The Road of Lost Innocence - Somaly Mam & Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Road of Lost Innocence

By Somaly Mam & Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  • Release Date: 2008-09-09
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 105 Ratings)


A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Somaly Mam Foundation.

A riveting, raw, and beautiful memoir of tragedy and hope

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. Trapped in this dangerous and desperate world, she suffered the brutality and horrors of human trafficking—rape, torture, deprivation—until she managed to escape with the help of a French aid worker. Emboldened by her newfound freedom, education, and security, Somaly blossomed but remained haunted by the girls in the brothels she left behind.
Written in exquisite, spare, unflinching prose, The Road of Lost Innocence recounts the experiences of her early life and tells the story of her awakening as an activist and her harrowing and brave fight against the powerful and corrupt forces that steal the lives of these girls. She has orchestrated raids on brothels and rescued sex workers, some as young as five and six; she has built shelters, started schools, and founded an organization that has so far saved more than four thousand women and children in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. Her memoir will leave you awestruck by her tenacity and courage and will renew your faith in the power of an individual to bring about change.

To learn more about how you can help fight human trafficking, visit the foundation’s website:


  • A must read for all Americans

    By CrystalLorree
    I first learned of somaly mam on the Half the Sky documentary. I loved this book. I read it over two days, I couldn't put it down. Heart-breaking but so honest and real. Somaly shares the horrors that have happened to her and other young girls. It really is so important to gain an awareness of what is going on right now... We need to help...
  • Has to be told again and again

    By Mzhenya
    Whoever gave it one star has no heart and is devoid of any compression for another human being. Because of people like that sex slavery is proliferating despite more and more material written on it. Somaly Mam is a special kind of person. If you haven't read anything on this topic yet, it is a must read, one of the better written books on the pic from the source who experienced it firsthand herself. No statistics, just stories with names.
  • WOW

    By BreeWeeWee
    I began reading this book as part of my research for a project I was doing on Human Trafficking & sexual slavery. While reading through it, I often had to take breaks in between the chapters because I became emotional. This is absolutely the most graphic, heart wrenching, disturbing .....& most beautiful story it has ever been my please to read. I beg anyone who is has the opportunity to read it, please do so. You won't regret it.
  • Proof

    By Cavol
    Proof that the human soul can survive anything.
  • Words cannot describe

    By Anthony Martinez
    This is an amazing book. It simply gets you angry, sad, happy, and inspires you to take action against human trafficking. Must read.
  • The road of lost innocence

    By I Kant tink of a nicknam
    This book is written so simply but from the heart. I couldn't put it down and parts made me very emotional. It gives a glimpse into the scary and disgusting world of child prostitution. I did not know things were that bad.
  • The road to lost innocence

    By Jenheb
    Get this book!! I couldn't put it down and have rarely felt so moved by an author. It is told in such unemotional honesty that you rage inside for her and these innocent women and children that are brutalized and dehumanized in the worst possible way. Most importantly it makes me ask myself how and where can I help? I will be looking into that. Prepare to be changed. 5 stars!
  • Read it.

    By Derek Fields
    It's tough to face the evils that human beings are capable of perpetrating. But if we ignore them then we set ourselves up to commit them. Even if you reject everything else the Bible teaches, it is easy to see that the human heart is broken and capable of great wrongs. This book is not a spiritual one, it is human. But the spiritual call to action is written on every page. Somaly Mam is my wife's hero, and now she is one of mine.