DeKalb Commissioner raises funds to fight sex trafficking

DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson recently announced a $5,000 grant in support of Tabitha’s House, an organization focused on eradicating teen sex trafficking in the State of Georgia, according to a press release.

Commissioner Davis Johnson raised the funds with the support of Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, Southern Company, Emory Hospital, The Collaborative Firm and DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry.

“Sex trafficking is real and we must do all that we can to address it,” Commissioner Davis Johnson said. “This is a tragedy that is taking place in our back yard, we must not stand for it and it is up to us to make a difference in the lives of these young people.”

According to Tabitha’s House, approximately 100 adolescent girls are exploited each night in Georgia.

Over the past four years, Commissioner Davis Johnson and Lithonia Mayor Deborah A. Jackson have partnered to host a community fun day which focuses its efforts on raising awareness on behalf of Tabitha’s House. On Aug. 31, over 450 individuals attended the annual event, which was hosted in the City of Lithonia.

Since partnering in 2016, Commissioner Davis Johnson has raised more than $17,000 to support the efforts of Tabitha’s House to eradicate sex trafficking in DeKalb County and ultimately in Georgia.

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