The Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF), the anti-sex-trafficking organization whose founder’s back-story as a sex slave has been the center of controversy after it was exposed as a fabrication, announced Saturday it had shuttered its entire operation in September and urged its followers to support other anti-trafficking groups.
“There are many outstanding organizations that share these values while dedicated to the eradication of trafficking and slavery. We decided that going forward, the right opportunity for our staff and our supporters would be to support those many great organizations. As of September 30, we officially ceased all operations, ended all grant funding, and permanently closed our doors,” states an announcement posted to the foundation’s website.
“This was a very difficult decision, but we feel strongly that this is the best course of action for our many wonderful supporters. We are grateful for the tireless devotion of the Foundation staff, vendors, partners and advisors over the years,” the announcement says.
It is signed by “the former board of directors.”
The SMF website on Saturday appeared to be stripped of all its content except for the announcement on its homepage.