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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

LETTER TO REP. ROB PORTMAN

Rep. Rob Portman
312 Walnut Street, Room 3425
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Dear Mr. Portman:

I am watching you on PBS at the moment discussing the Ohio case where you did intervene in the case involving teens who were being trafficked right out of the “safe house” to egg farms.  So I know you have now witnessed with your own eyes how our government is, and can be, involved in the actual acts of trafficking.

Which means that I know that you now know why in 1984 I took matters into my own hands to help sex trafficking victims in Los Angeles escape men who were involved with not only LAPD, but also our own CIA in connection with Iran Contra and oil deals we were negotiating as well, to create what I later learned was in fact the first safe house for adult sex trafficking victims in this country.  Only to have these same men “frame” me with false accusations I was “running a brothel” to shut it down in 1984.  I did this because it was obvious we couldn’t call 911 for help back then.  Not only were there no laws in place to help us fight this type of situation being as the word “sex trafficking” hadn’t even been coined then, but frankly no one would have believed us either about what was happening. 

Back then if we tried to talk to anyone about what was happening, we were treated no differently than if we had said “aliens were abducting and selling us for sexual purposes”.   After I was arrested for trying to make a safe house for these victims, I realized I had no choice but to change our legal system.  Taking lessons from the civic rights and womens’ movement, I realized we couldn’t get the laws changed, nor help made available, unless we first raised awareness about the problem being real, existing in modern America, and also happening to Americans on American soil.  I say that because the perceptions back then was that these sorts of things only happened to people in other countries, or immigrants in our country (the Mann Act only assisted Chinese victims on US soil), or that it was a thing that went away with the Barbary Coast days.

If you’ve seen some of the talk shows I then started appearing on back then I have some clips up on www.hightechmadam.com, then you can see that I was the first person who not only came forward about the issue of domestic sex trafficking in modern America, but that I did this also to promote what was the first hotline for these victims.  A hotline that was NOT ANSWERED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OR A GOVERNMENT SPONSORED AGENCY FOR A REASON.

Mr. Portman, we had laws on the books for pimps back in the 1980’s.  If you wanted to arrest a pimp, all you had to do was call 911.  I didn’t spent years of my life, over $400,000 of my own money, cost myself countless jobs, get evicted 1000 times, and subject myself to the kind of “branding” that I experienced by going on all those national talk shows to raise awareness that modern sex trafficking was a real issue in modern America that needed to have something done about it as I did, to get laws passed that already existed! 

I did this because we needed to create something DIFFERENT than we had in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  I invite you to look at the Polaris National Trafficking Hotline for Ohio that existed back at the time there was the problem in Marion County you witnessed.  What you will see is that every agency on that list was an agency that was in contact with the very people who were trafficking those kids.  Now I ask you, who were they supposed to call for help?  If you remember your own experience, you didn’t even get involved until this had been happening for quite some time.  What’s more disturbing is that while I applaud you heavily that you did get involved and go do something to help those kids there in Marion County, I’d like to point out that you stepped up to help HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS, NOT SEX TRAFFICKING.

Because I had been writing you, and many other representatives, about the fact that all across the USA, that in each state where there was a trafficking task force set up that was listed on the Polaris National Trafficking Hotline, that was receiving government grants, there was SEX TRAFFICKING going on.   Yet you didn’t respond to any of my letters about this, nor has anyone to date.  In fact, no one still even has directly and I’d like to know why.  Take a look at the New Jersey strip clubs discovered to be owned by DEA agents.  Now look at the Polaris National Trafficking Hotline for where they refer victims in New Jersey to call for help and tell me that you don’t see that they’re referred to agencies that are in direct connection with someone who would know those same exact DEA agents?  It reminds me of when the Columbian drug lords were so infiltrated within the police, and the phone systems, a special “faceless” grand jury system had to be created in the 1990’s. 

I’d also like to point out that our hotline is NOT connected to any of these agencies, and that I’ve for YEARS now tried to get Polaris to list us in each state’s listings, and to list as specifically as “not connected” to these government agencies, and yet they have not done so to date.  They still only list us in one state for some reason despite the fact we’re an international program with an international hotline. 

What about New York?  The agencies listed in New York are bound to be something that can be connected to Eliot Spitzer, who has repeatedly been found to be connected to organized sex trafficking rings that are even internationally connected to both the Russians and Israeli’s who not only use their prostitutes for money, but also for espionage purposes. 

Southern California’s trafficking hotlines were not only connected to Joohon David Lee who was convicted of bribery in connection with his sex trafficking activities in both California, Nevada and Arizona, but also Lee Baca, Steve Corona, Chris Butler, Kemp Shiffer, and every cop who ever got involved with Celeste Guap. 

Yet when we actively tried to reach out to Celeste Guap in California to connect her to a program which was in no way connected to the very men who had been not only raping her as a juvenile, but also trafficking her, as well as coercing her and her mother, a 911 operator, we were aggressively BLOCKED from access to her.  In fact, two police officers came to pick up Celeste, courtesy of the Office of Victim Services, who then put her on a plane, where she was then sent to a treatment program in Florida that was certainly not on our list of approved facilities to send these type of victims to that we’ve developed a good list of over 30 years now, but then got her arrested right out of treatment by more officers! 

Who I’m sure made some kind of threats to her while she was held on $300,000 bail for a simple assault – while Nancy O’Malley was considering how many officers to charge in her case back in California.  I’m sorry, but I think there’s a bit of a conflict of interest going here when Celeste is preparing to sue some officers, at the same time she’s having her treatment being supervised by people who are trying to minimize lawsuits against such officers as part of their job. 

What about the case of Rebecca Johnson in Ohio Mr. Portman?   This is a woman who should have been told about our program a LONG time ago.  Instead, the only thing she heard about was the groups that were listed on the Polaris National Trafficking Hotline, who were directly connected to her “clients”.  But instead of being referring to us, she was instead used against her will to build a case against these men.  Now to find her name and face all over the news while she’s left with NOTHING but the CATCH program for support while she’s trying to find employment and housing in a world where anyone she seeks it with can look up her name on Google and find out about how she was used in a corruption trial as a “prostitute”. 

Such is how you’re treating someone in Ohio you’re claiming to be someone you care so much about you’re attacking Backpage to shut them down over to prevent them from exploiting women like her, but yet she wasn’t even referred to us for aftercare after law enforcement was done using her to get these guys’ case built!  Where was she supposed to go exactly when she wasn’t referred to us?  I mean I think it’s commendable you’re helping those kids forced to work on egg farms in Ohio, but why are you not considering what’s being done about women like Rebecca I’d like to know who is not only a victim also, but she even helped the state “get the bad guys” they wanted, and then she was left with nothing in the way of aftercare?  I only found out about her myself because I get “Google Alerts”, or she never would have known there was other help out there besides that what is directly sponsored by the federal government today.

I saw you on PBS tonight talking about how “no one is doing anything” about this connection with the government agencies, money and trafficking.  Well of course not.  This is nothing new.  It’s not limited to Ohio.  And I can show you how in each state where there’s been federal grant money received by the Office of Victim Services, using the Polaris Hotline, without using ours also as an alternative to that one, there has been discovered, and proven to be, a direct connection with those agencies and sex trafficking. 

So I’ve been writing to you asking you “what are you going to do about helping us with this” Mr. Portman?  Like I’m hearing you complain about the other politicians, and offices, I’m hearing a deafening silence also back.  But no offense, this is an area where I have a lot more expertise and experience than you do so I would think since you are so interested in the area of trafficking, you would want to be consulting with me.  Especially since you claim you want to “convict the traffickers” as bad as you do. 

Which I’d really like to know how you propose to do that now you’ve shut down Backpage, and helped get SESTA/FOSTA passed.  Seriously.  Because I remember how impossible it was to get a conviction against a pimp back before the internet days.  Literally impossible.  Because the only witnesses to the money passing to the hands of the pimp was victims who were so scared of the pimp they were being pimped by him, instead of just running.  Law enforcement had an impossible task of trying to prove that the cash that went from her hand went into his hand, especially when he wouldn’t allow anyone near him to witness that transference. 

Whereas now we even have Bitcoin.  I remember cases against pimps skyrocketing once we had the internet.  Because not only could law enforcement then trace the ad as coming from his computer, but the money to place that ad could be traced back to his bank account (because victims aren’t allowed bank accounts usually, let alone debit or credit cards), the conversation with the client could be traced through the site, and even the payments could be traced from the transaction right back to the pimp.  Then law enforcement would get a warrant for the records from the site, and voila!  Ironclad black and white documented case of trafficking made against the pimp where he can’t say the female victim was just “making it up” or “jealous” as they used to do when accused back in the 80’s before we had these sites. 

Every vice cop I’ve spoken to has told me they are not given money to investigate sex trafficking, which is why they arrest prostitutes on the streets.  They’re easy to grab off a corner.  Only if that’s all they can grab is a prostitute off a corner now that you’ve also removed law enforcements ability to call them up on the phone by abolishing the sites also, then how are you going to trace the money in her pocket back to the pimps’ hand?  I’d really like to know what your plan is there for building these cases in the future against the pimps.  As well as I’d like to open up a dialogue with you about the fact we clearly need a hotline like ours that’s NOT connected to these law enforcement/government agencies that are so easily corrupted today, and that’s a proven fact now, but yet everyone wants to keep acting like we don’t exist even though we are the only one I’m aware of who is.

I look forward to talking to you about these issues. 

Sincerely,

Jody Williams

Monday, April 23, 2018

OPEN LETTER TO PACE SOCIETY - CANADA




April 23, 2018

PACE Society
Via Email

Re:       Cease and Desist with Erroneous Public Relations on our Behalf

Dear PACE:

I’m receiving an increasing amount of phone calls from people who say they have come to your facility to inquire about a meeting space to host a Sex Workers Anonymous meeting, only to get a very “chilly” greeting, and then told gruffly “sorry we’re not a RESCUE organization like that” before being shown the door.  You are completely entirely utterly 100 % incorrect about what we are and your spreading of defamatory lies about us needs to stop immediately.   

In 2015, a show aired called “8 Minutes”.  It was posed as a “reality show” showing a retired cop turned minister who was supposedly setting up phony “dates” off Backpage where he then offered “trafficking victims” a chance to be “rescued” into a program he claimed to be running out in Arizona.  Only the whole thing was an absolute LIE.  There was no program.  He couldn’t possibly have formed the church after he retired as claimed because it was actually incorporated in 1994.  The people on the show were paid actors pretending to be victims, and the show was done to create bad publicity to support lawsuits that were being launched against Backpage.  It was just one in a long string of “fake” shows created courtesy of Shared Hope who brought us such hit fakes as Samoly Mam to name but one.

I watched the first two episodes of this program and was horrified to see one Hispanic woman after another coming on the show crying about how she was a “junkie” and “lost her kids” and how some “pimp” was forcing her to advertise on Backpage (Backpage emphasized).  To say it created a horrible misconception about sex workers was an understatement, as well as what the term “rescue” was supposed to even mean at one time.  I was pretty disgusted, but since I run a 12 step program, I’m not supposed to “engage in public controversy”, so I just turned the channel and went on about my business.

However, I received a phone call from a woman who was paid to be in this show.  She claimed that the producers had promised to not show her face, but they were now showing her face.  Evidently, she was not a native to this country and she had two small children.  Her fear was that if her face were to appear on this show portrayed as a “prostitute”, that she would be deported, and lose her children since they were born here in the states.  She asked me to help her stop them from airing the next episode of the series which would literally destroy her life. 

I explained to her that my group is only there to provide help to ex-sex workers, and therefore while I was sorry about the position she was in, I could not help her.  She then told me she had been a prostitute before in Brazil, before coming to this country.  That she really was an ex-sex worker, and that this show was about to destroy the new life she had created for herself now in Texas – again asking me to assist her in stopping the producers from airing the show with her face that was supposed to air in a matter of days.

I have worked as a paralegal since I left the sex industry in 1985, so I had to think to myself what could possibly convince the producers to not air that next episode like she was asking me to do for her.  I then sat down and threatened to sue them for a “defamacast” if they did not take down all episodes of the show offline, and blur the faces of any future shows to be aired.  What a “defamacast” is in laymans’ terms is what you can sue for when a TV show is portraying a certain job or class of people in general in a defamatory way.   If this really was “reality”, that’s one thing. But the people had paid for actors to create a “fake” show.  In doing the show this way, the images they were portraying of not only sex workers, but also that of minority women who were single mothers were both defaming both groups of women deliberately and with intent.  I put in this letter that they needed to take the show off the air, or blur the faces of the women, within 24 hours (before the next show was set to air), or I would respond by going to court and asking for an injunction to accomplish them not airing this woman’s face.

Within four hours, the whole site was down on the A&E site for the show.  The reason the site was down was because I had made comments about the “defamacast’ lawsuit so that viewers would know what was going on.  They legally could not remove my comments without infringing on my free speech, so they took down the site.  Buzzfeed then put out an article about the now down site.  A story had to be spun to cover up why this show was now being taken off the air that did not give me credit, or it would have given credence to my potential for a lawsuit over the shows that had already aired.

The next thing I know, I’m hearing about an hour long show on CNN called the “Truth about 8 minutes” which was giving Maxine Doogan credit for taking down the show.  Her reason for why the show was taken off the air was “breach of contract” – claiming that the “women were not provided the services they were promised”.  In other words, it was a cover story to make it appear that the show was REAL – to cover up that these women were paid actors, and the show was staged by them.  Why?  I had no idea because I was just happy this woman wouldn’t have to worry about her face showing on air. 

I had no idea what was to come.  There were people who had seen I had threatened with a defamecast lawsuit because it was staged before the site went down.  What I did not know was that Tom London, the producer, had taken investors money to produce the show who he had given the idea this show was in fact REAL.  Therefore, if it got out that the show had been staged by paid actors, he could be sued for fraud and breach of contract for millions of dollars. 
To cover himself legally, he immediately went to file for bankruptcy.  However, the investors had heard already that the show had been staged and they were threatening Tom with criminal charges.  To again try and cover himself legally, he had to act fast to make it appear the show was in fact “real”.  To do this, he created a fake lawsuit from three imaginary women against himself that was staged to be filed the day after he filed for bankruptcy.  In the legal world, what this means is that the case will be dismissed because there is no more company. 

But the investors were already all over both Tom and Kevin, the so called “minister” who was portrayed in the show because he too had accepted large donations from people who had also been led to believe that there really was a “rescue” program.  There was also another agenda at hand to fool Obama about sex trafficking connected to this show.  A woman named “Lexi” had been portrayed on the show as a “sex trafficking survivor” who was doing the “outreach” to these women.  This Lexi was sponsored to speak at President Obama’s home church as a sex trafficking survivor.  If word got out she was an “actress”, then Shared Hope would also be exposed to POTUS.  Not something they wanted to be embarrassed about, nor face possible fraud charges either. 

The real woman behind the story had signed a contract with the producers allowing them to use her face, her name, her likeness, etc., any way they wished.  A campaign started up online with her attacking me profusely.  However, the woman I was speaking to on the phone was not attacking me, but in fact quite grateful for my help.  Confused, I went to her asking why she was attacking me online.  She told me she didn’t even have a computer.  I then read to her what she was supposedly saying about me online at that very minute.  This is when we both realized the show’s producers had a “catfish” version of her online.

To garner her silence, the producers had an attorney contact her offering her $5000 IF she kept her mouth shut.  The attorney was being provided to her thanks to Sex Workers Outreach Project who then offered her another $5000 if she would go along with the phony lawsuit for “breach of contract” so as to make sure no one got sued or charged for fraud over the money they had accepted for investments and donations by people who had been led to believe the show was in fact real.  In other words, SWOP and Relativity Media gave her, or offered her I should say, $10,000 if she would keep her mouth shut and let me be slaughtered online by lies.  

I say “offered”, because they did in fact screw her over from what they promised.  I know this because I received another phone call two months later telling me how everything had fallen through and disappeared once the dust settled.  I had warned her that their portrayal of her as a woman without means, homeless, broke, and with two small children would get the attention of CPS after her – which is exactly what happened.  I now had to help her deal with Immigration, CPS, and all these new problems dropped in her lap, which I did. 

In this campaign to “cover their ass”, a whole campaign called “rights not rescue” started up online attacking “rescue groups”.  Our name of course was lumped in with this because my actions had put a lot of people in a lot of trouble.  If you google what happened to Tom after this, he not only had to file bankruptcy, but his investors wanted to be repaid anyway, and his partner evidently decided to get rid of him entirely because he was “tired of strippers and porn performers in the office”. 

I’m sure you’d heard about how the Russians went online to “affect the election” and “create division and chaos” in America.  What happened was these “catfish” decided to promote themselves as “advocates” in order to get information and intel on American sex workers.  They put themselves out there as “advocates” for the sex industry to get to know as many American sex workers as possible.  To do this, they bashed any group that wasn’t SWOP, whether it was our program, the Salvation Army, whoever it was didn’t matter.

What does matter is everything they said about us was a lie online.  After the lawsuit died down, something else started up.  If you remember, there was this videotape of Planned Parenthood made of them “undercover” that was made to slam them also.  The tape was made by the same people who had made the undercover tape at ACORN.  Anyone who was supported by Obama was on this “hit list” because the financing for these attacks came from Sheldon Adelson.  Sheldon had reportedly spent over $100 million to do anything and everything in his power to undermine Obama, including his human trafficking work.  Which is how we evidently got caught up in the “second wave” of these attacks.

From March of 2015 when this “8 Minutes” scandal evidently caught the eye of these people about us, until the day after the election was over, I was subjected to stalking, death threats, online harassment, you name it.  Anyone who said they were an SWA member was also threatened, stalked, harassed, etc.  It was so bad I had to literally tell everyone in our program not to mention my name, SWA’s name, nothing or risk getting on the “hit list”.  They would get the IP address, follow this person around, and then harass them to the point where they would just go offline entirely.  It was like a war with no blood! 

We had to shut down our online meetings, our phone meeting, our forum, everything and anything online had to be shut down because these people were relentless.  Each time I’d get an IP address, I’d identify a private investigator who had been hired to attack and DEFAME  us in any way possible.  If I spoke to someone online, they would shortly after get a phone call or an email “warning” them to “stay away” from us.  At the same time this was happening, I was being bombarded by people trying to not only infiltrate our meetings, but also access everything about us.  They wanted to know where we had chapters, how many members we had, who was supporting our work, etc.  It was clear a dossier was being created on us by Fusion GPS. 

During this time, a lot of lies were being spread about us.  These lies were that we were a “rescue” group.  WE ARE NOT A RESCUE GROUP.  What you’ve heard clearly is the lies these people spread about us as covers for what they were up to.  So to clarify this, I would appreciate it if you would stop doing their job for them of continuing to spread the lies they started by saying we “are a rescue group”.  No offense – but I don’t know any of you who work at PACE now.  I don’t think any of you have been to any of our meetings, talked to me, read our book, been sponsored by anyone in our program, etc. 

Have I engaged in “rescues” when asked.  Yes.  Has Paige been a “rescuer” who founded PACE?  Yes.  In fact, your origins are because Paige Latin wanted to set up a drop in center and a house where women could go and escape pimps if you remember so your origins are based in Paige’s desire to start a “rescue” program.  However, does that have jack shit to do with me?  NO IT DOESN’T. 

Sex Workers Anonymous takes a LOT of heat by these rescue groups just like you are because of our views and our name.  They actually hired people to try and convince me to change our name to “Sex Trafficking Anonymous”.  I refused.  In 2007, they came to me and offered me a $120,000 a year job to do just this – to set up a system for the correctional systems in the USA where we only, and solely, address sex work as “sex trafficking”.  I refused. 

When I refused, they attempted to take over our program away from me.  I learned that after Bill Wilson had started Alcoholics Anonymous, the government came in and basically took over the program from him.  In fact, at one point Bill was blacklisted from the Grapevine, from the AA General Office, and from even speaking at his own program by these people.  In revolt to this, Jimmy Kinnon founded Narcotics Anonymous.  In 1991, these people came to Jimmy and asked him to help them create drug courts, drug programs, etc.  Jimmy refused and he was illegally voted out of the office he created, and then anyone and everyone he knew was blacklisted, run out of the service structure, etc., while they took over control of NA and it’s multi-million dollar now budget they were receiving by partnering with the government to set up drug courts.

When I refused to transform SWA into a “trafficking court” and to set up programs like Project Rose all over the country, THEY set about to do the same thing to me that was done to Bill and Jimmy – that was to smear me and take over the program helm.  However, because I had seen them do this to Bill and Jimmy, I was prepared for this “hostile take over”.  A group of women out of Arizona who were connected to Project Rose had started smearing my name to the fellowship, talking about why THEY needed to be put in control of the program, and they in fact did attempt to take the program away from me so they could transform it into a “trafficking and rescue” program like is being spread around the world at the moment. 

I pushed these people back and have maintained control of Sex Workers Anonymous who does NOT “have an opinion on outside issues”.  I do not therefore have any “opinion” on the sex industry as to whether or not someone is being “forced” or “trafficked” or acting “voluntarily”.  We take one stance and one stance only – that is if you decide you want to exit any part of the sex industry FOR ANY REASON, then we are here to help you with THAT.  Just as Alcoholics Anonymous does not come out on any stance against alcohol, nor does Narcotics Anonymous come out on any stance against drugs of any kind, they also are only, and solely, there to help those who want help to stop using to do so. 

Which is why we are NOT a “rescue program”.  We do not go out into strip clubs offering bags of goodies to try and lure pregnant women into adoption mills we set up so we can exploit these women for donations.  We don’t set up houses where we make the women make handicrafts and sell them online while promoting these women as “victims”.  Our members are varied as is AA.  Our members may be Playboy Bunnies, strippers, porn performers, etc.  Our members come to us homeless, and in million dollar houses driving Ferrari’s.  Our members are male, female, transgender, LGBT, whatever they are they are.  We do not limit our group to only women.

Including the fact that not all of our members have pimps or are trafficked.  Some however are.  We don’t make distinctions between who comes to our program and who does not. 

I however can’t control some of the actions of these other groups who have used our name against my wishes, and even legal directives, such as Project Rose to name only one.  I was clueless to the fact Project Rose was using our name, our original name of Prostitutes Anonymous, until I started receiving complaints about this.  They were hiding this fact from me because they knew it was illegal obviously.  When I found out about it, I delivered to them a “cease and desist” letter.  They then lied to me and said they had stopped holding meetings they were calling Prostitutes Anonymous, but I heard back reports they still were from the members.  Okay so what do I do about it now?  Sue them?  I’ve considered it and still am considering it.

Why?  Because they perpetuate this misconceptions you even have fallen prey to which is that we are a “rescue” group.  So I will repeat WE ARE NOT A RESCUE GROUP.  We are not a TRAFFICKING group.  Now from time to time I have assisted someone to escape a pimp or an organized trafficker.  To assist them, we have created a separate program called Trafficking and Prostitution Services so that we don’t mix the two programs with each other.  Which means yes if a parent or spouse come to me saying they want to “rescue” their loved one from a horrible pimp, then yes I will help that person.  Does that mean that SWA is a “rescue group”?  No. 

So I would appreciate it that you please circulate this memo to your staff who answer the phone, are at the desk, and would otherwise keep repeating to people who come to you that are stating to people “we are a rescue group” to please cease and desist.  We are a 12 step group no different than AA or NA.  We don’t go out dragging anyone into our meetings.  We have no opinion for now against the sex industry.  And trust me to stand up to the pressure these high dollar groups are putting on us to join them in attacking the industry is war enough without me having to fight your program too in the process who started these rumors SPECIFICALLY TO CREATE JUST THIS DIVISION BETWEEN US. 

So if you want them to win, you go on acting like you are in some kind of opposition to us.  If you really want to piss them off, you will resume the once neutral position we once enjoyed before they started their little campaign to create division amongst us.  As our Vancouver group builds and grows, I would appreciate you treating them with more respect and courtesy instead of distain.  I would like to remind you that at any given moment, one of these SWA members could return to the industry and become a sex worker again.  I’m not going to force them to identify as “in” or “out” in order to garner polite treatment from you because that’s incriminating them.  Also, an alcoholic can also care about the way people are treated by the alcohol industry, so when one of our members does care about the current treatment of sex workers and wants to assist changing those conditions, I would also appreciate it if you would not treat them like the enemy either because they’re not. 

If you have any questions or comments to this letter, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jody Williams

OPEN LETTER TO STACEY SWIMME, SWOP

PS - on a personal note Stacey, the last time I ran a number count on the contacts I have in our current contacts, it showed 190,000 people I'm in contact with worldwide.  These members, or potential members, or ex-members, are male, female, LGBT, transgender, and a whole range of people as is the sex industry worldwide.

Just like Alcoholics Anonymous, our members are in various stages of the recovery process.  Some are in AA and NA, some aren't.  Some are suffering from mental illness they're in treatment for, some are not.  Some are HIV positive, and some are not.  Again, just like the industry itself is full of a wide assortment of people at different stages of what they're dealing with in life - our program's members are no different. 

This also means that not all of our members are "out" yet.  Again, like any AA meeting, some of our members are in the process of leaving the industry.  We do not "require" anything of our members other than a "desire to leave the industry".  Which means guess what?  That means we have currently working members who have a "desire" to leave one day, but they're not there yet.  Some of our members "relapse" a lot, meaning they may tell me they're quitting on Monday, and by Friday they're making appointments again.  Some say they "never want to return" to the industry because they got pregnant, or married, or may have just found out they're HIV positive, or even have cancer.  Then they may decide that they want to return to sex work after they've had their kids grow up and go to college, or the husband has died, or they go into remission. 

My point because that there's been a VERY disturbing trend since Robin died in 2012, for anyone who is one of our members, to be put on the defensive of having to "identify" as "currently working" or they're finding themselves attacked, scorned, shunned, etc., by members of SWOP who are INSISTING they will not speak to them unless they "identify" as "currently working". 

I'm sorry, but I advise our members that is making an incriminating statement on phone lines, internet lines, etc., which may be being recorded.  Your group does NOT have the same confidentiality laws built into your group that we do.  Narcotics Anonymous went to court and won the right for felons to congregate in meetings without fear of law enforcement.  Alcoholics Anonymous went to court to protect the confidentiality of statements made inside of a 12 step program or meeting - even if that's a murder confession.  The reason why I answer the hotline as much as possible myself is because I have taken the trouble and expense of obtaining ministerial ordainment papers that will stand up to a subpoena or warrant if anyone tries to get information on our members.  Which under the new trafficking laws, they do not need "probable cause" anymore to start eaves dropping on the calls or emails of anyone they feel might be connected to "sex trafficking". 

So within the 12 step structure, our members are PROTECTED when they state what they're doing or not doing by law.  Nothing said within our structure can be used against them in a court of law for that reason.  Your program however is not subject to those same protections, which is why when people are being put on the spot as to what they're doing, or not doing, which may or may not be illegal, I find to be very compromising of their safety since you can't guarantee that you are not being observed by law enforcement. 

What you're doing is depriving yourself of the support of a lot of people who do care about these issues who aren't afraid to do things like speak to the press, go to the legislature, talk to a politician, etc., on behalf of the issues.

You're young based on the picture of you online.  So you don't know what women like myself and Margo St. James were subjected to back in the 70's and 80's when trying to organize successful campaigns like her lawsuit to win in Rhode Island like she did.  When members of COYOTE were finding themselves being observed by law enforcement, even entrapped, simply because they were calling COYOTE, it became one of the reasons why I created a 12 step program that we could operate under.

You don't know that back then, if you sent money to someone in jail, you were arrested for pimping.  However, someone from SWA was able to put money on someone's books and not be subject to arrest.  The same for bail.  Back then, if you tried to post bail for a prostitute, you would be arrested on the spot and charged with pimping.  Again, we could send someone down to the jail with bail money, and they would not be arrested. 

The same for arraignments.  My own mother came to my arraignment, and that's where they arrested her on charges of pimping me.  The same was happening to ANYONE from COYOTE who was coming to support a sister or brother in court, they were being arrested on the spot for pimping and/or pandering.  You have to realize that back then, pandering or the "promotion of prostitution" was something that COYOTE members were struggling with. 

We found that we could identify as PA (back then), and they would not charge that person.  Transgenders used to be refused their medications upon arrest.  They would be placed in solitary custody, not provided medical care or medications, and if anyone tried to inquire about their well being, they were either arrested or denied information.  Not everyone can afford an attorney Stacey.  So we found we could send in an SWA member to inquire about that inmate, and by law grandfathered in, they had to answer us as to that person's care.  We have the same rights as any minister who would inquire about an inmate, which means they have to answer to us. 

We called ourselves "Prostitutes Anonymous" at first, so that anyone arrested on a prostitution charge could be released to us instead of bail, and to be ordered to our meetings rather than a jail sentence.  Which is especially important when someone has a mortgage, small children, pets at home, etc.  I assure you they'd rather be coming to our meetings than jail and losing everything in the process.  Again, not everyone arrested for prostitution can afford an attorney and frankly neither can you donate them or you wouldn't be holding fund raisers for legal fees as you do.  We however can send in an SWA member (as we're called now) to the court and request that person be released to us and the court HAS to release them to us or be charged with discrimination.   Again, because of laws grandfathered in by AA and NA, if they do this for the addict or alcoholic, but not us, then it's discrimination.

The same for meetings inside of the jail.  When we found some prostitutes were being harassed in jail, we could set up a weekly meeting to check on them.  The jail can't refuse us because they have to have 12 step meetings inside of them in order to maintain their license.  If they refuse, we can sue them for discrimination.  When you have members inside of jail that need someone to check on them weekly, then those meetings are their lifeline. 

Including even mail and property.  Some jails/prisons will only allow an inmate "religious materials" such as Bible.  For those laws, we found we can not only get them literature, but mail also.  Even if that person is on "lock down", they can't refuse them to communicate with us or vice versa because of these laws. 

You may not appreciate how many men and women we've saved from time behind bars, but I assure you THEY HAVE APPRECIATED it.  Stacey - why do you think they started this campaign against us?  BECAUSE OF THE POWER WE PROVIDE TO THE SEX WORKER. 

They can't get funding or licensing for these programs of theirs like Project Rose.  Do you know HOW Project Rose got shut down?  US.  I knew they couldn't get federal funding, nor even a license to operate a program for prostitutes without a 12 step program.  So I thought - silly me - that would stop them from moving forward.

It didn't.  They LIED.  They claimed to the grant source and the board they were operating 12 step meetings and they set up a meeting there, and in 11 other states, without my consent such as Division 17 in Chicago.  When I found out, I sent them a cease and desist letter.  They continued anyway.  I heard about it and came back down on them again. 

So they stopped.  They then tried to claim they were running "12 step" meetings or general "prostitution anonymous" meetings.  I then contacted the AA General Office and pointed out that these illegal groups did not have their consent.  Their consent to adapt their steps is required to operate a program, or that person is in violation of their copyrights, trademarks, etc. 

After I got AA to contact them and state that they either had to get their consent to form their own 12 step program, or cease and desist, Project Rose, Division 17, and those other states dropped the use of 12 step programs. 

What does that mean?  That means without a 12 step group they have to have a licensed person such as a doctor or psychiatrist supervise their groups/program.  They're not going to spend that kind of money, so it essentially shuts them down.  Which is how I finally got them shut down from using these 12 step groups to keep operating, and raising money.

Which as I said from the letter to PACE, they did try and TAKE SWA from me in 2016, as they had Bill Wilson and Jimmy Kinnon before me.  I sent them packing. 

What's their next move?  I stopped that also.  They had in the works to set up a whole string of programs nationally with treatment centers across the USA under Dr. Drew's supervision.  Only after I witnessed what he did to Heidi Fleiss and Mary Carey, I made a complaint to the Medical Board about his incompetence.  They found him guilty in two deaths, and shut down his program in Pasadena.  He's now selling pain cream online! 

Now I don't know why there were members of SWOP who chased out of SWOP women who were also members of SWA during 2015-2016, but all you're doing in this is harming your own goals and program because you're lessening your numbers, and frankly you're harming your own.  You put some of these women who were still active in sex work in a position where to defend themselves, they would have had to state they were still working in the sex industry, which they were not going to do because it would have incriminated them. 

If that's really what you want to do - that's of course your prerogative.  But when it's being done by your members saying that it's because "we are a rescue group" then that's defamation.  I can prove damages and if it continues, I will file a lawsuit about it. 

Frankly, SESTA/FOSTA would not have passed if you hadn't disconnected from the power of our members.  Many of them who are in careers, jobs, etc., where they could have done a lot more to fight this.  In fact, we're still in a position where we might be able to fight this back.  As I've said before, I'm a paralegal and have been so for 32 years now.  I have helped many of our members who can't afford an attorney quite well and there are legal steps we can take to fight this back. 

I'm preparing to do so.  If you complain about the "bad working conditions" to the government - you'll get nowhere.  However, I happen to be in a position where I can claim this is creating a monopoly, and that they are "economically interfering" with our programs' business operations.  I'd like to see them argue that they don't want us doing what we do considering we started the whole thing to have us not treated as criminals within the legal justice system they're now saying is why they're doing this. 

If they tried to pass a law harming alcoholics, and Bill Wilson stepped up to say it was wrong, that is a lot of power.  A lot of power they don't want to see your group benefiting from.  Now if you want to strengthen their position - again that's all your choice. 

But you have to do so LEGALLY.  Which means you can not continue to spread lies about us as your members have been doing in your name.  I expect it to stop immediately.

Thank you for listening.

Jody Williams

Saturday, April 21, 2018

SHUTDOWN OF BACK PAGE - SESTA AND FOSTA

This happened to us as a community once before.  It was in the 1980's.  People were terrified of HIV/AIDS and also "prostitutes" because of the fear of HIV/AIDS.  No one knew in the early 1980's what was really causing it.  Suddenly hospitals, detoxes, shelters, even jails were refusing to go anywhere near us - let alone help us in any way.  I drove a woman to the hospital who had been stabbed and watch as the ER staff tried to turn her away out of fear of the virus in the early 1980's.  I had to threaten to sue them if they turned her away, and that worked as far as stitching her up.  But the hospital refused to admit her after they stitched her up. 

Now what do you do if you find out you are positive for the virus?  That's it.  Finito.  Done.  You're out of the sex industry.

Now what? 

We had a huge problem on our hands.   We were asking sex workers to stop working if they had the virus - but then what?  Rent and lights still had to be paid and food had to be put on the table.  ON TOP of things now the medications had to be purchased which weren't covered by health insurance most sex workers didn't even have which cost $10,000 a month back then.  So how were they supposed to get that kind of money? 

We as a community had a problem.   We couldn't ask these men and women to "just stop working" because they found out they were positive.  They still had to take care of themselves.

What made things even more complicated was a Bill that was coming up that was discussing targeting us, quarantining us on an island, an island away from family and friends and where we wouldn't get any medical care at all.  The fear was that they were going to take us to an "island" alright - an island where no one would hear about us again!  How could they check if the island was on quarantine?

So it was a scary time also.  I had been talking to some condom manufacturing companies about "sponsorship".  The idea was that if a sex worker found out she (or he) was positive, that we could offer them a job on the spot doing outreach to other sex workers about the virus.  Them being positive was a real powerful message to scare the other sex workers into practicing safe sex even though the johns were revolting.  Many threatened to "take their business elsewhere" if a work insisted on practicing safe sex.  So we needed ex-sex workers to do outreach not only into the community to get sex workers tested, but also to educate them into talking their clients into safe sex, getting tested also, etc.  Those people needed to be hired, and we had a lot of companies interested in reaching out to us to connect for research purposes. 

I remember one of the first sponsors was actually a methadone clinic.    They had just opened and no one was coming.  They were getting paid by the number of prostitutes they got on methadone.  The question was how do they get the sex workers to trust if they came into the clinic they'd get treatment without being arrested?  They wanted to research HIV among sex workers so they were going to pay the clinic for each prostitute they made contact with. 

We got our first sponsorship money.  With that I was able to pay a staff and put them on a weekly salary in exchange for so many hours per week devoted to them going out into the community and passing out information, doing training, talking them into testing, etc.   It wasn't much to start the first time - we were able to pay someone who just found out they were positive $500 a week to become an "HIV educator and outreach coordinator".  The budget we got allowed us to hire four women and one man at first - but this gave them a weekly budget and they could work when they were having a "good day" and stay at home in bed on a "bad" day. 

The first team that went out - we were given clean needles, bottles of bleach, and condoms to distribute to the community.   The man took to the bath houses while the women started targeting the local massage parlors, and one woman took on going out to the underground sex and swinger clubs to do outreach.  Soon one outreach hired her also to be "on duty" daily at one of their places so she was now making $1000 a week showing people how to use condoms "while having fun". 

Soon we were able to hire 10 workers.  I divided up five into Hollywood and the other five into the Santa Monica, Venice area. 

I've been talking to some corporate sponsors who have shown an interest in funding an outreach into the sex worker community for various products, including birth control pills.  I know there's more.  One company that sells "extending" vitamins was interested in sponsoring an outreach project. 

If you'd like to create a job where you can be open about who you were before - then give us a jingle.  Let's go out and create some jobs for "outreach workers". 

Jody
www.sexworkersanonymous.com


Monday, April 16, 2018

COMMENTS FROM A SEX WORKER IN SWEDEN ABOUT "SWEDISH MODEL"

We got an email from a women in Sweden who wants to start a chapter of www.sexworkersanonymous.com there.  I asked her to please tell me what it's really like to be in Sweden experiencing the "Swedish model" I keep hearing about.  I edited out any references that would  identify her but otherwise left her words intact. 
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Thank you so much Jody for your reply!

I have a lot to say about the "Swedish model". First and most important - the law doesn't benifit the sexworkers. We went from being the most sexual liberated county in the word (not perfect) to a country with a half measured "sexual buyers law" .

 My experience, friends of mine and those professionals we know that take care of us without judgement;  We all say: "the law is no good for the girls".

When it was legal to buy sex, the transparency of the buyers were more clear and safer. It is inevitably that internet is in our lives and most girls go on internet to do business - no matter the law. But, as the John's are afraid to get caught by the police, it becomes a problem for the workers.

I payed my sex addiction treatment all out of my own pocket,  the John's get the treatment payed by the state or by their employer. You will most likely loose custody of your child being a prostitute in sweden - "immoral living" , buying sex however, despite being illegal, is considered "a normal thing men do".

I had the worst withdrawal from acting out this fall: like coming off heroin but it took forever. I was nearly psychotic, couldn't sleep, couldn't find my way home at times and sometimes I couldn't move. The pain was unbearable. It took  me nearly a 100 days to get back to the world. And now I feel sometimes really depressed. I did 90/90, I work the steps in two programs, i have contact with my sponsor every day and I'm in service. 20 years in NA - yet I feel like a newcomer. We need to talk about how to get out of the sex industry when we get clean. We need to find a way to heel. I've suffered enough and many of my friends still suffers - clean in NA.

I almost got killed this last time acting out. If it wasn't for a therapist at a sex working clinic that took me on, gave me a sponsor that works both NA/SAA, and had me on call 24/7 for 90 days, I  would not be alive today. Those two saved my life.

I hope I will be able to take this SWA program to Sweden.

 Thank you so much for reaching out!

LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP


President Donald Trump
c/o White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Re:       SESTA/FOSTA Sex Trafficking Laws

Dear Mr. Trump:

When whole families were being destroyed by alcoholism, the government meant well by stepping in to outlaw alcohol thinking it would solve the problem with Prohibition.  However, all that happened was the creation of powerful organized crime with characters like Al Capone, as well as many alcoholics dying because of being driven “underground” out of fear. 

Mr. Trump, Bill Wilson created Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 – two years after Prohibition was repealed.  His group lead to the discovery that alcoholism was a disease.  But this was only after his program started alcoholics on the path to sobriety whereas before their disease was considered 100 % hopelessly fatal.  I relate our situation to alcoholism because back in the late 70’s, and early 80’s, prostitution was considered “hopeless”.

The reason for this is because law enforcement and social services found them just as “resistant” to help to exit sex work as the alcoholic once was to sobriety.  The reality was this was because there was an unseen force holding them back, i.e., pimping and sex trafficking. 

The two being the difference between that of a “criminal” and a “racketeer”.  The RICO Act was designed because the men behind organized crime were impossible to bring to justice because they couldn’t be tied to the crimes they were responsible for orchestrating.  Which was the problem with both pimps and sex traffickers back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The reason why then they weren’t able to build a case against them is because it was impossible to tie a pimp or trafficker to the victim to the money in order to build a decent case against them. 

The victims were too scared to testify against their traffickers, and cash couldn’t be traced.  With prostitution being mostly based “in the streets”, the pimp didn’t even get the cash until the victim turned it over.  Since the cops couldn’t get the victims’ cooperation to testify against the pimp, this was an impossible crime to prosecute.   

They were also “imaginary” criminals.  Literally.  Our culture used to not have RICO laws because we used to not believe there was such a thing as organized crime.  We didn’t believe there was organized crime until a member of a crime family stepped up with the Valachi Papers to tell the world the Cosa Nostra was “real”.  I was the “Joe Valachi” of sex trafficking.  If you look at my news clips I have up at www.hightechmadam.com you’ll see that I was the first person who stepped up to try and raise awareness that sex trafficking was real. 

When the general public didn’t believe me and my story, I remember Geraldo Rivera actually suggested I bring on more survivors onto his talk show.  You can check your history and you will not find anyone before us who started the first hotline for victims to call for help without fear of law enforcement, or being ridiculed that such things “weren’t real” as we were told elsewhere back then if we tried to speak of our experience.  In fact, I created the first safe house for adult sex trafficking victims, the first alternative sentencing program for victims to receive help, the first diversion program, first street outreach to connect to victims, the first jail programs, etc. 

Back in the days before websites, there was no real effective way to get a pimp locked up other than the word of the victim.  However, since most pimps had fathered children with their victims, or they knew where the rest of their family lived, the victims stayed silent.  If they were like Linda Lovelace who tried to inform the public her husband had forced her to film “Deep Throat” on a mob financed film at gunpoint, it was her word against his.  Meaning the poor prosecutor, like Edwin Meese tried to do for her, was at a loss as to how to build a case.  Linda Lovelace was trafficked on the set of “Deep Throat” and there was no ability to build a case because there was no way to get objective evidence against him for taking money from her prostitution earnings and tie back to him.  He would hide his earnings behind shell companies, or her porn earnings, and it would always come back to her “word” against his.  In other words, not enough to build a case against him.

Websites changed all that Mr. Trump.  There was a movie made about me in 1995 with Lindsey Wagner playing a mother I had helped to find her daughter.  Her daughter had been pimped on the streets of Canada and law enforcement couldn’t find her.  The only way to find a girl on the streets was on the streets.  I had to advise this mother to pretend to be a prostitute herself, go out into the streets, and then she’d be able to find her daughter through “word of mouth”.  Well that’s what she did and that was the only way she found her daughter. 

But then came the internet Mr. Trump.  Suddenly I could take a call from a mother who would send me a picture of her missing daughter and using her photo I could find that girl online in hours.  Once we found out where she was, we were able to notify the police of the IP address who could then go and rescue that girl.  If the IP address was not at a home, but a public IP address, we could then lure the victim into a fake “date” to bring her out and rescue her there.  The ads were able to be used as evidence against the pimp, with the information on the bank account used to pay for the ad giving law enforcement a way to prove he was receiving the money.  In other words, it was providing us with a way to rescue these girls and lock up their pimps that was not dependent upon the victim to be a witness against them. 

Soon cops were able to serve sites like Craigslist with a warrant for the IP address and bank information on pimps.  They were able to lock these guys up with objective evidence.  But then these people started up this campaign against Craigslist, and word spread that law enforcement was doing this, so like fish in a school, the industry soon fled to other sites.  But it was always easy to trace them to these sites.  Sites like the Erotic Review or Redbook.  If they advertised on there, it was easy to prove those ads were for the intent of prostitution, and again to trace the bank information and build the case.  It put pimps behind bars.

But then law enforcement started coming against those sites and shutting them down like they shut down Redbook.  The industry itself where the organized traffickers are, started shifting to sites like Instagram, Tinder, even personal ads where it wasn’t so easy to prove that they were actual trafficking operations.  As these people pushed the traffickers offline, we’ve seen the rise of massage parlors and strip clubs grow like weeds.  Why?  To get an undercover into these establishments, and tie the money back to the traffickers is virtually impossible. 

The only way to do this is to utilize the help of the “johns” who are paying for these things using their credit cards.  Only now comes the move to criminalize them.  So now I have the “johns” reporting they’re being drugged in these places, rolled for their cash, their credit cards robbed, and if they try to make a police report about how it really happened, they’re threatened with being arrested for being a customer because that’s now been criminalized.  So now we have the men being victims who are being criminalized into silence. 

It’s all wrapped up back into a nice bow now to where the traffickers can rape, rob and pillage the prostitutes and the johns and no one is going to blow the whistle on them because of fear of what law enforcement will do to them.  Because now instead of being arrested as a “prostitute” where they’re given the right to a phone call, a public defender, and a speedy trial – now they’re being held indefinitely as a “witness” for months without any right to an attorney, and no release date in sight until someone decides to let them go. 

The for profit prisons and child protective services are cleaning up because they’re getting paid by the day.  Is this doing anything for traffickers?  Not a damn thing because their victims are too scared to come forward.  Sure you’ll grab a few street thugs.  The ones the traffickers throw to the system that aren’t a part of their network.  Mr. Trump – with SESTA you’ve now giving the traffickers everything they want.  The work force is being driven back into the streets to work for them, and their clients are terrorized into silence for fear of being arrested.  Plus there’s no evidence of anything because everything’s now offline.  All of those victims who spoke to you against Backpage?  The fact they were brought to law enforcement was BECAUSE of Backpage.

I’ve spoken to many a vice cop who tells me they have no money to investigate organized sex traffickers.  All they can do is sweep the streets for the desperate drug addicts who stand on a corner to make enough money to pay for their drug habits.  They get forced into drug treatment and since Medicaid/Medical now pays for their treatment by the day the drug treatment industry profits as much as the for profit prisons do off their arrest.  But this is letting the truly organized sex traffickers go scott free. 

In the old days, I used to be able to go to the press when we had a situation with a real sex trafficker to bring press attention on him to get him shut down like we did with Chris Butler.  He was so well connected with law enforcement that the only way to get him stopped was to convince one of his guys to come speak to the press.  But now these people have control of social media and the press so we can’t get any stories out anymore because I have reporters telling me if they print anything we bring them – they’ll be fired.  Some have been.

What’s worse is that because these women are not being arrested as “prostitutes” any longer, they’re not being tested any longer for the HIV/AIDS virus.  Meaning for years now we have no statistics coming back “officially” to report back to you what I’m seeing – is that we’re back in another epidemic.  I took a poll of women in the Las Vegas City Jail in August of 2017, and every single dorm of 6 women had at least one woman that was infected with HIVAIDS that she was aware of.  We don’t know how many don’t know they have it because they weren’t tested.   The “Russians” did more than just try to effect the 2016 election sir – they’ve also been trying to silence what’s really going on out in the world with respect to sex trafficking. 

I’m asking you to please reconsider these attacks on these sites because not only is this winding up doing what the traffickers actually want to happen to protect them from prosecution, but it’s also making it impossible for us to reach victims anymore to get them help.  No one has the kind of money or manpower to go back out and pound the pavement to find these victims again like we did prior to 1995.  And I can’t safely advise another mother to go back out there pretending to be one anymore because it’s become too dangerous out there on the streets because of the now established hold organized crime has on street level prostitution.

We used to be able to reach the street level prostitutes in the 80’s and 90’s through the press and talk shows.  But there are no more talk shows like existed back then, and the press has told me to my face there’s a blacklist on our name anymore.  Mr. Trump, I can show you how in every location where there’s been proven organized sex trafficking – there’s a link to local law enforcement being involved.  In other words, Polaris refers victims to call local law enforcement for help.  But I can show you case after case where that local law enforcement has been aiding the actual traffickers such as the Celeste Guap case to name but one.  Rob Portman knows that even in Ohio, the so called “safe house” had it’s victims being trafficked right out of that house!   So there has to be an alternative hotline for victims to call that’s not connected to law enforcement or there’s no “checks and balances”.  Without the free press we had prior to 1995, we need those sites to be able to reach out to the victims who need help but we can’t with SESTA.  They might even shut us down for that matter!

Sincerely


Jody Williams
Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly “Prostitutes Anonymous”)
5516 Boulder Highway, Suite 2F378, Las Vegas, NV 89122
www.sexworkersanonymous.com
(702) 488-1127 Telephone

Sunday, April 15, 2018

CALL TO CAUTION

When I was arrested in 1984, I was not involved in prostitution.  I had actually quit months ago because I was making money legitimately through operating a 900 phone service that was just becoming popular in the 1980’s.  I had a lease on a warehouse I had once used for an incall operation that still had time on it, so I turned it into a “safe house” for adults.  Lois Lee was taking in juveniles who needed help through Children of the Night, and the Mary Magdalene Project was taking in a few women through their program, but these programs were not providing help to an adult who was having to escape from a pimp and/or an organized trafficker.

The LAPD had already tried to force me to become an informant which is one reason why I had left the sex industry.  They would pick me up and hold me for 71 hours “incognito” was what they called it then.  This meant I was not booked into the system and no one could know where I was.  I was not allowed a phone call, nor to call my attorney.  They had to hold me for 71 hours or charge me with a crime.  Since they were trying to force me to turn over my “book” to them, i.e., “snitch” on other people, and I would refuse, they would release me at the 71st hour. 

Only to watch me walk to my car where they would then arrest me as I walked down the street and hold me for another 71 hours.  My attorney used to check in with me daily, and after they did this four times in a row out of the same police station, he threatened them with harassment charges if they did it again.  They responded by manufacturing false charges against me in San Mateo, California.  This meant they picked me up, transported me to San Mateo, and then let me loose after 71 hours in San Mateo.   Finally they stopped when they realized they'd be sued for harassment.  But then they went and formed a task force to arrest me!

They had tried planting drugs in my car but I wouldn’t go near my car.  I asked my mother to go and pick up my car and she found the planted drugs.  I wouldn’t go to my home for fear there were drugs planted there.  My mother snuck into my apartment to get some clothes for me and she told me she found a pound of cocaine under my bed.  I had someone ask me to meet with someone one time that I had a bad feeling not to go.  I later learned it was a fake drug lab they had constructed to try and arrest me in but I foiled that attempt also. 

I already had beds in this warehouse, a shower, and high tech security, as well as it being next to a police station, so it was a secure place for someone to hide.  A woman had been arrested on drug charges and the police had offered to let her off the hook if she would agree to claim I was “pimping” her through this warehouse.  I was arrested but there wasn’t a shred of evidence against me because I wasn’t doing anything, not with her either.  She had two black eyes, a broken nose and a broken arm she told me her pimp had done to her.  So I was allowing her to stay in the warehouse for safety and healing.  There were no phones in this place, no ads, and nothing that would prove I was engaging in any prostitution.  My attorney made a joke to the DA he would like to see what client I could have sold her to being that she was all banged up even.

To try and scare my attorney off defending me, they threatened him with pimping charges if he accepted any money from me.  They threatened to charge him with money laundering, racketeering, and all kinds of things to try and scare him off defending me.  When he refused to back off defending me, they came after my mother and others to try and get me on the hook.  (They have since found a way to make sure you don't have an attorney to "interfere" by the way today.   It's called naming you as a "witness" or "victim" instead of a "criminal".)

Which is why they produced a photo of me handing my mother a $20 bill and her handing me a bucket of KFC chicken.  They claimed since she had “received money from the earnings of a prostitute” that she was guilty of felony pimping.  The photo was their evidence against my mother proving she'd taken money form me.  Mind you I had no convictions for prostitution but because I was "known" that counted under the law.  They arrested my mother and charged her with pimping me. 

When my attorney said he would love to show that picture to a jury of her giving me the $20 for a bucket of KFC, they then threatened to arrest my then 70 year old grandmother for pimping because of a Christmas present I’d bought her.  I didn’t think my grandmother would survive being booked, so I accepted a plea bargain.  Only there were no charges for anything I’d done.  The DA literally made up a charge for me to take a plea to in order to get a conviction on me.   So they don't need new laws to book you when they want to book you folks - trust me they can make things up if they want to.  They did with me.  Felony misrepresentation for purposes of prostitution.  It's not even a crime but I plead guilty and they were happy.  

Which they argued they didn’t want a conviction out of me.  Their intent was they wanted me to become an informant for them like they had going with Alex Adams.  That’s when I first found out she was a paid informant.   But the government said they wanted my “book”.  My computer had been set to self-destruct upon being unplugged.  So when they took my computer, all of the data was destroyed once they unplugged the machine. 

In fear I would “talk” about what I knew to the authorities, I had to duck attempts on my life for almost a year.  To protect my life I went to stay with my grandmother for a year without leaving her house.  If I did try and leave, I would disguise myself and attempt to leave unnoticed.  There were many strange men coming to her door with crazy excuses to try and get me to come outside, but I always refused to leave her apartment and her being a witness.  My attorney reported that the police had even threatened my life and his to caution us to silence.   Some of the threats against my life were from powerful men who were afraid of what I'd say.  Later on the scandal about what was happening on movie studios whose budgets had been padded to pay for prostitutes broke loose - but not because of me running my mouth.  But when a man is scared you're going to give them a "Stormy Daniels" scandal - many of them do more than threaten you to keep you quiet.  

When Heidi was coming up, I tried to warn her about Alex being a paid snitch, but she wouldn’t believe me.  When they arrested her, I warned her they would go after her parents.  She also didn’t believe me and that’s exactly what they did – charge her father with money laundering in fact.  The government also wanted her “Black Book”.  

She also received threats about not revealing the names in her “book”.  When she had tried to open a clothing shop in Glendale after her arrest, the threats on her life were so prevalent I was told this was why she had gone to Nevada to seek protection of the legal brothel industry. 

When Jeane was arrested in 1991, she told me that’s when the government had made a deal with her to report back information on her clients to them.  Every six months she would receive a “visit” from someone who would debrief her as to what she knew, and tell her what they wanted her to do.  About 2004 she had decided she’d had enough.  She had gone to Germany to buy a house and planned on leaving the country to retire.  She was at the airport leaving the country to retire when she was arrested. 

The authorities told her they wanted her to turn over her “Black Book” to them, but not to put the names into the court records.  She had tried to get the names entered into evidence to prove that she had been forced to work as a madam.  Why should she be charged as a madam when it was our government making her work as a madam?  To make her defense she tried to have records of their calls to her entered into the court record, but they kept denying her.  That’s why she decided finally to take her case to the press to have her story heard that she was being “forced” or “trafficked” into what she was doing. 

I had warned Jeane they would come after her mother.  When I did, her attorney went to her mother’s house to protect her.  Montgomery told me that literally as he had arrived at her mother’s house, the inspector general and the prosecutor were coming up the walkway to her mother’s house to threaten her mother.  Montgomery said he convinced them it would be “very bad press” to charge such an elderly, sick woman as her mother and they agreed to back off.

Dave Elms had founded The Erotic Review.  He hated pimps and drugs.  Because he was a “john”, he didn’t want to see escorts who were either drug addicts or who had pimps.  To “screen” the women, he would personally sleep with them and then post his reviews on the site for other clients to subscribe to and see who was “safe”.  If you wanted to be listed on the site, you had to let him see you and see you in your home.  He would inspect the home for signs of a pimp and/or drug abuse. 

When Dave would find signs of a pimp or of a drug problem, he would contact me.  I would then help this woman if she wanted help.  We had just done a “rescue” of two women out of Las Vegas from some very nasty pimps and he was impressed with what we did.  He told me he wanted to put up a banner ad on TER with our hotline number on it because we were helping women without involving law enforcement.  Dave told me his attorneys were going to draw up the papers and after we signed them, I would have a banner ad for SWA up on his site. 

The day after we made this deal, he told me he had to go down to Arizona for some reason.  The next thing I know he’s arrested in Arizona.  http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/david-elms-founder-of-prostitute-rating-web-biz-sentenced-to-4-1-2-years-for-assault-attempt-6664925  He was being held without bail at first and I had no way of reaching him while he was in custody.  I tried contacting the attorney he told me was drawing up the papers and they told me that there was “someone else managing the site now that I’d have to talk to”. 

I contacted these people and soon learned that law enforcement had taken over the site.  They of course refused to allow me to honor Dave’s wishes to have our number put onto the site.  I was told that the site was now being managed by the FBI who was using it to gather information useful in Dave’s “prosecution”. 

In 2015, I came across a woman in connection with the staged “8 Minutes”.  She was pretending to be a sex worker, while in reality she was not.  Her identification was that of a woman who had died in 2007, a woman who had been her roommate.  She evidently was using this dead womans’ ID.  I wondered how she was traveling in this post 9/11 world and I later found out she had purchased her own travel agency.  This woman had infiltrated SWOP and she placed ads on Backpage every time I questioned that she wasn’t a “real” sex worker.  She then pointed to “reviews” of her that were on TER and I laughed because I knew that law enforcement had control of that site so they could make anyone look “real” they wanted to that way. 

This woman then tried to chase me off the internet by threatening me.  When that failed, she tried to stalk and scare me.   When that failed, she tried a smear campaign about me online.  She would go to any of the sex worker advocacy groups and force them to remove me from their groups and threaten them if they continued to speak to me they would be “shut out”.  I had more than one person telling me that she had threatened them about what would happen to them if they spoke to me again. 

At that time, SWOP was asking women to identify as sex workers, and to have another “known” sex worker “vouch” for them in order to join and pay dues.  This mean they were incriminating themselves as criminals and providing financial information to SWOP.  Robin Few, the founder of SWOP had died in 2012.  She would have rolled over in her grave if she'd seen this practice.  I guess that's why these other people who were not sex workers came in and took over once she had died.  It's no different than how KFC isn't run by the colonel anymore!

The women who did this were reporting to me shortly afterwards they were having their bank accounts shut down, they were being investigated, even their landlords were refusing to take their rent suddenly.  When I tried to alert other sex workers to be cautious of this, there was a woman out of Orange, California who belonged to SWOP there who falsely claimed I had threatened her.  This woman was Meg Munoz who was also head of Abeni.  Abeni had received $30,000 from the Orange Country Human Trafficking Task Force. 

I tracked down women who had attended Abeni meetings. They told me that nothing happened at these meetings that were just “social” meetings.  However, they reported that shortly after attending Abeni meetings they were then having their phones tapped, they were being followed, and some of these women reported worse.  They talked about being contacted by law enforcement who threatened them about what they would do to them if they did not agree to become informants and do “as they were told”. 

I talked to other women in the industry who told me that the woman they met as “Meg” would show up at other SWOP or sex worker functions and it would be a completely different woman, i.e., someone posing as Meg.  Shortly after she came on the scene, she connected to the Tits & Sass blog that I had been contributing to since they launched in 2007.  Literally one day I logged onto the blog to find it had been completely “white washed”.  Not only had every single comment I’d made, or made about me, been removed, but further this site had inserted women I had never heard of as “advocates”. 

This site was grabbing the IP address of many women who were openly identifying as “sex workers”.  Women who then were reporting to me the same thing – they were soon after getting law enforcement on their tails threatening them.   When I tried speaking to the supposed owners of the blog about this, they blocked me.  Considering they had been talking to me freely before, this was clearly suspicious.

I had become a member of COYOTE in 1979 when Margo first launched the group.  However, members of the group were reporting they were all being arrested also.  Norma Jean Almodovar was one.  She wound up with spending three years in prison behind being a cop and giving a phone number to another cop that was a “regular” of hers.  I had met Norma Jean for lunch shortly after my 1984 arrest.  I was followed home from that meeting by a cop and when I went home, the light came on a device I had on my phone to alert me my phone was now bugged. 

I went and talked to Margo about this.  My concern that as members of COYOTE we were all being watched.  For all I knew, it had something to do with my 1984 arrest.  I also told her of what my attorney had advised me of, that the conspiracy laws allowed for police to arrest me on felony charges without one shred of evidence.  That all they needed was the “testimony of a known prostitute” saying I had pimped her and I could kiss my ass goodbye.  He also warned me that if we went to COYOTE meetings to discuss how to better working conditions as prostitutes, that we could be charged also with a felony conspiracy charge. 

The year 1984 was when I was also talking to Edwin Meese who was the attorney general at the time of California.  He had advised me that as a 12 step group, callers to my hotline would be protected by laws grandfathered in by AA and NA.  That our meetings would be covered under the confidentiality laws grandfathered in by NA especially.  This meant anything said in a Prostitutes Anonymous (now Sex Workers Anonymous) meeting could not be used as evidence against anyone to obtain a warrant or for any type of evidence either because it was protected by confidentiality laws.  That we could meet without fear as a 12 step group. 

He advised me that as a 12 step group I could also visit someone in jail and not be refused or arrested.  We could also put money on the books of a prostitute without being charged with pimping.   I say that because back then if you tried to post bail for a prostitute, or put money on her books, the police would then arrest you as that prostitutes’ pimp.  As a SWA member, we were allowed to post bond and also put money on the books for a prostitute without fear of being charged criminally.  So actually it was Edwin Meese and my attorney who had explained a lot of ways we could meet and organize legally and safely was under the protection of laws grandfathered in by AA and NA.

I’m concerned about what’s going to happen to the information on Backpage with respect to the men and women who advertised on there.  Now before the attacks on Backpage, if there was a case against a pimp, the police could obtain a warrant for the records on that specific person.  They then were able to trace the ad and also track the bank account of the pimp and it would build a nice case against the pimp.  It would show he placed the ad from his computer, and that he paid for the ad.  That bank information could then be pulled to show that he was then depositing prostitution money into that account and there was then a good case against the pimp.

However, with recent sex trafficking laws, especially those in Nevada, California and Arizona, I’m very concerned.  If you read these laws, you’ll see that it grants law enforcement the ability to come into any house where they “suspect” sex trafficking activity and remove the children into protective custody.  It also grants them the ability to take a woman into custody for “investigation” into sex trafficking.  These laws are allowing them to hold a woman indefinitely – not just for 71 hours.  During this time, because they are a “witness” and not a “criminal”, they are not entitled to a phone call, an attorney, nor any type of advising of their rights that what they say might incriminate themselves. 

I personally believe that this violates our constitutional right not to incriminate ourselves.  But to take us into custody indefinitely, to take our children into custody, and then to be told this can be done until the police are “good and ready” to stop, that I think would force a lot of people to say things they don’t mean or even plead guilty when not which I believe does violate our rights not to incriminate ourselves.  If these women are being forced into giving a statement prior to speaking to an attorney, then I really think this is violating their constitutional rights to not incriminate ourselves as well as a right to due process.

I have seen how in 2014 Child Protective Services that was ran by social workers is now the Dept. of Child Safety.  That DCS is overseen by the Attorney General’s office, which is run by law enforcement.  There are now training videos out training judges to automatically have all children removed from the home of a prostitute based on the suspicion they might be trafficked, and to detain everyone until the state is satisfied they are not.  I have talked to women who have been detained for nine months without the right to an attorney, or any other rights given a criminal.  They were even denied access to know where their children were being kept because they were in “protective custody”. 

I have personally talked to more than one woman who was given  a “Sophie’s Choice”.  They were told that if they did not accuse the father of their children of trafficking, and allow him to go to prison on these charges, with them witnessing against this man, that their children would be removed by CPS and they would not even be allowed visitation because the children would be in “protective custody”.  In order the protect the children, these women have falsely accused these men of trafficking.  In return, they’ve been put into public housing so that law enforcement knows where they are living at all times.  Therefore, they’re afraid to get an attorney and defend him or fight back for fear they’ll be thrown out into the street or threatened. 

I worry about the women who have told me someone has placed an ad for them on Backpage as a joke or as revenge.  Does that mean law enforcement is going to automatically assume you are a “trafficking victim” and come at you to detain you for questioning?  Take your children?  I would urge anyone who has had this happen to them to get another computer, change their IP address, move, and not to post anything on social media about ever advertising on Backpage.  I would also make arrangements with an attorney that if you were to ever disappear, they were to come looking for you in custody like I had to do at one point with my attorney when they kept picking me up without charging me.  You also need a “visible means of support” if they were to accuse you of sex trafficking, so I would also recommend if you are working at a cash freelance job, you might want to consider getting some kind of a paycheck job with a boss who would vouch that you are working for them at a “legit” job.  A true trafficking victim would not be able to do this, and this might clear the field for investigators to hone in on actual victims this way.

I would also caution you against anyone trying to “organize you into protesting”.  I saw people doing this through COYOTE who were trying to find people they could throw under the bus to protect themselves.  If you want to protest, fine.  There are safe anonymous methods you can protest whatever is going on.  You can also safely contact us here at www.sexworkersanonymous.com and know that all of your calls to us are confidential.  Beware of anyone who wants you to do anything where you can be photographed, identified, or anything that could be producing any incriminating evidence against you. 

I want to warn women against using sites they don’t know what they are or who is behind them.  When Backpage started coming under attack, as well as Redbook and TER, I started getting calls from women telling me they had tried to place an ad on a site they didn’t know well.  They then were finding themselves blackmailed.  These people were threatening to send the photos and their ads to people they knew if they didn’t pay up.  When they tried to take ads down, they were charged $300 just to take the ad down.  Their ads and photos were popping up on sites they never advertised on which was further endangering them legally. 

Once you put your photo up online, you can find yourself being “catfished” by actual traffickers.  I’ve even found fake websites set up to look identical to mine that are trying to solicit phone calls and emails from sex workers.  Which is why I always want people to know I would never ask you for a photo, for your real name, or any other identifying information on you either. 

When “bad” cops got ahold of me years ago, they tried to coerce me into doing illegal acts and risky acts that served their careers, and risked my life in the process.  I was then branded a criminal for doing the things they were forcing me to do, which allowed them to try and use me as a pawn even more in fear.  Some of them raped me knowing that I had no way of pressing charges against them.  This is why you must be careful who you allow to believe you are a sex worker.  Even if they act like they’re “one of you”. 

To illustrate, some bad cops had set up an escort service in Los Angeles in the 1980’s called “Talk of the Town”.  In reality it was LAPD behind that service.  Not the good cops either, but bad cops who saw this as a way of cashing in.  They got to cash in on what they knew about EVERYONE – including the clients who they would threaten also into using their service so they had information on them that could be manipulated and sold to the highest bidder. 

This shames “good cops” who do exist and are out there.  The problem is you may not know who to trust.  I know of one madam in Seattle who tried to go the police about one such cop and before she left the police station, he had heard of what she was doing.  https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/legal-nightmare-ends-as-vice-cop-who-strayed-agrees-to-retire/

To be honest, this might be the perfect time to quit if you are in sex work.  If you do decide you want to retire and need support without fear of legal ramifications, then know your calls to www.sexworkersanonymous.com are confidential.  You will speak to someone who is a survivor, or ex-sex worker at that hotline that’s answered 24/7.  We do not provide “resources”, only the same support that you’d find in an AA meeting from someone who has “been there”.  Remember, “resources” means “records”.  Records that can come back to haunt you.