Cambodian Campaigner Get World’s Children’s Prize In Stockholm

Somaly Mam of Cambodia, who has campaigned against trafficking and child prostitution was Wednesday named winner of the World’s Children’s Prize. Queen Silvia of Sweden, one of the patrons of the prize, was to present the award, worth 150,000 dollars, at a ceremony on Friday.
Somaly Mam was sold to a brothel as a young girl, and has campaigned against trafficking for the past 12 years. She has set up three safe houses for girls rescued from brothels and offers them food, health care, schooling and job training, organizers said.
Her organization, that is known under its French acronym, AFISEP, has helped some 3,000 former sex workers.
However, Somaly Mam’s campaign against the sex trade in Cambodia has “earned her many enemies and death threats. Her own 14 year-old daughter was kidnapped, raped and sold to a brothel” two years ago, organizers said.
Somaly Mam was selected by a jury of former child soldiers, street children, bonded workers and refugees from 17 countries.
Somaly Mam was also winner of the Global Friends’ Award in a worldwide vote among some 6.6 million children.
The World’s Children’s Prize award, was established in 2000 by the Swedish non-governmental organization, Children’s World.

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