...One of the last thrills still permitted us normal folks (for now) is getting to watch one of these self-appointed activists and advocates endure an Icarian tumble. Take that recentNewsweekexposéof secular saint and “sex work” abolitionist Somaly Mam.
No, I’d never heard of her before, either. I didn’t realize how far removed I was from what the authorities have deemed reality until I read that,among other things, this woman had been feted by the White House and the State Department, appeared onThe Oprah Winfrey Show, made the “TIME100” list, and declared one ofGlamour’s “Women of the Year.” Plus she’d been named one of the “Women Who Shake the World” by, er,Newsweek.
Cambodian-born Somaly Mam began making claims she’d been sold into sexual slavery as a youngster. After a daring escape, she dedicated her life to rescuing other girls from the same fate, leading armed raids on brothels, then providing shelter, education, and vocational training to the former captives—with the help of Western donors, many of them celebrities.