LETTER TO PHYLLIS CHESTER
I've always tried to limit our media and outreach work to sources where I thought we would reach potential members - not to become a Samoly Mam figure. But my "gut" told me to move forward with the interview any way and now years later I've become even more grateful on a whole other level.
I haven't really kept you updated - but the trafficking movement i started back in 1984 was "hijacked" not just in my opinion, but also the opinion of the author of the Trafficking Act of 2000 Michael Horowitz. It got hijacked in 2004 by the faith based community if you read the revisions of the TVRA of 2004 is when all the problems started. Then Bush stepped in to limit all federal grant money to "only faith based" programs.
You know what that meant right? I couldn't find a private attorney to help me at one point so I went to the ACLU. That resulted in the ACLU v. Catholic Bishops. As you know, SWA is the ONLY program for adults that welcomes the males, females, and transgenders as well as the LGBT community, the Jewish people, Muslem's, Buddhist, any and no religion. These people wanted to start a chain of Christian based programs where they have now blended the church and state beyond any comprehension Phyllis.
When I refused to go away or yield - and continued to do things like report them for discrimination, violation of constitutional rights of these men and women, etc. - the attacks and threats escalated to where we're now receiving the same type of threats as abortion clinics. To promote their work a whole slew of "propaganda" has been flooding the media which I've also been fighting. I finally gave up fighting when Fox won the legal right to fire a reporter for not reporting a lie. I now have stack of reporters who have told me they've been threatened with "never working again" if they even so much as print my name let alone any articles on our work. When trashing my car, putting a bomb in our outreach RV, running my daughter over with an SUV and breaking her back mistaking her for me, and then kicking in the front door of my apartment just hours after I'd already moved out feeling the danger coming didn't shut me down - they resorted to a "catfishing" smear campaign.
Has to be one based on lies and fake people because I could easily sue a real person for defamation for what they put up at www.sexworkersanonymous.org in retaliation for me exposing the show "8 Minutes" was a complete and utter fraud and made that the third so called "reality show" I've had taken off the air for misleading the public as to what sex trafficking really is - which is not prostitution.
It is also not limited to minority women either who they are targeting for their "safe houses" that are also doubling as adoption mills. I managed to get an Australian reporting team to expose Mercy Ministries for this in California not long ago. Lately, every single person I talk to now goes "oh did you see this site at www.sexworkersanonymous.org" they set up to actually in reality grab a mirror log of the traffic of who visits our website. Very clever.
But then I hear "but I did read Phyllis' article" http://www.phyllis-chesler.com/263/an-all-american-hero-jody-williams-a-former-sex and then they calm down and start talking to me! So I wanted to thank you for the article. Keep up the good work! It's thankless work sometimes I know! But I"m grateful for what you do. An honest intelligent reporter. So rare these days!
And you know what? If after 30 years of running this program if the only complaints I got are in the last year by the same active sex workers that set up that site and www.ratethatrescue.com then I'm doing better than 90 percent of other programs I can sure think about or any business for that matter! Thanks again Phyllis.