In the Booth with Ruth – Dedee Lhamon, Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate and Non-Profit Founder

“As long as the demand is there, this problem will exist.” Dedee Lhamon, Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate and Non-Profit Founder.

Ruth Jacobs

Dedee Lhamon

How did you become involved in the movement against sex trafficking and sexual exploitation?

In 2008, I was watching a program about sex trafficking of children in Cambodia on MSNBC. When watching this program, they started talking about sex trafficking of children in the United States. The thought that this was happening here pierced my heart. I have two daughters and so the thought of girls being victimized in such a way deeply disturbed me. I spent an entire year attending conferences, contacting authorities and social agencies to determine what was being done and where the greatest need existed. After a year, my husband and I hired an attorney to set up a non-profit corporation and I created a board of directors. In November of 2009, The Covering House became incorporated and in August of 2010 we received our 501(c)(3) status.

What draws you to support people who are trafficked…

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