Associated Press - March 23, 2011
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Somaly Mam, an internationally acclaimed anti-human trafficking activist, is going to be this year's keynote speaker at the Middle Tennessee State University Women's and Gender Studies Program's Interdisciplinary Conference.
Born into extreme poverty in Cambodia, Mam was sold into slavery as a child and forced to work in a brothel. She was tortured and raped daily, and finally escaped from the life after her best friend was murdered.
She started the Somaly Mam Foundation in 2007 to end human trafficking. Mam has won numerous awards for her work and was named of the 100 Most Influential People of 2009 by Time magazine.
She will be speaking at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the Tom H. Jackson Building. The event with Mam is free and open to the public.