Somaly Mam is a global leader who has pioneered the movement against modern slavery for nearly two decades. She has been recognized as a CNN Hero, Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year and one of Time magazine's most influential people. Through her work as a tireless advocate and human rights leader, Somaly Mam has made it her life’s mission to eradicate slavery and empower its survivors as part of the solution.
Somaly Mam, a speaker at last week’s Social Innovation Summit, recently had to defend her work from a former colleague who alleged her foundation was exaggerating the threat of global human trafficking to attract funding. In this guest commentary, the former sex slave explains why she’ll continue to fight this form of organized crime.