This video was part of a national briefing in the U.S. Capitol building about the need to combat demand for prostitution and sex trafficking hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and World Without Exploitation. The event was titled Creating a World Without Exploitation: how consumer demand drives the commercial sex trade and what we can do about it.
Vednita Carter is the Founder of Breaking Free, a non-profit organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, established in 1996, whose mission is to end all forms of prostitution and sex trafficking. Ms. Carter is an author, sought-after speaker, trainer, and award-winning pioneer in the abolitionist movement. She has extensive experience in developing, planning, and implementing programs for sex trafficked/prostituted women and girls. She was awarded the prestigious Norma Hotaling Award for her lifelong service to victims of sex trafficking. She has traveled to Europe, Southeast Asia, South America, Thailand, South Africa and many other countries to educate service providers and community members on Breaking Free’s pioneering work and to offer assistance in helping them to create similar programs. In 2016, she was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from President Barack Obama for her lifetime commitment in providing services to survivors of sex trafficking/prostitution. In 2014, Vednita was awarded the Path Breaker Award from Shared Hope International for her tireless efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex, was named a CNN Hero for her work in ending sexual exploitation of women and girls in the United States, and attended President Obama’s State of the Union address as the guest of Representative Erik Paulsen. In 2015, she graduated from the CICA International University and Seminary and received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, Ambassador-at-Large and Chaplaincy with special status with the United Nations. She has extensive experience in developing, planning, and implementing programs for sex trafficked women and girls and has trained law enforcement/FBI. Vednita states that she has been “called by God to bring education and knowledge about the harms of prostitution and sex trafficking in Minnesota, the nation, and around the world—and to ultimately ‘set the captives free.’”