The Road of Lost Innocence

The Road of Lost Innocence

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Born in a Cambodian village, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather at age twelve. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. 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. This book 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 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.--From publisher description.
Published: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385526210
0385526210
Branch Call Number: 362.7609 MAM
Characteristics: viii, 193 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Marshall, Ruth 1961-

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ch1981
Jul 09, 2013

I knew of Somaly Mam through her CNN Hero award but had no idea how truly torturous her own experience had been as a trafficked child. It is a difficult book to read but I couldn't put it down. She gives a voice to trafficked children and young women and you can feel her pain in her words.

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fawkes87
Jun 26, 2012

As many have said, this memoir is inspiring and heart-wrenching. Through hearing Somaly Mam tell her story, you not only get a glimpse of an extraordinarily strong woman but also of one of the faces of human trafficking. As someone who works in anti-trafficking, I would say that this book is a critical read for anyone who wants to know more about the people behind the "issue," and yet at the same time, to remember that this is just one story that does not and can not represent all of the complicated facets to trafficking. Not all families willingly sell or leave their children vulnerable. I highly recommend this memoir to anyone and encourage readers to learn more after finishing it - to not just hold as the final answer to what trafficking is.

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savtadina
Jul 04, 2011

A stark, riviting book about the experience of a young Cambodian woman who lost her parents and grandmother and survived with the support of her tiny village until tricked into becoming a servant and later a prostitute. The writing is straight forward and very clear. The author says she put it to writing so she would never have to repeat the story again. She was born into a tiny Phnong village in the forest of Cambodia which, for the most part, did not suffer the brutalities of Pol Pot. Her words clearly pictured the Phnong society and also showed the differences in the Khmer society she later lived in.
Through her story and those of others, she tells of the women in Cambodia forced into prostitution and now younger and younger girls pushed into the same roles....of families that sell the girls or loan them as endentured servants until debts are paid.
She has helped create two organizations that work to save such young girls from sexual slavery and give them a way to social reintegrate into society.
I thought this book would be so hard to read that I could only read a few pages at a time, but the opposite was true. I could not put it down.

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mango205
Apr 15, 2011

READ it. then find a way to help.

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Minnetonka_Library
Apr 11, 2009

Interesting but tragic.

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