Vednita Carter

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Vednita Carter
Residence Twin Cities, Minnesota
Nationality American
Ethnicity African American
Citizenship United States
Occupation Abolitionist
Years active 1996-present
Organization Breaking Free

Vednita Carter is an influential abolitionist who opposes prostitution as exploitative.[1] She lives in Twin Cities, Minnesota, United States. She is an African American and was a stripper before becoming an activist.[2] In 1996,[3] she founded Breaking Free, an organization that aids girls and women in exiting prostitution.[4] She subsequently became this organization's executive director.[5] 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.[6]

Speeches and discussion panels[edit]

In 2001, Carter spoke at the City University of New York School of Law as part of an academic conference about prostitution law.[7] 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.[8]


Carter was one of six women granted the Women of Distinction award by Century College in 2012.[9]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Carter has been published in Hastings Women's Law Journal,[10] the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, and the Journal of Trauma Practice.[11] 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".[12]

Chapters in books[edit]

  • 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 


  1. ^ Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey L. Edleson, eds. (2008). Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence 1. Sage Publications. p. 2. ISBN 1412918006. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Sharon Coolidge (August 18, 2006). "Out of 'the life,' they learn to live". USA Today. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Susan Budig (October 27, 2007). "Prostitution: Should it remain a crime?". Twin Cities Daily Planet. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Madeleine Baran (October 27, 2009). "Group holding vigil to remember victims of prostitution-related violence". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ Vednita Carter (2007). "Prostitution = Slavery". Sisterhood is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium (Simon & Schuster): 315. ISBN 1416595767. 
  8. ^ "Not My Life: Human Trafficking, Globally and Locally" (PDF). Minnesota International Center. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Century Names Women of Distinction for 2012" (PDF). Century College. November 16, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ Nita Belles (2011). In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States. Xulon Press. p. 117. ISBN 1612159389. 
  11. ^ "Sex Trafficking/Prostitution, Racism and Slavery". University of Vermont. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Francine Sherman; Francine Jacobs (2011). Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice. John Wiley & Sons. p. 336. ISBN 1118105850.