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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,748 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Somaly Mam Narrator: Tanya Eby Sirois Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/20/2014

    " true story. hard realization this really is happening to young girls and women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/16/2014

    " Not an easy read in light of the topic of sexual trafficking in Cambodia. I was, however, so glad I read it since it raised my awareness of this atrocity that is going on right now in the Cambodia. The description of Somaly Mam as a "Cambodian Heroine" is more than accurate. The fact that a woman who endured life as sex slave for ten years and then after escaping chooses to go back and save young girls from the fate she herself suffered is miraculous. Everyone should read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Reissmann | 2/10/2014

    " This book really made me feel completely far removed from reality and humbled me. It shows the straight that humans can have and how they use it do amazing things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nehama Verter | 1/28/2014

    " The most powerful part when I read this book, was how active the author has become in helping these women. This is a blurb about the author from the amazon.com page- "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." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Dyer | 1/26/2014

    " Wow! What an eye opener. I frequently visit Cambodia with my volunteer work, and I had absolutely no idea of the extent and corruption involved in the sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and children. It really blew me away, how we can lead such an ignorant life in a foreign country and barely see any hint of the attrocities that may be occurring down a dark alley or in a hotel. Somaly Mam is an amazingly brave lady. Her first hand experience of this disgusting system and her internal strength to continue to fight for these women and children despite personal threats to her and her family just amazed me. I can't say its a nice read but it is definitely an eye opener and one I have learnt a lot from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nia Vestal | 1/19/2014

    " This book is a disturbing and remarkable account of the sex trade industry in Cambodia... however, more the human side of this issue is all too evident. I put down this book several times and picked it up again, only to allow myself to digest the information and to prohibit myself from vomiting. It is sad that we live in a world where human beings treat each other as Mam has indicated in her book. It is ugly, harsh in in no way does she hold back. The sex trade is ugly and savage. Most books on social issues would end there but Mam's story continues and it does give the reader faith and hope that Mam's work has not only assisted sex slaves but also worked to change cultural expectations of relationships between men and women. She ends with a page of dedications to promising figures but it is still evident help is needed to change and perhaps giving to either of her organizations along with telling others about this book is a help and a push to change these conditions. This is a MUST read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika Floyd | 1/18/2014

    " Extraordinarily inspiring autobiography; and we Americans think we have it rough. The story of a courageous woman overcoming all odds - a must read for all women! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Caldwell | 1/15/2014

    " Somaly is a champion for the voiceless young girls in Cambodia and elsewhere. Her book is a captivating and horrifying realization of what she endured and what countless other children, girls, and women endure in Cambodia. Powerful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 1/14/2014

    " As difficult as this subject is this author did a great job giving me a feel for what that experience was like for her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherine | 12/28/2013

    " It is so devastating that such poverty and immorality still exist in the world today. It makes you realise how fortunate we are compared to the poor tortured souls in Cambodia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 12/27/2013

    " Read this for book club. It's an understandably very limited view of Cambodia. Very sad. Not a 'reading on public transport' kind of book. Definitely enjoyed it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 labrynt | 11/5/2013

    " Not for the feint of heart. Anyone interested in human rights and womens rights should definitely check it out. Oh my god, I had no idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 10/5/2013

    " Such a good read!!! An inspiring true story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 7/10/2013

    " This is an extraordinary young woman! To have survived such pain and hardship herself, and to just want to help other children who have been abandoned, sold and bartered by their own families is increidbly admirable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Fetzer | 2/14/2013

    " I read this immediately upon my return from a brief visit to Cambodia. The author's personal story is heart-wrenching, but her accounts give insight into the human trafficking and culture of South East Asia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Beeman | 1/27/2013

    " Amazing book. My eyes are forever opened to these horrific crimes that are happening in Cambodia, and all over the world. I highly recommend reading this... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 8/4/2012

    " A powerful book about horrible human situations, about people whoa are living with us on the same planet. Somaly Mam had the courage to open that world and our eyes. Thank you, Somaly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa | 1/19/2012

    " This story is heavy but amazingly inspirational! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 7/9/2011

    " Now I'm reading... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita Oz | 6/18/2011

    " A horrifying portrayal of prostitution, women trafficking and child sex slavery in Cambodia. A must read to raise awareness of inhumane circumstances still happening in the world today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 5/19/2011

    " Horrifying but important story. Most of us are luckier than we know... Made me want to do more to make a difference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karisa | 3/15/2011

    " Shocking to learn about the levels of brutality within the sex trafficking industry. This book made it real for me and brought the realities of modern-day slavery to light. Because there is still so much to be done, this book is both an inspiring and frustrating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 3/12/2011

    " A very frank read, not a book you will forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pure | 3/7/2011

    " I have one word to sum up this book WOW .............. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 2/28/2011

    " Such a good read!!! An inspiring true story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/26/2011

    " Heartbreaking and sad but happy that this incredible woman did something to help. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sphinx | 2/7/2011

    " Difficult to read due to its extreme detail but very interesting. Hard to get past the random point of view changes that seem like they should have been edited out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacypietari | 1/26/2011

    " Somaly Mam is a truly remarkable woman. The global trafficking of women is a well known problem; this book gives it a face. She went though a lot, and now runs herself ragged to help others. The book is well written. I would love to help her cause. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 1/23/2011

    " Extraordinarily inspiring autobiography; and we Americans think we have it rough. The story of a courageous woman overcoming all odds - a must read for all women! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/22/2011

    " her story is devastatingly powerful. my stomach tightened so many times as well as my heart. cannot imagine what more she could have done...if anything or anyone was on her side... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 1/20/2011

    " I just wrote the longest Goodreads review I've ever written because I was so affected by this book. When I clicked to allow popups on the site, however, it refreshed the page and I lost it all. %#*%%. In a nutshell: amazing, disturbing, important, scary, sad, hopeful. "

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