Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
The Road of Lost Innocence: The Story of a Cambodian Heroine (Random House Reader's Circle) Paperback – July 28, 2009
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
A riveting and beautiful memoir of tragedy and hopeâby a woman named to Time magazineâs list of the 100 most influential people in the world
Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was 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 lifeâuntil, 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 workersâsome as young as five and sixâoffering them shelter, rehabilitation, healing, and love and leading them into new life.
Written in exquisite, spare, unflinching prose, The Road of Lost Innocence is a memoir that will leave you awestruck by the courage and strength of this extraordinary woman and will renew your faith in the power of an individual to bring about change.
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
There is this theme that is brought up in this book, and with the #MeToo movement about the role men have to play in all this. Somaly, when describing her personal experiences as a prostitute, describes how she learned to believe that all men were trash. Even the ones who seemed different ended up treating her the same as the ones who hit her outright. It seems that violence and sex cannot be separated as long as men view sex as something they have a right too. Society unfortunately teaches men that sex is something you take, not something you give. And because it is something you can take, it can be taken by force. It is easy to say that all men are trash, but they are a symptom of the problem. That doesn't mean that men shouldn't strive to make changes within themselves, and think critically on the actions they take. However, if we want to make sustainable long-term changes, we need to go to the root of the problem. We need to change our society's perception of sex. Sex is a privilege not a right. Sex is something you give, not something you take.
Somaly shared of one such endeavor she chose to take on. She decided to begin to go to the root of the issue by intervening at the level of the perpetrator. She had men who frequently took company with prostitutes talk and listen to the stories of the prostitutes she rescued through her agency, AFESIP. In hearing the stories of these former child prostitutes, the men wept and vowed to change their ways. Of course, whether this endeavor was truly successful is another story, but it should resonate with us the power of storytelling. The power of giving a voice to the voiceless. The power of speaking the truths in the face of the many lies told about prostitutes.
This story resonated with me given the recent publicity with the #MeToo movement. The rampages of sexual violence and harassment are deeply embedded into our society. They are so embedded it is almost unbelievable the number of people who have been affected and thus have since come forward. And imagine, what we have seen so far is mainly in the United States. If we were to hear the stories of people outside of the U.S., I am afraid we would be utterly shocked.
“I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.” - Mikhail Bakunin