Growing up in war-torn Cambodia and separated from her parents, a young Somaly Mam was easy prey for a human trafficker, who eventually brought her to a brothel hundreds of miles from her hometown. After enduring hellacious conditions in the brothel, she eventually fled, but had nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Alone and abused, Mam said she “just stopped and sat down, ‘where am I going?’ I wanted to go back to the brothel because I have no house, no home.”
However, she managed to survive and build a life for herself, fueled by her belief that she needed “to help other people to have this opportunity” to escape from sex slavery.
Learn more at Daniel Littlewood’s Huffington Post article: Somaly Mam, Human Trafficking Victim Turned Activist: ‘I Just Want To Help’ Others Escape.