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The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine | [Somaly Mam]

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

Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was 12 years old. For the next decade, she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade industry 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.
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Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was 12 years old. For the next decade, she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex-trade industry 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, Mam blossomed but remained haunted by the girls in the brothels she left behind.

Written in exquisite, spare, unflinching prose, The Road of Lost Innocence recounts the experiences of Mam's early life and 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.

Mam has orchestrated raids on brothels and rescued sex workers, some as young as five and six; she has built shelters, started schools, and founded an organization that has so far saved more than 3,400 women and children in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. Her memoir, an international best seller, will leave you awestruck by the tenacity and courage of this modern-day heroine and will renew your faith in the power of an individual to bring about change.

©2008 Somaly Mam; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This moving, disturbing tale is not one of redemption but a cry for justice and support for women's plight everywhere." (Publishers Weekly)

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    S. Larsen Layton, Utah 06-14-10
    S. Larsen Layton, Utah 06-14-10 Member Since 2011

    I'm a happy homeschool mama of 4 little kids ages 8 to 2 yrs.

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    "Inspired to Action"

    This book left me so inspired that I had to find out if this sort of thing was happening here in the U.S./Canada like there in Cambodia. Sure enough it is, right here in our own backyard. I now work with a Non-profit organization, volunteering once a week to put an end to the child sex trade right here.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "tough to listen to but important to hear"

    This book is very important. It is brutally honest and tough to hear. Every person should read this though because without this knowledge we are oblivious to these horrible situations. The more people who know, the less tolerant the world will become and the better it will be for all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angie 3997 Hemlock Ave Clearlake, CA 95422 12-12-08
    Angie 3997 Hemlock Ave Clearlake, CA 95422 12-12-08 Member Since 2008

    I will recommend Audible to anyone who loves multi-tasking. I am able to learn while being active. It takes away my stress, totally!

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    "Courage"

    A fantastic revelation of true courage.
    I was shaken by the victims' experiences.
    I highly recommend this book.
    Thank you Somaly. Keep your head high as you are no longer a victim.
    Angie

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    liveon2legs St. Louis, MO 09-17-12
    liveon2legs St. Louis, MO 09-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Heartbreaking and Empowering - A Must Listen"

    If you have only a little knowledge of the evils of human trafficking, this book is the perfect primer. It puts a name, a face, a soul to the countless faceless victims, and it gives us the strength to know that if this woman can overcome and achieve so much despite her humble and tragic beginnings, that we too can affect change by our actions and choices.

    When I was much younger, maybe 16 or 17, I saw a news story on Dateline or 60 Minutes about a Doctor from the US that had traveled to Cambodia to take advantage of the poor children in Cambodia's sex trade industry. That segment moved me to do research on Cambodia's History, the growing human trafficking trade both here in the states and abroad, and modern slavery in general. I have been keeping informed on the issues and challenges ever since which is how I first learned of Somaly Man, and there is no stronger voice for the fight against these evils than that of Somaly Mam.

    Read her story, share her story, help restore innocence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 09-22-10
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 09-22-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Very powerful"

    It is amazing what human beings can do to destroy each other. It is also amazing to see the resiliency of the human spirit facing such adversity. This is the story of such an amazing life.

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    kristin san antonio, TX, United States 07-22-10
    kristin san antonio, TX, United States 07-22-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Unbelievable"

    This story is so interesting, but also deeply disturbing! The story is great and it starts out when the writer is a child and all throughout her being grown up, and how she tries to help other girls like her. This book really opened my eyes and makes me want to get involved in efforts to stop the sex-trafficking. It does make me happy that I was born in America as opposed to Cambodia!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada 01-31-10
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    "Eye Opening Story"

    An excellent read that really makes you think about how good you have it in life.

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