On EP 15: of The Thinkergirls Pod Channel, Stacey June and Kristie Mercer creators of some of the most successful female podcasts and content in Australia, celebrate International Women’s Day by chatting to author & anti trafficking advocate Somaly Mam.

*Apologies for the low quality audio in this episode. It’s worth persevering with for such an eye-opening and important chat with such a profound woman* 

Somaly takes us back and shares her story of survival (3:25) she reminds us Birthday’s / age / days of the week are not important when you’re living in such poverty. You just need to survive (5:44) When you’re a Cambodian girl you have no voice (7:20) The haunting piece of advice Somaly’s adoption father gave her (8:01) What are you concentrating on in such dark moments to just stay alive? (10:27) You’re ‘free’ to live the brothel, but as a victim of abuse, you’re never really free (11:01) Somali returns to the Cambodian village she grew up in for the first time (19:06) The moment Somaly decided she needed to change things (20:16) Project Futures and what you can do to help (23:00) What it’s like to watch someone find their voice (23:12) and how the organised trips really do change lives (26:40)

To learn more about Project Futures & their upcoming trips in July & October as mentioned on this episode click HERE

If any part of this conversation triggered you & you need support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14


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