Pross claimed she was an orphan living at a brothel whose pimp stabbed her in the eye; doctors records prove she was brought to the hospital by her parents and linked with Mam's group later The second woman who Mam held up as the survivor of trauma was Long Pross, who was featured in an extensive profile and accompanying video by Nicholas Kristoff in The Times in 2009, where she told him that her eye had been gouged out by her violent female owner after Pross asked for time off from prostitution following her second painful abortion.
She was a well-known and popular girl who attended a local high school from 1981 to 1987 and is remembered by her classmates for regularly wearing pigtails to school.
She also told Glamour magazine in 2006- when they named her one of their Women of the Year- that her teenage daughter had been kidnapped and her captors video taped her being gang raped- all as retribution for the work Mam was doing.
Vouching for her: Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, seen with her in 2012, wrote the foreward to her book and profiled one of the 'rescued' girls, whose story was proved a lie '(With donors), she’s very polished and very on and very charming…exceedingly charming...
and when people are not there, she can be tyrannical; she’s moody, she’s erratic, she’s entitled,' a former AFESIP volunteer psychologist told Newsweek about Mam.
Somaly Mam shot to fame in recent years for her humanitarian work helping fight sex slavery, using a horrific story about her own personal experiences of being forced into- and then escaping- work as a prostitute.
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton toured her charity's facilities in Siem Reap, Cambodia in October 2010, and she has attracted the attention of celebrity activists like Susan Sarandon and Meg Ryan.
Two of the young girls she brought to the press- one of whom was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the subject of reporter Nicholas Kristof's column in The New York Times- have had their stories debunked as well.
She has now resigned from her eponymous American foundation, which was created in 2007 to help aid the efforts of an earlier international charity, AFESIP, that Mam and her ex-husband launched in 1996.
The international charity has not made any statements about the latest allegations.