Vednita Carter

Vednita Carter is the Founder and President of Breaking Free, a nonprofit direct service provider in St Paul fighting to end all forms of prostitution and sex trafficking. She is an influential abolitionist, author, speaker, and survivor of sexual exploitation.

Vednita Carter is the founder and executive director of Breaking Free, a non-profit organization that educates and provides services to women and girls who have been victims of abuse and commercial sexual exploitation (prostitution/sex trafficking) and need assistance escaping the violence in their lives. She has extensive experience in developing and planning programs for sex trafficked women and girls, and was awarded the Norma Hotaling Award for her life-long service to victims of sex trafficking. She was recently named a CNN Hero for her work in ending sexual exploitation of women and girls.Also in 2013, she traveled to the Middle East and Asia to educate service providers and community members on Breaking Free’s pioneering work. Vednita was awarded the prestigious Path Breaker Award from Shared Hope International for her tireless efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex. She has dedicated her life to advocating for, rescuing and restoring victims of prostitution.

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