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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (3 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844083462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844083466
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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** 'Sold into prostitution in Cambodia as a small child, Mam has survived a trauma that is almost beyond the imaginative reach of memoir ... driven by a sense of purpose greater than the self, and related with a haunting directness (GUARDIAN)

** 'Somaly Mam is my candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is living proof that one woman can change the fate of others (AYAAN HIRSI ALI)

** 'Written deftly and sparely, this story easily transcends the current rash of 'misery (life-stories. Somaly Mam has no truck with sensationalism or self pity: action for change is patently what she is all about.')

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING (** 'This is a book about how one person's courage can make a difference')

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The true story of an orphaned Cambodian girl who spent her childhood in slavery and prostitution and now combats trafficking. Somaly Mam has a strong international profile and supporters include Hillary Clinton, the Queen of Spain and Angelina Jolie.

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It is amazing how many people still don't know that Somaly Mam resigned from her foundation on May 28, 2014 because of lies she told about her life story and her fake "victims" Look up "Somaly Mam resignation" on the internet if you don't believe me. Somaly Mam is a fraud, cheat, liar, scam artist. She was NEVER a sex trafficking victim. She lived a normal life. Her own foundation SMF doesn't want anything to do with her and in fact "fired her" she not only lied about herself, but forced girls to lie to the cameras to scam money from donors and government officials. Somaly Mam abused the girls in her care and forced them to lie, and live in bad conditions. Somaly Mam committed human trafficking herself by forcing girls to commit fraud and holding them in centers against their will. Somaly Mam is a BAD person NOT a good person. She does not help anyone but herself. DON'T BE FOOLED !!

HIS ENTIRE BOOK IS A LIE AND IS PURE FICTION!

SOMALY MAM SEX TRAFFICKING IS A SCAM AND FRAUD.
SOMALY MAM HAS RESIGNED FROM HER ORGANISATION BECAUSE OF LIES SHE TOLD TO THE
WORLD!
On May 28, 2014 Somaly Mam was forced to resign from the Somaly Mam Foundation and was proven to be lying about being a victim of Sex Trafficking and forcing girls to lie about being victims. She was then forced to step down from one of the most successful anti-sex trafficking organizations in the world. She was committing fraud and stealing money from the public by providing them with false sex trafficking horror stories that were lies to send money to the Somaly Mam and Afesip charities.
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'When I was sold to a brothel, I was sixteen. Today, there are virgins for sale in every large town. To make sure of their virginity some of the girls are as young as five or six years old.'
They are sold, stolen, raped, beaten and often killed. This is their story told in a beautifully written style, with some photographs, by a Cambodian who escaped the system and has spent the rest of her life trying to help, save and rebuild the lives of her fellow countrywomen, and to tell the world, particularly men, what is actually going on and what it is like for the women.
She says that there are more than 50,000 sex slaves in Cambodia; 1 in 40 girls will be sold into sex slavery.
Writing the book, she says, makes her sick, gives her nightmares; she showers and cries, but 'what can one do?'

Although the subject is horrifying, there is no hint of 'Poor Me!' - the whole book is powerful, informative and inspirational.
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This is an autobiography that would give one a heavy heart. I have had it on my shelf for a while. The subject matter is not a pleasant one - it is not for enjoyment that I want to read it but to understand a life that is beyond my experience. During the snowy days of confinement, I read this through in less than 24 hours, but I feel this is a book written with blood and hardship of one's experience, which took her a lifetime, first to live through the actual events and then live with the constant torments of the emotional and psychological scars. Must we know about the extent of wickedness that exists in the world? Yes, because I believe we share a collective responsibility of human wickedness. We may not be directly involved in the wicked acts, but we may have participated through our negligence. Does our ignorance shield us from being guilty of inaction? It is true that there are a lot of social issues around the world and we cannot possibly be well informed of every single one of them. But I feel it is our duty to choose a handful of them that are close to our hearts, learn more about them and then decide how we would like to follow up.

It is hard to believe that life for these girls could be worse than it was, but this seems to be the reality. Even though the author is open and honest about her experience, with her naked emotions, I don't think we can truly comprehend what life is like for them even after reading such a candid account. She keeps asking, with almost child-like honesty, why would human do this to other human beings, whether it was the family who sold the girls to the trade, or husbands who abused their wife, or the pimps who "punished" their girls with physical or psychological tortures, or the clients who were violent?
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This is both shocking and disturbing that this is a reality for many children and girls in the World.

We think we have hardship in the West, for the majority we truly are unthankful and ungrateful and dont know what hardship is! It would help everyone if they had to study something like this at school....would recommend as a captivating read for men women and youth.
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I read this book and was inspired by the courage of this amazing, beautiful and selfless woman. The book is hard to read because of the brutality of the sex slave industry, but do not be ignorant to this as this is real life for many children in Cambodia, across the world and on your doorstep. After reading this book I was inspired to raise money for the Somaly Mam Foundation and travelled to Cambodia. The sex slave industry must be stopped. How? Solving world poverty. How can we help? Educate ourselves to the reality of what goes on by reading this book, then find a way to help and take action!
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