Prevent Human Trafficking has been on record for over a decade about Somaly Mam's fraudulent activities carried out by AFESIP - a nonprofit organization she co-founded in Cambodia, as well as the activities funded by the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) based in the US. Members of our Board (including Dr. Steinfatt pictured below) have conducted lengthy research that clearly points to some of the egregious issues recently exposed in the US in the Newsweek article about her - particularly Somaly Mam's conflation of sex trafficking with prostitution and the grossly inflated numbers of women trafficked for sex in Cambodia.
We are posting some downloadable academic papers here that demonstrate the importance of honesty in reporting the number of victims to the public. Inflated numbers contribute to misinformation that leads donors to be defrauded - as they believe the hype and don't do due diligence on organizations such as Somaly Mam's - one of the most egregious examples of fraud and duplicity in the anti-trafficking field. She has hurt organizations who work on this issue by causing donors to be suspicious everyone working in the field.
Trafficking is a horrendous crime and we believe in preventing it and helping victims. However, hysteria over the number of trafficked victims in any area of the world - detracts attention and sorely needed funding from other countries, in which some of the best organizations struggle to operate because they don't engage in sensationalizing the issues or parading victims in front of the public to garner attention like Somaly Mam has done (which further traumatizes and stigmatizes victims of human trafficking) for decades.
You can reach us for more information at preventhumantraffickingATgmail.com