I say that because of the very first case I went onto my first national TV show to try and find help. In researching a group I wanted to put together to help people leave prostitution, which often meant leaving pimps and traffickers also, I was told to go talk to members of a local church who had developed a reputation of getting women off the streets and away from their pimps that was really big in Los Angeles back in 1986.
I went to interview those women and found that almost all of them had at one time been pimped by street pimps before being "rescued" by the church. After finding the church, they would get married and start popping out kids. Since this was a very rare thing since studies at the time showed something like 98 % of women who had been involved in drugs and prostitution never made it out at all - of course I wanted to know how this church was achieving this. In asking the women what their lives were like now - I was quite shocked to find out the truth.
Which was they might not be turning tricks on the street corner - but they were still being exploited by the church leader. Basically their street pimp had been replaced by the pastor where they were doing essentially the same thing - only instead of the money going to drugs the money was going to the pastor and the church.
They were in situations where they were in a multiple marriage with the leader, having kids by him, and then he was using the children in child pornography which was sold to support the church financially. The adult women were then trained to do pretty much the same thing they did as street prostitutes did in order to bring men into the church who would donate heavily. They called this practice "Flirty Fishing".
That church was the "Children of God". After talking to these women I thought had found a solution - we had just found 10 women, with multiple children, who desperately wanted to leave. But none of them had jobs - while almost all of them had criminal records for drugs and prostitution. Most didn't even have a drivers license or a car. The leader always kept them without any money on them at all to prevent them from leaving.
Now I ask you - how in 1987 am I supposed to find a place that would take in 10 women with multiple kids per family who had no ID, no money, and we knew the father would come after them crying "kidnapping" if they tried to leave with the children at a time when our society didn't believe sex trafficking was even real?
Remember the Trafficking Act of 2000 wasn't passed until the year 2000 - so this was right on the heels of a time when Linda Lovelace had tried to get the world to believe she'd been forced to film "Deep Throat" while her husband/pimp had pointed a gun at her from off camera on a mob financed film while no one on the set would lift a finger to help her.
All I could think of to do was to go onto a national TV show, tell the public about how this was a very real issue in today's world (people used to think "white slavery" as it was called back then didn't exist anymore), and ask for someone to step up with resources to help these 10 families escape.
Sally Jesse Raphael gave me an hour to do this - and after the show aired an apartment building owner came forward offering housing for each of the women. He gave them a year free rent. I had an auto lot dealer give the women cars on easy financing (we didn't have to make payments for 90 days), a counselor stepped up offering free counseling, and we even had an attorney donate his services to help these women fight their leader for custody. I even had a temporary employment agent step up and help us find work for each of these women while a daycare even offered free daycare so these women could get on their feet.
After the publicity hit the air - the church up and left California that year for Europe. They changed their name from "Children of God" to the "Family" and their leader ran like a rat from a sinking ship. http://www.vice.com/read/the-bizarre-and-terrifying-propaganda-art-of-the-children-of-god-666 We even had a cult "deprogrammer" who had been connected to the Jonestown victims offer help to these women to get their lives back to normal again by offering them "deprogramming". This is the process of breaking down all of the brainwashing their pimps/traffickers/abusers had laid on them to basically make them afraid to leave the situation.
These survivors then helped us launch "Prostitutes Anonymous" in 1987, along with the first hotline for those to call who wanted to leave the sex industry. Since we were the first hotline for all adults (the only other hotline at this time was for juveniles www.childrenofthenight.org), we'd get calls of all types. This meant those who had pimps, those who were being trafficked, as well as those who might have done some stripping to pay for grad school. Every call was different.
When the teens would call though it would be very difficult as in many of these cases the parents were involved in forcing them into prostitution. Our most difficult cases came out of the Mormon communities. We'd see a lot of situations where the woman was turned out into prostitution by her husband. He would marry them to avoid prosecution for being a pimp or trafficker and because the law won't force a woman to testify against her husband.
However, as they'd start having children, we would see the fathers using them in child pornography to financially support their large families and multiple wives. Sometimes they'd even sell off a young daughter to an older member of the church for a large cash payment or even donation of real estate.
When the girls would get older - they'd turn them out into prostitution working right alongside their mother. The boys would either be trained to be a pimp themselves - or cast aside on to the streets if not participating. Then when the woman would try and leave this man - he would then threaten to file for kidnapping charges against the mother.
If I tried to take in just the teenage girls - then the father would show up at my door threatening me with kidnapping charges while the girl would be pleading with me not to let her father drag her back. So with teenagers - I found the best place to send them who was equipped legally to fight their fathers was www.childrenofthenight.org.
I later learned that the "Children of God" cult had returned to the USA and centered themselves in Phoenix, Arizona where they are now. I later learned about their return after Ricky Rodriguez's famous video surfaced on his shooting himself in the head because he felt there was no way out from this cult. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/15/us/murder-and-suicide-reviving-claims-of-child-abuse-in-cult.html?_r=0
Our work grew, and we changed our name to Sex Workers Anonymous in 1995 when the internet was created. Because I kept getting calls from victims in Nevada who were reporting they were having to fight not just their pimps but also the local police to escape - I relocated myself to Nevada in 1996. Think Joe Conforte, owner of the Mustang Ranch Brothel. He shot down a famous boxer in cold blood without doing one day in jail. In fact, he even got a cop to take the fall for him on the murder.
The legal brothels of Nevada are in locations where there are no buses or cabs for these women to be able to leave by and it's actually against the law to leave on foot. Literally if you try and walk out of a brothel on foot to escape - you can have a cop come arrest you for leaving. If you try and leave the brothel within your first 48 hours - you can also be arrested because of the HIV/AIDS testing laws (or so they claim it's for that purpose). http://titsandsass.com/nevadas-brothels-legalization-serves-the-man/
The real problem with trafficking in Nevada was that this country seems to only associate it with street prostitution. There is absolutely no media out there talking about the type of sex trafficking that happens within the legal side of sex work such as the strip clubs, massage parlors, webcam studios and yes legal brothels. Nor would it be talked about when the brothels are trying to expand outside of their tiny rural areas into the larger cities and states such as California and Las Vegas.
So while the brothels were trying to expand into Las Vegas - I was able to get reputable reporters attention to this issue such as Bob Herbert from the NY Times. He came out to see this for himself and wrote a series where he validated that it was in fact so bad in Nevada he literally was able to "find a victim of trafficking within his first 15 minutes of randomly looking". A statement which then had the mayor then, Oscar Goodman, threaten Bob Herbert with a "baseball bat to the head" should he return to Las Vegas ever again. A threat so serious the DA did open an investigation into charges for this threat.
Meaning we had to go bigger to not only get help to trafficking victims within the legalized parts of sex work such as the legal brothels and strip clubs so dominant in Nevada, but also where we're combating the fact victims literally CAN'T just get up and walk out or they'll be arrested in some situations for walking down the street because of curfew laws, HIV/AIDS laws, etc., or even just because they're in the middle of nowhere without a car and there's no public buses, cabs, etc., they can get into to get out of the clutches of their pimp and to safety.
So I helped organize a press conference in 2007 about the Nevada sex trafficking situation along with Melissa Farley. You can read more about this press conference at www.hightechmadam.com The report I helped Melissa write by connecting her to women we'd helped to escape trafficking within Nevada, especially out of it's legal brothels there, which was then turned into the report created by Shared Hope which was then presented to the State Dept. That report became "Trafficking in Nevada - Making the Connections". http://prostitutionresearch.com/2007/03/17/prostitution-and-trafficking-in-nevada-making-the-connections/
In 2013, a great deal of money started flowing into Nevada to try and get AB67 passed. This was claiming to "help" trafficking victims in the propaganda - but in reality it was EXTREMELY dangerous to victims of trafficking. For example, this AB67 provided victims of sex trafficking could make a video statement about what happened to them to testify against their traffickers which could be used in place of live testimony at trial.
Law enforcement claimed this would help them get more convictions. Only they left out they also had the right to hold a woman UNTIL she made this statement without charging her with a crime. That because she wasn't charged with a crime - she was denied speaking to an attorney. Because she was denied speaking to an attorney - she was also not advised of where her statement might be personally incriminating against herself. Statements for which she was not provided with immunity from prosecution for other charges. Meaning they were being held until they not only talked about their pimp on tape - but also incriminated themselves without benefit of a lawyer, i.e., in violation of their 5th amendment.
More importantly, before when the court needed the victim to testify at the trial they would provide protective custody for these victims. Needing to keep them alive for trial - they were vested in protecting these women to make sure they got their testimony up on the witness stand at trial. This would make it so the victim would be protected until the date of trial, and even up in going into the court to testify.
However, with now having a videotape of this testimony, and not needing their live testimony any longer - police now didn't have to offer any protective custody. Protective custody from a very angry pimp who now knows she made this video statement against him so the cops would let her go. Because the police were now able to hold a woman for MONTHS without charging her with anything to try and force them to make this videotaped statement. So for reasons like this - no we didn't agree with AB67.
So while our tiny group of survivors was trying heavily to oppose AB67 - I suddenly saw a huge influx of money coming into Nevada to create phony groups I'd never heard of before in my life to stand up and support it. Groups like "Nevadan's for the Common Good" for one. Never heard of them before nor saw anything they ever did after - but they chartered a bus to drive 45 "advocates" to Carson City to support AB67 by testifying at the NV legislature.
A bus that when I asked if they could throw in a few of our members who had no car to drive the 9 hours to Carson City so they could testify at the hearing - they refused. A group of advocates who then spent literally all morning supporting AB67 and then up and left the Nevada legislature.
After they cleared out the building - this left our group as the SOLE opposition to a back door hearing that wasn't even listed in the calendar. It's supposed to be listed in for the public to know that once all these "abolitionists" left the legislature building - then the hearings to decide whether or not the brothels could expand into Las Vegas were held. So we were literally the only opponents who showed up at the hearing against AB67, and opposed the brothel's expansion into Las Vegas after these guys had gone home (making for the fact there's a Mob Museum now where Dennis Hof had wanted to build a brothel instead). http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada-legislature/prostitution-bill-not-nevada-legislatures-agenda
We won by the way and brothels are now not legal in Las Vegas. The way we were being shunned by the media while doing such ground breaking work however didn't escape the attention of a reporter at the Review Journal named Tom Ragan. He called up wanting to hear what I thought about AB67 to which I joked I'd tell him IF I "thought the paper would actually publish my answer".
He asked me what I meant by this. I told him I'd been told by another reporter that Sheldon Adelson had put out a blacklisting of my name, and the name of our program, ever being published in any publication or show he had anything to do with because he's trying to get prostitution legalized throughout the USA - and since I'd been successful in fighting them back out of CA in 1988, and now again in Nevada in 2013. I'd also beat them back in 1991 from expanding into Nevada as a whole, he was going to make sure I didn't get more press to keep blocking his "prostitution agenda". http://www.businessinsider.com/sands-macau-prostitution-2012-6
We're talking a lot of money here. As you probably know, Obama supports fighting human trafficking. He's the first president to seriously put some money behind the fight as well. However, it's reported that Sheldon Adelson has put up over $100 million dollars trying to get Obama not elected, and then out of office. Which doesn't surprise when I heard he was donating to and supporting Mitt Romney being elected when he ran against Obama. You might remember Mitt was also talking about cutting off people from thing like welfare and disability. Great way to encourage prostitution by the way is to remove all social funding programs for the poor who are mostly single mothers and limit their access to birth control. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/02/mitt-romneys-flip-flop-on-the-social-safety-net/252557/
He told me he thought I was "crazy" and there was no way we were "black listed" in the media and to prove it he was going to go out and write a cover story about all the Nevada groups working on this issue, including ours. So he spent two weeks interviewing us, and also the other groups reporting to work on this issue which I had told him had suddenly popped up out of nowhere for this AB67. I had told him they were phony groups meant to make it appear there was more support for this law then there was in reality - and he of course said he'd go investigate if this was true or not like a good investigative reporter would do.
So at the end of the two weeks - he calls me sounded quite deflated. When I asked what was wrong he told me "you're not lying - these groups are all bogus". Going on to explain basically anyone who was reporting they were a trafficking victim in Nevada was simply being given a referral to the local homeless shelter as "services". He then told me he was going to expose this fraud, publish a cover story on the work we were doing in reality, and further show even the author of the Trafficking Act of 2000 was confirming this movement had been "hijacked" by special interests and corruption.
At one of our meetings he brought with him a woman calling herself "Christina". When he said down he said to me "you know Christina" like we were old friends. Only no I didn't know her. I'd never met the woman. The woman then went on to rattle off lines out of the book "Trafficking in Nevada" like she'd memorized it and applauding my work with Nevada victims making it sound like she was a supporter of work but also in the process trying to sound like she knew me personally.
When I asked who she was and why she was at the table - Tom told me she was working on an art project with sex trafficking victims. I asked to know more and was told that she was doing a project whereby sex trafficking survivors were given make-overs first. Then after being dolled up - they were then photographed by Christina as a means to "build their self esteem".
Christina acted like she knew me and was a fan of our work. She even invited me to come participate and be photographed also in her project and encouraged me to send our members to her also to be photographed. I told her politely our members who were trafficking survivors had gone to great lengths to change their appearances and would not be interested in photographing those new appearances and then posting them online for everyone to see - including their traffickers.
I know myself during my first year "free" I deliberately packed on some weight, got colored contacts, cut and dyed my hair to short mousy brown, and did everything I could to make myself appear not only "different" but also to de-sexualize myself. I wanted to have the "johns" leave me alone and so the weight gain, hair cut, and wearing a lot of sweat pants. Not because of a self-esteem issue - but to distance myself from the sex industry and being viewed as a sex object.
At this meeting with Tom, Christina was clearly acting like she knew me. I didn't know why. I also didn't know why she'd be photographing survivors new appearances and posting them online, nor understanding that for many of us we wanted to look like "frumps" for a while as a "rest". Many of our members STILL can't dress up, put on make-up and heels, and basically glam it up without triggering all kinds of PTSD memories. I know I couldn't put on mascara for two years without triggering a panic attack.
So I let Tom know I didn't know Christina at all the way she was pretending to - and then tried to get to know more about her so called "trafficking work" better by calling her after and inviting her to coffee with me alone. She refused to answer any of my calls or emails once I left that coffee shop with Tom. But during our meeting, Christina was made aware that we did a lot of "rescue" work not only of trafficking victims, but also had an "underground railroad" to Canada for those with children by their pimps.
Why Canada? Because Canada offers free health insurance for all, and doesn't extradite back to the states on kidnapping charges'. So in cases like Aubrey's where her pimp was threatening to put her children into child porn if she didn't go back to work for him at the legal brothel and the courts had awarded him full custody because she was the one with the prostitution record, not him, the only way to deal with a situation like this is to run off to Canada. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stopsextrafficktalk/2013/07/08/hear-from-a-nevada-brothel-prostitute
We've had no choice but to develop this underground railroad because if the woman leaves the pimp with his child - he can just report her for kidnapping if he's not provided with the whereabouts of the child and given access to them. Further, the mother can get 20 restraining orders - but the courts won't do that for the child until they've been hurt. By then it's too late and even then, it's still not that easy.
Especially if you're in a court system favoring the predator - which is often case in areas around the legal brothels where the courts almost always give full custody rights to the pimp fathers because the mother is a "known prostitute" who when she quits prostitution then often has no job at all. The same applies in Mormon areas where the men are also friends with the court judges, prosecutors, cops, etc.
So I knew Christina knew we had this railroad back during this meeting in 2013 with Tom, as well as she knew about www.childrenofthenight.org. Children of the Night will take ANY male or female child under the age of 18 years old and at their expense put them on the nearest plane to their non-religious based program that's over 30 years old also as our program is.
I've personally put more than one child in there who was being pimped by one of their own parents, step-parents, foster parents, etc., for who "returning them home" was not the best option. I've also seen those kids grow up, go to college, get married, and go on to wonderful new lives after coming out of Children of the Night also with my own eyes.
Further, I've not heard of one of these kids tell me they were further abused by anyone on their staff unlike I've heard at other programs such as Boys Town, Covenant House, and others where I've been told someone on their staff had tried to molest them, sleep with them, or even outright pimp them out - which sadly is a more common thing to happen in other programs for youth I've heard about over the 30 years I've been working with this community. This includes drug treatment programs by the way supposedly these mormons love to put kids who try to run away in. http://www.laweekly.com/news/rehab-mogul-sued-for-sexual-battery-and-fraud-against-patients-6608923
Tom by the way did find out the blacklisting of our name was in fact REAL when he went to publish his story. Both him and the photographer were fired when they pushed to have a story on our work published. THIS was the article the Review Journal approved http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/nevada-movement-draws-line-human-trafficking which you'll note an omission of my name or that of Sex Workers Anonymous.
But at least he got the quote in there from Michael Horowitz about how this movement has been "hijacked" by money interests. He told me he talked his way back into the job because he needed it (which is completely reasonable) - but that he would "get my name slipped past his editor one way or another" which he in fact did a few months later! http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/tv-producers-ogle-strip-joint-reality-show
I never heard from Christina again until I saw the first season of "Escaping Polygomy". I reached out to this show's producers in fact because I was pissed. I was pissed watching a show called "escaping" polygamy which was showing not one kid escaping anything! I saw children being taken to another state where they were just extradited back to their home with their abuser. I saw them drug off into mental wards and drug treatment programs where they were labeled as "addicts" and "mentally ill" on their permanent records. I also heard the show's kids talking about the fact they "didn't know anywhere to run to" for help where they get escape the powerful lawyers many of these polygamists were able to retain, along with their influence with the courts and cops.
So I went onto Facebook, found the page for the show, and wrote in to the producers offering to help. In fact, I offered to let them see how we got kids out of the states into Canada where they wouldn't be extradited. I also told them of the dangers kids would face if they ran to Las Vegas as they had said one kid was taken to a home in Las Vegas.
Nevada is set up as a pipeline directly into the local strip clubs and brothels there where the legal age for sex is 15 years of age. Men like Kemp Shiffer were actively recruiting to take California teens into Nevada where he was able to them get them a work permit for a restaurant job which the brothels just happen to have a restaurant in the same building as the brothel. Where they can also legally strip on stage at 16 years of age if they just shut down the bar first. http://www.times-standard.com/article/ZZ/20120306/NEWS/120309397
For which by the way, the authorities were not able to get a case built against Kemp for 12 years - and then once they did he got only TWO YEARS for trafficking teens from CA to NV using his IRS badge and connections. Meaning that he'd also be able to find out where the kids ran immediately using his IRS connections. Try and escape an IRS agent and then tell me these victims don't need special assistance!
EVERYTHING about Nevada is geared to trafficking teenagers and getting away with it. Look at the case where a volley ball coach at the Andre Agassi Academy was pimping out young girls. They bring in "at risk youth" to begin with. Then no one questions them out and about with their female coach, i.e., madam. http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/06/09/cheerleading-coach-at-school-founded-by-andre-agassi-busted-for-prostitution.html
This was not some "accident" either as Brooks was a known madam who went into that school specifically looking to "recruit" young girls. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/cheerleading-coach-boasted-girls-clients-report-says I mean only in Nevada can you find men like Rick Rizzolo, owner of the Crazy Horse strip club, also on the board for Youth Charities of Southern Nevada. http://lasvegassun.com/news/2000/oct/28/youth-charitys-board-is-a-curious-mix/
So needless to say when I contacted the producers of this show, I also wanted to let them know Nevada was the ONLY state where we take all of our new members directly OUT OF THE WHOLE STATE IMMEDIATELY. Nevada has even officers within their youth courts sexually abusing them for one reason - http://anonhq.com/court-marshal-gropes-her-judge-covers-up-las-vegas-woman-gets-200000-as-settlement/
The Chief of Police has stepped down because of corruption in Nevada along with FIFTEEN OTHER OFFICERS - https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/fifteen-members-of-las-vegas-sheriff-douglas-gillespies-organization-have-been-served-with-a-federal-complaint/
It's a state where you can get 24 victims rescued out of a house full of pimps and drugs - only to have them turned around and SENT BACK TO THEM immediately in order to dismiss the charges against the two trafficking task force cops who were found there at the same time http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/four-indicted-after-brothel-raids
A state where a Homeland Security agent is a trafficker and even when caught red handed trafficking AND FALSELY CHARGING AN INNOCENT PERSON and the worst thing the courts will do is charge him with "bribery". http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/las-vegas-restaurateur-says-former-fed-manufactured-criminal-case-against-him
NO NEVADA IS THE LAST STATE YOU WANT TO SEND A TEENAGE VICTIM OF SEXUAL ABUSE - who may not have proper education, job skills, a strong family support system, etc. They also have an extreme lack of properly trained mental health providers - with even one of their largest clinics operating unlicensed for months! http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas-psychiatric-clinic-closes-under-federal-pressure They've even had class action complaints about psychiatrists over-prescribing drugs they get kickbacks for prescribing. https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/336024-american-modern-insurance-class-action-filed-over-kickback-scheme/
Here's where it gets interesting. After seeing Season One of "Escaping Polygamy" as I said I came onto Facebook, found the show's page, and started sending a message offering to provide assistance to these kids and the producers of the show in actually helping some kids REALLY ESCAPE polygamy. We have lots of members now residing in geographical areas where there's this type of thing going on because again there's a lot more of child pornography and sex trafficking going on in these cults than is being portrayed even in this show.
When I came onto this page for the show, I find I'm talking to Christina, not one of the kids as it appeared to be the case at first. I remembered her and asked her point blank why on earth she would take a teen into a private home in Nevada rather than just send them to a program like Children of the Night who is properly and fully equipped for this sort of thing.
She didn't have a straight answer for me. I was concerned also because Christina has a website up online talking about her own abuse as a Mormon wife and cult member. Meaning I have no idea the quality of her recovery - but I sure know she's not a licensed therapist properly trained in treating these types of issues. I also have my concerns after having spent time with her at coffee with Tom and her pretending to Tom that she knew me when she didn't. I clarified with Tom that I did not know her and the only thing I could think of as to why she was pretending to know me when she didn't was to throw my name around in order to get trafficking victims to sign up for her art project which it turned out her new husband was photographing. http://christinemarie.com/
Which if legitimate I had to wonder why then she stopped answering my calls once we left that coffee shop and Tom's presence. But for this show, I asked Christina why she would be telling people she "had no idea" where to send these kids when not only did she know about Children of the Night, and their hotline which can place anyone anywhere else if they need something other than their program, and is an award winning hotline that was the first in this country to address this type of abuse in teens - and I couldn't get a straight answer out of her.
I then told her back then that I found it horrible that they couldn't seem to actually get those kids out of there, and the others were being sent into hospitals, drug programs, etc., where those records can follow them, and limit them, for life with future jobs, future college admissions, etc. Which is what these predators often do - label the victim "crazy", create a record that makes them appear "crazy", and so then no one believes their story.
So I told Christina right then and there that if they wanted to get a kid out of there and into Canada where they can't extradite I'd be happy to show what a REAL "underground railroad" for victims looks like and provide some hope for the viewers that there is a way out.
What was stranger even then was Christina confessed to me she was actually one of the producers of the show herself. Well fine then I told her and I offered her directly that if she wanted to really get a kid out of one of these abusive types of homes not only did I know of programs in the USA where they could be taken and not extradited back home, but if they really had to escape completely I could show them how we get these types of victims into Canada.
I offered to set up a sub-hotline for these types of victims to our existing hotline for sex trafficking victims and to set up another website so that other victims could look for help online, find us, and get some help which her show could then air. Because there is a link between the two. For example, when these teenage girls run away and hit the streets most of them are going to fall into prostitution, and being pimped, very naturally, because of the way they've been "groomed" by the predators back at home.
Her response was to stop returning my calls and refused to meet with me. Considering I've done this for 30 years - it's not like she didn't think I didn't know what I was doing. She'd supposedly seen the press conference even we gave in 2007 about the state of trafficking in Nevada which resulted in Nevada getting their first federal grant money to help these victims. So why the cold shoulder when I'm offering to provide not only the help she says these kids are lacking but to further agree to let her film it for her show?
I thought to myself maybe she was scared she'd lose her job as producer if I came on board to help so I left her a message assuring her I wasn't after any of her money or her job - that I just wanted to help because these kids clearly needed it and since we were already providing to those coming to our program and it wouldn't be that much more of a big deal to expand this existing structure/program we had to help these kids. According to her they had no money, no resources, no homes for the kids, no attorney's, etc. So I would think she would have jumped at the offer to assist.
At the same time this show first aired, another show was just airing on Bravo called "8 Minutes". I learned this show was a completely staged, scripted and a faked program staging fake sex trafficking rescues. There was no outreach, no program, and the victims were hired actors. The whole thing was a complete "catfish" in other words.
Why? Grant money for one. The staged faked "8 Minutes" had led to Long Beach getting a $4 million dollar federal grant, and Orange County received a $1.2 million dollar grant, along with a separate $400,000 grant for housing for trafficking victims. There was also the fund raisers being held in private churches where people were donating based on seeing this show and thinking this Kevin Brown actually had a church and rescue. Only his story was he had retired two years prior and "found God" and then started doing rescues two years after his retirement as an OC cop. Only thing was his church was incorporated in 1994 so that story wasn't washing out either.
"8 Minutes" was filmed by Relativity Media. When the investors learned this so called "reality show" wasn't actually a "reality" show - they claimed the producer was a "con artist" and sued them for fraud. They just filed for bankruptcy in response. Even hired some mistresses to stage some fake "protests" of the show for publicity in the same vein of how Emma Watson had hired a PR company who staged the fake threats against her when she spoke at the UN to get her some press to the event. Which frankly I would never have heard about her speaking at the UN if not for the threat against her - so it was a clever PR stunt.
It didn't take long to find out Christina is not only a producer on the show, but that she's partnered up with the same group who has sponsored more than one "fake" besides "8 Minutes" which is Shared Hope. Shared Hope was also a sponsor and supporter of this "Kevin Brown" with "8 Minutes" who was using scripts where they were making it appear that Backpage was supporting the trafficking of women.
Well frankly if we're going to do that - let's just wipe out cell phones. Sex trafficking is also facilitated by cell phones so let's just wipe them out also if we're going to use that for logic here. Which was also done against Planned Parenthood also - the creation of fake interviews with fake sex trafficking victims claiming they were being trafficked in connection with abortions at Planned Parenthood. Only problem is that REAL TRAFFICKERS WANT THEIR VICTIMS PREGNANT.
Why? Simple - an 18 month leash on their victims just like we're seeing is the case here with these polygamy victims. And sure enough Christina's got web pages and "go fund me" sites up asking for money to create the programs she's claiming don't exist. NOW i'M UNDERSTANDING WHY SHE'S SAYING THAT HELP DOESN'T EXIST THAT DOES because the sex trafficking people connected to Kevin Brown are doing the same thing. People like Kelly Townsend with 12 Legions of Angel's who gets up claiming there are no "places to put sex trafficking victims" so he can raise money to create these programs which supposedly don't exist - but do actually exist.
There are resources. There are resources that exist NOW and that don't require raising funding for them first. Kelly Townsend was claiming to be a private investigator on another so called "reality show" - but in reality he doesn't have a private investigator license at all. Never did according to the state of Arizona where he claims to have a license.
I then tracked down the executive producer of the show. Online I find an article saying the owner of Fed Ex executive produced the show "Escaping Polygamy" after hearing about their plight. So I sent an email to the guy - only to have Facebook send me back a response that this was a "fake account" I'd just sent him a message on. I then tried to find some kind of contact information on the guy to no avail.
I contacted a friend who works at Children of the Night and asked if they'd seen the show. They said "no" but told me that filming a show like that would be very difficult because any filming of any kind, including reality TV, requires that a social worker be assigned to the child actor, who then has to shadow that kid 24/7 while on set or being filmed.
She told me it would be pretty hard to have a social worker next to a kid I'm then running out past the Canadian border without her father knowing when the worker would be legally required to report what she would see us doing to the police. I then contacted the Screen Actor's Guild and basically verified that yes this would be the process - meaning it would be impossible pretty much to legally shoot real teenagers escaping polygamy if the social worker wouldn't be allowed to leave the state with us, and the kid can't go anywhere without the social worker. Meaning it was most likely these people saying they're teen victims - are most likely be actors.
As was the case I found out with another website where they are talking about "abduction by CPS of kids". The author of the site said because of laws forbidding them to speak about real names on real cases online concerning juveniles - they do "recreations" and "re-enactments" of events for "dramatic purposes" and then their fund raising on the site.
The FCC, along with a lawsuit won by Fox, allows for the media to lie to the public. Fox further won the right to fire anyone who won't report something they know to be false as if it's real. While I can understand all of that - when this "fake" reality shows are being used to raise investment dollars, grant money, private donations, and to pass laws - well I think we're entering into a very grey area which Noam Chomsky has called "manufacturing consent". http://www.mintpressnews.com/pants-on-fire-analysis-shows-60-of-fox-news-facts-are-really-lies/205563/
Tonight I was watching a new episode of this show where a teen victim was taken into Nevada. In my professional opinion this is absolutely the worst possible thing you could do for this type of victim - it's like putting a canary in front of a cat, a hungry cat, and walking away. It's a disaster waiting to happen. Note here how this article says pimping girls in Nevada who are teenagers is "all too common". http://news3lv.com/archive/rapper-accomplice-arrested-in-child-sex-trafficking-case
Because of the state of affairs in Nevada - it's the only state where anyone we get out of sex work, and/or away from a pimp or trafficker we take them directly out of the state. Here's an example why - read up on the Joohoon David Lee case in Las Vegas. This Homeland Security guy falsely accused a whole family of trafficking as his cover for his real trafficking. When his boss was complained to - his boss said there was "nothing he could do" to stop this guy from what he was doing to completely wreck their lives, their business, and their family. The wife even had to wear an ankle bracelet for God's sake for six months so he knew every move she was making. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/las-vegas-restaurateur-says-former-fed-manufactured-criminal-case-against-him
Then when caught the worst he gets is a bribery charge? What about his pension by the way? What about a trafficking charge or maybe even kidnapping? The authorities have called this "case closed" despite the fact the guy who bribed him he's found guilty of taking said bribes hasn't been arrested yet
Everyone knows there's studies showing the majority of women who enter into prostitution were sexually abused AND SHELTERED in STRICT RELIGIOUS HOMES. So let's do this - let's take girls who have been in "strict religious homes" and "sexually abused" and send them without any money, away from friends and family, to some woman who isn't even a trained licensed social worker or therapist to Las Vegas who claims to run some kind of rescue program. Who further is using her private home with no type of oversight. http://www.sexarchive.info/BIB/diam010.htm Here's more on how Nevada is not a good place to be sending an "at risk youth" http://lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jan/09/documentary-sheds-light-sex-trafficking-crisis-nev/
Now catch this - when this season first went down I asked Christina if I could meet with the girl she said was already in Las Vegas and check out where she was staying so I could know she was in the proper hands at least, and if not, I could offer some better suggestions for the girl. She declined. So I've been working with victims longer than her, especially in Nevada, and she's not allowing me to see anything about the operation she's running? Sure I've seen this kind of thing before - with people like Kevin Brown who running a fake operation, as well as Chris Bathum, was pimping out the clients in his drug treatment program and sexually abusing them. I should mention I offered to help out for no money, and no mention or credit on show or social media whatsoever in case she was worried there was a charge or I was trying take some publicity from her.
Now considering I've now uncovered FIVE DIFFERENT SO CALLED "REALITY SHOWS" which were faked in connection with Shared Hope, Shared Hope lied in their report I saw created for the State Dept. (they took the report I had worked on with Melissa, deleted all references to my name and our program, then redated it to appear to have been released months prior to my report, took claim for the work we'd been doing as theirs, and then used it not only to present to the State Dept. about "their" work in Nevada, but further than went around Nevada's churches speaking about my cases like their cases, and after raising over $1.2 million dollars from people THINKING the money was going to be used to help Nevada sex trafficking victims - they then left the state entirely telling people they don't "provide direct services in the USA".) and Shared Hope was responsible for bringing us the faked Samoly Mam and even the faked Chong Kim as well as the faked Kevin Brown and Annie Lombert. Annie Lombert who raised over a million dollars to supposedly help sex trafficking victims who then filed bankruptcy and ran off to Africa until the dust settled and the victims she'd promised to help were in reality then helped by our organization without one penny of support from them.
So yeah I had wanted to see what she was doing in reality to see if it was even real because yes I was seeing she was raising money from people who were donating based on the perception she was actually running some kind of underground rescue for these polygamy victims. Only when I asked to see what she was doing because who knows - maybe our hotline would get a call from some kid needing help of this nature and I needed to know how good their program was so I might be able to give them a referral - I then couldn't get a return phone call.
Meaning if she's really out there helping polygamist kids - then I wanted to know about it because we get calls for that help too all the time. Since our hotline only refers to programs we've checked out with our own eyes and knows what they're doing.
Now if she's a producer of the show - then I'd think me offering to show her how to actually tap into an underground railroad that would take them into Canada would be a hell of a show to watch. Only she wasn't returning our calls about that either. Then when I go to find their executive producer higher up and see if they want to see a rescue where the kid isn't just sent back home by morning - I find out there's fake profiles for them online and I can't seem to find one valid number in reality for them. In fact, the production company was a "for hire" company. Meaning they're like the company that Anthony Bourdain uses where they're paying the photographers to do the filming for them - not like the photography is being done by the station.
If Christina would lie to Tom Ragan and act like she knew me for some reason personally, and then when put in front of me actually had the balls to try and keep up the act even to my face - she was pretending to know me for some deceptive reason. From what I could tell it had something to do with her art project to film trafficking victims dolled up in make-up, pretty clothes, etc., with the premise it helps them "build self-esteem". Only I'm a survivor, and I showed this to literally 20 other survivors who told me it would have more impact to have photos of them taken without any make-up at all whatsoever to be then told they're "beautiful" naturally.
I later learned that the photos she had taken of these victims were later turned into a "stock photo" library where people could come and pay to have photos of these victims in various poses. https://www.facebook.com/VoicesForDignity/ These photos were then marketed to nonprofits who needed photos of survivors they didn't create themselves for their fund raising and media purposes. I contacted one of the women who had been photographed by Christine's husband in this project and asked her if she was aware her photo was being sold to other companies who wanted to buy stock photos of trafficking survivors for their PR purposes and she said "no". That she further had received no percentage of the money Christine was charging for her photos either. But in Christine's defense - these women did get free photos of themselves taken.
I can tell you the number of licensed therapists in Nevada who are properly trained, licensed, etc., who would take something like Medicaid, to work on these kids in Nevada to help them in their recovery process they're going to need if they're "escaping polygamy" on one hand.
The courts here are full of judges, DA's, attorneys, and even the family court sheriff's, who are not to be trusted alone with a young vulnerable female who is escaping abuse. The school system in Nevada is not only one of the lowest rated in the country, with over a 50 percent drop out rate, but it has just as many pimps within the schools here as California and NY does. With the age of sexual consent in NV being 15 years of age, and with them being able to work in a strip club legally at 16 in NV - again this is NOT the state I would plant a survivor of this type of abuse.
Which is why I was even more concerned and checked with the Dept. of Health & Human Services in each city this show was being filmed in. I asked if any social workers had in fact been hired to be on the set of the filming of this show "Escaping Polygamy" as is required when shooting a reality show involving teenagers in any of the cities they were filming in. After speaking to quite a few "supervisors", I basically was told "no". Meaning if they are filming real teens for this show - it's not being filmed legally.
I don't take in teenage victims of sex trafficking because I don't want the legal risks and issues involved with bringing one into my house. What if they claim I'm abusing them? Am I going to videotape every move to make sure I"m not set up by a pimp? Which by the way happened with at least one program I know about in Florida. The place was doing such a good job at helping women leave the sex trafficking ring in Florida the local trafficking ring had someone plant drugs in the place, and then staged a raid. For that matter - it's what happened to me in my 1984 arrest where I was dubbed the "High Tech Madam". I had an angry pimp call the cops and claim I was running a "brothel". Because the lease was in my name, and the woman was on probation for prostitution. Sure I got it cleared up after spending a small fortune on my attorney. Which is why I opted for a hotline and an "outpatient" program with our 12 step format ever since!
Especially when there are other options besides Christine's house. Again, if this woman was "above board" with everything she's claiming to do then why when I asked to see more about these resources for the callers to our hotline and then we get a clam-up? Meaning she'll only help HER callers to her but not callers to OUR hotline? Seriously? She wants to help these victims so badly that she does this - but then won't offer those resources to callers to our hotline? Because to date I've yet to receive ONE PHONE CALL, email, or anything from Christine offering those who call our hotline any type of assistance for anything. In fact, Christine stopped returning my calls the minute I left the coffee shop meeting with Tom Ragan, and then we didn't speak again until I accidentally found myself talking to her on FB when I went there to talk about the show during Season One. Then the minute I started asking to see her program, meet her survivors, and check out her program more to see if we might be able to help her more, or she could help us more, etc. - she stopped responding to all attempts to communicate with her. I mean let me understand this - we're talking to victims of sex trafficking, and those leaving sex work, all over the world on a daily basis. Have been for over 30 years now. We have local groups positioned in this country, and five other countries.
We've answered over 500,000 calls on that hotline, and our database shows we have over 190,000 subscribers to our social media who are most likely either recovering from sex work in some fashion, or work the in the field. There is no other program for adults in any country I'm aware of who has been doing this longer, and with more members, than our program - and yet if she's doing all this great work with this community - why are WE NOT BEING OFFERED ANY INFORMATION ABOUT IT EVEN, let alone offered the resources she's talking about providing.
I'm sorry but I've seen this type of thing too many times - and each time the reason has been either the program doesn't exist in reality, or there's something "fishy" going on. When we've tried to make contact with Samoly Mam for example - we were shunned. When we tried to go into Community Recovery and carry them in a Sex Workers Anonymous meeting - we were shunned. When we offered Kevin Brown some of our Recovery Guides to give to the women he claimed were coming through his "ranch out in the desert" we were shunned and found out there was no rescue in reality. Let me put it another way - if she was offering her services to alcoholics and Bill Wilson were calling to find out more about her program and services - wouldn't she answer?
I've got SWA members all throughout Nevada - from probation officers, to social workers, therapists, etc., and I've not heard a one of them talk to me about Christine's work with these kids. Something that I think would come up if she's doing what she claims to be doing on this show. Which when I started checking into the laws governing how to film teenagers on a reality show - I'm not buying this show is even real.
Meaning proceed with caution please. There are places who can help this type of victim who are properly licensed, they do exist, and they have a proven track record. They don't go running around claiming other services "don't exist" and to "please donate so we can create these services". It's a scam I've been seeing sadly growing in the trafficking field because these shysters know most real trafficking victims aren't going to go public and let people know these programs are not doing what they claim to be doing - they're just set up as fund raising machines in reality. There's all kinds of reasons why something might be "fake" of which raising money to be pocketed is only one reason.
I'm also just plain suspicious at any program addressing the issue of juveniles leaving abusive situations which isn't addressing head-on the fact this country has our laws rigged to where it's virtually impossible for a parent trying to protect their children from abuse from a parent or guardian to be able to fully protect that child WITHOUT having to go to the extreme of running off to Canada. Where our children are being abused not only in their own homes, but also everywhere they are turning from their volley ball coaches, to their teachers, social workers, therapists, police officers, etc. Where they're being trafficked right out of the trafficking programs they'd supposed to be in to safe in like what happened in Ohio https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/failures-in-handling-unaccompanied-migrant-minors-have-led-to-trafficking/2016/01/26/c47de164-c138-11e5-9443-7074c3645405_story.html - to even being raped by police officers in Oakland. http://nypost.com/2016/06/13/teen-says-dozens-of-oakland-cops-paid-her-for-sex/
While these Chief's of Police in Oakland were sleeping with this young woman - I was trying unsuccessfully mind you to get the police up there's cooperation with an outreach program to get signs up posted that are now required to be up everywhere in California in fact - SB1193. https://oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking/sb1193
Our program has recovering members willing to go out there and get these signs posted where they need to be posted with not only the hotline number for the National Trafficking Hotline, but also our hotline number, and that of Children of the Night who will fly out any teen needing help to them on the spot if called for free right now without needing any fund raisers to be held first before they can. We got NOTHING BUT REBUFFED by the local police which we have to involve when we're doing street outreach.
So no - they aren't going to want us doing outreach in their area because they're going to want to cover their ass and their dirty laundry. Making it 1,000 times harder for this young lady to get the help she needs to leave sex work. So they do what they did when we first started doing outreach to them about wanting to do outreach in Oakland which is to blow us off using any excuse they can from "we're already working with another program" to "we've heard nothing but bad things about your program" to "well we've heard you're crazy and do nothing but cause trouble" or 1000 and one other excuses they can come up with to get people not listening to us because they don't want anyone listening to women like her.
In fact, you can trace a DIRECT LINK between every area where there's something "fishy" going on and the exclusion of our program.
Here's a little checklist to prove my point here:
Samoly Mam - fake. Did you ever see her reach out to us, invite us to one of her events, include us in one of her articles, talk about our program or me to anyone? http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/30/world/asia/cambodia-sex-slavery-foundation-hero-resign/
William Hilliar - fake. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/man-who-profited-from-fabricated-military-resume-is-sentenced-to-21-months/2011/08/30/gIQAnKHfqJ_story.html This man is the one who the franchise "Taken" was based upon because of his stories helping trafficking victims. All of which was shown to be completely false.
We offered to provide a free workshop for his counselors which was turned down also. When we tried to ask that those in his program be providing referrals to our program if they were also coming out of prostitution - those referrals were not provided. Then surprise - we later learn he was paying clients within his program for sex as his personal prostitutes. This even led to the death of one woman who was not able to stay clean, nor stop being Chris's personal prostitute.
Which considering the average life span of someone who is a social worker, counselor, therapist, etc., is six months in any office - we can't possibly be providing every single person who comes into the field every six months with a copy of our phone number so they know we exist to provide those referrals. However, survivors are survivors for life so once we let them know we exist - then they can call us whenever they decide they want to check out what we offered. It's just physically impossible to keep all those social workers informed of our contact information across the USA, into other countries, when there is such a high turnover of staff in the helping field.
Then we started getting calls from drunken cops at 2:00 a.m. APOLOGIZING for not handing out our number to prostitutes in the area. When I asked why this had upset them so badly - I was told it was because they had been "threatened by other officers about getting their ass fired if they did give out our number". http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-officers-sexual-assault-20160217-story.html We later than learned these cops threatening other cops were ones who were preying upon these women and getting them help was the last thing they wanted them to have.
You'll not find Shelley has acknowledged we exist in any manner. http://therealpornwikileaks.com/shelley-lubbens-latest-scam-save-belle-knox-ends-dead/ Shelley has refused an interview on our radio program at www.leavingtheliferadio.com where we have interviewed other non-members of SWA about what life is like outside of sex work. She's refused to include us in any of her events even with so much as an invitation for us to come hear her speak. http://lukeford.com/2008-06-22/porn-star-uncovers-anti-porn-scam/
Again, why would anyone say they want to help an alcoholic - but then act like they don't know who Bill Wilson is then if he were to call? Being I founded the first program and hotline for adults 30 years ago, and spoke about the need to treat this like the courts treat addicts now as needing help rather than "criminals" like they did before NA existed - this does make me the equivalent of the Bill Wilson of prostitution.
Like Alcoholics Anonymous was the first program ever created which said alcoholism was a "disease" and not a "lack of will power" or a "moral deficiency" like had been previously the thought on the subject of those who drank up their rent money - so too was our program the first to venture forth the idea many of those in prostitution might also be there against their will also, and thus needing extra help to be able to leave the industry long term.