Somaly Mam Doesn’t Care.

20/10/2010 at 02:31 1 comment

Leela Neena

Somali Mam director of the controversial ‘rehabilitation centre’ AFESIP in Cambodia has said she doesn’t care about the APNSW video “Bad Rehab”  that protests the use of raid and rescue as an anti-trafficking measure. ( Cambodia Daily October 19 p28)  The video protests against the unethical self promotion and fundraising  of Somaly Mam and the damage caused by AFESIP and similiar organisations for sex workers in Cambodia and elsewhere.    Somaly Mam  is  a global campaigner for anti-sex work anti-trafficking organisations  supporting the Cambodian law and crackdowns that have cause dso much  abuse of  sex workers. AFESIP  detains women who have been “rescued” in  raids and often does not tell them that they are technically free to leave.   Somaly has told various stories about her own background and claims that any sex worker who speaks out against  Afesips aggressive anti-trafficking/anti-sex work position is a pimp, a madam or a trafficker….”

Worryingly staff at the Australian Embassy in Cambodia recently raised 150,000 for Mam.

See Bad Rehab on


Entry filed under: gender and sexuality, health, HIV and AIDS, human rights and law, research.

Pattaya Draft Declaration on Sex Work in Asia and the Pacific 2010 AFESIP vs APNSW post script.

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Parker  |  22/10/2010 at 08:56

    This is upsetting to me. I’ve tried to locate an online source for Cambodia Daily but couldn’t. I worked in Cambodia this past
    May with indirect sex workers (entertainers in beer gardens). Do you have access to the article? Can you quote it?

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