Somaly Mam

Somaly Mam is one of the most extraordinary women with the most extraordinary stories I’ve ever heard. She was born into a family struggling with extreme poverty in Cambodia. In addition to economic despair, her family was an oppressed ethnic minority forced to make unspeakable decisions to survive. Somaly was sold into sexual slavery by a man posing s her grandfather. She was raped and tortured on a daily basis as she worked in a brothel alongside other young children, and when her closest friend was murdered in front of her, she found a way to do the impossible and escaped her captors. Ever since she has dedicated her life to saving victims and empowering survivors of the very current, and sadly thriving, slave trade.

She has, in the years following her liberating herself, come to great prominence for her tireless work and: ” is now a renowned leader at the forefront of the anti-trafficking struggle. Universally recognized as a visionary for her courage, dignity, ingenuity, and resilience, Somaly was honored as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2009 and was featured as a CNN Hero. She is also the recipient of the Prince of Austria’s Award for International Cooperation, The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC), Glamour Magazine’s 2006 Woman of the Year Award, and has won accolades from the US Department of Homeland Security.”

The Somaly Mam Foundation is a charitable organization committed to ending human trafficking in North American and around the world. DO NOT, for one minute, think that this is a problem that only happens “over there.” Over two million women and children are sold into slavery every year–and the business is growing. The Somaly Mam Foundations works many paths: rescue and recovery, education, reintegration, voices for change, advocacy, and global awareness.

You can get involved from home and in the field. Make the buck stop here, and stand for the vision of the Somaly Mam Foundation and its heroic founder: A world where women and children are safe from slavery.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Gladys Cabenda on February 25, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    I’ve just read the book from Somaly Mam, the road of lost Innocence.

    Iám speechless. What a book.
    I just want to thank you!!!!!!


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