Wednesday, August 12, 2015
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN "8 MINUTES", SNOOP DOGG & CUPCAKE GIRLS
Jody Williams, Founder & Director
Sex Workers Anonymous
(702) 468-4529 Telephone and (888) 253-9619 Toll Free
August 11, 2015
Houston Vice Department
Houston Public Defenders Office
Houston Prosecutor's Office
Houston Child Protective Services
Kathryn Griffin-Townsend – Been There Done That
Texas Attorney General's Office
Texas US Attorney's Office
San Francisco Recipients:
San Francisco IRS Office
San Francisco Prosecutor's Office
San Francisco Ethics Commission – Lobbyist Registration
San Francisco District Attorney's Office
Maxine Doogan – Dominatrix
SWOP – San Francisco
Denver IRS Office
Colorado Attorney General's Office
Denver Clerk & Recorders' Office – Lobbyist Registration
Domina Elle – Dominatrix
SWOP - Denver
Orange County Recipients:
Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force
Judge Goethals – Orange County
Orange County Public Defenders Office
Orange County District Attorney's Office
Orange County Probation Dept – Adults Division
Orange County Social Services – Adults Division
Meg Munoz - Abeni
Kevin Brown – Side by Side Church
Mercedes & Greg Reese – Safe Passage
California Attorney General's Office
Tom Forman – Relativity Media
D'Lita Miller – Families Against Sex Trafficking
Nevada Attorney General
Nevada US Attorney's Office
Nevada Legislature – Lobbyist Registration
Dalia Lithwick – Slate
Los Angeles Times
Orange County Register
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
Houston Community Impact
Hustler – Larry Flynt Publications
Mary Emily O'Hara – Daily Dot
Tara Burns – Alternet
Kate D'Adamo - RH Reality Check
Elizabeth Nolan Brown – Reason
Jenny Kutner - Salon
Ariane Lange – Buzzfeed
Village Voice – Backpage/Craigslist
Dear Concerned Parties:
First let me introduce myself. My name is Jody Williams. After a high profile arrest where I was dubbed the “High Tech Madam” in 1984 (clippings you can read at www.hightechmadam.com) – I was finally able to find help to leave what I had been lured into myself in 1985. While in the sex industry – people knew they could get help to get away from pimps and traffickers from me. Still wanting to help, but not wanting to go back to sex work to do so - in 1987, I founded the first 12 step program called “Prostitutes Anonymous”, the first hotline for those seeking help to leave sex work (trafficked or not), and stepped up to demand our legal system change to acknowledge that not all of us were “criminals” but some in fact were victims being forced to do what they were doing. Thus I am the founder of the modern day sex trafficking movement itself I would like to add here.
Before I started our program – I was friends with Margo St. James, the founder of COYOTE, which later transformed into the St. James Infirmary when she retired. This was a sex workers rights group who also believed sex work was a career choice – and that people shouldn't be forced or trafficked. Her group was set up to help the sex worker – not to help them leave. We both agreed women should not be hunted down and locked up like criminals either. But she couldn't form an “alternative to sentencing” until we could get the laws changed. After talking with the California governor who told us we'd “never see the day when prostitutes are not arrested – but we could at least see they didn't have to go to jail by forming a 12 step program like how NA does for the addict” - we decided to form PA.
Thus the modern day sex trafficking movement was born. We changed our name in 1995 to “Sex Workers Anonymous” because the internet was blocking people from finding us because of adult filters not recognizing the word “prostitute” - and also to acknowledge the very real fact that not all seeking help from us were people selling physical intercourse for money.
So we were the first people to put together an HIV/AIDS outreach into the sex industry, to demand condoms not be considered “evidence of a crime”, the first alternative sentencing and diversion program, the first training for counselors, social workers, etc. in how to work with us properly, as well the first residential programs, the first “safe houses”, and the first “rescue” operations. Since most of the children we were finding being forced into prostitution were having this happen at the hands of their parents and/or guardians – we started referring anyone under legal age to Children of the Night – which was the only program around in 1987 equipped to handle this type of child and problem.
The other people I'm writing you about are Tom Forman, Kevin Brown, Maxine Doogan, Domina Elle, D'lita Miller, the Cupcake Girls, Abeni, Hookers for Jesus, and a woman calling herself “Kamylla” online. To understand the players in this letter – let me briefly introduce them also.
He is the man who produced the show “8 Minutes”, as well as “Catfish”, “OC Jails”, “Intervention” and “Gigolo's” through Relativity Media.
Founded “Side by Side Church” after having been an Orange County officer. He was the host of the show “8 Minutes” and supposed “rescuer”. He says in interviews he “found God” after he retired – but the church paperwork was registered in California in 1994. Interesting since sex trafficking wasn't federal recognized until 2000 with the Trafficking Act of 2000.
She's a dominatrix that runs the Erotic Service Provider Legal Educational Research – a nonprofit based out of San Francisco that's also filing a lawsuit to have prostitution decriminalized again after a failed attempt in 2008. She's also a convicted pimp according to one interview about this. The Case number for that lawsuit is 15 CV 01007. Her EIN # is 27-2049888 for ESPLER.
A dominatrix based out of Denver, Colorado. However, she has phones registered in Pennsylvania, a travel agency registered out of Kentucky and California, and various other locations. She is doing business under the legal name of “Shekinah Avraam” who actually died in 2007. There is a voter registration showing her birthdate as 1966 – but again the person who is the owner of that name was born years earlier according to the obituary. Supposedly the real “Shekinah” worked with Domina Elle according to her Linkedin profile. She has a website at www.dominaelle.com for her dungeon. I have a phone report I got from Intelius available if you'd like to see it listing some of her addresses across the United States, along with phone numbers and emails she's used also.
In interviews she says she was a legal assistant who had no idea about sex trafficking until her daughter was trafficked in one interview – while in another she admits she had been a prostitute herself when she was younger. She was told by the police “there were no resources” so she set about to create a program called “Families Against Sex Trafficking”. She says she was a “consultant” whose input was “ignored” by the producers of “8 Minutes”. When I spoke to Ms. Miller about a week before she went onto CNN to do the segment “The Truth Behind “8 Minutes” with Jennifer Pozner, she told me that her biggest “frustration” was “not having any resources for the trafficking victims she works with”. I told her that was strange because there were a lot of resources available in California especially and I offered to show her these resources. She declined and then stopped returning my calls and email after I insisted there were resources available.
A program that opened a Las Vegas branch in 2012 according to news interviews. Their goal is to provide “help” to sex trafficking victims in Las Vegas. Recently, they appeared at the Nevada legislature in order to get a bill passed allowing those convicted of prostitution to have their records expunged by the claim that these women were “unable to find work” because of their criminal records. I've been placing prostitutes in jobs since 1996 when I relocated to Nevada, and I have a list of companies that will hire not only ex-prostitutes, but those with drug charges and even felonies. When I offered to give them a copy of this list to refer their clients to work – they declined. Clearly they're not interested in clearing these womens' records in order to find them work. This group is a front. I say that because I've also helped many a prostitute expunge their records, and also help them get work cards WITHOUT having to put down $5000 for an attorney. There is no reason for this bill other than because the legal brothels require that no one with a conviction for prostitution can be licensed AND the fact their paid lobbyist also happens to represent the Las Vegas Defense Attorney's.
A group in Orange County founded by Meg Munoz. Abeni is about “harm reduction” and believes in mixing sex trafficking victims with currently active sex workers according to interviews she's given. She is listed as a program utilized by the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. Out of absolutely nowhere, with me saying nothing to her to warrant this accusation – Meg started saying online that I was “stalking her” and that she was “afraid for her life”. She then started trying to find out where I lived so that I could be hauled off on a 5150 charge. Not a light thing considering what happened to Sandra Bland after she was taken into custody after her comments about law enforcement. I have screen shots of our exact conversation SHE initiated to prove I said nothing to her that would warrant either of her accusations against me. The woman is clearly trying to do this to try and “squash the competition” to what her program is offering sex workers which from what I can see isn't much.
A woman who claims to be the only “non-American” woman filmed for the show “8 Minutes” who has now had multiple fund raisers given for her now online driven by Maxine Doogan and Domina Elle – two women who claim to be active sex workers. She is supposedly married, with multiple children under the age of 18 years old she's raising along with her also out of work husband who was portrayed as her pimp on the show supposedly. I say “supposedly” because I have not seen the episode.
SITUATION I'M CONCERNED ABOUT
About March of 2014, I received a call from a man claiming to be working with Kevin Brown. The story he gave me was this man had been a cop for 20 years, then after retiring he “found God”, and decided he wanted to go help the prostitutes he'd seen while on the beat. That he put together a program, and was now calling up prostitutes to a hotel room where he was then offering them “help”. That if they said “yes” he was taking them out to a compound in New Mexico he'd put together, getting them cleaned up, and off the streets. He said that “word was out” that they were doing this “sting” and now they couldn't get women to come to the hotel rooms and they wanted me to send them women to a hotel where they would then be offered help. Honestly – I thought this was a pimp calling me up at first or some cult. I mean he's “taking women out to some ranch in New Mexico”?
Now when I first started our program – it was not easy, not easy at all, to get these men and women to stop the “revolving door”. I mean we saw right off they'd put some time together, and then “relapse”. When we went to look for help from someone to show us how to stop this constant “relapse” - we found nothing. We found nothing because no one even understood how the sex industry worked back in the 1980's – let alone how to solve these problems. So truly we had to learn to invent the wheel about this. It took me YEARS to learn how to build a program that actually “worked” and this guy just sets his cap to it and suddenly he knows how to break this cycle? Plus what about the pimps that would come looking for these women? Nothing was jivving about this story. So I asked to see this with my own eyes – him, the survivors, the program, the house - everything.
The first thing I did was ask what types of jobs he was getting his “success stories” into. I got told that they were now being employed by the church to do these outreaches. I'm like “wait a minute – so you haven't actually got these women working and self-sufficient then if you're paying them?” To which he said yes. Again, it sounded like a cult to be honest or some guy with a fetish to be around hookers. So I asked about the screening. I know that you can't get a trafficking victim up to a hotel room without passing screening by their pimps. Then when the victim doesn't return – they're going to come looking. So I started asking how come they were not running into the same problems we do when we extract a sex trafficking victim – including the threats from local police, attorney's and private investigators.
When I asked how he was handling these threats – he just starts stuttering. I also didn't understand why the hotel sting. Why not just call them up or do street outreach? I mean we only use a “john sting” when we've found there is no way to get them away from the pimp other than when they're on an appointment. Otherwise, there's no point to this. This makes no sense to me at all – so I said that I wasn't going to give referrals to them unless I saw everything with my own eyes. I wanted to meet these so called “success stories”, I wanted to see this ranch, I wanted to see what type of program they were using, meet their people, etc. I also wanted to meet Kevin Brown. But when I asked to have these meetings and tours set up – he balked completely.
He then said “well don't you need help? If you send your callers to us we can help them.” To which I pointed out our system was working just fine and he could listen to some testimonials we have up at www.blogtalkradio.com/stopsextrafficktalk. What I found strange was a group new to this work not asking questions of us who have been since 1987 and don't even know who we are. I told him frankly I questioned how when he put this program together when he didn't go online and at least talk to us about what our program does before starting his own. That's been a real red flag to me in the past that something is fishy. Samoly Mam is a good example. She's another one who didn't even bother to speak to me about our program, nor acknowledge we even existed – and she was a complete sham.
It just made no sense to me and that's why I said I wasn't going to give him any referrals until I met people and saw things with my own eyes. I didn't hear from him again and since he called me from a blocked number I couldn't get in touch with him again either.
Then in March of 2015, I received a phone call from Domina Elle's phone. She was gathering information on groups like ours to find out what services we offer. This was before the show “8 Minutes” had even aired. I told her what I tell people scouting for information – if she knows of someone who needs help they need to call us themselves to get more information.
On April 13, 2015, I got a call from a woman who called herself “Claudia Ortiz” at first. I knew it was a fake name because she said she was from Brazil, and also her call frankly sounded scripted. She insisted she was terrified if her story leaked out to the press she'd be deported – but I later learned she' talked to over 10 reporters before even calling me. People afraid of press don't call that many reporters. After telling me her story about the series being faked, and her being paid $200 to act like she was a prostitute, and her husband acting as her pimp on the show – she then said she really wanted help to quit sex work. All while not asking me anything about how to quit being she'd called SWA. Yes I have a tape recording of that call she gave me permission to publish.
But she said the producers wouldn't help her. This made no sense to me because if the show was being staged – then why would she think they'd help her? If they had a program – they wouldn't be hiring actors. But she also told me she was going to be evicted in two days, and she had no car, no money, and supposedly an open prostitution case and an open immigration case. She also said she was terrified they were going to air this show without her face blurred and this would affect her children's safety. She asked me for help – and I told her truthfully I had her “covered”.
First of all, I've been a paralegal for 29 years now. All of our members practically come in with evictions, or divorces, or restraining orders and no one can afford an attorney. So I told her I'd fill her out a “stay” for her eviction and get that filed in the morning. (Which by the way is why I think the Cupcake Girls are attacking and undermining our program – their lobbyist is also paid by defense lawyers who are not happy that as a paralegal I'm helping out women who can't afford to hire an attorney. However, what these attorney's don't understand is these women can't afford even the filing fees when I help them – let alone to pay for legal counsel. I spent 15 years being mentored by the best attorney's in Los Angeles and do know what I'm doing as far as helping members fill out forms.)
I also have a member of SWA in Houston who owns a call center. He could hire her and her husband on the spot. Since it's a call job – they can work from home and don't need a car. As for her being in the USA – what she told me sounded like she would be a good “expert witness” in the current lawsuit that Backpage has going all over the country. I figured we'd talk to them and as long as she's being used as an expert witness – then she can maintain her visa to stay in this country and this is not a job where she's replacing an American. All requirements for her to stay in this country on a work visa.
I further felt we could file a class action against Relativity on behalf of all of the women on the show asking for a million dollars because their constitutional rights were violated based on what she's telling me. Asking someone to pretend to be a “criminal” in reality was already something that the cast of “Gigolo's” went through. When being asked to be filmed committing a criminal act of prostitution while that film is labeled as “reality” is a form of entrapment and thus also violates their 5th amendment rights.
Something neither cast of “Gigolo's” nor “8 Minutes” were advised of before filming. They resolved that on Gigolo's by having the cast labeled as actors – NOT REALITY.
So not only did I feel we could sue them for violating these people's rights not to incriminate themselves – but I also felt the show was a defamation of both real victims and real sex workers separately who we could also name as plaintiffs. Why? If you watched the show they portrayed what I believe to be sex workers. Those who advertise on Backpage for sexual services for money – and if they wanted to go into some program for help they could. The show called these women “victims” over 10 times within five minutes. They said they were “mentally ill” and “junkies” and made it appear they all could not care for their own children. So they “defamed” sex workers.
As for victims of trafficking – they defamed them by making it appear that they CAN just make a choice in “8 Minutes” to simply stop what they're doing by choice. The whole definition of a victim is that THEY CAN'T LEAVE AND THERE IS NO CHOICE. Which was not what was portrayed on this show that was again STAGED. By staging this show the producers DELIBERATELY DEFAMED BOTH sex workers AND sex trafficking victims in one shot.
As for blurring Kamylla's face – we could get an injunction against that show airing based on it endangering her safety and her children's. But I didn't have a lot of time since it was airing in two days. This isn't the first time I've dealt with this. Mind you I've been through this when Annie Lobert was doing her so called “reality show” on Bravo that I got yanked after one episode because it was also a complete sham. Why? Because people had been donating over a million dollars to Pastor Benny Perez who basically filed bankruptcy and there was no house – and I got left being the one to provide the services to the prostitutes they'd promised help to. Maybe there is a house now in Vegas – but there wasn't one back in 2010 when Annie was claiming that such a house had opened already falsely.
I also helped to get “Gigolo's” pulled off the air until they could resolve their legal issues. They were also claiming to portray “real” male escorts and the reality of that world – well if that's the case then they were filming a crime. Metro then got involved because it was appearing they were filming a crime in process. The show then had to restructure itself before it could continue airing by admitting everyone was an actor on the show – even the clients – and that everything was staged.
Why was that important to me? Because Heidi Fleiss and Dennis Hof were using that show to raise millions out of investors who were led to believe that there's enough women buying men to sustain a male brothel for women when the reality is – well it's been shown – there aren't enough women who would patronize a male to female brothel. I also was the one who had to tell a lot of male hookers who relocated to Nevada thinking they'd be able to be like the men on the show - it was hype and then I had to help them get on their feet when they realized they weren't going to be another “Gigolo” . Once again, they got the money and I got the tab.
Which was exactly what was happening with “8 Minutes”. When it started airing I'm the one answering the phone now every night until 4:00 in the morning – while they're getting the donations, the grant money, the fame, etc. I'm the one talking people out of staging hotel stings once the show aired. I'm the one people are calling for help when they are trying to find Kevin Brown and not finding him. So now I had proof that show was in fact “staged” - I was going to go public with that information. I had a social obligation to do so because people were donating money thinking that what Kevin Brown was doing was “real”.
I was also very concerned about public safety what with people thinking this “sting” idea was actually a good idea. Someone was going to get hurt if it continued.
When I started to come forward with the fact the show had been staged – I'm suddenly having people coming out of nowhere insisting this “Claudia” now “Kamylla” might be deported if we release this information. Which was ridiculous. First of all, if she was going to be deported she would have been already when they arrested her. Second, if they tried to deport her while we were suing them then it would be clearly retaliation. I highly doubted they'd even attempt this sort of thing for fear of the bad press. Third, if they did try to deport her we could make a motion that we needed her in the states to testify in the Backpage lawsuit I'm sure we could have gotten her on as an expert witness about how the things being said about them are in fact “staged” because that's what she saw them doing during the taping of the show – they “staged” it to appear Backpage was where these women were coming from.
It was during this time I learned many of the people who were telling me “not” to do this were fake profiles – or “catfish” if you will. Which is why I warn you this is a deep rabbit hole with all the fake people, fake programs, fake churches, etc. involved in this whole situation. So I released a statement that the show was faked and did so knowing that “Claudia” was not her real name. Because this statement did not contain this woman's “real name” so no one's identity was violated plus it was very clear she wanted this press or she wouldn't have talked to all those reporters was my thinking. Now I understand yes she wanted the press – but wanted the press to NOT be about the show being staged.
I then served upon Relativity Media a notice that I was intending to file a lawsuit against them for defamation, and to get an injunction against them based on the threat to Claudia's safety if they showed her episode without blurring her face. I placed a copy of this notice on the A&E page about the show, and also all over social media. I thought it important to let people know there was no “program” in reality because when I went on the A&E page – I found Mercedes Reese, Greg Reese's wife, claiming that she was running a program in Orange County and that people could reach out to her for help.
Only based on my conversation with her – there was no program she was offering and certainly not one that I saw was effective at helping either sex trafficking victims or sex workers wanting to leave the industry to find help. Now they could be using a group to pump prostitutes for information like Slate wrote about how prevalent “informants” are in Orange County and from what the prostitutes were telling me – but not a real “program” that was helping them to leave sex work. What I was seeing was a combination of intelligence gathering, evangelism and fraudulent fund raising if anything (straight out of the Samoly Mam handbook) – but no actual program she was offering anyone.
If you wonder what I mean by that – let me ask you this simple question – if you were to want to help an alcoholic to get sober, or to get sober yourself, while you might use a church to help, and even go into a treatment program – wouldn't you even think of attempting this without at least consulting AA?
These people knew about us. Kevin Brown knew about us a year before. Domina Elle knew about us in March. This woman, Claudia, knew about me to call on April 13th for some reason. Yet despite knowing that we existed, and knowing that we've been effective with our members – they're not even asking us anything about our program, how it works – no questions were coming from them to us. So it's not about helping sex workers or trafficking victims then is it?
I'm sure that if Mercedes and Greg Reese had decided to start Safe Passage to help prostitutes it crossed their mind to go online and see if any existing programs were already operating which of course we can be found in two clicks off Google. I've answered our mail, email and hotline since 1987 and no one had contacted me for any information before setting up these so called “programs” so yes I am going to say they weren't set up with the recovery of these men and women in mind. Not just my program either were they ignoring – but also Children of the Night, Covenant House, CASTLA, Dream Center, Mary Magdalene Project, and so on. Our hotline lists all kinds of programs that they hadn't accessed because no one had called me to find (1) what programs already existed, and (2) how did we work?
So why are they doing this then if not having any intent to actually outreach someone into a program that works to help them exit and recover from sex work then? Good question. The next morning after this call from Claudia/Kamylla – my phone rings off the hook from an attorney in New Jersey and another in Houston both claiming she's their client. Clearly she has legal representation. I know that once you are an official “client” of an attorney – they can't just stop representing you if you run out of money. In fact, a judge can refuse to allow them to stop representing you over simply a lack of money.
So her call was a sham like I suspected. Which is why I had no problem going forward with the statement the whole show was a sham. Even Polaris had stepped up saying they had NOT given them permission to use their hotline even in connection with the show. So if they're not working with me, and not working with Polaris – then what is going on? But I'd also seen fund raisers going on in connection with “8 Minutes” so I had a moral obligation to those donors to let them know something.
But I was worried that others who had been promised their faces would be blurred were going to have shows airing that didn't – and their children might then be in danger. People only know what they hear – not the retractions. Fearing for this, and after being told by five reporters they would not print anything about this for fear they'd be fired – I decided to announce the injunction I could file in the Nevada court at the Las Vegas city council meeting being held the next day. I also knew some news reporters I knew would me on air to announce the filing of an injunction against the show.
However, I'm out of town getting my daughter medical care and can't afford a hotel. I'd been hearing about this group the “Cupcake Girls” so I wrote them about how women could be in danger of their faces being shown on air as “prostitutes” . I asked if they knew someone who could let me take a nap before driving back home. Their response was to tell me to go fly a kite, and then block me. I'd been trying for months prior to get information from them as to what they do for our hotline to no avail – and then this.
It honestly made no sense as to why they're out there doing all this PR about how much not only do they want to help the sex workers with their program, Cupcake Girls, but also made no sense from a Christian perspective why they're refusing to meet with me. Even more so in light of the fact I'm an ordained Christian minister and survivor as to why they're refusing to meet with me.
Which is when I suspected they were in fact a “front” for something else so I started nosing around. Sure enough, the Cupcake Girls have a paid lobbyist named Kerrie Kramer working for them. Now Kerrie also represents – wait drum roll now please – Las Vegas Defense Lawyers number one. Number two is the Nevada Bus & Limo Association, and number three Live Nation Entertainment. Now Live Nation Entertainment, based out of Los Angeles, also happens to produce concerts, and they're also a Wall Street traded company. Second drum roll please - - - because Live Nation Entertainment also happens to be producing Snoop Dogg's tour currently. This makes more sense when you review the website, and campaign, I have up at www.boycottsnoop.com
Now it's making much more sense why these people are bringing cupcakes to strippers, offering them make-overs, and facials, and saying it's their “Christian outreach”. Baloney. I knew this was a sham the minute I heard that these women can't find work other than stripping when they appeared at the legislature. I've been placing strippers, prostitutes, and porn stars in great paying jobs outside the sex industry since 1996 in Nevada. I also had the Cupcake Girls refuse this list.
They clearly aren't doing this for the strippers as they claim. Not when you realize that Joy Hoover, their founder, also owns a salon in Las Vegas. THIS is why she goes into the strip clubs offering free make-overs. Which is fine frankly if that's how you want to grab some customers for your salon. But DON'T pretend this is a ministry to “HELP” them, all while bashing a group that's been in Las Vegas since 1996 ACTUALLY HELPING THEM.
The reason they refused the list, and also why they're against what we're doing is further understood when you realize their PAID lobbyist also represents defense lawyers of Las Vegas and Live Nation Entertainment. Defense lawyers who don't want to see a prostitute not needing a lawyer to expunge her records when all they've had to do in the past is get our assistance. This is a direct attack upon the fact we've been able to get prostitutes out of jail time through alternative sentencing in our program, as well as we've been able to get the work cards, jobs, and record expungement WITHOUT having to put up $5000 retainers to defense lawyers.
You also can not convince me their attacks upon our program are not connected with the fact that Live Nation Entertainment is producing two concerts coming up with Snoop Dogg – who I started a boycott movement against in 2013 when “Turbo” was first released by Disney. I also set up a website about the boycott at www.boycottsnoop.com Why? Because sex trafficking victims are not able to get help, nor able to prosecute their traffickers when they're under Snoop's umbrella of protection. Since he started the Youth Football League – pimps are now able to get onto high schools they previously were unable to get access to because they didn't attend these schools. The cheerleaders are not being educated about sex trafficking – nor do they have anywhere to go if they are targeted. The boys are being shown a confessed pimp as a role model – yet Snoop does nothing to educate them about the dangers of sex trafficking or even of becoming pimps like Jeremy Greene who started out at 16 years of age.
The minute I announced the show was staged – it was like a very well organized battle plan went into action. The page was taken down from the A&E site and Buzzfeed noted it was down four hours after I'd placed a copy of the legal notice on that page. Mind you when shows are canceled – it is not normal to take down their page and the videos by the way. Go online and you can still watch canceled shows. It's so unusual that Buzzfeed posted an article about it.
So I sent the reporter, Ariane Grange, a copy of the notice I'd put on the page and told her this notice was why I felt the page was taken down. Then instead of writing anything about this notice, my email to her, etc. - she acts like she's not aware of this at all – and instead starts quotes Maxine Doogan where she proclaims she's the reason why the show was canceled. She had done no “due diligence” to verify anything about this woman's story before asking people to donate. Her omission about the information I'd given her outright suggests fraud and manipulation – because a lie by omission is still a lie.
But Maxine, who had been protesting them for weeks to no avail – releases a photo claiming victory on her part for getting the show canceled. Okay who cares I think. She wants credit – fine. But I find that the very reporters who are writing that she's responsible for this victory – are not writing anything about the legal notice I'd posted, nor about the fact we had a similar problem with the Annie show, or the Gigolo show, about the fact the producers asked people to portray a crime in action they filmed and called it “real” which is a form of entrapment, nor even mentioning anything about even talking to me.
Mary O'Hara for example had talked to me, and even acknowledged that she hadn't seen a contract out of Kamylla and that her story sounded “fake” - yet now I'm seeing a fund raiser for her that Mary's asking people to go donate to? Now that's really fishy. Why would she admit to me her story sounded “fake” and she's not even sure the woman was even on the show – and then ask people to go donate to her? Why is she printing articles that act like she's never even spoke to me or heard about me? Why is the issue of entrapment not discussed despite the fact it was discussed when “Gigolo's” went through the same exact issue with their filming from the same production company?
As I see this fund raiser going up that Domina Elle set up at www.sexworkersolidarity.com – I note the domain was registered a year ago. Strangely the very week filming started. Okay she says she “had it laying around”. But then she claims that I had done something to trash it and they had to move it to another site. I had not. Wondering why she's lying – I go onto this fund raiser to see that she's also asking people to support a bill forcing homeless shelters to take in sex trafficking victims. There's a reason first of all that they don't. A reason why I had been saying since 1987 that our system needed to change the way it was helping sex trafficking victims because shelters across the country weren't secure enough to handle when these pimps show up in the middle of the night bearing guns.
But what I'm trying to figure out is why is this woman trying to champion a law like this? Plus doing it in combination with a fund raiser for this Kamylla as she's now being called? I ask if this woman is a lobbyist – and no she's not. So they take down the information when they move this fund raiser yet again – again falsely telling everyone that it's because of me that they're moving it. I'm also concerned because there are multiple lawsuits ongoing with respect to not only Backpage right now in different states – but also with respect to Maxine's lawsuit. Isn't this mass propaganda these women are engaging in without being lobbyists' also a form of “jury tampering”?
I served Domina Elle with a notice that I would file a defamation lawsuit if she did not take down these lies about me that she was posting. Her response was to yes take them down. However, the same exact postings, wording and even cartoon that she'd made of me then just pops up under a completely other, and fake, name. When I served that person with the notice – it's taken down – but then pops up under another name of a real person. I do it a fourth time and the same thing happens. I've checked the law and this makes what she's doing now “conspiracy” because more than one person now is engaging not only in this defamation, but now we're reached the point of “tortious economic interference”.
This tells me she knows what she's doing is illegal – but she's going to just keep doing it like a wolf pack until I'm too exhausted to fight. Why lie about me? I'm not understanding any of this. Then something clicks that scares me. My mother had been charged with pimping me based on a photo of me handing her a $20 bill for a bucket of KFC chicken. The hotel clerk and the cab driver were also arrested with me under pimping charges. I've seen cab drivers, nail ladies, and even hotel clerks arrested before for pimping. They charged Heidi Fleiss' parents with it at first, and even tried to go after Jeane Palfrey's mother. The law is very clear that if you take so much as $1.00 from a “prostitute” - then you're guilty of pimping. You give a phone number to a prostitute – and that's “pandering”.
The law is very clear here and this is why I don't even pass the basket at SWA meetings.
Yet here they are asking KNOWN PROSTITUTES to donate to Kamylla who has no legitimate means of support to show where her money is coming from other than sex work or this fund raiser that's now money donated from prostitutes. I become greatly concerned that if she accepts this money – she could be charged with pimping as well as possibly money laundering. Further, that if without a job she gives even $1.00 of this to her husband then HE could be charged with pimping. That upon receipt of this money, if they both are charged with pimping, and even possibly money laundering, then they won't get bail because they're not American, and their children could placed in with foster care.
So I start asking Maxine and Domina Elle “what precautions are you taking about this?” to which the roar increases where they now want to make sure no one is talking to me. This is when they start trying to target our friends and followers on social media – only I went through this dance in 2013. For that reason I already have told our family, friends, supporters, members NOT to have me added anywhere, not to mention my name, not to have me listed anywhere so that someone can locate them using my name and then target them. But some had recently come in through SWOP and had mentioned my name in defense of me – and sure enough the threats started coming to them “don't talk to Jody or you'll be shunned by everyone”. Which is why I say this has gone beyond “defamation” and even “conspiracy” but now we're reaching the point of “tortious economic interference” in that they are now not only trying to do what I do, but they're now telling other people they can't even speak to me.
It's now reached the point of “economic interference” when they're now going to groups that we belong to that we do outreach in for those who need our help – and they've forced the moderators to take our name off the list. The moderators have told me privately they don't “want to – but were forced to”. Again, since they're working in a pack – this also makes it a conspiracy. Since it's also about conning people out of money that's now reached well over $10,000 - we're looking at a very serious issue here.
Only what did I do? I offered Kamylla help her with her legal issues, get her a job, help her sue the producers, help her stay in the country and suddenly I'm the “bad guy”? It's making no sense at all. To drive me off the internet – these people started attacking our hotline. Text bombing my phone at all hours to try and get me to shut off the phone. Setting up websites at www.sexworkersanonymous.org telling people I'm a “predator” and to not call or trust us that they tell me won't come down until OUR website comes down. I mean what is it about us that is making these people so nervous? When we refused to cave – they started up with the phony calls to our hotline. When they couldn't trip me up into saying anything messed up – they get even angrier and more lies start spreading about us online.
I start getting calls from other members of groups like SWOP, Red Umbrella and Desiree Alliance we've helped over the years when they got arrested, and when they exited the sex industry. But now even out of the industry they still believe the laws need to be changed so they belong to both groups. They start telling me that these people are now trying to drive them out of these groups simply based upon being my friend, or a member of SWA. Again this makes absolutely no sense – but it is familiar.
I went through an almost identical scenario when Samoly Mam and Ben Hilliar were out in the anti-trafficking field trying to convince people they were real. Their people didn't want anyone around to denounce them anyone would listen to. Which is why I say I was “prepared” this time by not having anyone listing us on their social media – we'd already gone through this same exact type of smear campaign and witch hunt in 2013 when some people were trying to pass off phony sex trafficking survivors and rescue groups back then. Back then I'd been advised this was conspiracy, fraud, rackeeteering, money laundering, defamation and economic interference, as well as “cyber stalking” - but I didn't document what was happening when it was being done by Samoly Mam and her people. However, this time I was prepared and have. The names have changed – but the game is still the same.
Having those red flags go up – I start smelling someone's scamming money. Samoly Mam had gathered millions of dollars during her run before she got exposed. By running me out of the anti-trafficking groups I wasn't able to warn people about her before millions of dollars was scammed. So I start looking – and sure enough I see that Orange County (where Kevin Brown and Greg Reese is) has received $1,200,000 in grant money to “fight sex trafficking”.
A little more digging and I see that Orange County has also received $400,000 to provide housing for sex trafficking victims. Funny thing is I'd written the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force many times since they formed offering our services to their victims – only to never get so much as a return phone call from them. But I don't see Kevin Brown or Safe Passage listed on their directory.
Doing some homework on D'Lita Miller, who is claiming to be a “consultant” to the show, I find her name connected with very large sums of money, about $3,500,000 for victims, and another $1,500,000 for “outreach” in Long Beach. Only when I'm doing homework on her programs – I'm again finding nothing but smoke and mirrors. When I spoke to her and she told me there was “no resources” for these victims she says she's working with – after being involved with all this money being granted isn't there some obligation for her to at least find out from me what resources are available?
What I did found confused me even more. I found a big article in the Los Angeles Times, and the OC Register about the “outreach” that Kevin Brown and Greg Reese had been doing before the show “8 Minutes” had started recording. One article talked about how they were out “knocking on doors” and how they're trying to do “outreach to a 17 year old” only what concerns me now is why? Why are they out there trying to talk to a 17 year old minor female about what we now know is a non-existent program? If they were referring this girl to Children of the Night, or Covenant House – then I'd understand what they're doing. But if there's no program, and the show was staged, then why are they out there trying to track down a 17 year old prostitute if not to simply show off for the reporters? But then we go back to the issue that a lot of money was given to help these women. Maybe the 17 year old prostitute doesn't exist. But the women are telling stories identical to Kamylla's in that they aren't receiving anything. This is all very confusing and why I'm writing all of you to help sort this all out.
As for “Cupcake Girls' – this is a group that is out fund raising for this woman that any attempts I've made to document her story is real is coming up short. I've asked around and no one else has any documentation. Now I donated money to her fund raiser myself which means I have some right to have my questions answered as to the validity of her story. Otherwise, now I'm a victim of a scam. But when I asked the Cupcake Girls for some kind of proof they'd verified this woman's story after having donated to the fund raiser – I then got ignored. As a 501c3 I find this completely out of line.
Especially with how they're using their nonprofit status in a very unethical manner. After learning of this woman through me – they cut me off from her, threaten her she won't get her $5000 and she'll be deported supposedly if she speaks to me again - and then went after her to create a fund raiser that raised their public profile. They are not supposed to be a political organization, and have done extensive public relations in the past stating they are not a political organization. Yet they capitalized on this press to go to the Nevada legislature to have a Bill created asking to expunge records for prostitutes on the claim that these women “can't find work” because of those records.
I've been placing men and women through now only Sex Workers Anonymous, but also Narcotics Anonymous, in Nevada since 1996 and I have NOT found a criminal record for trespassing, solicitation, or even prostitution to hinder their ability to find work in any way other than cashier jobs, or jobs handling money. Even then, I've been able to help them apply for a work permit, or speak to their employer, and we've found it not to be a problem. I have a list of companies who will hire someone with not only a prostitution charge, but also drug charges, and even felonies. I offered this list to the Cupcake Girls and it was refused.
This to me tells me they are doing a disservice to these women. Especially when I'm getting phone calls like I did on August 11, 2015, from a woman who says when she asked them for help to exit the sex industry they referred her to the local homeless shelter only and blew her off. The woman turned out to just be very stressed out from her PTSD from being in prostitution. When I went with her to DMV – we had no problem obtaining her ID card which then allowed her to start seeking work so she wasn't forced to prostitute to support herself.
Which is what concerns me deeply about this. This woman had gone to Hookers for Jesus, and to Cupcake Girls, who are raising large sums of money on the spirit of the promise to their donors that they are helping women to leave prostitution. This woman who I'll call Sally went to both of these programs first asking for help. She couldn't get legit work because she couldn't get a valid ID card from DMV because she wasn't born here in the USA, and she was adopted. With an ID card, she also couldn't apply for social services. She reports they wouldn't even give her food at the food bank without an ID card. Without being able to find work, nor social services – she was forced to prostitute to care for herself. After coming to them with this problem – she says they both refused to help her.
Well I take that back. Hookers for Jesus offered to put her in a six month residential program, and the Cupcake Girls she says offered her a make-over inside of a strip club. Neither of these things were what she needed. However, upon rejecting her request for help to get her ID so she could find work – she was again forced to prostitute. In my mind, this makes them an accomplice to crime – and it also violates the spirit of the money that was donated and/or granted to these nonprofits when they are not EITHER doing what women like her need OR referring them to our program where WE CAN.
Now luckily some people like Sally go online, and keep looking. Upon continuing to look for help – they find us and then are helped. However, I've also known many a story where a woman has felt completely lost, hopeless, and outcast when refused help at groups like these – and they've gone home to kill themselves. I've then had long talks with their mothers who had to bury their babies about how they killed themselves because of knocking on door after door after door and getting no help.
It's one thing not to offer them the help. It's another to actively deny we exist, refuse to refer them to us, as well as that we're having to do the work while they're the ones getting all the grant money and press. Frankly, I don't have the time to do the press they do BECAUSE I'M BUSY HELPING THE SALLY'S OUT THERE. This woman called me at 4:00 a.m. After spending hours talking to her on the phone, I wasn't able to wake up until 3:00 in the afternoon the next day. I then got up and got on the phone with DMV to find out what paperwork we needed to get her ID. Then the next day we spent literally eight hours at DMV obtaining her ID card. I had to pick her up in my car, take her to DMV, and then take her home again all on my own dime. Work I would like to add I WOULDN'T BE HAVING TO DO IF EITHER OF THESE GROUPS HAD DONE IT FOR HER.
Which again is fine – but then when I try and go online to raise any type of support for the work we're doing to cover my expenses in having to help women like her – I'm finding myself either blocked out of access to do this, or I'm having people telling me they're being threatened about being fired if they speak to us, their grant money messed with if they speak to us, social shunning if they speak to us, AND reporters telling me they'll also be drummed out of the industry if they give US the SAME PRESS THEY'RE GIVING THEM.
After looking at who the paid lobbyist, Kerrie Kramer, represents then these attacks make much more sense now. Including how it all connects right back to the Los Angeles based Relativity Media as well.
So something has to give here. Which is why I'm in the process of filing civil lawsuits against these people. In the meantime, I'm writing your offices to see what you can do to investigate for possible criminal charges for one. For another, I'd like the IRS to review whether or not these groups are abusing their 501c3 privileges granted by your offices.
I also think the grant sources need to know about what's being done with their money in reality. If you will note this fact – each one of these groups that have been trying to chase us out of business (if you call what we do “business”) is connected by either a large grant, or a large financial interest. Therefore this is “economic interference” and “conspiracy”. As well I'd like your offices to also investigate into whether or not these activities constitute fraud or not. I also don't think defense lawyers and corporations, as well as Snoop's guard dogs, should be disguising their agenda under the Cupcake Girls skirts or Domina Elle's leathers either.
I've attached some documentation with this letter to help you review these issues. If I'm missing something you need, I have all kinds of screen shots that I've taken to document their activities, including the receipts to show that I've donated to these fund raisers, as well as the emails between the parties and myself too numerous to include in this already long letter.
Thank you very much for your time and attention in this matter.
Cc: Loretta Lynch – Attorney General
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
SWOP – USA
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal
City Councilman Patrick O’Donnell
Office for Victims of Crime
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Federal Bureau of Investigations
Live Nation Entertainment
Kerrie Kramer, Lobbyist
Gloria Allred, Esq.
Jennifer Pozner, CNN
Defamation by TV Broadcast - http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1135&context=iplj
Economic Interference - http://www.bennettjones.com/Publications/Updates/Interference_with_Economic_Relations_by_Unlawful_Means/
Money Laundering - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_laundering
Conspiracy to Defraud the USA - http://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-resource-manual-923-18-usc-371-conspiracy-defraud-us
Cyber Stalking - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberstalking
When the media lies - http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/03/vice-founder-famous-for-truth-telling-has-history-of-lies/
When the media can lie - http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/07/31/364678/-Fox-News-wins-in-court# However, note that money was not involved in THIS case. However, in the issues I'm writing about above – issues of money, lawsuits, and also even the law itself is being affected by these lies.
Conspiracy to defame - http://www.rotlaw.com/legal-library/what-is-conspiracy/
Conspiracy to defraud - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_to_defraud
Cybersquatting - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybersquatting
Invasion of privacy -
Nonprofits and lobbying - http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Lobbying
5th Amendment and self-incrimination - http://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-rights/fifth-amendment-right-against-self-incrimination.html
Articles about Kevin Brown - http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-me-c1-prostitute-squad-20131002-dto-htmlstory.html
Grant money that Orange County and Huntington Beach received $1.2 Million - http://www.ocregister.com/articles/human-235586-task-trafficking.html
Cupcake Girls & Nevada Legislature - http://www.thecupcakegirls.org/#!A-Step-Forward-for-Sex-Trafficking-Survivors/cmbz/556fa0860cf219f177242529
Cupcake Girls Lobbyist Kerry Kramer - https://www.leg.state.nv.us/AppCF/Lobbyist/reports/LobbyistDetail.cfm?lobbyist=111&Session=78
D'Lita Miller and Long Beach (please note they claim to be the founder of GEMS which already exists as of 1991 back in Pennsylvania.) - http://www.ocregister.com/articles/trafficking-599120-beach-long.html
Families against Sex Trafficking (that appears to be coming down now after I noted all the links on it were going to a homeless shelter in San Diego. It's okay I have screen shots of the original site.) http://familiesagainstsextrafficking.org/author/dlita/page/9/
Where Mary O'Hara asks people to donate to Kamylla (by the way I have the phone call recorded between Mary and myself where she admits before publishing this story that she thought the whole story was “fishy”.) http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/sex-worker-8-minutes-fundraiser/
Alana Massey admits to know this show was completely “staged” before writing this article. When I asked why she'd print a lie – she said she was afraid if she printed the truth she'd “never work again”. I have screen shots of that conversation showing coercion of the media. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121445/aes-show-8-minutes-damaging-sex-workers
Abeni on the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force - http://www.egovlink.com/ochumantrafficking/staff_directory.asp
Snoop Dogg has two tours coming up in August and September produced by Live Nation Entertainment - http://www.livenation.com/artists/41987/snoop-dogg