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Who is Somaly Mam?

Published on May 30, 2014 2:04 PM

The high-profile anti-sex slavery activist quit her eponymous foundation on Wednesday. Her resignation came after a May 21 Newsweek cover story questioned the veracity of her life story and a two-month investigation by a law firm hired by the foundation.

Here are five things about Somaly Mam.

1. The Cambodian co-founded, with her then-husband Frenchman Pierre Lagros, Acting For Women In Distressing Situations (Afesip, a French acronym) in Cambodia in 1996. The non-governmental organisation is dedicated to rescuing women and girls who have been sexually exploited.

2. Her work with Afesip won her the first inklings of international attention. In 1998, she received the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, the first of many awards to come her way. The Award helped raise her profile, and Afesip expanded to other countries - France, Laos, Switzerland, Thailand and Vietnam.

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