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Our Complicity in the Somaly Mam Scandal

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

It is time we inspect the basic motives to why we engage in this fight against injustice. Whether it is on grounds of human decency and equality, or because we are compelled by our faith; let's recalibrate our moral compass so it is not led astray by our tendency to strive for the sensational stories.

7 Charities Still Doing Great Work in Cambodia

Norm Schriever | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Norm Schriever

In order to renew our trust in the process of helping others -- to let these experiences with Somaly become a lesson in cautious optimism, not cynicism, I've outlined a few charities that I know are doing excellent work in Cambodia.

The Charitable Industrial Complex: Justice, Not Charity, Is What's Needed

Pardis Mahdavi | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Pardis Mahdavi

The problem is much larger than Somaly Mam or these orphanages. Worldwide there are "victim scripts" that individuals must conform to and perform in order to receive attention and assistance.

Somaly Mam Foundation Needs To Do Way More Than Just Rebrand | Posted 06.19.2014 | Impact

A name change may help the Somaly Mam Foundation recover from allegations that its founder lied about her story as a human-trafficking victim, but the...

Are We Letting the Scandal Over Somaly Mam Distort the Realities of Child Trafficking?

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Many argue that Somaly Mam did a lot to focus attention on the plight of these children even if she was lying about her own circumstances and, indeed, she did. But now it turns out that may have caused irreparable damage.

Stories Are Not for Sale

Pam Allyn | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

To be champions of what is right, we must act in the right. Strength and change start with truth.

Truth and Lies - It Matters How We Tell Stories

Jane Wells | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Jane Wells

There is no place for fiction in the not-for-profit world.

The Somaly Mam Story: What We Still Know About Sex Trafficking

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Taina Bien-Aime

When trust is breached, those even slightly involved with the targeted fabricator panic and recoil. The fight or flight response kicks in: Does one stay silent and hide; or support and defend?

Esteemed Sex Slave Activist Quits Foundation After Release Of Shocking Report

AP | SOPHENG CHEANG | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian woman internationally recognized for her work against sexual slavery has resigned from the foundation she he...

We're All Liars: Creative Storytelling Is the Nonprofit Sector's Drug of Choice

Pippa Biddle | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

Just as professional athletes take steroids, it seems as if embellishing or even fabricating stories has become the stimulant of choice for nonprofit leaders looking to gain a competitive edge.

The Mirror Has Two Faces

Lily Koppel | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Lily Koppel

Hairdresser Michael Angelo normally spends hectic days at his salon in NYC, but recently he was in Cambodia, training young women who are survivors of the global sex trafficking epidemic how to blow dry, give manicures, cut, color and style, teaching them to take control of their images.

Opportunity, Dignity and Hope for Victims of Sex Trafficking

Joy Bitonio | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Joy Bitonio

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgNo matter where you are on the globe, we are all women. Let's challenge each other to accomplish small victories that lead to real change by taking action now.

WATCH: Former Sex Slave: 'I Just Want To Help' Others Escape

Daniel Littlewood | Posted 01.18.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Growing up in war-torn Cambodia and separated from her parents, a young Somaly Mam was easy prey for a human trafficker, who eventually brought her to...

An Intimate Conversation with CNN Hero Somaly Mam

Angella Nazarian | Posted 03.11.2013 | Impact
Angella Nazarian

Universally recognized as a visionary for her courage, dignity, ingenuity and resilience, Somaly has been honored as one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People of 2009" and as a CNN Hero.

Exclusive: Meg Ryan and Somaly Mam on Celebrity, Human Trafficking, and Compassion

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 11.21.2012 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

Why, in many parts of the world, are women devalued, abused, even considered disposable?

War on International Sex Trafficking Isn't a War on Sex

Renee Olstead | Posted 08.09.2012 | Impact
Renee Olstead

These children have no control over whether or not their client will wear a condom, whether or not they'll be infected with HIV, or even if the client will physically abuse them before he leaves. Many of these children will never live to survive their days in this brutal trade.

Celebrating Visionary Women of the World

Angella Nazarian | Posted 05.05.2012 | Women
Angella Nazarian

My hope is that the stories of these visionary women present to us the flame of the passionate life, the knife of insight, and the courage to stand for what one sees without looking away.

Eleanor Goldberg

Sex Trafficking Survivor Risks Life To Fight Slavery, Spread Of HIV/AIDS | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.30.2011 | Impact

This story is part of a series celebrating HIV/AIDS activists in honor of Thursday's World AIDS Day. Her house has been burned down. She's had her ...

WATCH: Somaly Mam Savin On Saving Girls From Human Trafficking, International Women's Day | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

"Each of them has a strong story. Each of them gives me hope. Each of them stands up. Each of them inspires me...

End Slavery Now

AnnaLynne McCord | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
AnnaLynne McCord

A true heroine of our time, Somaly was sold into slavery at age 12 and forced to work in a brothel. Somaly managed to escape her captors, vowing to never forget those left behind.

Susan Sarandon Campaigns Against Prosecution Of Child Sex Slaves

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Susan Sarandon has joined other celebrities and activists -- including Somaly Mam, a sexual slavery survivor and major force in the fight against chil...

Spectacular Sold-Out Premiere of Anti-Child Trafficking Film in NYC

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Cambodian Parliament Member Mu Sochua received a standing ovation from the sold-out, standing room-only crowd at the red carpet world premier of REDLI...

Brilliant Film Premiers Monday in NYC, Offering Solution to Global Child Exploitation

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Not often does a filmmaker present both an untenable social problem - and its solution. Not often is its filmmaker an artist as well as a banker and ...

Mayor Bloomberg Launches 'Let's Call An End To Human Trafficking' In New York City

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Working alongside the Somaly Mam Foundation, Mayor Bloomberg has launched the Let's Call An End To Human Trafficking campaign, aimed at ending human t...

International Women's Day: 11 Women Who Are Changing The World (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Today is International Women's Day. March 8 is set aside to commemorate the achievements of women in politics, science and social change. At HuffPost...