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Rescue & Recovery

Through our partners in Southeast Asia, The Somaly Mam Foundation supports programs that rescue victims and provide survivors with food, shelter, medical and psychological care. These programs have provided comprehensive services to thousands of sex trafficking victims across Southeast Asia since their inception.


The first step in saving a life begins with a rescue mission conducted by our partners' legal and investigations departments. The investigations team visits sex establishments undercover, and gathers information about the status and nature of the young women and girls present. Once victims have been identified, the team prepares an investigative report and submits the report to legal workers who engage the police and appropriate legal agencies, setting the legal process in motion.


The victim is then taken to a recovery center. In addition to safety and protection, the recovery centers offer a medical/psychological assessment, evaluation of educational/social development, child care, and legal assistance.