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Somaly Mam expose in CD?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:44 am
by andyinasia
Just picked up this tweet:

Lauren Crothers [email protected] 1m

@MarksSimon and @bophaphorn have been busy for past few months working on investigation into @SomalyMam. Pick up the @cambodiadaily today!


Could someone post here a summary of their findings?

Re: Somaly Mam expose in CD?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:03 pm
by Rama
I was at the newspaper stand too early today, before the daily had arrived... so can't post a summary.

Only thing that is coming up in news searches is this bit of news that yesterday she and Afesip opened a Salon in Seim Reap in partnership with Estee Lauder the huge French cosmetics company. http://tinyurl.com/n6bgvq7

You reckon Estee Lauder are going to be regretting that?

Re: Somaly Mam expose in CD?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:35 pm
by ali baba
There is a long expose in the weekend supplement, including an interview/ confession by Meas Ratha.
There is also a graph that claims the foundation spends more on salaries and employee benefits than on anti-trafficking efforts.

Re: Somaly Mam expose in CD?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:40 pm
by Bosco
andyinasia wrote:Just picked up this tweet

You've got CD reporters in your Twitter feed? Time for a clear out.

Re: Somaly Mam expose in CD?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:01 pm
by LTO
Two stories actually - one on Somaly getting caught in yet another fabrication, coaching another of her most famous victim/rescuees to tell a story of how she was forced into a brothel, abused, raped, etc - all of it completely untrue. The girl was never in the sex trade at all, but coerced by Somaly to lie, the girl from a poverty stricken family was hoping that she might be accepted into the free education program at Somaly's NGO in exchange for lying as Somaly instructed. The other story is on the Somaly Mam Foundations's finances and how it appears the officers and staff are enriching themselves. For example, it appears that in 2011 the combined compensation to SMF's top 3 officers was $353,863, while funding for the SMF Cambodia rehabilitation centers, housing 358 'victims', was $559,822.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:59 pm
by ricecakes
Sishaz Christ !

Re: Somaly Mam expose in CD?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:34 pm
by andyinasia
Bosco wrote:
andyinasia wrote:Just picked up this tweet

You've got CD reporters in your Twitter feed? Time for a clear out.


No, they're very useful; case in point. PPP and Reuters journos too.

Re: Somaly Mam expose in CD?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:21 pm
by Lucky Lucan
LTO wrote: For example, it appears that in 2011 the combined compensation to SMF's top 3 officers was $353,863


From the link:
The Somaly Mam Foundation is a nonprofit organization
:facepalm:

Re: Somaly Mam expose in CD?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:46 pm
by Bosco
andyinasia wrote:
Bosco wrote:
andyinasia wrote:Just picked up this tweet

You've got CD reporters in your Twitter feed? Time for a clear out.


No, they're very useful; case in point. PPP and Reuters journos too.

Some of the PPP guys are ok. CD is full of shite.

Re: Somaly Mam expose in CD?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:51 pm
by andyinasia
Bosco wrote:
andyinasia wrote:
Bosco wrote:
andyinasia wrote:Just picked up this tweet

You've got CD reporters in your Twitter feed? Time for a clear out.


No, they're very useful; case in point. PPP and Reuters journos too.

Some of the PPP guys are ok. CD is full of shite.


I never read the Cd, but the journos do tweet very useful breaking news.

Re: Somaly Mam expose in CD?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:58 pm
by Bosco
Somaly Mam foundation is another NGO, like Sisha, who choose to have their accounts audited by a foreign accounting firm which has no représentation in Cambodia. This despite the fact that pretty much all of their opération is based here.

Interesting that, in the most recent 2011 accounts on their website, they settled a claim with two former employees for 79k. They seem to be even better funded than their competitor Sisha.

Re: Somaly Mam expose in CD?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:53 pm
by andyinasia