Book in Review: The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine

Book Review

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. Synopsis via Good Reads


Author: Somaly Mam is an author from Cambodia as well as, a human rights advocate who focuses on sex trafficking.

Interesting Fact: There have been reports that some of the events in the book are imaginative and fictional and in 2014 Somaly Mam resigned from her foundation [The Somaly Mam Foundation] after probes and investigations of her foundation and the authenticity of her book as well as, stories of abuse within her foundation.

First Impression: Putting all the news and issues aside, the book tells of one woman’s harrowing journey to find normalcy and to help others who’ve been trafficked, sexual abused, and treated like commodities in Cambodia and around the world. Human Trafficking: Slavery and the selling of people are still happening even in the 21st century and I love that this book explores this issue, especially in a first-person account of what happens in a world most of us know nothing about. That being said, the book seems a little off, I can’t put my finger on it, but it seems “glossy.” Horrible things happen in this world, but let’s tie a bow around it; it happens in your backyard, but for only 50 cents we can make it disappear that is the kind of feeling I’ve gotten while reading. I don’t know if it’s the writing style, but it just seems a little off, granite, I just started reading and I’m on Chapter one so my perception may change.

In my review: My thoughts on the book and characters and my overall critique and rating of the book

*Second autobiography/memoir of  2017*



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