Somaly Mam
A Note from the Author and Publisher of Breaking Free

Somaly Mam was just a young child when her parents left her in the deep forests of Cambodia. She was then sold into sexual slavery by her “grandfather” before she was even twelve years old. In Breaking Free, Abby Sher conveys Somaly’s story as a sex slave, her escape, and her courageous journey to rescue women and girls from the sex trade. Today, Somaly is a fearless survivor and a global pioneer in the movement against sex slavery and trafficking. She is the president of the Somaly Mam Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization committed to ending modern-day slavery and empowering survivors.

More About Somaly Mam
Somaly Mam has pioneered the movement against sex slavery for nearly two decades. She has been recognized as a CNN hero, Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year, and one of Time Magazine's most influential people. Through her work as a tireless advocate and human rights leader, Somaly has made it her life’s mission to protect women and girls from sexual exploitation and trafficking.

In 2007, she co-founded the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) with two young Americans. Today, with offices in New York and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, SMF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls in Southeast Asia, and empowering its survivors as part of the solution. Somaly serves as president of SMF and continues to work and live in Phnom Penh with her three children.

Connect with the SMF:

Donate to the SMF: