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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.
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 a "
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
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