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Address: St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Countries served: United States
Geographic scope: National
Sex work positive: No
Female led: Yes
Sex worker led: Retired
About Breaking Free
It started with WHISPER (Women Hurt in Systems of Prostitution Engaged in Revolt), a pioneering program of its time working with women in prostitution before Minnesota communities recognized, let alone acknowledged, that sex trafficking was keeping our own women and girls enslaved in systems of abuse and sexual exploitation.
Public facts about Breaking Free
A complaint alleging a St. Paul nonprofit, Breaking Free, has misused public funding and not properly served victims led the Minnesota attorney general’s office to ask a dozen agencies to look into the organization.
Breaking Free works with women and girls who have been prostituted, and claims about the nonprofit surfaced in a letter that former employees and others sent to government agencies in April.
The concerns about Breaking Free come not only from people who have worked in the organization. The St. Paul Police Department said it has stopped referring victims to Breaking Free and no longer allows the organization to hold its “John School,” for first-time prostitution offenders, on police department property.
2013 – $1,301,791 – Salaries Paid $519,176.00 of Total Expenses $1,182,358)
2012 – $861,947.00 – Salaries Paid $279,885.00)
2011 – $861,947.00
2010 – $611,761.00
2009 – $495,374.00
People involved with Breaking Free
Local Law Enforcement recently declined to comment about further involvement with Breaking Free but they will no longer be hosting their John School for first time offenders.
Sex work focus for Breaking Free
Sex worker demographics focus for Breaking Free
Adult Sex Workers will be the only clients Breaking Free will seek to serve now that they have formally discontinued child services and john schools.
Services offered by Breaking Free
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