|Residence||Twin Cities, Minnesota|
Vednita Carter is an influential abolitionist who opposes prostitution as exploitative. She lives in Twin Cities, Minnesota, United States. She is an African American and was a stripper before becoming an activist. In 1996, she founded Breaking Free, an organization that aids girls and women in exiting prostitution. She subsequently became this organization's executive director. Rachel Lloyd, an abolitionist who was previously a human trafficking victim in the sex industry, considers Carter a role model, saying that Carter inspired her to found her own organization to oppose human trafficking.
Speeches and discussion panels
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In 2001, Carter spoke at the City University of New York School of Law as part of an academic conference about prostitution law. In August 2013, Carter appeared on a discussion panel following a screening of the documentary film Not My Life at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Cowles Auditorium.
Carter has been published in Hastings Women's Law Journal, the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, and the Journal of Trauma Practice. In their book Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice, Francine Sherman and Francine Jacobs call Carter "a leading service provider for exploited women and girls".
Chapters in books
- Carter, Vednita (2004), "Prostitution and the new slavery", in Whisnant, Rebecca; Stark, Christine, Not for sale: feminists resisting prostitution and pornography, North Melbourne, Victoria: Spinifex Press, pp. 85–88, ISBN 9781876756499
- Carter, Vednita (2006), "Duet: prostitution, racism and feminist discourse", in Spector, Jessica; Giobbe, Evelina, Prostitution and pornography: philosophical debate about the sex industry, Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, pp. 17–39, ISBN 9780804749381
- Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey L. Edleson, ed. (2008). Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence 1. Sage Publications. p. 2. ISBN 1412918006.
- Julian Sher (2013). Somebody's Daughter: The Hidden Story of America's Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them. Chicago Review Press. p. 36. ISBN 1613748086.
- Sharon Coolidge (August 18, 2006). "Out of 'the life,' they learn to live". USA Today. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- Susan Budig (October 27, 2007). "Prostitution: Should it remain a crime?". Twin Cities Daily Planet. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- Madeleine Baran (October 27, 2009). "Group holding vigil to remember victims of prostitution-related violence". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- Rachel Lloyd (2011). Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself. HarperCollins. p. 241. ISBN 0062105744.
- Vednita Carter (2007). "Prostitution = Slavery". Sisterhood is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium (Simon & Schuster): 315. ISBN 1416595767.
- "Not My Life: Human Trafficking, Globally and Locally". Minnesota International Center. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- "Century Names Women of Distinction for 2012". Century College. November 16, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
- Nita Belles (2011). In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States. Xulon Press. p. 117. ISBN 1612159389.
- "Sex Trafficking/Prostitution, Racism and Slavery". University of Vermont. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
- Francine Sherman; Francine Jacobs (2011). Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice. John Wiley & Sons. p. 336. ISBN 1118105850.