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Friday, October 2, 2015

Open Letter to “No Such Thing” Campaign:

Many of you reading this, I'm aware haven't heard of us, know what we do, who we are, etc. If you'd like to read some news clips we have at There are interviews with some of our members up at and we're producing another cable series you can check out at We hope to start production shortly. To kick off – we'll be filming our combination outreach/research project with footage incorporated into this which will be posted onto social media for all to see what we see. We're doing this project because we're understanding that people don't see what we see – so we're going to take steps to change that. It's not as easy as it might sound and I'll explain why shortly.

First, while we refer to outside programs for help those who are under legal age, our hotline still answers calls from anyone of any age. For this reason I try and get as extensive of a referral list as possible for services to anyone who calls for any need. Since we've had this hotline since 1987 – it's not surprising to get a call from someone who says “I've been holding onto your number for 19 years now” (as one caller actually said). We're also now in our “second generation” of calls. That means that mothers who belong to our program – who are finding their sons or daughters are now having issues or need help will also call us because we helped them “back in the day” .

Our outreach teams don't know the legal age of someone when they first meet them out in the streets and/or the sex industry (the strip clubs, the legal and illegal brothels, the sex clubs, the porn production companies, the porn modeling agencies, the AVN awards, etc.) - so we talk to boys and girls of all ages as they're coming into recovery. But the vast majority (probably about 90 percent) of our members have been pulled into whatever they were involved in long before they were of legal age in that state. In fact, if you listen to some of our radio interviews - we have one up from a member who was trafficked starting at as young as four years of age. Her name is “Rachel”.

Our members are also members because they need to keep their “anonymity”. Many still have their traffickers “at large” So you can imagine my phone started ringing off the hook when your “No Such Thing” campaign kicked off with members asking me to “say this” to you, their organizers, and the public, as their trusted servant. You have probably read about Amelia having to leave her home So you have some idea why both our members, and myself, are having to be as guarded about our personal “anonymity” as we can possibly be. Let me give you a more specific example to help you understand why this is such an issue for all of us.

Up until he fled the country as a fugitive - Joe Conforte was the owner of the Mustang Ranch legal brothel. He's the guy Joe Pesci played to show that he shot down a famous boxer in cold blood and never did one day of jail. The legal age for sex by the way is 15 years old in Nevada. In 1988, Joe decided he wanted to expand the legal brothels outside of these tiny little rural communities in Nevada into the larger cities of Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, etc, and into all of California. Buying himself a rigged HIV test, he then put $1,000,000 into a PR firm to go after his goal. The only person who would oppose him back then was myself. Each time I appeared on TV to oppose Joe's campaign – I got fired, evicted and threatened. That year I had to go to work for a temp agency and I moved so many times I finally rented a weekly motel room until the campaign was over. We won that round obviously.

Then he started up again to expand in Nevada. I had helped the madam there get into recovery. With her help – we were able to get the IRS to come in and take over the brothel – kicking Joe out. He wasn't too happy about that – so he got Kemp Schiffer, the IRS agent who took over the brothel on behalf of the government, to keep funneling him money. Thus he finally got charged with money laundering and had to flee the country. Kemp Schiffer then started bringing girls into Nevada from California to work at the brothel because the legal age is 15 years old here.

The brothel was then bought by Lance Gilman. Lance Gilman is a Storey County Councilman and adviser to the Governor and legislature because he's also on the Nevada Board of Economic Development and he's one of the co-founders of the power company. Lance then convinced the ex-mayor, Oscar Goodman, that putting a legal brothel in downtown Las Vegas where the Mob Museum now sits would be good for “economic development”. So Oscar and Lance went out to get celebrities, investors, large corporations, etc. to buy into the idea of putting legal brothels in Las Vegas where “men of the world come to pay and play” is what they used to say. Trust me – this was a cold war!

While the Trafficking Act of 2000 got passed giving sex trafficking federal recognition – there was still raging horrific trafficking going on within the legal brothels of Nevada. I invite you to listen to our interview with “Aubrey”. She was 12 years old when her pimp, and his father, “turned her out”. They had her working on a street corner in what would be considered as “child sex trafficking”. This was disguised when she was young by calling him her “boyfriend” - but as they got older her pimp started getting nervous people would figure out what was going on. To protect himself from criminal charges – he took her into Nevada once she turned 15 years old. This made her the age of “legal consent” for sex in Nevada – but since she had to be 16 years old to work in the brothel – he put her on the streets for a year. Once she turned 16 years old – he put her to work in the Shady Lady brothel which was owned by the Hell's Angel's. The same gang that brutally murdered Margo Compton, and her two children, when she tried to go to the police to report them for trafficking in 1977.

She couldn't leave the brothel because they'd only give him her money. When she'd be dropped off to work there – he'd have custody of their two children. So she couldn't leave the brothel because he always had the kids. It was a long story how we got her out of there, and with her kids, but we did. Aubrey became the first case where we could prosecute someone for sex trafficking that worked within a legal brothel. This was a landmark case because the public perception seems to be that sex trafficking does not occur within “legal” sex industries such as strip clubs, massage parlors, and legal brothels.

While this was going on – Snoop Dogg's “Playboy Tour” was coming through Nevada We got a call about a pregnant victim being held captive by a notorious violent pimp with a long criminal record asking us to help this woman to escape. When we asked why he didn't call the police – we were told because “no one wanted to prosecute the pimp because it would lead back to Snoop”. Take one look at how Mally Mall had his house raided – but was not arrested – and his connection to Snoop Dogg.

Now take a look at the Bill Cosby case. Then realize this was before he had confessed to doing any pimping in Rolling Stone. Remember he beat a murder rap and who his friends and fans are. Think about what the OJ case was like. Now you have an idea why this guy said the police didn't want to prosecute the pimp holding her Meaning they couldn't offer her any rescue or even rehabilitative services. So we had to go in there alone and get her out of there – which we did. Then we had to go about trying to help the other victims of this tour that he was keeping on an RV. All while every city he stopped in – the police and press refused to get involved. Imagine what we were dealing with!

Think of it like this – imagine if 10 years ago if you got a call from the police saying Bill Cosby was on tour and raping women in his hotel room all across this country. Imagine the police said they couldn't arrest him, nor would they respond if one of his victims called 911 for help and the only thing that could be done to help these victims was YOU had to do something yourself. Further imagine being told that no one can give you any grant money or donations to do this work because it would the “implicate” them in their negligence and looking the other way. Because that's exactly the position we were placed in by Snoop's Tour. Further – imagine Bill Cosby then gives an interview to People where he brags about “living out his rape fantasy” and laughing about his victims and you have now a good idea why I put up the website last year after his confession was printed.

Also realize this man is leading a growing football league in high schools across Los Angeles. Not just coaching young men – but also auditioning and interacting with cheerleaders. To add a cherry on the sundae – he has now bought a medical marijuana delivery service. No – the cherry on the sundae is the security guards telling me they now can't legally keep pimps off the high school grounds of schools they don't physically attend because they say they're “coming to see the game”.

We gave a press conference in 2007 announcing to the world we had a BIG problem in Nevada. That pimps were bringing girls as young as 16 years of age here, then placing them in “legal” businesses, that none of the “abolitionists” nor the “anti-traffickers” were even registering on their radar there were victims in these types of businesses because everyone seems to be targeting street corners exclusively.

To VALIDATE our call for help – John Quinones and Bob Herbert both physically came to Las Vegas, saw what we saw, verified what we said was TRUE, and verified that I was for real, Sex Workers Anonymous members were for real, our work was solid - and the only thing that seemed to happen out of this for them was Bob got threatened with a “baseball bat to the head” by Oscar Goodman, and John Quinone's book about this “Heroes Among Us” didn't receive one bit of press or attention.

Almost IMMEDIATELY after this press conference calling out to have something DONE about this – I came home to find my power cut off, my cable, phone, TV and internet wires cut, my car was completely trashed, my insurance had been mysteriously canceled, and when my daughter went to call for help she was mowed over in broad daylight by an SUV that was owned by a Metro officer where the cop who came to the scene then ticketed my daughter for jaywalking (which she wasn't doing) and refused to take any witness reports nor give the driver a breathalyzer test nor take any photos of her physical condition either My daughter's back was broken in three places from the impact.

Then the brothel owners made one more bid to expand into Las Vegas in 2013. At a hearing that had not been listed on the public docket as required by law – Aubrey went into that hearing and testified about what really goes on inside those brothels. How they aren't safe, they're raped daily by not only the customers, but also the police, and how they have no way physically out of these places, etc. We won again and the legislature voted against the brothel expansion. However, Aubrey went home that day to find her power had been cut off, her cable, TV, internet and phone lines had been cut. The next day her car was stolen. A few days later her home was broken into and everything she owned was stolen. When she called the police to make a report – she had her life, and the life of her children threatened. Needless to say – we got her out of Nevada. Just as a side note, probably no connection at all - but Lance Gilman's Board of Economic Development has everyone of these companies on the board he's a member of, plus again he's one of the co-founders of the power company.

While the hearings were going on about the trafficking bill AB67 – our outreach RV was stolen and then returned mysteriously. Luckily it broke down because the mechanic then found a bomb had been placed within the RV's exhaust system. Not long after that – while I was out of state – my front door of my apartment was kicked in. The police then refused to take a report because they claimed that “I could have done it myself to get attention”. They refused to dust for prints or interview neighbors.

Okay – now I tell you this for a few reasons. For you to understand why despite being the oldest and largest program of survivors in this country, and the founders of the movement itself – why our members are remaining “anonymous” at the moment. We've had to shut down all of our groups and forums online because of attacks We've had to ask all members to remove all mention of our names from their websites, facebooks, social media, etc People just mentioning our name have been fired and/or threatened – so we have become very tight about our “anonymity” the last two years. Two years ago is also when we started trying to help a victim who said she was carted out of her home in Pasadena by two police officers and slapped with two fake prostitution charges when she said she wanted to leave the trafficking ring and retire because she's worked for them for 40 years now.

You also won't find much in the way about press for us in the last two years either. As a matter of fact, we have a list of reporters and writers who have been outright threatened, or actually fired, with respect to writing anything about me or SWA. Yes I have documentation to verify everything I'm telling you. I'm telling you this to explain that despite all of this – someone has to answer our hotline which has also been under severe attack since we exposed the so called “reality” show “8 Minutes” as a “fraud”. This resulted in it being yanked off the air after three episodes. So we've endured things like software ringing our phone off the hook to jam the line for hours at a time, text bombing to jam the line up, etc. We're traced the hotline attacks to those supported by paid lobbyists connected to Snoop Dogg.

Now – maybe you can understand why our members are a tad emotional right now about some of the press that's been going out on issues that have no relation to what they're going through right now – and WHY they're having to rely upon me to try and speak for them. I've already moved into an RV that I move every three days. I've got security cameras installed everywhere, etc. So I'm taking every reasonable precaution I can right now to protect myself while trying to keep our hotline open and interact with the media and public to carry the message from our members to the outside world.

Now we see the great voice you're giving one survivor. We would like to see some help in getting a fraction of this press, attention, voice, etc. to the issues WE'RE going through. We had hoped once we had the “fake” Samoly Mam exposed – maybe some of that press could be turned back to “our” voices. Not “mine” - theirs”. My letters are long – but I'm trying to distill down what many survivors want you to please hear from them because they are having to protect their new lives. Should I be going about this some other way? Fine. Then tell me what that way is because waiting politely doesn't seem to be working either. We'd love to hear any suggestions you got. Do I have someone else who wants to put a bulls-eye on their back to do this? No. I'm afraid I am the only one crazy enough to still be standing here. But this is the movement I started – and I'm not abandoning it, or them, w.

Jody Williams

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