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Thursday, October 8, 2015

WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE LOS ANGELES SYSTEM TO HELP CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS?

The movement itself for modern day sex trafficking was founded not only by myself - but in Los Angeles, California in 1987.  If you'd like proof of that - look at the new clippings at www.hightechmadam.com   You'll see there I was not only stating this was real, happening today, happening in the USA to Americans, but also I'd set up the first international hotline for adults to call for help, along with the first program for adults to find recovery.

The reasons were simple.  If you called 911 back then for help - the police would laugh and then hang up the phone.  If you called back - they're threaten to come out and arrest you for wasting their time.  So the police didn't believe us.  If you were a victim and tried to get counseling - they would not believe your stories and if you persisted they were "real" they'd try and lock you up for "observation".  How do I know this?

From experience.  I was witnessing Iran Contra - where our CIA was bringing the cocaine into the USA to sell for cash to buy guns for the Contra's.  If you don't know what I'm talking about watch the films "Cocaine Cowboys", or "Charlies's War" or even "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" or google Gary Webb.  Then check the dates on those films.  You'll see why when I was talking about the "Dating Game" being a cover for an international sex trafficking scheme - the counselors threatened me with a straight jacket in the early 1980's.

The so called "brothel two blocks from the Van Nuys police station" was a "safe house".  I put it there as a safe guard thinking we wouldn't be attacked so close to the police station.  The reason I was dubbed the "High Tech Madam" was because of all the security and surveillance systems.  Now I ask you - why would a brothel have hidden cameras going to a video recorder off site?  Why would it be on the 2nd floor with iron bars and bullet proof glass in a warehouse - rather than a house?  The only "safe houses" for trafficking victims other than mine was the one for those under 18 years of age at Children of the Night.  Sex trafficking victims weren't safe at places like Covenant House or other places where runaway kids were placed.  But there was no safe place for adults we'd retrieve from these traffickers and the police wouldn't help us - so we had to help ourselves in those days.

You have to realize when I stood up in 1987 and said that this was real and that our country needed to help these victims - I was received in the same identical manner as if someone stood up today saying that aliens from mars were kidnapping people for sexual slavery and the police, our courts, and our mental health system had to do something to save these victims, and then offer them counseling to treat their trauma after their ordeal.

So I'm used to being called "crazy" believe me.  However, back in 1987 I had some big things in my favor.  One was our Mayor Tom Bradley - a true visionary.  Cutting all red tape he put together a board that had myself on it, and Rev. Ann Hayman.  She was the executive director for the Mary Magdalene Project.  While they had the only house in this country to help rehabilitate adult female prostitutes - they were not designed for trafficking victims nor did they take males and transgenders.   Also on this board was a representative from the Los Angeles probation department, the police, social services, mental health, etc.  We also had the Sheriff's backing, the CDC and a UCLA professor which for the life of me I can't remember his name.  (I lost all my paperwork in the 1994 Sherman Oaks earthquake.)

With that board - we created the first everything.  The first alternative sentencing program, the first residential home for trafficking victims, the first home for transgender prostitutes, a diversion program, and we even started clearing out the jails.  Through that board - we took 400 transgender prostitutes that were being forced to sleep in the day room at the mens jail and got them into alternative sentencing.  HUD got them a house.  We created jobs for them through a special program doing HIV outreach to the sex industry.  Mayor Bradley even set up a special testing site where if a prostitute or sex worker was told they were in fact HIV, or not even, but they wanted help to leave their pimp, or being trafficked, they were able to go out a back door to safety while security escorted their pimp out the front door.  It was the first program of it's kind.  Out of that the AIM clinic was developed that did testing for the porn industry for years directed by a doctor who had once been a porn performer, Dr. Sharon Mitchell.

So when I left Los Angeles in 1994 - I left it I thought in good hands.  In June of 1994 in fact when I left there was a meeting of Prostitutes Anonymous (as we were called back then) in W. Hollywood, Tarzana, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, and San Diego, as well as a meeting that was being held in the Mary Magdalene Project.  I moved to Nebraska where I could buy a house in the middle of the midwest far from the traffickers network for $5,000 to $10,000.  This way I could take victims from either the east or west coast and relocate them out to the midwest to start over again.  We really had set up the first "underground railroad" for victims then.

Meaning when I moved back to Los Angeles last year - I thought I'd be welcomed back with open arms by the county officials here.  Especially since we received federal recognition for sex trafficking with the Trafficking Act of 2000 - and because I'm hearing from the prostitutes and sex workers out here there's another HIV epidemic breaking out again.

One of the first things I did was to start writing the people I was reading about were involved in the issue of "sex trafficking".  Only no one was calling or writing back.  Now since I was also writing not only to say "hello" but to also report that I needed someone to look into a case I have where a victim in Pasadena says she was carted out of her home by two police officers when she told her traffickers she wanted to quit - yes I thought someone would answer me at least to look at the information on the case.  Especially since when I started trying to help her I GOT THREATENED by a Pasadena officer myself.  Then when I tried to speak to the Chief about it - he wasn't responding at all - at first anyway.

Thinking maybe I'm "out of the loop" I watched the July 14, 2015, meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  A transcript of that meeting is here - http://www.mediafire.com/view/0n5lrly1ppzym1z/07-14-15_Board_Meeting_Transcript_%28C%29.pdf

There's a couple of things I'd like to point out to you I witnessed.  The first is on page 106.  It's speaking about how the meeting to decide upon who is going to be head of the Child Protective Services is being held "behind closed doors".  That's an alarm bell to me.

I'm also going to point to page 116.  On this page a man named John Walsh who has the blog at www.hollywoodhighlands.org is telling the board that he is aware of sex trafficking going on where a foster care home run by a "friend of Mark Ridley-Thomas" has pimps targeting the kids in this home.  I'm going to work on getting a clip of this segment because what I saw was John pointed his finger right at Mark when he said "and Mark Ridley-Thomas knows about it".  I then saw him cut off with the remark his "time was up" and off camera I'd swear I heard what sounded like this man carted off physically.

Then Mark Ridley-Thomas says he's "having to restrain himself" from a response.

My point however is that I don't care if the Pope was being accused of "knowing about it" SOMEONE should have found out the name of this foster home and checked this report of trafficking out.  I don't care if the man was a raving lunatic - what I've heard from every child protective officer I've ever known is that even if they have every reason to believe a claim is completely false - there is STILL a legal obligation to check out all claims of child abuse of which trafficking is child abuse.

Why am I bringing this up?  Because money doesn't fix a system that's broken.  A system that's working means that when someone says that there is sex trafficking going on - then I don't care who is "offended" then the powers that be have a legal obligation to investigate this claim.  I don't care how "crazy" they think someone is - they have a legal obligation to investigate this claim.

I know for a fact that traffickers will drug their victims, and then brainwash them SPECIFICALLY so if they do go to the police for help they SOUND CRAZY.  That's one of their tactics.  I know that when I tried to report what I saw going on - I got phones slammed down on me and thrown out of cops' offices with them thinking I was "crazy".

So I then contacted everyone on the board of supervisors asking them (1) did they know who this guy was, and (2) did anyone follow up on his accusation about sex trafficking going on in the foster care system that was connected to Mark Ridley-Thomas?

I also asked if the woman, Astrid, who was talking about her child being taken from her wrongfully in a child custody battle that she also was trying to tell the board "no one was looking into her claims" about the case being falsified because her husband was "a wealthy actor" was being looked into that's on page 114.

The first answer I got was from Sheila Kuehl's office.  She told me she would have her "assistant look into the matter".  After a month - I got back the response that they "had no idea who either of these people were".

In September, two months after my first email to each member of the board - I got a call from a woman who said she was Mayor Antonovich's assistant.   She told me that (1) there was someone who was following up on the woman's claim made to the board, and (2) that she had "no idea who that man was who made the claim about sex trafficking going on in Los Angeles that Mark Ridley Thomas knew about going on" and also that no one had stopped him to question him as to what house he was speaking about in his accusation.

Funny - their names are right in this transcript.

So what am I to make out of this.  A man got up at the Board meeting and said that there was a "foster home that had African American pimps trafficking children that Mark Ridley-Thomas not only knew about - but that was run by a friend of his".

No one stopped him after this claim to ask him what house he was referring to.

And I got no response from anyone on the board when I asked about this accusation except from two people who told me they "had no idea" who made these claims yet once I got the transcript that was uploaded online I find out their names were identifiable.

So again what am I to make out of this?  I do know that no amount of money is going to fix a system that hasn't built into it investigating any, and all, claims about sex trafficking no matter who is "offended" by the accusation.

Because guess what?  ALL CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING INVOLVES ADULTS IN CHARGE OF THEM.  And anyone who knows anything about pedophiles knows they hide behind positions of power- priests, teachers, professors, doctors, deacons, etc.  The BTK killer for God's sake was a deacon at his church.  John Wayne Gacy was a clown for children's parties and a COP.   We can all readily now identify Bill Cosby.

So now what?  I've located this man's website.  I've emailed him asking if he can tell me the name of the house he's referring to.  But then what?  If the traffickers are being protected by Mark Ridley-Thomas we got a problem.  I do know he says he "cares about sex trafficking" but unlike Tom Bradley - I can't get a return call even from the man.  Including when I told him that a billboard campaign he's spent $1,000,000 on supposedly directing people to go to a website at www.protectlakids.org for six months after the launch went to a website that only had a bus schedule on it.

I kept a screen shot of this by the way to show that despite my writing and calling him for six months to inform him this site was going nowhere - that the situation wasn't repaired until six months later.  Now for the life of me I don't know why he didn't just use the www.childrenofthenight.org website which was already up and functional.  I mean they do run the oldest program for child trafficking victims in this country so why not use their site?

Certainly it would have been better than six months of a bus schedule up when victims were looking for help.  I take that back actually because I've studied "billboard campaigns" since the 1980's and not ONE of them have resulted in a victim calling for help.  Complete waste of money if you're trying to get help to a victim.

But then again I wasn't asked.  My calls aren't returned.  So am I supposed to vouch that Mark Ridley-Thomas CAN'T be possibly involved in something funny like this man is suggesting?  I don't know the man and THAT makes me suspicious.  Again, if you want to truly help an alcoholic - wouldn't you at least return phone calls from Bill Wilson?  Actually, if he was involved in child sex trafficking then it would explain why a million dollars was spent on a billboard project that the link did NOT go anywhere where someone would have found help, and the problem was not repaired until I spent six months complaining about it on social media and bringing it to people's attention, and honestly it might explain why he's spending another million dollars on "housing" for these victims that reports are telling me are being left empty - again instead of using www.childrenofthenight.org to just let the kids know if they're in trouble to call them for help.

Then again I'm just "jaded".  Remember, I was abused by my father who owned a chain of law firms in Idaho who would get "morally outraged" when I'd go on TV speaking about my sexual abuse as a kid, and I also knew Iran Contra worked because the CIA knew that no one would believe back then in a million years they were doing what they were doing.  People barely believe it now what happened!  But if to me Mark's behavior just looks too darn suspicious - especially combined with the fact they are having the discussions about who to pick for the CPS director "behind closed doors" despite the person in the transcript stating flat out that this is bordering on "racketeering".

Again, if he was involved in sex trafficking then he would be making very sure whoever was in charge of CPS was one of his "friends".  So Mark Ridley-Thomas - if you want me to believe you're completely "innocent" here - then you tell me why you've been refusing my phone calls and emails not just to speak to me about the subject, but to take a look at the evidence I have about sex trafficking going on, and why if you care so much those billboards went to a bus schedule FOR SIX MONTHS after I brought it to your attention?  Why aren't you referring victims to Children of the Night?  Mostly - why didn't you put your outrage aside and ask John Walsh the name of the house he was referring to and open an investigation if you want me to believe you care about this issue so much?

I already know I can't get anyone to talk to me about what's going on at the Pasadena police.  Oh I finally did get someone to talk to me about Lt. Karen Hughes at Metro in Nevada.  I refer to my other post where I say Internal Affairs called me after she left to tell me "there's nothing we can do now she's quit" without any mention to how many YEARS I had been complaining about her while she was working at Metro.

So I'll repeat - now what?

UPDATE
On October 12, 2015, I got a call from John Walsh.  He writes the blog John Walsh Confidential (not the one on TV).  He told me that THIS is the house that he was talking about at the 7/14/15 meeting of the Board of Supervisors - http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-welcome-center-20150622-story.html  The reporter, Garrett Therolf, did a very brave job writing about this.  Especially when it appears that some people didn't want the story coming out.  According to John - when Sheila first came into office on the Board of Supervisors - she asked an investigator to go out and check on these kids.  They found some pretty awful stuff.  John says some people got pretty upset with her and threatened to get her off the board if she didn't "back off" the issue.  But it had already become an article in a May issue of the Times written by Garrett.  So put on the spot, supposedly Mark Ridley-Thomas promised that a "report would be done in 90 days".  That was May.  I went onto Google to see if there was a report anywhere online and I'm not seeing it.  So I've written to Garrett asking if maybe he can put me in touch with whoever is overseeing these kids.  If they are being targeted by pimps - then I need to get down there to offer some kind of training to these kids on how to deflect this type of thing.  Locked doors - no locked doors - this is not an issue about doors.  I'll keep you posted on how this develops.


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