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. (Goodreads)
This is the most inspiring thing I’ve read in a long time, it even beat out “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. I don’t know what I can say about this book that would do it justice. I was originally drawn to this book because of the topic of sex trafficking and how it would relate to my own research. While, it’s not an academic book or necessary a source for research it’s still a must read.
Somaly Mam is truly an inspiration and her story was as troublesome as it is inspirational. Her book is completely honest and doesn’t hold back on the reality on sex trafficking and prostitution in Cambodia. Reading about such a terrible topic from a survivors point of view was so life changing, after finishing I had to go buy a Akun Bracelet (thank you bracelet) and I know exactly what my future gifts will be to my friends. This story needs to be shared and support needs to be increased for this wonderful foundation. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, sex trafficking is a true threat to human security and something that more people, especially women, need to be educated on and awareness of.
If you’re looking to tip your toe into the area of trafficking and want an inspirational story to send the message, then this is the book for you. A must read!