This is a memoir of Somaly Mam, born in Cambodia, in a small village to parents unknown to her, she was left in the care of a maternal grandmother and then a man who claimed to be her grandfather took her away from the village to go live with him in another village, a village he said was her unknown father’s ancestral village but he abused her daily and kept her as a slave.
In spite of the abuse, Somaly found refuge in the village’s school teacher who tells her that he is her father’s brother, making him her uncle. He was the one who gave Somaly her name, as she had no idea what her real name was and gave her the surname Mam, which is his and respected her and treated her as part of his family.
By the time she was twelve years old, her grandfather sent…
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