When the film "Taken" was made based on one man's story - more people started seeing the financial potential in these stories. Yes later he was exposed as a fraud and arrested - but a lot of people still aren't aware his story was not true either. No you can't run around other countries shooting up traffickers and then come back to the states and be called a "hero".
Then came "8 Minutes". Kevin Brown and Greg Reese were going all over California holding fund raisers for their so called "rescue" they were pretending was real operating here in California. I know because one of his assistants called me asking if I would "send a prostitute to their hotel room so they could stage an intervention". I said "you want me to send you over a traumatized just rescued woman who just left being kept captive by a pimp to a hotel room where this ex-cop can then offer to take her off to some ranch in NM and she can stay there for a year to get treatment?" I'm thinking to myself "what kind of con is this guy running?" and "why on earth would I do that to a woman in that type of condition?" as well as WHO would ASK such a thing? So I said "I would like to see this ranch you're claiming you're "rehabilitating women at". Of course I never heard from him again until I saw the show on TV.
Relativity Media by the way is being sued by investors who invested in the series based on the news clips and thinking it was real just as investors invested in the idea of Heidi Fleiss opening a "male to female" brothel in Nevada while they were airing "Gigolo's" which was also exposed as being "actors" and not a "reality" show. So actually "8 Minutes" was the third time I'd seen Relativity Media conning investors not only with the idea of a "reality show" which was actually staged, but also in connection with investing on the outside of the show as well.
Another fund raiser came with "Kamylla" claiming she had been "promised help" on one hand while admitting the show was staged. Well which is it? If the show was "for real" then she would have been given help as they claimed to be doing. If it was staged, then why would she then think they could help her in reality? But the news spread that Kamylla had been handed $10,000.
The cherry on the sundae came when Heather, the woman who shot Neal Falls, was handed $17,000. Only to then disappear pretty much.
Now the feeding frenzy is on. Latesha Clay, a 15 year old with two small children, was tried as an adult without one word from this media, or online campaigns, to help her. Amber Batts was left to lose her marriage, home, and children, for trying to screen clients and keep sex workers safe in Alaska. No fund raisers for her. But the Cupcake Girls and the three madams are busy busy busy raising money money money now - and everyone wants in.
That's why "Sally" contacted after supposedly the Cupcake Girls turned her down for a fund raiser. She then tried to talk me into hosting her a fund raiser. I said "for what?" She said "to get me out of sex work". I replied I didn't need a fund raiser to get her out of sex work as we do it all the time, and do it without holding fund raisers. Why? Because the whole point is to teach them how to take care of themselves. Me handing them money, a "john" handing them money, donors handing them money - are not teaching them to be financially self-reliant. Nor is there any difference between marketing someone as a pimp vs. marketing them for a fund raiser - marketing is marketing. What we do is show people how to become financially independent no matter their situation or limitations if that's what they want.
So I offered to do this for her - connect her to our local Vegas members and show her how to get out of sex work. Turns out that isn't what she wanted. So she bashed us, and kept going until she found Stepping Stones. BTW - Stepping Stones takes prostitutes off the streets and has them make handmade journals that they sell online. How does this teach them how to make a decent living for themselves? Not a clue. But then again many of our members are business owners, artists, writers, doctors, lawyers, managers, brokers, realtors, politicians, reporters, and well financially independent.
I wrote to Leroy when I saw the fund raiser letting him know of my experience with Sally. He did not ask for the proof and has continued on for weeks asking donors for money. I'm sorry - but if I was going to ask anyone for money for an attorney, or to help her out - it would be Latesha Clay who was tried as an adult in Michigan and clearly needs a better attorney. Which by the way we were told yesterday we did secure. I thought you might like to see the email I just sent Leroy about Sally. While we will defend sex workers and trafficking victims confidentiality aggressively, and have, I report Nigerian con artists, and attack anyone who is harming supporters of those who truly do want to help real sex workers and real victims to find a new life. They deserve honesty and protection also.
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Date: Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 3:20 PM
To: Leroy Lamar <firstname.lastname@example.org>