We've done these sorts of campaigns over the years without a hitch. However, this was before the age of technology we live in where every phone call, email, text, and tweet is intercepted by modern traffickers who are very sophisticated these days. Because they now know every call a victim makes from their cell phones, we have to alert them they can call us either collect from a third party phone, or to get to a pay phone to call our toll free number.
We don't do street outreach without coordinating with the local police. Since SB1193 has been passed in California, we thought it would be good to post the required signs along with the posters for missing kids in the area in these spots where they most likely might be seen. I'm sorry but most trafficking victims aren't standing around Walmarts where they can be seen there. Again, just about the only time they're not kept in a private home or the brothel (in whatever form that is) is usually in the nail salons. Many of them are even used in the work visa's to get these victims into the country.
Each time we tried to get the Chief of Police on the phone to coordinate an outreach, we were met with an absolute wall of silence. In some cities, we were met with outright aggression and hostility. In a few, we were met with outright threats that if we tried to do this type of outreach our workers would be carted off on 5150 charges.
I've been seeing the work you've been putting into getting Carl Ferrer arrested over Backpage. While the man does run legal brothels in Amsterdam, and is involved in a vehicle where prostitutes are advertising their services, I'm afraid I've also seen quite a bit of "fabricated" cases being built against their site by the actual traffickers I've been dealing with again since 2007.
I wouldn't expect someone like yourself, or Rep. Portman, to be aware of how exactly the sex industry itself operates to understand such distinctions - but I'm finding it's turning into a repeat of what I went through in 1984. If you may remember, I had found sex trafficking operating in Los Angeles involving the CIA, FBI, the local police, and the media out there. I was receiving threats from LAPD that I had better "join them" or "else". I was also having the CIA demand we supply them with women to be sold overseas.
I refused and set up the only safe place I could think of considering these people's power. I took an old warehouse I had once yes used as a brothel and turned it into a very highly secured safe house. After getting a few women out of the industry in this manner, and these men realized they couldn't break into it and I had set up an "underground railroad" if you will, they set in motion sending me in a woman who was on probation to "set me up".
I was charged with "pimping" her, and then given a $50,000 bail so I wouldn't be able to talk to the press to explain the reason for the high tech security equipment on the place was because it wasn't a brothel. Then they came in and took every penny I owned, every car, my home, my furniture, and completely cleaned out everything I owned. They even threatened my attorney if he took money from me he'd be charged with "pimping" me. Lucky for me he was a family friend or he would have not been able to help me or even found himself arrested back then.
There was no case because I wasn't even involved in prostitution at the time of my arrest. I had "retired" and shut down all of my operations. All of my phones had been turned off. All of my ads canceled. I was in a vacation spa watching TV when they came to arrest me with a SWAT team. They had warned me if I didn't come to "work" for them - they'd put me out of business. Well I left the "business" and took a few women with me. This is what they did to me not to shut me down - but to try and force me into returning to the sex industry by taking all of my money and resources away from me.
Since there wasn't a shred of evidence I was "pimping" anyone they were left with egg on their face because of all of the press. Desperate, they arrested my mother and charged her with pimping me to try and force me into a plea bargain. This was a joke so we threatened to fight her case all the way to trial. Then they threatened to arrest my then 70 year old grandmother for pimping me. Well I didn't think she'd be able to survive and arrest, not the way LAPD was doing it then, so to protect her - my mother and I took a plea bargain for a lessor charge. They didn't care at that point because they figured now I was broke I'd return to the sex industry and be more "compliant".
I have watched as the REAL traffickers operating in this country have staged quite a lot of false evidence against Backpage because "independents" advertise on their site. The whole series "8 Minutes" was nothing more than a completely staged fabricated attack on Backpage - done with financing I found directly coming from the Chinese government before Liang Yaohui was arrested, along with 50 other businessmen involved in prostitution in China.
I used to have the highest cooperation out of Social Services. That was until federal subsidies to adoption agencies got as high as $10,000 in cases where the child is over 14 years of age.
Only we do. Al Capone was able to do what he did back then because we not only didn't have the racketeering laws in place we now have, but the world didn't believe there was a "cosa nostra". We didn't even acknowledge they existed until Joe Valchi stepped up in the 1960's. Then it took a small group of men they based the "Untouchable's" show on to actually go after Al because of how he had the police, politicians, and the media in his back pocket.
That's what the traffickers want you to think while they're doing what Joohon did - walk women from China, Korea, etc., through our airports, and then put them to work in massage parlors which have sprung up like weeds. Take a good look at what's happening in Wichita, Kansas. Now understand that the 2013 arrests took officer Jim Stewart having to quit the force, and then get a job in zoning, before he could even get those 9 parlors shut down.
Since I operate the only hotline I'm aware of that encourages those who can't call the police to call us for help - one has to wonder why that is. Because Backpage isn't the only one who has had things fabricated against them just as I have in the past. I'm STILL having things fabricated against me - hence why the accusations of me being "unpredictable". That's easy when there's someone out there impersonating me to create just that impression. Which if people would bother to get to know me a little better would be impossible for these to accomplish.
Bill Wilson was fortunate enough to have founded AA after Prohibition was lifted. I however don't have that luxury. It would be a lot easier if I wasn't also being treated like the "enemy" in a field I'm sorry but I had a hand in creating. The Trafficking Act of 2000 wouldn't have passed had I not spent 13 years going on TV at great personal expense to myself explaining there were people being forced and victimized in the sex industry and that we needed to stop treating them like criminals. Had I not been working with the 22 US Attorney's who were fired for "no reason" by President Bush after it was passed. Even the author of the Act, Michael Horowitz, has said this movement has been "hijacked".