Somaly Mam, Sex Trafficking Survivor, Fights Slavery And HIV/AIDS In Cambodia (SLIDESHOW)
Eleanor Goldberg - Huffington Post – Monday, 05 December 2011 (originally posted 30 Nov)
This story is part of a series celebrating HIV/AIDS activists in honor of Thursday’s World AIDS Day.
Her house has been burned down. She’s had her car jacked. Her daughter was kidnapped, drugged and raped. But still, sex trafficking survivor Somaly Mam says she would rather risk death than give up her work saving slaves in Cambodia.
Sold into prostitution at 12 by her grandfather, Mam was brutalized and raped — sometimes up to 10 times a day — throughout her teenage years. While Mam made an unlikely escape to France from the brothel in Cambodia, she couldn’t tolerate the cushy life there knowing that thousands of girls were being tortured at home . . .
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