Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lies Killed Human Trafficking Agency

by Gary Snyder

The charity probably best known to fight modern slavery and human trafficking, the U.S.-based Somaly Mam Foundation, made public its decision to cease all operations.

Its leader, Somaly Mam, was found to have falsified her claim of being a former child sex slave in Cambodia.  She had fraudulently embellished her past experiences and accomplishments. The unveiling of the highly publicized allegations had seriously affected some SMF affiliates and grantees — and probably even broader anti-human trafficking and anti-slavery advocacy efforts around the world. One Newsweek article in particular cited multiple discrepancies. The revelations left many reeling, although Simon Marks, the primary reporter breaking the story, had been building his case against Mam’s credibility for some time. Mam, of course, was an icon of the human trafficking field—but iconic status can be dangerous for the adored and adorers alike. (source)

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