West Texas A&M University has selected The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam for their common reading program.
Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was only 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.
Ms. Mam recently spoke at UCLA about her experiences and her foundation. Check out the video below.