mam co-founded AFESIP to combat trafficking in women and children for sexual slavery.

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User Review  - shayanasha - LibraryThing

This book is honest, brutally, painfully honest and that is really why it can make a difference. With every page I felt Somaly Mam's struggle with the prostitution that was a big part of her past and ... Read full review

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User Review  - clarasayre - LibraryThing

Somaly Mam IS an inspiration to women around the world. Her story of being sold into sexual slavery and then managing to get out of it AND to make it her life's work to help other girls (some as young ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Somaly Mam lives near Phnom Penh with her three children.

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