A situation repeating itself again I'm afraid. The movement hijacked by the “moral majority” as I call them when the TVRA of 2003 was passed. Even the author, Michael Horowitz, has said it's been hijacked. President Bush then took this to a whole other level when he added a “condition” on the receipt of federal funds to “faith based” groups only (of which we are not as a 12 step program). Nor was any survivor, or ex-sex worker, head of a "faith based" program that Bush and Randall Tobias (author of the TVRA of 2003) essentially turned over control of the movement to. Hence we found ourselves suddenly on the outside of the very field we had created.
While I know of many who have achieved a degree - I have yet to hear of one being a professor who has obtained tenure in the USA who is a "known" survivor either. If anything, I have read about one ex-sex worker in Arizona, Sue Sisley, who was fired in a way that I personally believe it was related to her past in the sex industry. While the news attributes it to her stand on medical marijuana http://testbed.thedolancompany.com/news/2014/07/21/uofa-professor-files-appeal-says-she-was-fired-for-supporting-medical-marijuana-research/ what was left out of that article was the fact her stance was based on medical marijuana being a good treatment for PTSD. http://ktar.com/story/499166/pot-pioneering-colorado-rejects-marijuana-as-ptsd-treatment/ Something many ex-sex workers, and certainly all trafficking victims, suffer from.
So while some people think she was fired for supporting medical marijuana - other ex-sex workers believe her "at will" firing was done because of the administration finding out more about her past history. Especially at a time when people like John McCain are joining other Arizona officials claiming to be "fighting sex trafficking".
Really? Where's the victims? http://testbed.thedolancompany.com/news/2010/02/02/leaders-call-attention-to-untold-stories-of-human-trafficking-victims/ How easy to blame it on us "not reporting". Rather than addressing WHY they aren't reporting http://tucson.com/news/local/crime/prostitution-probe-involved-tucson-police-officers/article_054764a8-088f-11e5-8d42-3f101e04f896.html Because I can assure you - I'm not having any problem with victims calling us up to talk about the help they need. I am however having problems getting trafficking task force officials to return my calls - preferring to limit who they speak with to only being women arrested for prostitution. Only I know from experience most sex trafficking involves the local authorities. So no they aren't going to be speaking about it to local police. Not if they value their lives. If you don't understand what I mean by that - I ask you if the women at this DEA owned strip club could have felt confident in speaking to the local police or even going into a program that wasn't set up for this type of situation? http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/21/dea-agents-accused-of-owning-strip-club-that-employed-illegal-alien-dancers/