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The Road of Lost Innocence: The Story of a Cambodian Heroine

The Road of Lost Innocence: The Story of a Cambodian Heroine

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By (author) Somaly Mam, Foreword by Nicholas D Kristof, Introduction by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Preface by Nicholas D Kristof

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 15mm | 45g
  • Publication date: 28 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0385526229
  • ISBN 13: 9780385526227
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 33,974

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A riveting and beautiful memoir of tragedy and hope-by a woman named to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world 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. She suffered unspeakable acts of brutality and witnessed horrors that would haunt her for the rest of her life-until, in her early twenties, she managed to escape. Unable to forget the girls she left behind, Mam became a tenacious and brave leader in the fight against human trafficking, rescuing sex workers-some as young as five and six-offering them shelter, rehabilitation, healing, and love and leading them into new life. Written in exquisite, spare, unflinching prose, The Road of Lost Innocence is a memoir that will leave you awestruck by the courage and strength of this extraordinary woman and will renew your faith in the power of an individual to bring about change.

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Somaly Mam is the cofounder of AFESIP (Acting for Women in Distressing Situations) in Europe and The Somaly Mam Foundation in the United States, whose goal is to save and socially reintegrate victims of sexual slavery in Southeast Asia. She was named "Glamour"'s Woman of theYear in 2006. She lives in Cambodia and France. "From the Hardcover edition."

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"The Road of Lost Innocence is unputdownable, and you read it with a lump in your throat. Somaly Mam's story is an account of how humanity can sink to the lowest levels of depravity, but it is also a testimony of resistance and hope. She lifted herself out of a well of terror and found the determination and the resilience to save others. Somaly Mam is my candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize."--Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of "Infidel " "An inspiring story from the front lines of a global tragedy. Somaly Mam's courageous fight to save women and children reminds us that one person can stand up and change the fate of others for good." --Mariane Pearl, author of "A Mighty Heart ""A powerful autobiography that I highly recommend."--"New York Times " "Inspiring."--"People ""Haunting . . . Mam explains trafficking from a girl's perspective in a fresh, often poetic voice. . . . This is an important book to read."--"Seattle Times"