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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LETTER TO LAURA ALBERT AKA JT LEROY

Dear Laura - I saw the film about your hoaxing of the public about who the real author was of our stories just now.  I want to thank you for coming clean about everything because of two major points important to me.

First of all, you were clearly right in that people would NOT have responded to you as they did had you appeared as "you" being an overweight female in the USA.  Your story clearly illustrates had you been upfront with people about your outward appearance - no you would not have had the success and exposure you did.  I know this to be true because I'm now in the same shoes as you are after having suffered a stroke.  I was very ill for some time and gained a lot of weight, lost most of my teeth, and physically I look a fright!

Which is why this has given rise to MANY "faux" sex trafficking survivors to be now cast by Central Casting such as Samoly Mam.  I wasn't thin and attractive so people with an agenda to sell went out and found their "poster girl" in someone like her who was photogenic.

However, it wasn't REAL.  Let me explain why this is important to me Laura.  Prior to 1987 - the world didn't believe sex trafficking was in fact "real".  They put it on the shelf with urban myths and UFO abductees.  The public had the same response to someone saying they were being sex trafficked as they do today with someone saying aliens abducted them!

Here was my challenge Laura - how do you convince the world that it is in fact real?  I believed the only way to do that was to get the voices of REAL survivors out there to the public.  I knew if people heard the "ring of truth" coming out of people's mouths about this being real - then we'd in fact be able to obtain federal recognition.

Which was why it was important.  Our country right now has no exit system to help people claiming to be abducted by aliens to find help with their PTSD and be able to put their lives together after having stopped the aliens.  It doesn't exist because it doesn't exist.  So for me to get this country to put together programs to help sex trafficking victims - I had to first convince America that it was in fact real.

So from 1987 until the year 2000 when the Trafficking Act of 2000 was passed which gave domestic sex trafficking a voice - that's what I did.  I went onto TV, radio, public stages, cable TV and anything and everything I could get booked on and talked.  I talked and I brought on other survivors and we looked right into the camera and right into people's eyes - and we told our story.

It worked.  The problem was however is we're not warm fuzzy puppies people want to write out a check to donate to helping us.  We're not "sympathetic" in other words.  It's a long story about what exactly went into "hijacking" the movement I started out from under me - but what's happened is about 1000 "fake" survivors have now been not only bombarding the media - but further using these fake stories to get people to write fat checks for fake programs.

Here's the problem now however -so many people have now heard the "fake" stories that people are completely confusing what sex trafficking is.  I believe that's been the result of a deliberate attempt by our government to make sure the public isn't aware of what real sex trafficking looks like in this country as differentiated by people with pimps.

A pimp is in an abusive relationship with their victims.  However, in actual sex trafficking operations there is always an element of corruption.  If you google names like Joohoon David Lee - you'll see what I mean.  This man was Homeland Security, ICE and also heading the trafficking task forces in CA and NV before I managed to get enough people to believe me to get him arrested finally.

The "fake" media has people believing that sex trafficking isn't some guy with a Homeland Security badge flying victims into this country and walking them right past security into the illegal brothel where they're then sold like cattle.   Nor that he was falsely accusing an innocent family to make it appear he was "fighting sex trafficking" while in reality keeping everyone as far away from the real trafficking as possible using this fake media with fake victims.

So now everyone is looking on commercial air flights for what appears to be their "concept" of a victim - only it's not real.  Thus allowing the REAL victims to be walking around right past everyone in broad daylight because they haven't been trained what it  REALLY looks like.

Listen to Ashton Kutcher's plea for money recently with the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  He was describing a child in another country and then creating an image in American minds that trafficking looks like that in the USA.  Only it doesn't look like that in the states - and people like myself and members of www.sexworkersanonymous.com who want to talk about what it REALLY looks like are being completely silenced.

So now I have a new challenge.  Now we have federal recognition that allows victims of sex trafficking to be treated like victims and not criminals.  However, the real traffickers in this country have now so manipulated the media that they have everyone chasing after their tails and wouldn't know what real sex trafficking is in the USA if it went up and bit  them.  In fact, I've now spent YEARS trying to tell the authorities about real trafficking operations who just simply don't believe me.  It's taking more years and more work just to get them to listen now - and when they do they then don't know how to even respond.

Joohoon David Lee for example was arrested and charged with bribery - but not sex trafficking.  Why?  Because there are no laws on the books allowing someone who trafficked another person while working for our government to be prosecuted.  Their immune.  So the best that could be done was to charge him with bribery.  He's right back now driving a limo - and driving trafficking victims around in that limo.

So how am I going to get laws on the books about what REAL sex trafficking is in this country which in most cases DOES involve someone who is immune from prosecution?  Literally these "fake" victims, fake survivors, fake programs, etc. - have so brainwashed our country into these false images that I'm not sure how to pull this train around.

It helps when the fakes come "clean" as you did.  For years when I'd talk to people - they'd think your stories about "lot lizards" was reality.  Now you confessing it wasn't real does allow me the opening of a door to start explaining to the American public what REAL "lot lizards" are like so we can get them the proper help they need.

Because that's just it Laura - there are real "lot lizards" out there who have kids and are struggling just to keep a roof over their kid's heads and they need programs to help them that are designed for them.  Because right now in the USA the number of what I call "third generation" victims is staggering.  So many pimps have had babies with their victims that now are teenagers and the pimps are now pimping them - it's not even funny.  The boys are usually trained to be pimps and dealers while the girls are trained to be prostitutes, strippers, porn performers, etc.

The problem is that REAL survivors aren't like you.  They CAN'T get on the phone and talk to movie producers, musicians, artists, etc., about their ordeals for hours and hours because it's too hard on us to remember that stuff.   Most stuff that stuff down so hard they can't hardly talk about it without triggering a whole breakdown.

I have a real dilemma here.  What I do know by watching this film about you is that you know how to get people in the media to talk to you.  That you clearly know how to do.

My dilemma however is that the  REALITY of this situation is 180 degrees opposite of the images you convey and your demeanor.  Our real victims have had to defend themselves for so long and so alone that many of them are quite aggressive, prickly, and some are just downright mean.  They isolate.  They're not friendly.  They shut down and don't talk.

So what do we do to start getting the REAL information out there so REAL victims can get some HELP?  That's the million dollar question I'm trying to solve right now because in order to get real help to real victims we have to first get the public to now see what REAL looks like.

But how?  I'm clueless and I'm reaching out hoping you'll talk to me and maybe by putting our heads together maybe you can help me figure this out.  Because there's a reason why people believed your voice about some of that stuff with prostitution was real - because the REAL survivors who come out of times like that can barely put two words together - let alone write a book about it!

And we need all of those people who listened to your stories about fake prostitution and pimps and we need to get them to understand what the REALITY is right here in America so we can do something about it other than having it actually allow traffickers and pimps to be operating in broad daylight now.  I mean the public has this so mixed up they think shutting down Backpage is actually shutting down sex trafficking.  While in reality - them doing that only INCREASES sex trafficking because it's now forcing people to have to work for them instead of remaining 'independent".

So please - give me a call if you can any day after 3 pm.  I'm also a very big night owl and talking to our new members also has me up all night most nights.  I really believe your story is one that's in just the right position to help us show the world how what the REALITY is now you've shown them the fake reality!

(702) 488-1127   Jody Williams

Sunday, March 19, 2017

CONSPIRACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY LAWS

Things are not as they appear. Since Robin died, there has been a disturbing trend for groups like Abeni, SWOP, and others to be clearly just being used to gather information on sex workers. One of the reasons we choose to be a 12 step program is because of the issue of confidentiality - as well as "probable cause" with respect to conspiracy laws.

If you were to start up a group of bank robbers, and then to announce you're having a meeting for those bank robbers to get together to talk about the beauty of being a bank robber - guess what? The police can then use that as "probable cause" to get a warrant to tap the phones of the people organizing that meeting, the people attending that meeting, and to try and gather evidence to charge the organizers of that group under the "conspiracy" laws which became even broader under the Patriot Act because of George W. Bush.

Calls to our 12 step hotline are protected under the confidentiality laws. Things said in an SWA meeting are protected under the confidentiality laws. Even if an informant were to be sitting in one of our meetings - they can not enter into evidence anything they'd heard at a SWA meeting legally because we are just as protected with respect to confidentiality as AA is. That goes for putting wire tapes on our members' phones, their social media, and also our meetings and communications between members. Having a meeting is also not "probable cause" for the police to get clearance to photograph anyone at this meeting, nor eaves drop in any fashion.

These laws came about because there was a time when cops used to bust addicts for going to NA meetings. They would bust them for "violating probation" because of "congregating with other felons". special laws were passed which made going to a 12 step meeting NOT violate one's probation also.

Now that pisses off some people who would like to know more about our membership, as well as to eaves drop in on our members. Something which can't be done legally so there are some who are resorting to illegal methods. But we're confident no one is going to be arrested under the conspiracy laws for organizing our meetings, nor can anything said within our group context be used against anyone in a court of law because it's all protected with respect to confidentiality. Something important to know because many victims might still have things outstanding they were involved with where statutes may be running against them still.
For example - we had a member who died some years ago who was a teenager when sold to a pimp. This pimp would make one of the kids kill another one of the kids every month not only to establish his power, but also to gather blackmail. He would keep the evidence in a "safe place" and threaten the kids with them being arrested for murder if they ever thought of running from him, or trying to testify against him for his trafficking of them. In this man's case, he turned the gun on the pimp and murdered him when he was only 13 years old.

But the fact remains other victims in that trafficking ring had murdered someone because of being forced to do so by this pimp. Just because they're a juvenile, and just because they were a victim, doesn't exempt them from possibly standing a trial over the murder of that other person. Something which they might want to talk about in a meeting, or with their sponsor during a 5th step. Something for which we wanted to make sure they could share in their 5th step as part of the recovery process without having that sponsor then slapped with a subpoena demanding they testify against that person about what was said to them.

Just because some group claims they're a "sex trafficking" group or rescue doesn't mean they have the same confidentiality laws protecting their clients as we do in our program. Also, this goes for sex workers activist groups who want to push towards decriminalization. We had the same problem with COYOTE meetings - the predecessor to SWOP.

Which was why a lot of COYOTE members were also SWA members, and we'd organize things during SWA meetings to give those activists protection. Otherwise, we'd see people in similar situations drug off on a conspiracy charge and threatened with felony arrests and jail time.

If you don't understand what I mean by any of this - then please consult an attorney with respect to the conspiracy laws, as well as the confidentiality laws. Do not forget for one moment that just because sex trafficking domestically has received now federal recognition finally - that does not automatically mean prostitution suddenly stopped being a crime in 99 % of the USA. Nor has pimping and pandering gone off the books where I once saw someone convicted of a felony simply for giving a girlfriend of hers the phone number of a good regular. Receipt of a $1.00 from the "earnings of a prostitute" is a felony. That INCLUDES DONATIONS by the way.

Meaning that if a group or cause is soliciting donations from prostitutes - they could be charged with felony pimping. Now since we also accept money from prostitutes who buy our literature - this is again why we choose a 12 step program for legal protections not afforded us otherwise. I don't have to worry about the DA or IRS stepping up and demanding our financial records on our members for this reason. Again, something not afforded non-12 step programs.

There's also a little thing caused the 5th amendment. You have a right not to incriminate yourself which you are essentially doing if you go to some of these other groups and admit to some of the things you've done which may be illegal. Including if you admit to being involved in an illegal career in order to be accepted as a member to that group. Again, something which our members to our group are protected from such things.

Now if you want to go around waving a banner saying essentially you're a criminal and you want to organize a meeting of criminals and to do so without partnering with us in some fashion to afford yourself the benefits of these protections - then you need to ask yourself why someone would deny you that protection?

Yes there is a site up attacking us that was set up by Maxine Doogan, Domina Elle, and Norma Jean Almodavor. There is also a tracking cookie on that site. If that site was set up to attack us as a warning to sex workers - why the tracking cookie? Why target for identification people who are thinking about contacting our program for help to exit the sex industry? Why do they care who is contacting us enough to set up this trap to try and capture that information?

Good questions and something to think about. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the grant I traced from Swanee Hunt to Domina Elle's art gallery in Denver, the government's grant to Meg Munoz in Orange County, nor Maxine's recent over-turning of her felony conviction for pimping suddenly. Nah - not a thing to do with any of that . . . .



Sunday, March 12, 2017

NOTICING THE PATTERN YET?

Another one bites the dust http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/i-team-former-cop-suspected-pimp-linked-together-in-fbi-investigation/607916728 Notice the pattern yet guys? Yet another "crusader" who had NOTHING to do with www.sexworkersanonymous.com while claiming to be on the same side of the war as us. We established our headquarters in Nevada in 1996 and have been working with REAL victims against REAL traffickers ever since.

Has anyone figured out yet the ones who are all being exposed as fakes were the same ones who were refusing to even talk to us about the victims we were working with? Again, if someone is telling you they're wanting to help an alcoholic while refusing to even acknowledge Bill Wilson and Alcoholics Anonymous - then figure out something is WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE!

Monday, March 6, 2017

WHAT'S HAPPENING IS EQUIVALENT TO:

People are asking me "why are you so upset?" about the types of people who have been speaking to Congress and the Senate about sex trafficking.  For years there's either been completely fake people who have been exposed as frauds such as Samoly Mam speaking to them, or when we kept exposing one after the other after the other as being frauds - then they just resort to bringing in an actual actor such as Ashton Kutcher to speak on the subject WHILE asking for money to do what they're doing WHICH IS SOMETHING WE'RE DOING ANYWAY?

Let's put it into terms which might make it clearer why I'm so upset - let's say that we're back during the days of Prohibition.  Prohibition was designed to do something about the problems alcoholics were presenting to this country BEFORE it was known they have a disease.  The thought was "let's arrest people and that will stop the problem".  

Only it didn't.  We saw what happened with Prohibition - it just made money for the criminals easier and bigger while making it harder for those with the disease to get help.  

Now - let's imagine that the subject of sex trafficking is like that of alcoholism and instead of having people like Bill Wilson, Dr. Bob or even Dr. Silkwood speaking on the subject to them you had instead one of the owners of Anheuser Busch breweries testifying on the subject of alcoholism, or the Oxford Group who was a church group who was claiming to help alcoholics but in fact was not doing anything other than being a church who raised money on the false claims they were able to help alcoholics.  

This was the group Bill Wilson was in where he found himself at eight months sobriety so hit with the craving to drink he reached out to Dr. Bob so he could help himself not drink that day.

Or if one of the owners of the sanitariums who was being paid to put the alcoholic in hospice care were to testify - but again NOT Dr. Bob, Bill Wilson or even Dr. Silkwood testifying.

The question is WHY?  Why do they keep putting up people who either aren't authentic survivors, actually run authentic groups that actually do effectively help victims, or non-survivors speaking on behalf of an outside view on the issue as Ashton Kutcher did - rather than put on someone like Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, who was the first group to identify it as a disease, and to come up with a solution that worked for the sufferer.  

I've analyzed what the fakes are saying vs. what one of "us" would say and I can assure you there are key points they're making sure is NOT being recorded on those hearings.  Again, we run the oldest, and largest, program of survivors in this country and until we're invited to speak, or even allowed to be in the same building when testimony is being heard - then we are being silenced about the true nature of what's happening here in the USA.

While yes I agree what Ashton witnessed in another country with respect to a child who was being victimized in a sex tourism racket is truly horrible.  But no matter HOW horrible - it STILL is NOT talking about what American victims go through on American soil! 

THAT'S what's being silenced from the public from hearing.   



Monday, February 27, 2017

POLARIS FORUM AND GIVING UP YOUR 5TH AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Has everyone forgot a little detail called the 5th amendment in this country?  

First of all, prostitution in the USA everywhere but a few tiny counties in Nevada is ILLEGAL.  Forced or not, many of the things sex trafficking victims are forced to do are ILLEGAL.  Even if it's a matter of unreported earnings to the IRS - we're still talking a possible criminal charge here could be over one's head.

Now unless that survivor has gone completely through the legal system and it's been determined by their lawyers there aren't any possible ways they can have a case come up on them in the future, or that they may be called upon to become an "informant" in an ongoing case, there are good sound solid reasons why a survivor would want to remain "anonymous" about who they are and what they've experienced.

Do I have to remind people what happened to Celeste Guap?  She wasn't supposedly a "criminal" but a "victim".  She spoke up in the media about being a survivor and next thing she knows she's being shuttled off to a treatment center in Florida SUPPOSEDLY to "help" her.  Only next thing she knows there's a guard there claiming she was assaulted and sexually approached by Celeste and she's carted off on a $300,000 bail.  During the time she was being held, because who has $300,000 bail, the authorities say she was "offered a deal".  Anyone who has been in her shoes knows what that means - it means drop your case against the 30 plus cops who sexually raped you while a minor, and who sexually trafficked you while cops and even Chief of Police, or we'll throw you in jail!  

Celeste Guap illustrates the dangers of coming forward about being a survivor without having FIRST had proper legal council.  Hence one of the very reasons why we formed our program as www.sexworkersanonymous.com

It's why we don't ask you your name when you call our hotline, and we'll even tell you NOT to tell us your name.  Unlike Polaris, we don't collect your IP address either which is way more revealing than a name by the way.

Coming forward openly as a survivor REQUIRES you understand your 5th amendment rights before doing so.  Even if you haven't committed one crime unanswered for in the past - if you even know people the police want to build a case upon you're in danger of issues as Celeste Guap's case illustrates beautifully.  She steps up to reveal she's a victim without having had proper legal council first and look at what happened to her!  This doesn't even TOUCH upon if you might have something to say someone is worried you MIGHT say.  I say this because I spent the first year after I was first arrested dodging bullets from people who were worried about what I MIGHT  say to the cops despite my assurances I wasn't going to say anything.  Look at Jeane Palfrey for example who I believe was murdered by people who didn't want their names revealed during the ethics hearing she was going to testify at.

I for example did not appear on any media until I had consulted with an attorney licensed in the state I was in who advised me that any statutes on anything I was involved with had tolled, and that I could not be compelled by virtue of being on probation, or any thing else hanging over my head law enforcement used to try and get me to become an informant back in my day.

I had the LAPD arrest my mother and threaten me with charging her, and even possibly charging my grandmother, with felony pimping if I did not agree to "snitch" on other people as an informant to build their cases for them.  In my case, my mother said to the prosecutor "we're not snitches" and we took our lumps.  But that was our decision to make.  The point remains that I have experienced law enforcement manufacturing crazy accusations against me to try and force me to become an informant for them.

I say "crazy" because the case they laid on my mother was based on a photograph of me handing her a $20 bill for a bucket of KFC chicken.  Under the law it does state the "receipt of money from a prostitute" constitutes a felony pimping charge.  Yes it would have had to have been proved I was a prostitute.  But over the years I've seen this is a very common tactic of law enforcement - to charge, or threaten to charge, one's family members with a crime in order to compel you do become an informant for them, or plead guilty to something yourself.

Now with my mom, to plead not guilty would mean I'd still be looking at a very expensive case where I'd have to hire an attorney to defend her, my grandmother (who was 70 at the time) and myself.  As it was the government took everything I owned away from me and then said I had to "prove where I got the money from" to buy those items before they'd give anything back.  Since most of everything was gifts I had no way of proving anything without dragging other people into the equation which was further what the cops wanted - to know information on who was providing me with such expensive gifts.  All done to try and force me to become an "informant" for them.

NOW NOWHERE in this invitation do I see any caution about being careful to protect one's 5th amendment rights to "not incriminate themselves" in any fashion but I do see that it's asking for "only survivors" to step up to the plate here.  The lack of acknowledgement that one needs to be sure in doing so they are not incriminating themselves in some fashion not even being an issue in this invitation tells me there's either one or both of a serious problem here - either the fact this isn't being run by survivors who would understand this is an issue OR the fact they are partners with people actively seeking information such as Palantir Technologies, Google, and Merck who are "partners" now with Polaris is a deliberate move here.

So which is it Polaris?  Why is there no warning or caution here about anything anyone who might participate in this forum being advised to consult with an attorney before doing such a forum to ensure they aren't going to say something which could incriminate them for past actions?  Was this a deliberate omission or just you don't have a friggin clue what being a survivor in America truly means?

You're asking survivors to risk incarceration, legal prosecution, even possibly someone deciding they're a risk and ordering a contract out on them by asking them to identify as a survivor at this forum.  I see no cautions about anything in this invitation about the dangers of identifying with you as a survivor.  Not even just with you - but even over phone and internet lines which can be hacked by traffickers targeting your servers.

So why is that Polaris?


National Human Trafficking Hotline

Azurdee,
The National Human Trafficking Hotline is first and foremost a survivor hotline -- it belongs to survivors and the community-at-large that it seeks to serve. It is important, therefore, that survivor voices, needs, concerns, expertise, and values always be at the heart of our work. 
In 2017, our commitment to engage, include, and empower survivors in our work will include quarterly open forums for survivors to call in, ask questions, give suggestions, and share feedback about the Hotline.
Survivor input will drive the overall content and agenda of these calls moving forward, but the first call will focus on giving an overview of the National Human Trafficking Hotline, its operations and protocols, its current capacity and constraints, an introduction to our staff and the training they receive, and then we will open the floor to share questions and feedback on these topics. Questions can be submitted in advance by replying to this email or through the GoTo Meeting chat function during the call. Any question that we do not have time to answer will be answered in a follow up email.
The first of these conference calls will take place on March 7, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. EST. ALL survivors are welcome and encouraged to participate, so please spread the word throughout your networks. We ask that only survivors of human trafficking participate in the call.
Please RSVP to this invite no later than March 3, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. EST.
We greatly look forward to hearing from all of you.
Sincerely,
Lara Powers and the National Human Trafficking Hotline staff
This publication was made possible in part through Grant Number 90ZV0102 from the Office on Trafficking in Persons, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office on Trafficking in Persons, Administration for Children and Families, or HHS.
  
National Human Trafficking Hotline
24 Hour National Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

OP-ED ON ASHTON KUTCHER SPEAKING AT THE SENATE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

I’m writing in response to watching Ashton Kutcher testify at the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations not just on the issue of child abuse, but also about the issue of sex trafficking.   I can’t begin to express how offended I am by what I witnessed which in my opinion is actually an illustration of what the core problem is.  

Because I was witnessing a white male of wealth and celebrity who is not a survivor of either child abuse nor sex trafficking, a man who created a company which is soliciting donations on it’s website I’d like to ad, get up and speak FOR us in a meeting which we were NOT even invited to watch, let alone participate in.

Who am I?  I’m just the founder of this very movement for one thing.  I have news clips up verifying this statement at www.hightechmadam.com  For another, I run the oldest, and largest, group of survivors in the world - Sex Workers Anonymous.   

Back in 1984, a person labeled a “prostitute” or “sex worker” was a target on many levels.  We were the favorite target of serial killers, rapists, and predators of every kind.  This was because predators knew by targeting us they were granted almost virtual immunity.   So much so when a young man who Jeffrey Dahmer had hired to pose for nude polaroid’s ran to the police naked, drugged and clearly terrified the police even RETURNED the victim to Jeffrey to finish what he’d started.  Talk about home delivery!

So much so that when mothers of African American “prostitutes” as we were labeled gathered into a group and protested in the streets about LAPD’s refusal to do any investigation into what was later nicknamed the “Grim Reaper” case over well over 100 women  – still nothing was done while the bodies continued to pile up literally. 

I was not only a victim of sex trafficking myself back then, but I was witnessing sex trafficking on many levels.  Only our society then was in such denial about the whole thing we didn’t even have a word for it then.  Anyone who tried to step up about this back then was treated in the same identical manner as one is today if they step up and say aliens are abducting them.  

Our culture not only treated the two in the same manner – there were no resources for them back then anymore than we have resources set up to officially help people saying they're alien abductees today.  Not only did nothing exist for us back then in the way of services, or even acknowledgment the issue was real, but victims were treated like criminals when they’d come forward.  That or as "crazy" like those who say they had aliens abducting them!

Which is why in 1984 I created the first safe house for adults in Van Nuys, California.  In 1987, I created the first hotline for adults to call for help to escape and recover from whatever their situation was, along with a 12 step program which allowed the courts to offer victims an alternative to incarceration when sentencing to a mandatory jail/prison term.   

In other words, it was our program who introduced into our American culture the very idea that we were “victims” in many cases instead of “criminals”.  One for which condoms instead of being considered “evidence of a crime”, were in fact considered “evidence OF a crime”. 

If this were put into the same terms as the civil rights movement – then one would see right away why we felt Ashton Kutcher’s speaking FOR us on a committee which we aren’t even being included onto as so offensive.  He spoke about the horror of seeing a child for who sexual abuse had been defined to her as “play” by those in power over her.  

Yet I was watching as a man in power was defining for us what our situation, and thus our solution is, in much the same spirit.  Both are defining our world for us like we’re incapable of doing so for ourselves. 

Which is what’s happened since the movement got hijacked right out from under us once money came onto the playing field.  Actually I should say since we violated one of our very core issues we hold dear as Americans – the issue of the separation of church and state in this country.  I sacrificed a tremendous amount to see the Trafficking Act of 2000 pass giving domestic sex trafficking federal recognition for the first time.   

Then in 2002 Randall Tobias came along with George W. Bush and revised this Act to turn this money over to the “faith based” community to be disbursed  NOT by groups run by survivors.  To me that was like putting the church in charge of ending the witch hunts.  It is no different than asking a bunch of old rich white men to decide how the very survivors they’ve abused should be helped considering they’re the number one consumers of this “product”.

Leading me to understand completely why groups like the Black Panthers started demanding they be put in charge of finding their own solutions, and empowering their own communities.  They too were shut out of such things as Senate hearings for “being too black” while people like myself are being shut out for being “too direct”.  When you’ve spent your whole life as a victim being silenced by wealthy white men in power – then for us recovery is about demanding WE are the ones to be heard now.

If the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations wants to know about sex trafficking – then how come we as the oldest, and largest, group of survivors who started this very movement for recognition isn’t being included?  Why is our society STILL trying to silence us to the point where we keep seeing a string of actors representing us like we can’t speak for ourselves?  What is it they're so afraid of hearing they're refusing to allow us to speak?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

OPEN LETTER TO ASHTON KUTCHER

Jody Williams, Founder & Director
Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly “Prostitutes Anonymous”)
(702) 488-1127 Cell/Text
February 21, 2017

Ashton Kutcher
Via Twitter/Facebook

Re:                         Your Sex Trafficking Testimony

Dear Mr. Kutcher:

Thank you for the words you expressed about who we are in this fight.  Now maybe a white male with money has stepped up to defend our cause – now maybe someone will listen to our voices.  I agreed with you when seeing the same things – we are not “whores”, nor “prostitutes” but in fact the product of those around us in power.  I learned from Noam Chomsky the power of not only words, but the power of who is saying them.  You Mr. Kutcher are not “one of us” and in fact are part of the problem.

You expressed how the child had her experience defined for her as "playtime" by her abuser.  The system of abuse itself involves those in power over us defining for us our experience.  Choosing even the very words we call our experience such as when that child was taught to call it "playtime".  Which is what you're doing Mr. Kutcher when you're the one speaking at the Senate for us about what our experience is also - you're still someone in a position of power defining for us what our experience is by YOUR choice of words FOR us.  

The fact the press will cover your testimony and not my letter as not only a survivor myself, but the founder of the world's oldest, and largest group of survivors is proof of how far we've left to go here also.  

When Linda “Lovelace” Boreman stepped up to tell us sex trafficking was real – she was written off as a “jilted ex-lover”.  Known for the rest of her life by one film she was forced to be in “Deep Throat”.  When a Chinese man, Bruce Lee, tried to tell us sex trafficking was real in his way with “Enter the Dragon”, it was written off as “just a martial arts film”.  When I stepped up to provide the courts with a legal way to stop treating us like criminals – I’ve been written completely out of history entirely.  In fact you’re the one asked to speak for us like we can’t speak for ourselves.  Like our word isn’t “good enough”. 

You see Mr. Kutcher – I was the first one who not only provided our legal system with a way to legally stop treating us as criminals by starting the first hotline for adults to call when needing help to leave any part of the sex industry after having escaped myself, but also a way to stop incarcerating us as criminals.  It was our group who started bringing the first survivors onto national live TV to tell our stories by tricking producers into thinking we’d go along with their agenda to glamourize our plight in order to get on camera and heard.   It was our group who convinced the public this was not a “victimless crime” when the legal brothels were attempting to expand into California, Las Vegas, and beyond.   Legal brothels who behind their doors it becomes virtually impossible to get help to those who are forced. 

Please allow me to introduce myself.  In many ways, I’m sort of the “Bill Wilson” of the modern domestic sex trafficking movement.  Let me try to explain – you had told the story of a young girl who had been trained from such a young age on as to think sex was “playtime”.  This was her framework of the world.  Now imagine all the other young boys and girls who are also taught to call certain behaviors as “playtime” also.  As they get older they start making friends with other kids who also call these things “playtime”.  They then develop a whole social network of friends who all refer to this as “playtime” as do the adults surrounding them.  The magazines, music, sculpture, even posters on the wall all also support the use of the term “playtime” for these behaviors YOU know to not be “playtime” at all.

Now imagine putting up billboards in these areas where this is happening calling out not to offer help to those who want to stop having “playtime” but instead let’s call it “sleeping”.  All of those other children, even those who have now reached their teen years, maybe even their 20’s who all call this “playtime” are seeing billboards going up all around them, public service announcements coming onto TV, and posters going up at their doctors’ offices asking for people who want help with “sleeping” to contact this hotline number given.  What’s going to happen is all of these people who have been raised calling this “playtime” are going to see the term “sleeping” and think – that’s not me.

But you have all these “do gooders” who insist “it’s not playtime – it’s sleeping”.  They insist to call it anything but “sleeping” will “legitimize” it and so they refuse.  The problem is however Mr. Kutcher is that to reach the victims ears you have to use the language THEY understand.  Otherwise, the right choice of words becomes a barrier to that help.  You only are reaching those who will call it “sleeping” and not “playtime”.  Which just causes help to be even harder to reach.  That’s what happens when our hotline and program, Sex Workers Anonymous, chooses to use the language that makes contact with those we’re trying to reach help out to.  www.sexworkersanonymous.com

Many years ago this country tried to deal with the disease of alcoholism by outlawing it.  By turning those suffering from the disease into criminals, it condemned almost all suffering from it to “jails, institutions and death”.  It was only when Bill Wilson stepped outside the church, outside the criminal justice system, and created a way for them to help themselves through the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous, one helping another, was hope for a life made available for the first time to them. 

When one of those saved stepped out to create the National Council on Alcoholism, this was when research started happening which changed the very way this country addressed those suffering from this disease.  A disease that can affect anyone from any walk of life as we saw when Betty Ford, one of our First Ladies, bravely stepped forward to proclaim she too suffered from this disease.  This allowed other “respectable” people to step forward and be open about their disease as well.

We’re not there yet.  Not when you are the one allowed to speak at the Senate and the world about this but I wasn’t even invited to listen to this from the back wings.  The fact you don’t even know who I am shows how far we really have to go with how deeply this problem is being hidden from view.  Including the insistence on only offering help to those who call their situation “sleeping” and not “playtime”.

I’d like to invite you and I to open up a dialogue Mr. Kutcher.  I run the only hotline in the USA that is reaching out to adults in a way they will respond to the offer of help which is manned by survivors.  We do that by empowering our members to know they are “good enough” to be providing help to others – not cast aside while white people of privilege who haven’t been in our shoes try to “save” us further victimizing us in other ways.  The very fact YOU’RE trying to save us like we can’t – is more of the problem.  I thank you for trying to get our voices heard by acknowledging they’re listening to you. 

But that in itself is part of the problem.  You’re still allowing them not to realize they need to be listening to US.  If this were a civil rights movement would you understand then how insulting to us what you did is then because your skin is a different color?  But the issue here of sex trafficking is something affecting people of every color so the ones to speak for us are those who have survived the experience.  Which sad to say you’re excluding our voices just as much as they are.  

Let’s talk – please.  We have so much more we’d like you to hear other than what you’re being allowed to hear by the police, our government, and those who are part of the problem as Celeste Guap has shown us.  So much so they even write laws providing them with immunity from all prosecution like Joohoon David Lee was afforded when he used the badge of Homeland Security and Immigration to traffick women.  

Please contact me.