Breaking Free helps women escape systems of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking and prostitution. They have served more than 6,000 clients and reached over 22,000 individuals with advocacy, street outreach, housing, women's program and supportive services, and ending the demand through Men Breaking Free.
Staff diversity at Breaking Free provides additional support to serve women of color who are disproportionately represented in the demographics of sex trafficking, prostitution, and sexual exploitation.
How it Started
Breaking Free was founded in 1996 by Vednita Carter. A survivor herself, her mission was to help women and girls whose lives had been devastated by prostitution and sex trafficking.
"The single greatest barrier to escaping sex trafficking and prostitution is a lack of safe housing." Terry Forliti, Executive Director of Breaking Free
Breaking Free is a survivor-led provider of housing services to victims of sex trafficking and their children in Minnesota, including week-day Drop-In Center, permanent supportive housing, and an emergency shelter.
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