Breaking Free is everything that Lusso Bags wishes for in an organization whose goal is to end sex trafficking. Breaking Free Founder and Executive Director, Vednita Carter, has dedicated her life to advocating for, rescuing, and restoring victims of prostitution. She is an author, sought-after speaker and trainer to various organizations including the FBI, and an award-winning pioneer in the abolitionist movement. 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. Vednita says, “Prostitution is not the world’s oldest profession. It is the world’s oldest oppression.” Their belief is, they understand sex trafficking as a vicious cycle of violence, abuse, incarceration, and addiction. Repeated experiences of violence undermine women and girls’ capacities to avoid further victimization. Sexual exploitation distorts the lives of women and girls, destroys families, and undermines the fabric of our communities. In order to break the cycle, we must first recognize sex trafficking/prostitution as a form of violence against women.
I am always personally bothered by the fact that without the demand, this would not be something women and children are trapped in. The Breaking Free organization actually has a ”John” school which attempts to teach misconceptions and wrong attitudes towards women. They goe the whole nine yards for the women seeking help and offer help with everything from housing to pre-court diversion programs. Diversion utilizes re-education, rehabilitation, and case management, helping victims avoid both criminal charges, as well as, the collateral consequences that result from a criminal history.
The Breaking Free website is amazing and full of excellent information and statistics. As always, we here at Lusso urge you to become involved and Breaking Free offers lots of ways you can help out from buying a gift at their online botique, volunteering or making a donation. Your involvement makes a difference!