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Linda Smith

Host: Dr. James Dobson

January 11, 2022

When Congresswoman Linda Smith traveled into the brothel district of Mumbai, India on a fact-finding mission, she was horrified by the brutal reality she encountered there. On today's edition of Family Talk, Linda shares that she quit her political career to found Shared Hope International. Her goal? To help and heal those who have been exploited or are enslaved, and to assist people in identifying individuals in their communities who are trapped in the dark web of trafficking.

Meet the Guest


Linda Smith

Linda Smith is the founder and president of Shared Hope International, a ministry whose mission is to rescue and restore women and children enslaved in sex trafficking. In 1998, while serving in the U.S. Congress, she traveled to a notorious brothel district in India where the hopeless faces of women and children forced into prostitution compelled her to found Shared Hope International. Linda has testified before the U.S. Congress, presented at national and international forums, and has been published in news outlets and journals. She is the author of From Congress to the Brothel and Renting Lacy. Linda also co-authored The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the DEMAND. Report. Linda and her late husband, Vern, have two children and six grandchildren.

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