The Birth of the Vision
Human trafficking is the most widespread crime of the 21st Century. Commercial sexual exploitation coupled with pornography generates $700 billion worldwide. There are approximately 300,000 children being prostituted in the United States alone. The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is 11-13 years of age. A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls. Less than 1% of the victims of human trafficking ever enter into an effective restoration program.
The Worldteam Foundation was founded in 2008 under TEAM Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, with an explicit goal of forging partnerships to fight human trafficking. In 2019 we rebranded Worldteam as Cities Set Free. We have developed a plan for the SoCal Restoration Center (SCRC) that has two key components: a restoration-counseling center and a vocational training program.
Our strategy is teamwork. We collaborate with donors and partners, civic leaders in Azusa, Azusa Pacific University, area Christian professionals, churches, non-profit and social work organizations, and consulting services.
Cities Set Free has established the Traffick Free Azusa project in the city of Azusa. Our goal is to see the city of Azusa traffick free in 3 years. The SCRC is working with the Los Angeles Regional Human Traffick Task Force to provide trauma-informed counseling and full services for the victims of trafficking that come out of Azusa.
Our Primary Population
The primary population served by the SCRC is approximately 100,000 young women and girls who are victims of sexual slavery and exploitation that live in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Our Immediate Goals
To enlarge our sphere: We began in Glendora and have expanded the services of the SCRC to our new offices in Azusa.
Add new staff members: We are thrilled to have Gaby Jerez join our part-time staff as the Development Coordinator of Traffick Free Azusa.
Expand our programs: We are determined to meet the psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of victims of human trafficking.
The long-term goal of Cities Set Free is to reproduce innovative restorative programs like Traffick Free Azusa throughout the United States as well as internationally.