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Saturday, August 29, 2015

CODE RED ALERT FOR SEX WORKERS IN NEVADA

After posting our "Code Red" about what's happening to sex workers in Nevada - I got a correction from Daniel Bogden about how my "disparaging remarks" are not being clear enough about who is what and that I'm "lumping" people in together.

I should be more clear and specific.  I certainly am also not trying to be "disparaging".  But let me be more specific and clear then about what I have said.   I have been on the phone for over 10 hours today taking crisis calls across the county and I need to go unplug a toilet.  So I will go back and re-clarify my past statements when I can.  In the meantime - let me be more clear.

Let's look at some recent examples of who has been harmed, attacked, murdered, abused, or who is in danger in the headlines of Nevada with respect to sex workers since our report in 2007 "Trafficking in Nevada".

I'm not sure where to classify this poor boy.  He's a 13 year old boy that the soldier offered money to for sex thinking the boy was a sex worker by drunken mistake at Circus Circus.  When he refused to sell it - he was raped in 2013.  http://morallowground.com/2013/01/05/saudi-air-force-sergeant-mazen-alotaibi-accused-of-raping-13-year-old-boy-in-las-vegas-hotel/  I know for a fact that the Las Vegas Rape Crisis Center refused to give him services because they "had no groups for males because there's not a lot of demand".  He was referred to a private counselor that was a three hour drive for the boy to reach.  (If you ask me - Circus Circus should have paid to bring that boy the best private rape treatment in the world to come to his home to work with him - but what do I know?)

There has been Christy Mack.  A porn performer whose relationship with War Machine had them once considered a "royal couple in Las Vegas" according to Brian Shapiro on Fox Sports 670 news.  He said that her and War Machine were often "seen around town" together.    She sustained massive injuries from the attack in Nevada - where War Machine escaped to California before being brought to justice.  Somehow he managed to attempt to hang himself in his cell - but they did catch him before he died and saved him.  I don't know much about her but I have not heard her mention having children.  I have heard her talk about her home and she's so well off financially that she turned the $100,000 given to a domestic violence shelter that I'm sure needed the money pretty badly since donations have been down everywhere with respect to services for women.   Christy has also said she is not leaving porn - and she is not a trafficking victim.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/12/porn-star-christy-mack-speaks-out_n_5672346.html

Another adult porn star, Cytherea, was attacked in her home. http://therealpornwikileaks.com/adult-star-cytherea-attacked-in-home-invasion/  Her home is in the "southwestern section of Las Vegas".  I have not heard any mention of children nor is she a trafficking victim.  It seems these three men who attacked her knew each other from detention.

Debbie Flores Narvaez, a fantasy dancer, adult female who also I've not heard discussion of having children, was murdered by her pimp/boyfriend.  http://www.inquisitr.com/1805725/debbie-flores-narvaez-showgirls-dismemberment-cement-murder-will-debut-on-fatal-attraction/

Jessie Foster, was being pimped by Peter Todd.  She was over 18 years of age, with no children, when she disappeared in Nevada - along with another escort and a madam who went missing the same evening that her mother never mentions whens she talks about Jessie's case.  Police didn't search Peter Todd's home until two weeks after her disappearance.  By then the carpeting had been torn up and put in the dumpster.  The interior of the house had been completely repainted by Peter who said he was "redecorating" before moving 10 days later to Henderson, Nevada.  (This is why we'd created www.pimpalert.com however.)

Christina Parreira, a social work student/prostitute, who did a report while working at a legal brothel, and who is married to Michael Whiteacre, a pornographer and attorney, lives in Henderson, Nevada.  She's claimed more than one instance of domestic violence.  http://publicfigurestoday.com/index.php/2015/02/24/jewish-felon-ari-scott-bass-gets-his-domestic-violence-case-dismissed-then-shoves-his-penis-into-his-wifes-mouth-live-on-webcam-nsfw/  She is over 18 years of age, and I have not heard any mention of having children.

Vince Neil assaulted a brothel prostitute.  I'm not going to assume she's over 18 years of age because the legal age of consent in Nevada is 15 years of age.  The Nevada brothel licensing laws allow for someone under the age of 18 to be granted a license as long as they are not HIV positive, and they have no criminal record.  http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/68003/vince-neil-faces-battery-trial

This is just female's in the sex industry.  May Hagos, a convicted prostitute, states that Kenneth Cherry Jr. was not a pimp.  However, many other people differ with that account.  http://lasvegassun.com/news/2013/feb/26/girlfriend-rapper-shot-las-vegas-strip-says-he-was/  He was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada and was over 18 years of age.

The show "Gigolo's" on Showtime show a group of male escorts who are legal "companions".  They are all male, and over 18 years of age.  The current cast does not speak about having children - although one past cast member does speak out about having a disabled child he's now caring for full-time.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1898575/fullcredits/

Heidi Fleiss had a major car accident coming back from Celebrity Rehab filming.  She was recently busted again for having 100's of marijuana plants illegally on her property.  She has no children, is over 18 years of age, and has been billed as appearing at the Chicken Ranch run by Dennis Hof, who she was engaged to when she was filming a documentary about herself.  She's been arrested multiple times now for drugs and with her latest arrest they didn't incarcerate her because there was no one who could care for her many parrots if she were to leave the property.  She is clearly not getting help for her drug problem - especially if she can't leave the property even to be arrested.  http://www.tmz.com/2013/08/13/heidi-fleiss-charged-marijuana-plants-grow-operation-nevada/

In a 2001 report, Alexis Albert wrote that the legal brothels encourage their legal prostitutes to have pimps because they make the women "work harder".  http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/the_business_of_desire/Content?oid=282289    In her research, Dennis Hof admits to using tricks (no pun intended) he uses to get the girls to spend their money faster so they'll work harder for his cut.  This might also be why he's insisted he will not put up flyers for Sex Workers Anonymous anywhere for women thinking about leaving the field to find us.  When I pressured him after this after Brooke Phillips was murdered that if she'd been given our number when she left pregnant - Dennis said "I work too hard to get them up here to make it easy for them to leave.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2825694/Gang-member-accomplices-arrested-Cathouse-murder-case-gunman-gives-names-suspects-shot-pregnant-reality-star-prostitute-three-dead.html

In 2013, Lisa Davis stabbed her pimp to death in self defense. http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/23686566/prostitute-claims-self-defense-in-pimp-boyfriends-slaying  She was 42 years old - he was 45 years old.  She was arrested for this despite the history of domestic violence - while "Heather" in W. Virginia shoots Neal Falls and is not arrested.

I think you're getting my point here about the amount of violence, brutality, rape, and even death that is higher for men and women in the sex industry in Nevada than any other state that I'm aware of.  You'll note by the way that the majority of these victims would not consider themselves a "trafficking victim".   May Hagos even denies Kenneth Cherry, Jr. was a pimp.

This not even close to a full list of the horrible things happening to sex workers in large numbers in Nevada getting worse every year.  I'm just giving you an idea of headlines you'll remember.

So now let's turn to the page I said was a "tragedy because of the lack of resources" that appeared on the, let me be clear now, the Nevada Attorney General's page.  Here it is - http://www.mediafire.com/view/8hkc3h10y66yypy/attorneygeneralnevada.pdf

Okay - the first phone number is to the National Trafficking Hotline.  Who when you call them asks you if "you are a sex trafficking victim".  If you say "no" then they basically can't help you.  They are not there to help sex workers.  But if you say "yes" then you will receive these phone numbers for Nevada.  Now let me clarify something here - the phone number for Sex Workers Anonymous did NOT appear in their directory until April of 2015.  I just want you to be aware that if you were to have called this hotline prior to April of this year - you would only have gotten our phone number after "begging" is what callers have told me in the past.   Yes that has been changed but only recently.


You will note the other two numbers on there - Hookers for Jesus and Salvation Army Seeds of Hope.

In 2010, there was no "Destiny House".  When I tried to place four victims who landed on my doorstep into the house they had said had opened - I was told it had not.  It folded and Pastor Perez filed bankruptcy.   Annie ran off to Africa for about six months.  I have seen ads running to hire someone to work for Destiny House for about a year now.  I don't know the status there except the voice mail is on when you call.  I've had other victims tell me that "no one returns my phone calls".  I've not gotten return calls.  Reporter Tom Ragan asked Annie why she would not return my phone calls.  She said "because I'm mean to her".  I have good reason I've been mean to her and I go into that further on this post. http://traffickingandprostitutionservices.blogspot.com/2015/08/annie-lobert-hookers-for-jesus-pastor.html

So I have no idea what she's actually offering right now in the way of any program - but I do know if you're a male - the house is supposed to be for women only.  If you're a minor - she doesn't offer services.  If you need a ride - from what I'm aware she does not provide transportation to services.  She is not a trained professional and I've not heard one testimonial out of her program.  Pastor Perez has distanced himself from working with prostitutes - and is now preaching "prosperity messages" on tour.

I was told in 2013 that the SEEDS of Hope program had folded.  I don't know their current status because no one there returns my calls even when I had four victims sitting on my couch begging them to help me find them emergency housing.

Okay - the Attorney General page goes like this:

The US Dept. of Justice will tell you they can't do anything "until a case is opened" and that you have to call the local police about sex trafficking.  If you are a male or female sex worker who wants help to exit the industry, or if you're suffering from domestic violence in sex work - they do not have services for you.

Immigration is the same.  If you are an American - they can't help you.  If you're not an American - they will help you stay in the country if you file a sex trafficking report.  However, if you're a sex worker wanting to quit, or to find help for domestic violence - they have no program or services.  So unless you're an alien prosecuting a trafficker as they talk about below - they can't help you.



Shared Hope offers this:


When I have called them about Nevada victims of trafficking, or prostitutes who want to exit - they tell me "we do not offer direct services within the USA" and then hang up.

Hopelink:

I've worked with them many times.  You have to have ID by the way or you get no help.  They give you referrals to other programs that can help you move into an apartment, get food, get utility help, and they often run out of money.  You have to call these programs during office hours, apply for services, and if they have funding they will help you.  You can be anyone - and if you need help they will offer it to you.  They offer no special counseling programs for sex workers, those trying to leave the sex industry, nor for sex trafficking victims.  They also offer no transportation to them or any of the programs you have to apply for help with.  They strictly are a referral agency to funded programs.


Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth:



If you're over 18 years of age - they can't help you.  Since almost every stripper and brothel prostitute, and those working in massage parlors are over 18 years of age - that leaves out about 90 percent of the men and women we're reading about in the headlines who need help.  They also offer no transportation to them.  I've had to drive many a teen down there so I know.

Remember however Rick Rizzolo is on the Board of "Youth Charities of Southern Nevada"  http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/880/880424171/880424171_200906_990EZ.pdf  He was the owner of the Crazy Horse Strip Club that was drugging patrons and then ripping off their credit cards.   Also, there's a patron paralyzed for life and now income tax evasion.  http://mafia.wikia.com/wiki/Rick_Rizzolo

Salvation Army - we covered.  But basically they're a shelter.  They also usually have a drug treatment program and one for mental health.  They are for adult women only.  They don't take children or pets.  They offer no storage for furniture.  They offer no transportation to them.  If you are a transgender or a lesbian they will refuse you because to quote them "they don't have accommodations" within the shelter for the showers and sleeping.  If you are Jewish and require kosher they can't help you and will not partner with the local temples - I've asked.  If you are Buddhist and ask to go to the local temple - they will also boot you out.  I know - I've had to pick them up when booted.  They have no services for males or transgenders.

That leaves Shade Tree:


If you are a female, with kids and a dog - they will take you.  But if you have a home and/or furniture or a car - they have no storage.  They are in a horrible neighborhood that I'm afraid to even drive through at night.  No one would go there unless needing emergency shelter.  If you are a man or transgender they can't help you.  They have no programs for sex workers to exit the industry, no special programs for sex trafficking victims.  If you are a sex trafficking witness - they will put you up, and get you job training.  Job training last time I checked consisted of showing you how to teach English in other countries.  They only take women over 18 years old and do not provide transportation to them.  They are also in Las Vegas - so if you're in Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe, Pahrump, Mound, etc. then you're 900 miles away.

There was no Greyhound bus connecting northern and southern Nevada from about 2000 to 2010 by the way.   We were using an RV to make the trip to go pick up anyone in northern Nevada and getting them services.  For a few years, Sharnel Silvey had an alternative sentencing program and a drop-in center in northern Nevada, A Scarlet Covering  The program was shut down in 2009.

Now in 2013, a group called the Cupcake Girls has appeared claiming they're there to "help" sex trafficking victims and sex workers.  We have been helping this community since 1995 in Nevada.  So when I read they had opened in Las Vegas - I asked to meet with them so I could find out more about their services to give out referrals as needed on our hotline.  What we don't offer - I refer out.  They refused to meet with me.

When Kamylla was worried the show she had filed for "8 Minutes" was going to air without her face blurred - I asked the Cupcake Girls to help me get an injunction against the show from airing to protect her and her children from exposure and shame.  They not only refused - they blocked me and then proceeded to hold a fund raiser for this woman WITHOUT verifying who she was, and WHILE she was proclaiming she was still active in the sex industry and hanging out with active sex workers praising the sex worker industry.

Then, after saying they were "not a political group" - they went to the Nevada legislature claiming that they were "unable to find prostitutes work because of their criminal background and they wanted to have their records expunged".  Which is strange because every casino in Las Vegas I'm aware of except one WILL hire those with a prostitute arrest in their background.  As for expungement - we've helped many get record expungement either with a donated attorney, or without an attorney by presenting a package to the judge who has always accepted when we've done this.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Minutes/Senate/JUD/Final/1207.pdf

We then offered to give them the list of companies who do hire those with a record - for good jobs too - and they refused that list from us.  So needless to say - I don't think they're main goal is to help sex workers find gainful employment outside of sex work if they refuse this list and further tell prostitutes they have to wait for a law change before they can find work rather than getting that list from us - or even asking around.  Some even hire felons depending upon the charge.  I'm not going to say who here does that because they might consider it bad publicity.

Now I ask you - if WE, Sex Workers Anonymous, is the ONLY program in all of Nevada offering:

1.  Transportation to services.
2.  Services to males and transgenders.
3.  Services to non-sex trafficking victims who are just sex workers who want to quit.
4.  Offer a hotline for sex workers in trouble to call for things like domestic violence who can't call the police for one reason or another, and we then transport to a domestic violence shelter, drug treatment, or the hospital.
5.  Services all over Nevada - not just Las Vegas.
6.  To non-Christians such as Jewish, Buddhist, Pagans, or atheists.
7.  Help to leave legal sex work such as the brothels or the strip clubs or massage parlors or porn production companies -

Then can you please tell me WHY we are not listed on the Attorney General's resource page AND have had some kind of article done on our work in the Review Journal?

Tom Ragan, a reporter with the RJ for 12 years, interviewed us for a story.  Then we were told when he and the photographer who took my picture "insisted" on the story running - they were fired.

THE ABOVE is what results.  If these people don't know where to go for help - and the lists they are given don't apply to them - then I'm going to repeat that we have a CODE RED for Nevada.

Now who did we try and speak to when AB67, the so called "trafficking bill" was being passed in Nevada from the Attorney General's office?  The Attorney General was Catherine Cortez Masto.  This is her announcing the bill's passing http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2013/Human_Trafficking/Attorney_General_Masto%E2%80%99s_Sex_Trafficking_Legislation_Passed_by_Nevada_Legislature/

Now her assistant, Maria Couch, was the woman who was handling the announcements of the events being held in connection with that Bill.  I kept not being invited to those events despite being asked repeatedly to be notified ahead of time so SWA members could get off work and attend.  This is the letter we received from Maria.  Whenever we'd ask to be notified about Ms. Masto's events - we were told Maria "handled the invitations and newsletter.

Maria then asked us to "remove her" from our list and stopped returning my calls and would not let me know when meetings on sex trafficking and AB67 was being held.  When I'd ask to speak to Catherine directly - I was refused and given back to Maria.  http://www.mediafire.com/view/x2mjagfnfyyvvzf/Gmail_-_RE__Prostitution_Bill.pdf  So "technically" no it was not Catherine that blocked us -but it was.

If she's not calling us and then we're told we have to speak to Maria to find out about events and then Maria isn't returning our calls and telling me she wants off our mailing list so I can't email her - then you tell me what that is please.  When I try and send things directly to Catherine - I'm told I have to send them to Maria who then tells me "not to send" anything.  I mean what am I to think?

Yes this was Ms. Couch - not Ms. Masto blowing me off.   However, when I'm told I have to go through Maria to get to Catherine, or events' listings - then you tell me what that is?

I have no idea who Adam Laxalt is because I haven't spoken to him yet.  I've emailed him when I heard he was the new AG, and again about a month ago asking to be added to the resource page once I saw it had been updated without our name, and again this week with a copy of the "Code Red".  I have not heard back from him.

Daniel Bogden is a United States Attorney with the Dept. of Justice at a different office than the Nevada Attorney General.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Bogden  He told me today that I'm "not making a distinction between these offices".  Okay he's right.

I go onto the page for the United States Attorney's Office for Nevada and I look for a page for resources to help sex trafficking victims and/or sex workers wanting help to leave the sex industry in Nevada - legal or illegal.

This is what I found.  http://www.justice.gov/publications/resources

Enough said.  If this is being "disparaging" - I don't think I'm the problem here.  Nevada - since the FCC changed the law in 1995 - I can't run public service announcements all over Nevada TV and radio like I used to free before 1995.

Polaris has put up five billboards in Nevada.  When I spoke to them this year - I was told not one sex trafficking rescue has come through those billboards.

When ATLAS spent $80,000 on a billboard off by Tropicana on the Freeway - they reported at the end of the year not one single sex trafficking rescue call came from that billboard.

I told each of them victims of trafficking don't call 800 numbers off billboards.  They aren't allowed near phones usually in the first place.  If in a car - they are being driven and aren't alone and can't write down the number if they saw it whizzing by at 55 mph.  They are in PTSD mode - and not noticing billboards.  That's NOT how you reach a victim.  A victim honestly isn't going to even look on the Nevada Attorney General's page.  Go ahead and ask a stripper or brothel prostitute in Nevada if they even know who the NV Attorney General or the US Attorney for Nevada is - and you will probably get a blank look.

I've asked to be notified of when the Southern Nevada Sex Trafficking Task Force meetings are being held - only no one will let me know when the meetings are.  They are however held at the Metro police station.  When I asked a woman on that task force if they could be held elsewhere so that some survivors could come that won't go near a Metro police station - they refused.  I've asked if survivors could attend by Skype - and they're refused.  So clearly they don't want to hear from Nevada survivors how to help other victims.

You want to find sex trafficking victims in Nevada?  Not hard to find.  I can easily show you where we find 100's of them in Nevada every year. Any time day or night if you go down on Tropicana Blvd. by the freeway by the Budget Suites of America and the Jack in the Box - you will always see at least one, if not a parade, of them going by.  The most you'd wait to see a potential damsel in distress would be 15 minutes tops.  Why?  There's two adult stores right by there.  One sells stuff but another actually has a theater with dancers.  Then you have the motel and 24/ Jack in the Box - plus the truckers are parked over at the Wild Wild West.  Do the math.

Now when ex-mayor Oscar Goodman was trying to get approval to put in a legal brothel in Las Vegas where the Mob Museum is now - he told everyone in Metro, probation and social services that they would "be fired" if they even "read the Trafficking in Nevada report or even speak to Jody Williams or Melissa Farley".  Melissa Farley and reporter Ed Lawrence - who was  then fired after hearing this - heard this.   He meant it to - and people who did call us for help were fired.

Now - that was BEFORE when he was trying to get brothels in where the museum is.  Then George, the brothel association lobbyist, lost the bid to expand into Las Vegas in the 2013 legislature.  The deal's off.   There is no official reason why anyone can't speak to us anymore.  When I confronted Oscar on this - he said it was because he "didn't want images of strung out street whores to mess with the images of Las Vegas he was putting out there to attract tourists".

Okay fine - over.  His wife is now Mayor of just the City of Las Vegas and it's over.  She would never let a brothel be put in Vegas according to Oscar in an interview.  So there's no reason why anyone in Nevada media or state services can't call us for help with a client now.  http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada-legislature/prostitution-bill-not-nevada-legislatures-agenda

The DA David Schubert is now dead.  Chief of Metro Doug Gillispie has now stepped down.  Even the Limo company that was trafficking women has been shut down and the owners arrested.  Thanks to Daniel Bogden, Rick Rizzolo was even arrested.  Although I hear Crazy Horse III is opening now in Las Vegas.

All the more reason why Nevada needs to DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.  You want "love and light"?  Call Annie Lobert at Hookers for Jesus and see what you can get for help.  But if you want help to leave the sex industry and/or to get away from a pimp or trafficker and you don't fit into the guidelines of these above listed programs as to who they help - call www.sexworkersanonymous.com (702) 468-4529 24/7.  Phone is answered by a survivor with at least 10 years recovery.

UPDATE:   This phone call came in at 4:00 a.m. on August 11, 2015.  The caller speaks about the Cupcake Girls and Hookers for Jesus in Las Vegas and her experience with them.  Granted this is her experience with them, and her opinion, and I have no way of verifying any of this because neither of these programs will speak to me.  But you make up your own mind - http://www.mediafire.com/watch/ikygm6xzb09frgk/LasVegasPhoneCall.mp4

Further update as of August 29, 2015 - I have now written to Daniel Bogden three times asking that he speak to me about sex trafficking I'm aware of, some of which involves children. I have not received a call or email yet.  I emailed the Review Journal this Code Red Alert saying that they had an obligation to post our phone number so that victims could call and get help from a program that will actually go out and provide transportation as many victims can't drive.  Either because they don't have a car - or because they're not old enough nor have a license.  We got no response from them but they did write this lovely article - http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/2-las-vegas-men-convicted-sex-trafficking

Thursday, August 27, 2015

THE RISK OF FOCUSING ONLY ON TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

When we started Sex Workers Anonymous - we have always stood on the fact of "not caring where you came from, what you did, who you worked with, how much you made, etc.".   Nor have we focused on why someone entered the industry.  To us - it's like asking an addict or alcoholic to make a distinction about why they started drinking and/or using, or even to make a distinction about how they got the alcohol and/or chemicals.  I mean does it matter if the addict got their fix by a legal prescription or by stealing the drugs?  Isn't what we're supposed to care about when they come to us ONLY about helping them to transition out of sex work?

Which is one of the reasons why we strongly denounce the focusing of resources ONLY upon trafficking victims when it comes to helping a man or women to transition out of sex work.  We also don't believe that getting someone out of sex work is about just offering drug treatment and job training.  To prove our point - let's talk about the transgender issue that's going on in the news with now with respect to Cait Jenner.

Now we can all see that Bruce Jenner had enough money on hand already to pay for the surgeries, hormones, doctors, clothing, etc. without resorting to sex work.  However, that's not the case for the many transgenders I've come to know who are in the sex industry.  I've come to know many who have gone through the transition - many who are still going through the transition.  Trust me - work becomes an issue.  Not just to pay for the transition - but just to pay the rent.

First of all, many surgeons require that one live as the sex they're transitioning into for at least a year.  So if they're a man transitioning into being a woman - they need to live as a woman.  However, many employers are not very understanding about an employee who is wearing a dress while sporting a 5 o'clock shadow.  There's also the question of where is this money going to come from for the surgery, the new clothing, even legal fees for name changes, etc.  Nor are many landlords very open minded either.  So it's not like someone going through this can just get a job or an apartment anywhere like other people can -  so even the simple basic things can be an issue.

It's very easy to fall back upon the sex industry to pay for the transition - especially when most of the transgenders are young.  Especially when the category of the 1/2 man 1/2 woman is very popular within the sex industry.  Not just for physical sex but even on the webcam categories.  Many of the webcam sites, as well as many strip clubs, report that the "lady boys" are their most popular categories.  Even with the S&M communities - the idea of a mistress who is a combination of male and female are quite popular.

Now I'm not saying that all transgenders are prostitutes.  Cait Jenner proves that this is not the case across the board.  Nor do many transgenders choose to enter into sex work to pay for their transition.  But the fact remains that while going through the transition - just paying the rent becomes difficult.  I refer again to a short interview I had with Mya Taylor who is in the film "Tangerine" out right now who reported that many of the transgenders she's known have resorted to sex work to both pay for the transition as well as to support themselves when going through the awkward stages.

Again not always by choice.  We have an interview here for example of one of our members who was thrown out of his house at very young age when his parents found out he wanted to go through the change.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stopsextrafficktalk/2013/03/14/transgender-hiv-trafficking-survivor-speaks  Not having finished school, and not even being old enough to get a work permit - this young boy had to eat.  So sex work became a way for him to support himself when everyone else had abandoned him - and to also pay for his sex change.  This is more common than you might think as we get many members who report to us their families abandoned them when they found out they wanted to go through the change.  You also can't just go to any group or foster home - without finding yourself being beaten, raped, tortured, abused, etc.  So yes in some cases living on your own and working in the sex industry does become a safer option for you.

Even after the transition - questions are going to come up with employers and landlords.  In a bad economy with 1,000's of applicants - many won't hire someone who has gone through such a change for one reason or another.  Health even can become a factor.  I've known many transgenders who have had difficulty adjusting to the hormones - leading to a lot of time spent not able to work.  Which is another plus about the sex industry - you get clients, or regulars, who will often help you through these times because they care about you.

Now trafficking is a fact of life with anyone - male, female or transgender.  But the reality is that sex trafficking is very minimal with respect to transgenders for a few reasons.  One being that as a man to begin with - they're strong.  Strong enough to defend themselves physically if threatened and/or attacked.  So they're not likely to be so easily physically threatened like a tiny 90 pound woman might be by a pimp.

Second, they're not as prone to the emotional deception pimps use.  Nor can they be knocked up and saddled with a kid that ties them to the pimp for 18 years or more like they do when it comes to females.  It's just harder to traffick men vs. women because also of the way we're raised also.  Women tend to be more submissive and raised to sort of let themselves be dominated by men - but not the men who are transitioning into women.

It's also about the clients.  While there is a huge pool of clients who get off on the idea of seeing a woman who is being forced to see them, and degraded in such a manner as this - usually the clients who want to see transgenders are not into seeing this kind of degradation.  So there's also just less demand for trafficked transgenders.

Within the pimp communities - it's not a sign of respect to be trafficking in transgenders.  You won't see a lot of attention giving to a transgender pimp at say the "Pimp n Ho Ball" for example.  In some circles it's even an insult between pimps like "oh he is so bad he can only pimp transgenders".

Not that it's not done at all.  One of our early members was Mike.  He was sold at 8 years old.  The gang that bought him would dress him up like a girl, and fed him hormones in his morning juice.  The reason was the wealthy men who bought him could explain a young girl traveling with them easier than they could a young boy.  So when he'd travel with his clients - he'd always be dressed like a girl so as to throw off the press about who he was or why he was there.  Mike was also being prepared to be forced to go through the change - but killed his pimp when he was 13 years old because he didn't want to be forced to go through the change.

Now I want you to imagine how you've been in sex work to cope, and pay for, the transition for many years.  Only now you're there.  You've found a place to live and have a career and settled into your new life.  Now it's time to quit sex work.  But it's not an easy adjustment.  Where do you go for help to go through this transition now from sex work back into other work?

www.sexworkersanonymous.com

http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Cook-County-Jail-works-on-transgender-policies-/42906.html


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TRUE STORY SUBMISSION ABOUT SEX TRAFFICKING IN MODERN USA

http://www.mediafire.com/view/6317b2oby8ayt1w/My_name_is_Durga.docx

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PETITION

I saw a petition today signed by a lot of non-survivors of trafficking again trying to speak for us without including us.  I then noticed the petition was created by CATW.  So I went to their site to see the false claim they were the "first to fight international sex trafficking".

What a bunch of hooey!  Below is a letter I wrote to them about this.  Their site claims they were founded in 1988 by the way - yet I started our work in 1987.  I didn't see or hear them around that's for sure.  Considering I was appearing on 20/20, Nightline, Geraldo, Donahue, etc. - you'd think they would have heard of me and come to say something to me during this time.  Yet none of the victims we were talking to knew anything about them either .  https://www.change.org/organizations/coalition_against_trafficking_in_women_international_catw


TO THE OC REGISTER



I wrote this letter to the writer:

In reading over your other articles - I have to admit I’m confused.  I’m not seeing a clear distinction between prostitution and sex trafficking which are two different issues.  You also are blending in the cases of minors in with adults - which again from a legal standpoint are very different. 

For example, any sex, whether commercial or not, with anyone under 18 years of age in California is considered statutory rape.   That said - trafficking and prostitution are two different things.  Yet I’m seeing you report signs of “trafficking” which are in fact signs of “prostitution”.  They're different. 

It’s important for this reason - when we started the movement to have sex trafficking recognized it was because our legal system wasn’t set up to address the issue.  You touch upon it lightly when you point out that Oreo was “recruiting in group homes”.   What that entails in reality is that often the people who run these group homes are involved.  Meaning they can’t go to the authorities to report what’s going on because the authorities are often who is involved in the trafficking.  This was the problem back in the 1980’s - and why we said that a SEPARATE and NEW system had to be set up to report trafficking for that reason.  I can show you case after case to prove my point - like Chris Butler or even the NJ strip club owned by DEA agents.  These victims can’t go to the authorities for help because their traffickers ARE the authorities. 

Further complicated with the fact prostitution is illegal.  Meaning if you try and reach out for help - you're incriminating yourself.  It means witnesses don’t want to come forward either for fear of incrimination also.  Again, why a separate and new system needed to be created for us. 

Another disturbing issue you glossed over is that of the children by the pimps.  This is not a light matter at all.  In fact, it’s quite complicated.  It’s routine for pimps to impregnate their victims as soon as possible so that they can’t leave.  The reason is parental rights.  The mother can’t leave without giving him a forwarding address EVER or she’ll be charged with kidnapping.

This is one of the most difficult challenges in leaving a pim​p - the fact that he’ll call the FBI and report her for kidnapping if she does try and leave him.  Many of our members have had to run to Canada where they don’t extradite for just that reason. 

Another is that when the child gets old enough - they also threaten the mother with pimping the child if she doesn’t continue working for him.  So you find the cycle of abuse continues through three generations routinely.

I was also concerned you showed these girls faces in the interview.  You may not be aware of the consequences and neither do they until too late - but speaking as someone who has been granting interviews for 30 years and our countless members who have also done so - please consider NOT running photos of their faces. 

We’ve heard stories of women who have been fired, evicted, even sexually assaulted because of being identified as a prostitute in the news or on TV.  It does not matter how long ago either - I’ve been out of the life since 1985 and if you run a story today with my face I will have landlord who will evict me, employers who will fire me, and depending on the situation it does subject one to sexual harassment even rape.  Remember, that many judges don’t consider rape of a prostitute anything other than “theft of services”.    By the time you run your story, and they then suffer these consequences it’s too late.

Often it may not come up for years.  We have women in our group who did interviews for us in the 1990’s - who report those photos are coming up now they’re trying to find work, or even to date someone and it’s becoming complicated.  That’s why we stopped the practice entirely back in the mid-1990’s.  We were finding the consequences just too stiff. 

Now we suffered them in the 1980’s because we had to.  We had to convince the world trafficking as real and existed.  Well now we’ve proved that point - so there’s no reason to show our faces any more to prove our stories are real. 

I see you do a lot of these articles and was wondering if we could talk because I just see some areas here of confusion maybe I can help you with when it comes to writing stories about this very complicated world.  Thank you.

Jody Williams

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME

You know how shows like "Jackass" and "Ridiculousness" and many others show things that are very dangerous along with the warning "don't attempt this at home - these are trained professionals"?

For some reason, I keep reading of how very loving, caring, great people see a video about sex trafficking at their church and next thing you know - you read about them deciding to "open up a safe house" like they think this is the same as any thing else.

The main reason we stood up starting in 1987 and demanding that the system "change" is because EXISTING systems did not work.  Do you honestly think trafficking victims didn't do things like attempt to run away to a homeless shelter or a domestic violence shelter before?  The problem is that they aren't set up for what happens next.

When a very well known youth program opened up a shelter in NY - every Friday and Saturday night they would get swamped with prostitutes who managed to get away from their pimps.  It's usually the best night of the week to escape because he's busy and you can then slip away.

But at 2:00 a.m. the pimp showed up at this shelter with guns demanding their "property be returned".  The staff are not armed and there usually is not armed security at these types of shelters - so what did they do?  What do you think they did?  For the safety of the staff they "returned" the prostitutes.

Then what?  Do you think they can get the budget approved to hire armed security?  Do you think they're going to get staff to work there knowing these pimps are going to show up with guns?  Not likely.  Now luckily this shelter called me up for help.  We set up a system whereby when the prostitutes who had pimps would show up - we'd take them to a separate system that the pimps couldn't track where they were going.

Which is not easy because they then send out "scouts".  These are prostitutes they send in claiming they want help.  That way they scope out how your system works, where you put them, who your staff is, when your shift changes, etc.  Which is honestly why the best system is one where a "rescue" is held in a quarantine for a few days so they don't see how things operate, who works for you, where your safe house is, etc.

In the over 30 years I've been doing this work - we've made the mistakes.  I've put someone up in a safe house only to come out of my own home to find a pimp come up behind me with a gun, put it in my ribs, and demand to be taken to where his "bitch" is.  I've gone to the safe house with food for a rescue - only to have a pimp jump out of the bushes at me, put a knife up to my throat, and demand to be let inside the security building.  Been there - done that.

As a result of many mistakes - we have developed a very good system that protects everyone.  One we will always gladly share with anyone who asks because people's lives are at risk here and the bigger networks we have - the more people we can help.

But when someone just sees some video and runs off half-cocked thinking "oh that looks like a good idea" - they're going to run into problems.

Is this woman's murder connected with the fact she was also running a safe house for sex trafficking victims?  I don't know.  http://ourmothershome.com/website/2015/07/remembering-dr-teresa-sievers/

But I can safely say this.  If this woman had set up her security properly - she would not have been murdered.  Clearly proper security wasn't there.  Now considering she was running a program for sex trafficking victims - well she paid the price.  More than the loss of her life - there are now going to be even less people willing to take the risk of running one themselves now in fear of what happened to her.  Only what happened to her is NOT what happens when a program is set up properly.  Not only would she not have been alone to have this happen - but there'd be security equipment around her to where we'd know what happened to her.

Myself?  I'm surrounded by video cameras that go of with the slightest of motion.  I have signs up all around me, and even my car stating that if you're in view of these cameras - you're giving consent to be videotaped.  If anyone comes through my front door - they're not only being videotaped - but the recordings are sent off site also to another location.   I also have security where if someone does come through a window or door without my letting them inside - they will seriously regret it.

So please - if you're going to enter into this field PLEASE consider consulting with people who have been doing this a while for mentoring.  Your life, and the lives of the people who work with you, and the people you're rescuing depend upon you knowing the most information you can know.  I don't care how many years you worked at a homeless or even a domestic violence shelter - it's not the same.  I don't know people who show up at homeless shelters with guns demanding their wino's back.  I also don't know many husbands who show up with five guys and gas cans threatening to burn the place down if their woman isn't sent outside in 30 seconds.  Then you call the police - and they leave.  Do you know who they were?  Do you know their car license or their real names or even their address if they're traffickers?  No you don't.  A husband - yes.  A pimp - no.  Then after the police leave - they just show back up again.

Please please please - do not open up handbooks and manuals from homeless and domestic violence shelters and think this is the same.  That's about as effective as opening up a center for compulsive gamblers with an AA Big Book and then wondering why it's not working.

Lois Lee opened up the first program specifically designed for the needs of boys and girls who were being sexually exploited for money, or selling themselves on the streets BECAUSE they were not able to get their needs met properly through existing shelters in 1979.  Because the Runaway Hotline did not know how to help the kids escape a pimp safely - she also opened the first hotline for teens and kids to call for help when in that situation.

I opened the first hotline and national program and network for adults in 1987.  We're now in our second generation of helping people.  Meaning I've now got adult members of our program I helped to get out of the sex industry who have heard about someone their kids know in trouble, or a girlfriend in trouble - who are now calling me for help.  I've even got a couple of moms whose daughters were pimped out by their ex-husband/pimp that I'm getting calls about to help the second generation.

So I don't know of anyone older, or who has more experience, in this country than our two programs when it comes to this area.  I read articles like this one above and my heart breaks.  Because if she had properly set up her program - we would not be reading about her death.  Highly unlikely.  I mean I'm still walking around and so is Lois - so we must be doing something right.

Think about it.



Sunday, August 16, 2015

SENATOR MANCHIN'S OBJECTION TO BUCKWILD

I just saw Joe Manchin's objection about MTV's "BuckWild" where he asks MTV is they want to put money ahead of the welfare of our children when he asks them why they're airing that show. The answer Mr. Manchin is yes. Yes they put money ahead of the welfare of our children. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/wp/2012/12/07/joe-manchin-objects-to-mtvs-buckwild-reality-show/

In 2003, I was discussing with the producers of MTV doing a series of public service announcements about the only hotline in the country where anyone, male, female, or transgender, who simply wants help to leave the sex industry, whether they are trafficked or not, can call to find help to either escape and/or leave the streets where the hotline is answered by another survivor. The hotline also refers adults into the 12 step program of Sex Workers Anonymous, and those under 18 years old to Children of the Night.

We were also negotiating a deal to have a film crew come out and do a documentary on our work under their series "True Life". This was before Snoop Dogg had made his confession in the Rolling Stone interview that he was "putting together an organization" where he was transporting prostitutes on his tour bus from city to city to "sell pussy". Women without checking their ID for their age, were put into a closed room with men who were rich, famous, and stoned - many of who were NFL football players so they were also 300 pounds and then asked if they would allow Snoop to act out his "fantasy" of selling them to these players. I can't imagine a 110 pound lone female is going to say "no" thinking something might not happen to her safety if she did. They were stoned anyway - so how would they tell if she felt uncomfortable and afraid to say "no" so I venture to say this is a form of rape.

Once he "turned them out" - other real, dangerous, street pimps then scooped them up into actual trafficking. I got a call from a politician in Nevada on the "down lo" to go and rescue a young woman who was pregnant and chained to a toilet because they didn't want the publicity that would result from sending in the police to rescue her - and then file charges that would lead directly to Snoop. Meaning that our police are paid to protect us - but they called our group to go in and rescue this poor girl because they were afraid of being sued for defamation or wrongful arrest.

Because this tour was moving onto the next city - I reached out to MTV's producers to help me contact this tour's organizers to see what they could do about shutting this down since the police clearly didn't want to get involved in a Bill Cosby scandal times 10. Their response was to fire the producer who was working on our PSA's to help save lives, and then redirect the trafficking program they'd just launched to instead of opening in the USA originally as planned - to open instead in Sweden to address European sex trafficking.

He has bragged about this pimping - and has never apologized to the many victims we rescued from that tour. In fact, he's now gone on to start the Youth Snoop Football League spreading across Los Angeles, with cheerleaders, while he invests in a marijuana delivery service and I have yet to see his carrying a medical marijuana card while being around our young girls and boys in a role model and authoritative position.

I have organized www.boycottsnoop.com until something is done to address the fact that prior to the Youth Snoop Football League high school security was able to tell pimps who did not attend those schools to get off the grounds. Now all they have to do to enter these school grounds is simply say "I'm here for the game". Snoop is actively hanging out with Rick "Freeway" Ross, who was connected to drug trafficking during iran Contra - which also trafficked our American young women. Despite him promoting his book now discussing his drug trafficking - he will not address the sex trafficking that went on during those years at all on interviews I'm also blocked from being involved with to discuss the sex trafficking part of Iran Contra.  

But then I heard Rick's song and dance about "going straight" and caring about our youth before. If he did - he'd be calling upon Snoop to take measures to protect these kids in connection with his football league with respect to sex trafficking that has become such a major problem in Los Angeles recently - the Board of Supervisors just approved a $7 million dollar budget to do something about this epidemic. One that starts with Snoop Dogg making an apology - and doing something to address trafficking that may be happening in our schools with a police force letting fear of a lawsuit stop them from protecting our citizens - young or old.

So yes Senator Manchin - MTV cares more about money than the well-being of our children. So if you want to do something about this besides just complain - I ask you to put together a committee of some kind to investigate pandering charges against Snoop Dogg, and MTV for "promoting prostitution" which is a felony in this country, does not require the receipt of money, nor does the consent of the victim negate the crime. I further add that maybe we should boycott MTV to put a hurt where that dollar is until they do something to address sex trafficking right here at home in the USA.
cc: Good Morning America

URGENT PLEA FOR HELP

On Friday night - I got a call on the hotline at 1:00 a.m.  Now I sleep with the phone by me in case there's an emergency so it will wake me up.  The woman had told me the day before she didn't want to hear from me about where she could find legit work that wouldn't hassle her because she doesn't have a state ID card.  She had called me to tell me the Cupcake Girls did nothing for her when she had asked for help when she saw them giving make overs to strippers in the strip clubs.  She was furious at them for being a "sham".

I had also talked to her about other documents we could get to get DMV to give her an ID if she still couldn't get her birth certificate.  After raving at me for two hours about how pissed she was that all Cupcake Girls did was raise money but not help her - she told me she wasn't ready to leave sex work yet.  Okay fine.  I referred her to SWOP, Desiree Alliance and Red Umbrella and wished her luck.

So why she was calling me at 1:00 a.m. because Metro and the security at Cosmo jacked her up on a Friday night pissed me off.  I told her to call the sex workers' rights groups about hookers problems, and to let me sleep.  I then rolled over to go back to sleep.

To which she responded if I was going to be "cranky" about being woke up "maybe you should hire a professional service like Cupcake Girls' has".   To get a service that would answer our type of calls is a commitment of a year and would cost me $500 a month to get a live operator trained in our calls just for the night shift.

Okay it can't work both ways.  I can't be on the phone, or doing outreach, or taking a newcomer for an HIV test or a job interview or to go to the food bank AND take care of my kid with a brain tumor AND go out fund raising day and night.  Not possible in the real world.

Then this afternoon I had a woman respond to a post I'd made about the polygamist show helping the kids to escape abuse.  She talked about how there needed to be a way to let those kids know about a hotline like ours - but to do that takes a whole new website, social media, etc.  Which costs money.  Every time I set up a new website it costs me $50.00.

This other woman was telling me how "your sites can't be found because they're free sites".  Okay well who is going to pay for them every month?  Everyone in the group comes to meetings, and then tells me they're broke.   I have one member who literally comes to every phone meeting for two years now straight - but hasn't donated one penny.   This person thanks me every week for having a program "not available anywhere else" that is credited for helping him to reduce his anxiety enough to where he's now volunteering at his local church weekly working with other teens coming off the streets.

In the meantime, I over drew my bank account paying for the cell phone bill to keep the hotline on.  I let it go off for two hours.  Then I thought I just couldn't take the risk.  So I went ahead and trusted God's going to fend for us here .  Sure enough - an hour later I got a crisis call from an 18 year old girl who was fighting the urge to relapse.  She said I helped her.   But she's not working and don't think I should ask someone who just thought about hooking for money for a donation.

I need a break here.  I'm tired of hearing how people are giving all this money to fakes, con artists, and shams - and I'm getting bumpkiss.  I'm not lying to anyone.  I'm being honest and truthful and frankly I'm beginning to wonder because it seems the  con artists are cleaning up.  It's beginning to make me wonder a bit here.

People tell me it's because the other shams have a "better looking website".  Well I made a free on at Webs.  To pay for one costs money.  Money if I get it - goes into gasoline to drive newcomers to job interviews, to send free Recovery Guides to jails  or those who are in the hospital getting HIV treatments.  If I get money I make sure a newcomer has food to hold her three days until the 1st, or she gets a uniform to start a new job, or pays for her drug test so she can take a job.  I just don't see sending money on a fancy website when we have so many better ways to spend our money on our members.  Get a grant?  Takes time to apply that I'm spending working with newcomers. Set up a fund raiser?  Takes time I'm spending setting up a jail meeting in San Diego.  Now unless you guys can do what I'm doing - then someone has to help with the bills around here.

Which amount to a total of $500 a month.  That's it.  But my monthly check is $770.00.  My rent is $900.  You do the math.  I don't have it.   If not for my daughter's check - I'd not make rent.   So my total income monthly is $1440.  You try taking care of two women, two dogs, a cat and a 12 step program on $1440 a month and then come up with another $500 a month for internet, cell phone, 800 number, mail box, postage, printing, etc.

I've got many victims I'm speaking out for who can't speak out for themselves.  Okay well that means I have a cell phone bill which no I can't use a free government phone because it doens't record phone calls.  It also has only 200 minutes which I use in a day.  I had three people tell me they were buying a Recovery Guide - and I'm not seeking it.

I'm beginning to feel like the town pump - where I'm being used by every guy in town but no one wants to take me to dinner.  Well it's time to take me to dinner. If I don't come up with $45 by Monday my bank is going to charge me another $35 a day until I do.   I did it to keep our hotline on.  Why did I run short?  My printer broke and a tire wore out on our outreach car.   So there went $100.

I can't do it all.  I work a job - I don't have time to do this work.  If I go out fund raising - I don't have the time to do this job.  I'm not superwoman.  Trying to be almost killed me with a stroke in 2000.

You want me to do this work then help us pay the very real operating bills.  I don't ask for a salary - just keep the phone on.  Please donate at paypal at tapsresearchdirector@gmail.com


Saturday, August 15, 2015

DEATH TO THE MADAM INSTITUTION & RISE OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMANT

Before Google - if you were a wealthy, famous, or powerful man who couldn't risk something like what happened to the Secret Service down in Columbia happens when you pick up a street walker, or what happened to Steve Sassa when an escort's pimp was blackmailing him, or when Donald Banks got blackmailed by Teofil for $500,000 - the sex industry had madams.

Madams allowed students, aspiring lawyers, house wives, writers, and anyone who wanted to work as an escort without fear of records of phone numbers or ads coming back to haunt them years down the road - would work for a madam so they could maintain their confidentiality.  They also worked for madams because the calls were pre-screened and they knew what they were walking into as they walked in to it.  That's what they paid for.  Madams had "black books" of clients they did business with regularly so they knew who they were sending young girls, or boys (think American Gigolo), into seeing.  So there wasn't any real danger - usually.  If a guy was dangerous - the madam knew about it and would "black list" them.  Ethical ones anyway.

The clients paid the money to maintain discretion.  If the prostitute would steal something - I'd take it back to the client because I wanted his repeat business.  If one of the girls got sick - I'd make a discrete phone call to him rather than the health department.  If one of the women started even thinking about blackmail - I'd threaten to blacklist her out of the business.  Because again I had a regular clientele I wanted to keep happy and keep coming back.  These men could come to my house I'd set up so these women, and men, wouldn't know the clients real names, or have anything they could blackmail them with again like we saw with the Donald Banks case.  If he'd paid a madam in the old days - that whole scandal would not have happened.  If it had been attempted - we'd go deal with it, get his money back, and that would have been the end of it.  So if you think about it - confidentiality has always been a big deal to me.  

But again the internet has changed things.  Now one thing also used to happen with madams that I talk about with Iran Contra with me, and other things.  I was approached by men within our own government wanting information on girls who had no family who would question their disappearance.  They wanted white girls, blue eyes preferable, without a drug problem, and who didn't have anyone who would miss them if they were to disappear.

I was offered $25,000 a woman and told all I had to do was send her on an appointment where they'd be waiting with chloraform to knock her out.  Then she'd be loaded onto a diplomat's plane which is not stopped or searched.  Thinking if this was real I needed to stop it - I asked to know more details.  I was then shown everything about the operation - including that the women were being sold or traded for oil deals, government contracts, trade secrets, drug deals, etc.  For all I knew - this was a set-up to see if I'd bite.  Maybe it was just some guy yanking my chain.  So to see if this was for real - I asked to see more of the operation by pretending to entertain their offer.  

Once I saw this was real, and had names, addresses, planes even - I of course then went to law enforcement who didn't believe me.  Remember, we as a world didn't believe sex trafficking existed in the 1970's and 1980's.  So I set up my own security to protect us - hence why I had a warehouse by the police station that was armed with security equipment, cameras, a computer, etc.  (www.hightechmadam.com for clippings).   

Now I refused to make these deals because I'm just not that kind of person.  Because I refused I was told I had better comply or they would "arrest me and take everything I earned and wipe me out" which is exactly what they did.  Then they tried to make a movie glamorizing me as they'd done with Dolly Pardon and the madam down in Texas who ran the "Chicken Ranch".  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lraodsPEQ78

Only I began to notice a pattern.

I watched that film, and others like the "Happy Hooker", (which in today's world would be Magic Mike XXL), and it enticed me into the business.  I then started seeing the other madams who were arrested having the same type of movie produced.  I then went to each of them from the Beverly Hills Madam, the Hollywood Madam, and the Mayflower Madam to name a few and asked them why they let such an unrealistic movie be made about them.

In each case I heard "who cares about the truth - I got paid".  Okay that's my answer.  I began to see these films as "inphomercials" to entice others to replace us - just as Heidi Fleiss then thought she could rise up and replace Alex and me.  Because of course "she's smarter" than us and "could make it work" as every addict tells themselves.

Even Jeane Palfrey had the same experience.  We heard about this when I knew her and even from Montgomery Sibley in his interview with us.  When she refused to sell women for government deals - they busted her, took everything she owned, and I believe killed her to silence her when she was trying to warn us.  Again, she refused a plea bargain to walk because she wanted to get the proof out there in her phone records of what was happening.

But the internet has pretty much wiped out the madam.  The porn industry has "agents".  Strippers have "managers".  But madams are pretty much extinct.  Prostitutes can use google phones, and hushemails, and run ads where they "anonymize" their email address while TOR can "anonymize" your IP address.  

So what replaces us with respect to who is going to funnel information on men and women in the sex industry to men like I witnessed if the days of the madam are over?

I invite you to read this article very carefully.  http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/records-show-las-vegas-constable-s-office-database-misuse  This computer system database is not just in Las Vegas either.  When Rick Rizzolo was in custody in California - there was an Orange County Sheriff who was busted, http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/03/rick_rizzolo_mike_carona_las_v.phphttp://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/03/rick_rizzolo_mike_carona_las_v.php  and his computer privileges revoked because he was supposedly selling information to Rick http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2007/10/oc_sheriff_carona_indicted_for.php    on people in the porn and strip industry out of this computer spoken about in this article here - http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2015/05/orange_county_prosecutor_misconduct_judge_goethals_takes_district_attorney.html

Now - notice how this computer in Orange County also says it has in it's database a list of "informants".  As I've told you in previous blogs, I was approached by law enforcement years ago and offered a monthly salary in exchange for being an informant because of answering our hotline and running many of our meetings, and talking to our members all over the USA.  I refused.  

Welcome to Abeni, and the Cupcake Girls, as well as groups run by D'Lita Miller, Safe Passage who was working with Kevin Brown, etc.   Here's some links to these types of groups that have popped up since 2013

https://www.facebook.com/AbeniOC and http://www.thecupcakegirls.org/ and http://www.ocregister.com/articles/reese-373758-brown-sweets.html

Please notice what each of these group's has in common - a connection with law enforcement and also with the state legislature.

Cupcake Girls - Nevada legislature.  http://www.thecupcakegirls.org/#!A-Step-Forward-for-Sex-Trafficking-Survivors/cmbz/556fa0860cf219f177242529  Notice Assemblyman John Hambrick is backing them.  Only John Hambrick also backed Congo Justice who pushed to get AB67 pushed through while ignoring members of Sex Workers Anonymous who were strongly objecting, as well as SWOP members according to Jennifer Reed.  I also have a videotape of an SWA member, Aubrey, who spoke to the Nevada legislature against AB67, and also to stop the brothel expansion into Las Vegas to John Hambrick directly and he is on the videotape speaking to her - that he later than denied any knowledge of that very evening on his Facebook page.  http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada-legislature/prostitution-bill-not-nevada-legislatures-agenda  (Aubrey stood up to George alone to defeat this bill that wasn't even listed on the calendar - and we won.  Do you see her or our name here as credited?)  

When I showed him the recording to prove he knew this woman and spoke to her - he blocked me off his Facebook page.  So no - Assemblyman John Hambrick is NOT the sex trafficking victim's friend.  But here he is pushing the Cupcake Girls with this phony claim that "they can't find work because of a trespassing charge".  Every casino in Nevada WILL hire someone with such a charge - and the only thing that is blocked from them in Nevada to my knowledge because of a prostitution arrest is to get a license to work at the legal brothels.

Let's look at Abeni.  They're listed as connected to the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.  Right here on their staff directory - http://www.egovlink.com/ochumantrafficking/staff_directory.asp

Safe Passage - https://www.linkedin.com/company/safe-passage-oc  Founded by a retired cop who had partnered with Kevin Brown, another ex-cop.

Seeing a pattern here yet?

Notice something else - what's lacking?

I don't see Sex Workers Anonymous listed on this task force, nor anything to do with these groups.  In fact, each one of these groups has blocked me when I contacted them upon hearing of them to find out what they do for our hotline.  Now if they don't like SWA that's one thing.  But I do answer the only hotline currently for adults who are not just trafficking victims - but want to leave, and recover, from the sex industry in any form.  I can't do everything - so I give out referrals.

I hear about a new group and I reach out to them to find out what they do so I can give out referrals.  Only when I reached out to all three of these groups, Cupcake Girls, Abeni and Safe Passage - I not only got shut down, blocked and blown off but Meg from Abeni even started telling people that I was "stalking her, threatening her, and she was scared to leave her house for fear of me".  Why?  I can show you a transcript of the whole conversation if you'd like and tell me if my asking questions about what Abeni does would inspire you to have so much fear you'd be asking people where I live so you can swear out a warrant on me. You know with this much grant money at stake - people can get really weird let me tell you when it comes to "economic interference" as the law states and for which a lawsuit is being drawn up against these groups by the way as we speak.

Which I won't publish the conversation here because she has photos of her children of her facebook page.  Now if she wants to claim she's helping sex trafficking victims while posting photos of her children and risk their safety like that - that's her decision.  But I'm not going to play into it simply because I think she's a fraud.  If she was helping these victims - trust me someone would be threatening her children and those photos would not be online.  But maybe she's just stupid - so I'm not going to publish them.  You'll notice I don't publish any photos of my daughter anywhere despite how beautiful she is because I care about her safety.  She's not even "friended" on my social media for that reason.

But both Orange County and Las Vegas have computer databases where information on people in the sex industry is listed.  It's not "official" and Slate says it's also a database of informants.  If you saw the series on TV recently about the man who infiltrated the Hell's Angels - then you have an idea how informants work.  They gain your trust, pump you for information, and then as we saw in the Rick "Freeway" Ross case - they also set you up to get arrested and put away for life.

If you read his story - while enticing people into investing in him being an "at risk community rebuilder" he also still spoke to someone who was an informant.  This informant then threatened to kill someone supposedly to get him to agree to return to crime.  However, I know good and well from experience he could have gone to someone and agreed to put a wire on that informant, have him arrested and sent off to jail.  Certainly someone with all his connections could have done that.  But no - he went ahead and got himself arrested again.  There's also allegations that Rick Ross is even a "snitch".  http://allhiphop.com/2014/12/01/exclusive-freeway-rick-ross-responds-to-rapper-rick-ross-allegations-hes-a-snitch/

My point about the informant here is this clipping shows proof that some guy was walking around on a $40,000 a year salary to do nothing but go around setting people up.    http://www.biography.com/people/ricky-ross-481828

Our organization goes to great lengths to protect the confidentiality and "anonymity" of our members.  We don't sell our Recovery Guide on Amazon for one reason - Amazon can turn over a list of the buyers to law enforcement if they wanted to.  Now do only members of SWA buy the book?  No.  But some do.  So that I protect those members - I self-publish and sell the book myself.  I then burn the bank information.

It's probably why I'm now on the "second generation" of victims in our work.  What I mean by that is that I'm now getting calls for help from mothers we helped in the 80's and 90's who are now finding their kids being trafficked and want to call someone they trust for help - so they call us.  

There's another group who protects the confidentiality of their clients - www.childrenofthenight.org  They do NOT take federal grants, nor are they structured in such a way where they can be audited by an outside group that would reveal donor, client, or other information on people who call their hotline, or go into her program.

Notice a pattern?  That the same places that DON'T list us - also aren't listing Children of the Night.  So is this personal against me?  Nope.  We're not affiliated with CON or Lois Lee in any way.  I've never even met the woman in person.  So it's not personal against us nor against them.

What's the common denominator?  Abeni claims to not be faith based - although the other groups are. So it's not that we aren't faith based.

So what's the common denominator?  We protect the anonymity of those we help.  That's one thing.  We also aren't using these people as research data - but actually helping them.  Nor are we pumping them for information and then casting them aside - we're actually helping them.  Hence the common denominator.  

Now here's something interesting.  I got a call from a woman who says she connected to the Cupcake Girls in Vegas when they were in a strip club doing make-overs for the strippers.  She got pretty pissed because she says she can't get a job outside of prostitution because she's from another country and she can't get her birth certificate - so she can't get an ID and thus can't work.  But rather than help her - they're giving make-overs and blew her off when she asked them for help.

Now I'd like to add in strip clubs they have undercover cameras that take your photo.  If she asked for help from the Cupcake Girls inside that club - she gave them contact information.  There's also cameras inside the clubs which can easily go back and take her photo after she'd identified herself to this Cupcake Girl rep.

But here's a little known fact - if someone gets your photo they can put that photo into security cameras that are in casinos like the Cosmopolitan.   That casino takes a photo of your face when you enter the casino.  It's then ran through a database to see if you're a card cheat - or have a warrant out.  Then they alert security  so that you're to be escorted out of the casino.  http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-06/spy-vs-spy-casinos-cant-see-cameras-hidden-gamblers-sleeves

Now this woman told me she'd been working as a hooker out of the strip casinos for about eight months without one hitch.  Friday night she walks into the Cosmopolitan and security is on her.  She swears she wasn't doing anything but had just walked into the casino.  Then security came up to her and said either she could go with them "willingly or she'd be handcuffed".  I asked her "you do know that's kidnapping right if they try to restrain you or hold you without being arrested?" To which she said "but they were going to hand cuff me".  Well she still complied so technically she gave them consent.

She then told me the same story I've heard 1000 times out of Vegas and other clubs - they were photographed and then told if they "come back again they'll be arrested".  They do this because they don't want accurate records in Nevada for the prostitution activity.  They also don't charge them with prostitution because the law states anyone arrested for prostitution in Nevada has to have an HIV test.
After Nevada prostitutes came back with an 80 percent positive HIV rate  in the 1990's - they stopped arresting most of these women for prostitution.  Instead, they do a 24, 48 or 72 hour hold where they're not even arrested or charged.  They're just held in the jail for that time period - where of course they get paid per day for each day these men and women are in custody.

Now their numbers of HIV positive prostitutes disappears.

What a racket.

If they do charge them with anything - it's trespassing most of the time.  You really got to piss someone off to get arrested for solicitation in Nevada.  I did an informal interview once inside Clark County jail for women and literally half of the women in custody were on a 24, 48 or 72 hour hold where they were told to either accept the hold or have a prostitution arrest on their record.  About 25 percent of the women told me they were not prostituting but they would be so ashamed of a prostitution arrest on their record - they simply took the hold without question rather than risk a record.

What a racket.

But my point being that this is not the first call I've gotten where someone has found themselves magically arrested for something within a very short period of time after talking to the Cupcake Girls.

If you ask me - people have learned a lot from watching me - but they're doing it the wrong way.  In 2012, I spoke to someone who worked at Polaris.  I explained there was a woman who wouldn't leave the pimp's house or watchful eye except when she was on a call.  To extract her from the pimp - we'd set up a fake appointment with a volunteer who pretended to be a customer.  We found a hotel where we could take her out of the window of the room (not easy when most windows nowadays don't open in motels), to get her away from the pimp.  I had explained the "sting" to Polaris - and then interestingly I see the premise of "8 Minutes" pop up with the whole "john sting" idea in a motel setting.

Not unlike how I sent a letter to NBC about how we'd also find out trafficking information by going online and pretending to be a young pretty girl to flush out the pimps.  A year later - we see Chris Hanson with "To Catch a Predator".

These people also know that members talk in our meetings about their lives, and what they've gone through.  They know or they wouldn't have approached me to pay me as an informant.  They came to me in the late 1990's and asked me for "research data".  When I refused - well we have Polaris now don't we?  Who doesn't do anything that 911 doesn't do.

Let me explain.  When we started this work in 1987 - we went to the police and we asked them how many murder victims were prostitutes.   They told us "we don't keep records like that".  Okay.  I then went to the ER and asked them how many of the violent attacks they treated were victims of pimps vs. a husband or boyfriend.  They said "we don't keep records like that".  I contacted the Rape Hotline and asked them "how any of your rapes are prostitutes being raped on the job?"  To which I heard "we don't keep records like that".   I then went to the jail and asked them how many of their inmates were prostitutes.  We were told "we don't keep records like that".    I went to the drug treatment centers and asked them "how many of your clients are prostitutes?"  To which I heard "we don't keep records like that?"  And so on.

Frustrated, and remember I was 25 years old at this time and very naive about how the system works - I asked "well can we?"  To which I got explained about the 5th amendment right now to "incriminate yourself".   So basically the police, the treatment centers, the hospitals, doctors, counselors all told me "we aren't going to ask if they're prostitutes on our forms because then we're asking them to admit to a crime - which is a violation of their constitutional rights".

I then said "can we ask them anyway and see if they'll tell us voluntarily?"  For which they said "if we ask - then we have to mirandize them under the law because it's incriminating.  Also, if we ask them and they say yes then we're obligated to report this to the police.  We don't want to do that - it's a whole can of worms."  Ok got it.

So now we have this:

http://www.hhs.gov/asl/testify/2014/09/t20140911a.html

They explained that if they started asking and then made the required report to the police about their answer  - that the fear was the prostitute wouldn't seek help for drug abuse, rape, violence, etc.  I then asked "well what's the difference between saying I'm an addict vs. saying I'm a prostitute?"   Isn't it a crime to say you're using illegal drugs?

To which I got informed there are laws in place federally that state once you ask for help for drug treatment, rape or domestic violence - the laws of confidentiality go into place.  Here's information on some of those laws.  http://adaiclearinghouse.org/downloads/TAP-13-Confidentiality-of-Patient-Records-for-Alcohol-and-Other-Drug-Treatment-103.pdf

But mind you in 1987 - we had no federal recognition that sex trafficking was even real.  We didn't get federal recognition until the year 2000.   Which means we aren't going to get laws passed about the confidentiality of people seeking help until we get it recognized as real - which again didn't happen until the year 2000.  Then magically in 2002 - we get the National Trafficking Hotline.

So for a long time I tried to figure out why is the Polaris Hotline basically taking information but not doing anything for the caller?  Then it clicked - data.  You get raped and call them and identify.  Then they turn you over to law enforcement for help - but Polaris now got the data on a prostitute being raped that the police report doesn't note.

Am I wrong?  They sure get a lot of research grant money.   http://www.polarisproject.org/component/content/article/1-national-human-trafficking-hotline/245-federal-anti-trafficking-efforts

Polaris has acknowledged problems with the 5th amendment and their hotline.  They said to me that's "why we don't record calls unless asked to" and also said "we don't refer anyone to law enforcement unless they ask".  But this is an acknowledgment they know that what these people are saying to them essentially is a form of incrimination.

Meaning can someone in law enforcement go in and pull their 800 phone number phone logs and identify who called them against their wishes?  Absolutely.  Not something they're going to shout from the roof tops by the way along with those billboards - that yes law enforcement can issue a warrant or subpoena for their phone logs and get data on the phone numbers of people who have called them for help that are not protected under the same laws that addicts and alcoholics have in place when they call for help.

Now you know why I publish my home cell phone number along with our 800 number where someone can call my private home phone number from a blocked number.  By being an ordained minister, by using my private home phone to take calls, and by not using an 800 number that records your incoming phone number automatically on a log when you call us - no one can pull our phone records without obtaining a warrant first.  So if I hear one more person say to me "well you don't have a business line so you must not be legit" I'm going to scream.  I have a residential line so that I can protect the information on the callers to our hotline and therefore I will get calls that the other hotlines who don't - well don't.

Now I ask you - if I take these precautions to protect you so that you can come forward for help without worrying about it coming back to bite you, or to ask people who know about trafficking to call me and tip me off to it without fear of anyone finding out they told us - what about these people who say they want to help you, care about you, but don't take these steps?  Even Polaris is trying to protect you by not recording calls, and not turning over any information to law enforcement unless you ask them to (except of course where required by law such as when a child is in danger, etc.)?

Cupcake Girls?  Abeni?  Safe Passage?

How much is this data worth?  I contacted a group out in Los Angeles when I saw a big press release about them doing an outreach campaign to look for victims.  I assumed if they were doing this - then they had some resources available.  Since I'm preparing to do an outreach in Los Angeles - I wanted to find out what resources they had so if a victim says to me "yeah I want out of here" I know where I can put them.  Because I don't do outreach unless I have somewhere to take them.  Hearing they're doing outreach - I assumed they had somewhere to take them.

So I called them to ask about this.  I'd also read that Orange County had just received $400,000 to provide housing for victims http://district34.cssrc.us/content/janets-journal-june-2015     and Los Angeles had received $1,000,000 for housing for victims - https://www.calfund.org/page.aspx?pid=1159    so I'm assuming they're tapping into this fund.  I can't get any information from anyone on where this housing is - so I'm assuming they'll tell me.  http://www.cspinc.org/ and http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/humantrafficking/traffickingmatrix.html

http://webapps.foundationcenter.org/rc/grants_ltr/index.php?resultpage=17&id=22 and http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/endtrafficking/funding-award-annoucements  and http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20150505/la-county-supervisors-back-federal-grant-to-create-human-trafficking-task-force/1  and https://oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking/help  and https://jenesse.org/media/news/articles/Dept_of_Justice_Article.pdf  and http://www.la2050.org/site/assets/files/1765/my_la2050_report_final.pdf and http://district34.cssrc.us/content/california-department-housing-and-community-development-awards-grants-interval-house

Only I was told "oh we have a year waiting list for help".  Now wait a minute - you just announced you're doing outreach.  Why do that if you have a year waiting list?  Oh because we need to build the waiting list.  Why?  Because with a bigger list - we can get more money.  http://www.butlerfamilyfoundation.org/grants?field_giving_program_tid=All&field_grant_category_tid=All&field_grant_year_value%5Bvalue%5D=&title=&page=1&order=title&sort=asc  (Looking at all these grants that are offering money to work with trafficking victims - are you beginning to see why they're getting pretty desperate at finding those victims enough to possibly set up "fake support groups" to flush them out?)

This doesn't seem fair to me.  Go in and ask a victim if they want help.  Then when they say "yes" you say "ok here's a waiting list for a year".  Are you kidding me?

So I asked this woman - look I don't have housing and I don't believe in a safe house system anyway because the pimps just locate it and then target it.  So how about I come in and show your volunteers how we get housing immediately and bang names off that waiting list?

To which she said "oh no".  Huh?

"Well we need to build the list bigger so we can raise more money".  To which I then saw them put together a celebrity laden event where a plate was $50,000.  The cheapest plate to attend was $250.  So I asked them if I could get a free pass donated so one of our members could come and see how they put together an event like this - maybe it would help us learn how to fund raise.

We were denied.

So the founder of Sex Workers Anonymous can't even get a free seat at a sex trafficking luncheon.  Wow.  I need to get off the phone talking to real victims of trafficking who need help and I need to learn how to put together a $50,000 a plate luncheon to raise money by telling people I can't help these victims.

Or do I?  What are your thoughts?  Because frankly I'm getting tired of people comparing me to these groups who spend all of their time fund raising about how I don't have bells and whistles that they do because they have money and I don't.  So you tell me - because I can't do both.  I can't smooze and fund raise AND do the work that I do with this hotline and program for our members to be here for that second generation now who is calling me for help.

So you tell me.