PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian woman who has been honored internationally for her work against sexual slavery has resigned from the New York-based foundation she founded after reports alleged aspects of her personal history had been distorted.
Somaly Mam had received U.S. government funding for some of her early work and wrote a memoir, “The Road of Lost Innocence,” which was a best-seller in France.
One part of her story being questioned was whether she had been sold into prostitution as a child.
A statement from the Somaly Mam Foundation said Wednesday that the resignation followed an independent investigation of Somaly Mam’s background. It said the foundation’s work would continue.
Somaly Mam could not be reached for comment; calls to her phone number in Cambodia went unanswered.
The Somaly Mam Foundation tweeted:
Effective immediately, Somaly Mam has resigned from the Somaly Mam Foundation. Read more: http://t.co/z6bwWJArpK
— Somaly Mam (@SomalyMam) May 28, 2014