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Saturday, January 30, 2016

LETTER TO ROBERT BEISER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SEATTLE AGAINST SLAVERY

I posted a link to our letter to the Office of Public Safety on the Seattle Against Slavery facebook page.  I then had a woman on their page come at me saying I had written a "hate op".  I posted her comment and mine on the previous blog.  Then I received a letter from Robert Beiser, the Executive Director of Seattle Against Slavery.  Below is my response to him:

Dear Robert:

Yes we have a chapter in Seattle. We have had a chapter in Seattle actually since 1988 - a year after we launched our hotline and program. 

I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but when you first formed your program I reached out to you to make contact.  I did so because I know some of the challenges survivors face obviously - such as trying to find work with a prostitution record.  

That's why we have developed quite a list of employers we know are versed in this type of thing and gladly hire survivors even with a record.  The same for landlords.  We also have some SWA members who even make a point of hiring other survivors because they know it can be a challenge not only because of a criminal record, but also to explain the lack of work history.  

As well as a list of employers, and landlords, we have a list of attorney's who donate their time to help survivors.  They don't broadcast the fact publicly because many attorney's who help survivors are then targeted by the traffickers for harassment - especially if the survivor was a minor when trafficked and was dealing with pedophiles who have quite an organized ring going on in this country who try and attack any lawyer who can assist these survivors not only with things like record expungment, but also coming after them for prosecution.  

Survivors are also arrested for prostitution many times before being rescued. Since we're a 12 step program, there's no point in going to jail when the court has the discretion to allow them to attend our program under laws grandfathered in by AA and NA.  Also, when the judge allows this, we routinely then follow up with the court at the end of their term to show the court their progress.  It's at this time we then ask for a record expungment.  To date, each person who has asked the court for this "alternative to sentencing" and then we've in turn asked for expungment  - we've been granted it.  

Now in a few cases we've seen the person decide to go back into sex work, which also usually leads them back to drugs.  In cases where we've had someone court ordered into our meetings as an alternative to jail - we report this to the court who in turn then un-suspends their sentence.   Then they will put them into a residential drug treatment program where they can be more 24/7 care.  In a few cases, the judge has insisted on some type of residential treatment as an alternative to incarceration.  In those cases, we have residential programs we work with where we make arrangements to pick them up from jail (where they're usually being held because they can't make bail), drive them to the residential program, and there they also have weekly meetings of our program.  Then at the time of their graduation - we return back to court with them to report on their progress.  

Many survivors have severe PTSD, DID, bipolar disorder, Stockholm Syndrome, and some are even brainwashed.  Some have contracted serious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Hep C, TB, HPV, fibrmyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome are some we see most commonly.  For them, we have therapists, and doctors, we know of who are not only specifically trained in how to effectively work with our issues, who may be willing to donate their services if the survivor doesn't have insurance, and some are even survivors themselves.  

Not thinking you would have these resources when you first opened up your program - that's why I reached out to your group when I first heard you opened.  I have Google keyword alerts that alert me when programs open like when yours did.  I have no idea who I sent an introduction email out to back then - but I honestly don't remember getting any response.  

So I had no idea you were working on this Bill.  No one put me on your email or newsletter list either when I wrote it.  You probably wouldn't know of who our local members are because a great majority of our members are members because they value their "anonymity".   Meaning while we have a Seattle chapter - I am the one who sends out the introduction letters in order to protect the anonymity of our local members from outsiders.  

Our members want to remain anonymous most of the time with good reason.  One of our members had worked as a counselor for the inmates at the jail up there in Seattle for over 12 years without one blemish on her record.  The minute however one of her associates leaked she was a survivor of sex trafficking, specifically porn in her case, she was fired.  Her boss said it was "unacceptable" that she be a counselor working with inmates being that her photos had appeared in Hustler.  It seems that we have a long way to go before many people realize that one can be just as forced to do porn as prostitution.  

When I formed our program, I didn't want it to be about one segment of  the sex industry or type of person.  For example, Narcotics Anonymous is not just for a junkie.  NA is for the suburban housewife who is prescribed diet pills as well as the junkie who robs his grandmother so he can shoot up heroin in alley's.  As I'm sure you are aware, sex trafficking victims go through many different paths before they finally leave.  Very rarely do victims "just" prostitute.  Many have been involved in stripping, pornography, webcam work, phone sex, and even madaming.  I myself was recruited to work as a madam so the pimps that came after me could sit back and get high on cocaine which was popular back in the 1980's.  

Also, as you know, just getting them out isn't the whole thing.  First of all, over 98% of them relapse back to the sex industry if their issue's aren't properly addressed in recovery.  Some of which include brainwashing and  Stockholm Syndrome.  This is why statistically almost every sex trafficking victim will return to the sex industry on their own shortly after they've been rescued.  Then once they're back in the industry - they become prone to being trafficked again.  

As you may have seen in my letter to Washington, I went through different forms of trafficking myself.  The warehouse I'd set up as a safe house didn't work on it's own because I found that every single woman I'd rescue from her pimp would return to the sex industry, and maybe even another pimp, anywhere from one day to six months after I'd helped free them.  Then there's the issue of drug and alcohol abuse.  Many victims can be rescued from sex trafficking - but their addiction isn't addressed.   If they continue drinking and/or using to cope with their emotions - then connecting to the drug world will often suck them right back up into sex work, which can then find them trafficked again.  

This is part of the reason why I chose a 12 step format for our program - and why I also realized we needed a program and not just the "rescue".  I was getting these women out long before I started our 12 step program and letting them stay in the warehouse until they could get on their feet, only they kept going back either to the same pimp, or a different one.  I couldn't figure that out until I started taking some psychology classes that helped me to understand that "getting them out" wasn't a program.  

But what "program"?  I had spent five years myself looking for some type of "program" or system to help me get out of the sex industry to no avail.  I had scoured the country.  I had gone to the UCLA research library which was the best in the country and found that every single program that had existed before trying to help us get out of the sex industry had failed.  That included faith based programs.  

Now in researching them, I found that pre-existing programs weren't addressing the sex trafficking.  They were pretty much writing everything off as the drugs.  When a woman would be freed from a pimp but return the next day to him - it was written off as her chasing after the drugs.  But even Catharsis, which was a program to help women leave the sex industry, which didn't view this issue as a drug addiction had failed also.  

I didn't want us to repeat history and fail those coming to us for help.  So when we launched the first hotline in this country I needed to be a "one size fits all".  I didn't want to turn any one away because that could kill them.  

In order to do that, I had to get a broad view of what we all were dealing with so we could help whoever called.  It's one thing to be helping women in Los Angeles like I'd done with the safe house I'd set up - but it's another to launch a national hotline that's going to go out from coast to coast.  

So we went out and did a survey of 2000 male and female prostitutes who were incarcerated, and another 2,000 who were not.  Out of those who were not incarcerated, we made sure to survey those who worked in legal and illegal prostitution, as well as porn, stripping, madaming, and any form of sex work we could find.  It was important to us for example to interview those who did drugs as well as those who never touched a drug or a drop of booze.   We interviewed those with children, and those without.  We interviewed those who had graduate degrees as well as those who had not finished high school.  We interviewed those who had mental illness such as DID and/or bipolar disorder as well as those who were completely fine.  It was important to us to be able to create a program that would serve ALL needs.  I wanted us to be able to help that streetwalker who had a pimp on one arm and a needle in the order, just as much as I wanted to help the escort who was driving up to our meeting in a Lamborgini (true story), as well as the Playboy Bunny (which we have an interview up with one at www.leavingtheliferadio.com)

So I appreciate your work on HB2668 with respect to members of your group - but it's not going to only affect members of your group.  Especially since if it's adopted - it will probably be duplicated in other states.  Once a trafficking Bill passes in on state - it goes on to be duplicated pretty much word in another.  Then we have Canada, and other countries. 

It's also going to affect members of our program which in turn is going to affect us with respect to how we can, or can not, help them.  Members of SWA who aren't going to go testify at Congress.  Members who may be a part of Seattle Against Slavery, but don't want to "rock the boat" and speak their objections for reasons I"m sure you saw on your page when I brought up the Bill.  I mean that is how the law is going to be written correct?  Not just for Seattle Against Slavery clients - but for ALL survivors which includes members of our program.  

I'm not sure why that woman attacked me, but I've gotten used to it. For some reason I don't understand, when we encounter survivors with other groups who are not also members of SWA at the same time, we seem to be attacked for some reason I don't understand like we're not on the same side here.  It goes beyond them attacking us when we speak to them like about this Bill - we have been having them attack us to the point where we've had to take down our online chat room, disable our members area on our website, and we've had to instruct members to remove all references to even belonging to SWA off their social media because of the attacks our members were encountering by other survivors who are not a part of SWA.  It's like everyone wants to go "testify at Congress" which is not something we generally do since we "have no opinion on outside issues".  

However, when some members came to me and showed me the Bill they pointed out that HB2668 is an "inside" issue and does affect us since we have been a part of the expungment process for many survivors in many states now, and the number of those we are is growing constantly.  

In fact, as it's written it creates a lot of potential problems for us, and survivors across the board, and that's why we wrote to the committee directly.  We also wrote to them directly because we do know we introduced ourselves to you when you first opened your doors and if you had wanted our input - you would have asked for it before now.  But you didn't. However, this letter does have a certain "tone" to it like you're the only group up there working with survivors and you are not.  We are also working with them in Seattle, and numerous states across the USA, with that number again growing constantly.  In fact, we just added two new meetings to our directory last week.  One in Florida, and the other in Culver City, California.  At the moment, we have chapters in at least 20 states, and six other countries.  Our database of active members shows 190,000 entries worldwide.

Now I did not attack your Bill.  I did not attack anyone in your program.  However, we sure did get our face ripped off by a woman connected to your program and I fail to see why.  That Bill is something that's going to affect ALL survivors, and it's also going to affect our work with survivors.  However we were not consulted and I'm pretty sure that you were made aware of our existence as I said when you first launched.   

No our members don't broadcast they are members because it's an ANONYMOUS program.  This also means they're not going to sign their names to letters, nor get up at town hall meetings, or other such public events and identify as a survivor.  Our members tend to do quite well in their recovery.  Realize we've been around since 1987 - meaning some of our members have put themselves through medical and law school, some have become professors, some have become journalists, therapists, social workers, etc. and risk a great deal of issues should their past come out.  I need to point out here the Trafficking Act of 2000 wasn't passed until the year 2000.  Some of our members again have been with us since day one in 1987 - meaning when we first started this whole thing we were viewed as either "criminals" or "deviants" NOT "survivors" nor "heroes".  

Things have swung a great deal the other way because when I first started doing TV appearances to speak out as a survivor, and to demand this country recognize this was real, and to push for recognition of it being real, and to have the things we have today like task forces - I used to come home and not find awards but instead find eviction notices, pink slips from work and the word "whore" spray painted over the hood of my car. So some of our members have built a life where no one knows about their past.  Some still have their pimp out there looking for them and choose to remain underground.  The sad truth is not everyone "gets" what sex trafficking even is yet.  Meaning we had not only our Seattle member fired who was working at the jail - but we've seen others also not treated so well when the truth came out about their past.

Last year, there was a school teacher whose pimp leaked porn photos of her from 10 years ago and there went her teaching job.  I'm sure you're well aware these pimps, if not incarcerated, and/or if others in their network aren't incarcerated, they'll do everything they can to find their victim, get them fired, evicted, and otherwise pushed into a corner where they can the re victimize them again.

Something again I'm quite familiar with.  When I had left the "family" as they liked to call themselves, I went out and got myself a waitress job.  I had no money, rent was due, and no food in the house.  So I got myself a job at a coffee shop where I could get tips and eat.  I was mysteriously fired three days later.  I got another waitress job and was fired shortly after I was hired again.  This went on for a few months until I had worked at literally every restaurant in Los Angeles.  I then yes got so broke and hungry that I called this "family" and I asked if I could come back - thinking that this was me making that call.  

Only once I got into recovery I got a strange phone call.  One of the men had gotten himself into AA where he reached the point where he had to "make amends".  So he called me to confess that they would find out where I was working through informants, and then they would go visit the restaurant owner.  They would then threaten to burn the place down if they didn't fire me knowing that when I got broke enough - I'd come running back to them.  

Which again is why I bring up the fact that some people may overlook - and that's that if their pimp, or someone in his network, is still out there looking for them then if they set a court date to expunge their records that can trigger software they have set up to scan for them online and voila!  The pimp then knows she's going to be in the Seattle courthouse on such and such date with judge so and so.  

When you "spoke with members of Seattle Against Slavery" for this Bill - you were not speaking to survivors who choose to remain anonymous, nor were you speaking to someone who has been working with record expungment of victims for over 30 years now.  Meaning we might just have a different view on things than you do.

Which is why for example I'd like to see discussed on this Bill the fact that putting their name on the court docket which appears online in today's world could trigger someone looking for them to know where they are going to be and this could harm, even possibly kill them.  So I wanted to suggest that something be added in there for that reason that maybe the survivor could apply under a Jane Doe as some domestic violence and stalking victims do.  
I also know how many of our members have rang up domestic violence charges defending themselves, and their children.  So when I saw on this Bill about the domestic violence exclusion - I think we should talk about modifying this obviously.  Especially if the domestic violence was related to the sex trafficking because in the 30 years I've been doing this all over this country, Canada, and other states, I've seen it tends to go hand in hand.  Especially for the adults who were protecting their children.  

Now forgive me if I'm wrong - but if I remember correctly your program is only a few years old.  It only operates in the Seattle area, it only works with females, and I don't know if you've ever actually been involved in an expungment  case for a survivor.  However, we have.  We've been doing this as I said before since we launched in 1987, and we've been doing it in many states within the USA, as well as Canada, and in some other countries as well.   Meaning that yes we might have a different viewpoint than you on a few points but that doesn't mean we think you're "wrong" or the bill is "bad".  

Most of the reason why we formed a 12 step program and started this movement was because we felt it was horrible that these men, women and children, who were being forced to work in the sex industry were being arrested and treated like criminals.  Then because of their record, it was making it virtually impossible for them to leave.  Again, these are issues we've been helping our members with since day one but would like to see the day when we don't have to deal with it at all.  

Yes we've like to see it easier to get record expungment.  But of course it would be ideal if it were decriminalized.  Then there wouldn't be a record to deal with at all.  But as Edwin Meese told us in 1986 - that day isn't coming in our lifetime.  So we have to work with what we've got with respect to our legal system for now.

Meaning we'd like to discuss NOT having to prove one was trafficked to get the records expunged.  First, if one could prove they were trafficked in the first place - there wouldn't be a conviction.  I've been a part of literally 1000's of men and women's stories who have been arrested, some trafficked, and some not, and I can assure you that if they could prove they were forced when they first got arrested they would have.  Again, I point you to my case.  The DA only charged me because he wanted me to "snitch" on someone else.  I was being threatened back then by men so powerful that I knew if I opened my mouth - both my mother and myself would be dead if not my grandmother and dog also.

So - what about those cases?  What about the cases where the victim was in a trafficking situation but only took a charge because they didn't want to prosecute their trafficker for fear of their lives?  How are they supposed to "prove" trafficking on a plea bargain they took which they took because they were in fear of their lives?  

Also, how would you prove trafficking on an old case?  The only way I know of would be to hire a private investigator to start and those aren't cheap.  The last time I heard a quote it was $1500 to start.  Then after you get the proof, if you can, then you have to hire an attorney.  There goes another $1500 plus for a retainer.  Now I can assure you that a survivor who can't find work because of their record is going to have a really hard time with this law coming up with that kind of money on a "maybe".  It's a "maybe" because there's no guarantee they can come up with the proof years down the road.

Listen, I once took a trafficking case to the Las Vegas Chief Doug Gillispie with a bow on it.  I had the names, addresses, phone numbers, license plates, phone records, receipts, photos, witness statements, and absolutely everything needed to prove there was the trafficking ring operating in this country connected to Chris Butler.  This was before he was arrested.  I even had a map of where the stops where in this trafficking network where they were picking up the drugs, and dropping off the victims, and other things like stolen car parts they'd steal off the "johns" cars while they were inside with the prostitutes.  http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/sentencing-chris-butler-dirty-private-eye.html

Within 24 hours after I dropped this file off with the Chief - everything was shut down, cleared out, and buttoned up.  I was told by one of the victims that someone showed up and everyone and everything was cleared out.  They not only moved all of the furniture and cars out of the homes and businesses - but they had cleaned the inside and out of the buildings with bleach even to remove any DNA.  We weren't able to do anything about Chris until we got a male agent of his to agree to go to the press because clearly going to the police wasn't working.  

The same with "Operation Dollhouse".  http://talkaboutwidget.hmbreview.com/topic.php?t=460  That was part of the Chris Butler operation - only everything - the victims, the drugs, the stolen car parts, the guns, everything had been cleaned out and wiped out in less than 24 hours after we went to the police with information on this trafficking operation.  So clearly we couldn't go to the police - so we tried again with the media.  We knew there'd be a drop in Vegas on a certain date, so a reporter friend of ours arranged a "ride along".  Then he pushed for a raid - and voila!  There were 24 victims, baggies full of drugs, and two cops sitting right there. 

What happened?  NOTHING. The police let the women go home with the pimps 20 minutes later and the case against the cops was dismissed.  Now Chris Butler, and one other officer has been arrested.  But I can assure you Robert that the women who were trafficked in that operation were trafficked by more than just Chris and that other cop.  Remember, they were stealing drugs out of the evidence rooms and reselling them through the massage parlors.  

Now I know for a fact some of those women were arrested for prostitution.  Some of the women arrested for prostitution were arrested because they were "competition" to Chris.  So I ask you - how are they going to "prove" they were trafficked when to do so would open up a case against other cops?  It's not going to happen.  They would be embarking on a futile path and they'd be very likely to get themselves harmed, if not killed, for digging up these sleeping dogs.

What about this case that has been in Seattle news recently about the "League"?  http://www.kiro7.com/news/law-enforcement-discuss-local-human-trafficking-in/40004451  I know for a fact that ring is connected to a case I've been working on for almost three years now which has convictions also in Wichita, Kansas.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/24/gary-kidgell-yan-zhang-sex-trafficking-kansas_n_3647993.html    I got involved when a victim came to me asking for help with her criminal record.  She had just gotten a realtor's license and wanted to quit working in prostitution and become a realtor.  She was sold into this ring when she was 8 years old by her mother and she is now in her 50's.  

Only when she told them she wanted to quit - two Pasadena police officers drug her out of her home and she was slapped with two fake prostitution charges.  She was then told if she didn't get back to work, she'd be deported back to China where their connection there would see to it she'd get the death penalty.  Now this was two years before Liang Yaohui was arrested showing they had such a connection.  

Before I could expunge her records, I had to see if this claim of false arrest was true.  So we got one of our volunteer attorney's to pull her records.  He then requested her booking video.  This would show whether she was in fact arrested or not  The minute he ordered this booking video - he received a threat from the Pasadena station and an attorney.  

The victim was then told by this same attorney he had been hired by her traffickers and he had cleared her record - so she "had nothing to worry about".  I then pulled her records and they had not been cleaned.  When I sent her a copy to show her this - I was then threatened by a Pasadena officer and the attorney to "back off" or I'd be charged with stalking her.  

The officer who got the convictions in Wichita didn't have an easy time of it.  He had been trying to get an arrest since 2005 but kept getting other cops interfering who were on the payroll of the traffickers.  He got some arrests in 2009 but they didn't hold.  So he waited until he retired, then got a job with the zoning department.  From the zoning department, he was able to get enough evidence to arrest them again.  This time it held but they threatened his life and the life of the judge.  Yes a few women in Wichita went free.  

But the head was on them now so the ring started trafficking women from Korea.  One of their stops is Seattle. There was a few arrests a few week ago and they dubbed this ring the "League".  But I know the ring itself is still operating by moving the women from city to city, and that they reside in Pasadena.  

Now this is a real case I'm describing to you here.  So let me ask you - how is SHE supposed to get a record expungment based on PROVING she was trafficked?  Especially since I'm still trying to find someone to even take a report about the cop who threatened me - let alone her having her record being two cases that were faked by a department which by the way has BRAGGED they can "frame anyone for homicide they want"?  http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20140702/tape-pasadena-homicide-detective-bragged-about-framing-suspects-lying-to-get-conviction

Which again is why we've tried to stick in our expungment work to showing the court that this person has "changed".  We show them rent receipts for a year showing they've been paying their rent on time.  We show them they've been employed for a year, and get a letter from their employer.  We show them community service, they've been staying clean, and going to some type of church, temple, or other spiritual center for growth, as well as counseling and volunteer records.  

I will have a better chance at expunging this woman in Pasadena's records this way than I would by "proving" trafficking. Especially since I can assure you any "proof" she would come up with this other attorney I'm sure would move to have it silenced under some right to privacy or some other legal tactic.   

Now again I know you're talking about Seattle - but these things again have a tendency to be duplicated in other states which is why I'd like to register what our members have to say on this issue now.  I appreciate you reaching out to me very much and I'm here any time you'd like to talk more about this, or anything else with respect to sex trafficking.  

I'd like to see us not receive such an antagnostic response from the other survivors in your program in the future.  It is this type of thing as to why our members don't exactly announce their membership in our program for one thing, nor are they likely to voice any "countering" opinions to anything in groups like yours.  I say that because as a 12 step program - we encourage our members to voice their opinions and feelings no matter how diverse they might be.  In fact, we encourage it.  

Each 12 step program has it's own "issues".  For example, alcoholics have to learn how to go to social events where alcohol is served without relapsing like weddings, bar mitzvahs, bachelor parties, even many fund raisers these days serve alcohol.   With our members, we've been met with a backhand whenever we disagree with the people in charge of us.  With our "johns" we had to play along like we agreed with them also or we didn't get tipped well.  So we make a point in our program of encouraging our members' to therefore identify their feelings and opinions and express them, even when they differ with the others and we value and respect them sharing with us.  

Other groups however tend to have a certain goal they're working for, and in your program those with a dissenting view tend to be shut out, if not outright attacked.  Want to see a fight break out?  Have someone in one of your meetings identify themselves as a SWA member and see what happens next.   Why?  I don't know.  
Especially since when the press release came out you were launching Seattle Against Slavery I sent out an introduction and offered to be involved in what you were doing which frankly would have avoided this discussion we're having altogether.  We could have been having this discussion between us before it reached this point.  So you'd have to tell me why we were cut out of the loop here because I don't know why.

Now if you can show me how this Bill doesn't have these issues within it I've pointed out - great.  Please explain to me.  Because I've been a paralegal for the 30 years I've been out of the sex industry, and I've been involved in a lot of legislature writing, and that's what it appears like to me.  

I mean if you can show me how this Pasadena woman can expunge her records until your Bill - I"m all for it.  Until then, I've got the issues with it I expressed earlier I'd like to see addressed.  

Thank you for your time. 

-- 
Jody Williams
(702) 468-4529 Cell Phone
PS - Office of Public Safety

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

HB2668 - EXPUNGING RECORDS FOR SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly Prostitutes Anonymous)
(702) 468-4529 Telephone

Office of Public Safety
Via Email

Re: HB 2668 – Sex Trafficking & Record Expungment

Dear Committee Members:

I'm writing to weigh in on HB2668. I doubt any one person or group has had more experience with this issue than myself to be perfectly honest. I say that because I was a victim of sex trafficking on different levels at different times. I was first lured into the sex industry by men who came from a famous family of pimps. Richard Pryor has been open that his mother was a prostitute who worked for his grandmother, the madam. This family had been involved with prostitution for generations dating back to the slave days. The man in charge of this operation, Weldon, told me it was linked to the days when they were freed slaves, but couldn't find work. The women worked as prostitutes while young, and became madams when older. The men were pimps and drug dealers. They bought a nightclub in the valley which they used to lure in new victims, entertain clients, and it served to launder the criminal money from their enterprise that involved both drugs, prostitution, and other crimes.

When I bought my way out of this “family”, word spread on the streets that I was no longer under their protection. That's when I fell into people involved with Iran Contra. For those too young to remember this, it's when our own government was smuggling cocaine into this country in order to raise cash to buy guns for the Contra's. The drugs were then given to the African American gangs for distribution. However, to get the drug from Compton to the Beverly Hills Hilton – it did so in the purses of high class escorts. That's where I came in. During the 1980's, there were three madams in southern California. Myself, dubbed the “High Tech Madam”, Alex Adams who was called the “Beverly Hills Madam” and Cheri Woods who was called the “Hollywood Madam”.

It was during this time that I was connected to Chuck Barris. Yes the producer of the “Dating Game” and the “Gong Show”. The “Dating Game” was a great cover to lure out beautiful women to the studios to be filmed as an “audition” for the show. The tapes were then shopped around. To get these women into foreign countries with the right papers – they were sent on “dates”. Who ever thought to check who came back and who didn't when Chuck was the chaparone? If you've seen the film “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” then you have an idea what I was dealing with back then. Especially when I learned some of those women were sold outright to wealthy oil men who liked “white women” as trophies like some drug dealers had caged tigers.

There were no safe houses for adults back in the early 1980's. The only one in the country was for minors opened in 1979 by Lois Lee who founded Children of the Night. But what about us adults? Where do we go when we were being denied admittance in even drug treatment centers, homeless and domestic violence shelters when we'd run for help? The police refused to do anything because in their eyes we were just criminals then. No different than a bank robber in their eyes. So they felt like we “got what we deserved”. To change this, I took a warehouse I had once used as an incall place and turned it into the first safe house for adults. One day I took in a woman who had her arm and nose broken by this pimp who also had blacked both her eyes. He found the warehouse because it had used to be where we ran an incall service, and was quite angry when he couldn't break in to get her back.
So he called the police and told them I was “running a brothel” there. The police came out to the warehouse at midnight and knocked. She answered in her PJ's because she was asleep there. They arrested her for prostitution and charged me with pimping because the lease was in my name. Thankfully she testified against the pimp and the charges against me for pimping were dropped.

Only the DA wasn't going to let things go with that. He wanted me to testify against what I knew about the others. I knew if I did – I'd just have our government step in and claim “national security” and I'd be dead. To try and force me to testify the police arrested my mother and charged her with pimping me. They took a photo of me handing her a $20 bill for a bucket of KFC chicken outside of the warehouse. Technically that's “receiving money from the earnings of a prostitute”, i.e., pimping. Now granted, I could have fought this because it was ridiculous. However, the police further threatened to arrest my grandmother for the washer and dryer I'd bought her with a check of mine. I didn't want to see my 70 year old grandmother arrested but I also wasn't going to be a snitch and wind up dead. So my mother and I agreed to take a plea bargain instead.

I was fortunate in that the judge allowed for my record to go under another name because they knew the whole thing was simply to try and force me to testify – not that I'd done anything wrong. I assure you had I had my record appear under my real name – I never would have been able to get any type of work. Almost every job I've ever had has done a background check on me, including when I worked with NASA on the space shuttle as a secretary. I worked as a mortgage banker in Nevada for some years. I can assure you if my record were to have shown up under my real name – I would have had no ability to leave the sex industry and stay out of trouble since 1984 as I have. I've not even had so much as a jaywalking ticket since I went straight in 1984. But that was because I could find not only work, but also could rent a place to live, because I had no record showing.

Now could I go back and PROVE I was a trafficking victim to expunge my records? Heck no. Neither could someone like Jeane Palfrey, the DC Madam. The reason why she released her “Black Book” to the public was she was trying to show SHE was a trafficking victim. She had wanted to quit back in 1991 after her first arrest. But men from our own government were having her supply women for certain “special” people who didn't want the average street walker who could cause scenes like the street walkers in Columbia did with our Secret Service Agents.

No, women who worked with Jeane were women like Brandy Britton who was a professor at a university as one example. On top of these men wanting women of class and discretion for “entertainment” for their business dealings, they also had Jeanne pumping these men for information that was relayed back to them, and her supplying them with information they wanted them to have. Jeane wasn't allowed to retire and this was proven by her arrest. She had finally decided she was going to retire as a madam, buy a home in Germany, and just quit. As she went to the airport to leave the country and retire – she was arrested. Her defense was trying to explain to the court she had wanted to quit many times, but these men kept using her to supply their needs. She refused a plea bargain so that the “Black Book” could be public record instead of quashed. She tried to defend herself that she was a trafficking victim. The end result was her attorney was disbarred and had his life threatened. He had to leave the state to stay alive. Jeane, and Brandy Britton, were not so lucky. In other words, they tried to prove they were trafficking victims and are now both dead. I however did not, and I'm still alive.


What I'm trying to tell you is there's a big problem with this Bill 2668. I didn't try and expunge my records because I knew it would be pointless and I'd be dead if I tried. Jeane however did try and defend her record on her second arrest as a trafficking victim because she said she was forced to be operating as a madam by these men in our government. As a result of trying to defend herself – she's now dead. I spoke to Jeane the day before she was found dead and there's not a doubt in my mind she was murdered for trying to expose the truth about her case. Brandy Britton by the way is another. Her trial was coming up and certain powerful men were also afraid of what she'd say. She was found dead in her living room also before she had a chance to defend herself.

Here's what I'm trying to say – you send in a bunch of people trying to expunge their records and you may be creating a huge problem. Take a look at the Margo Compton case. This is a woman who was also forced into prostitution by a Hell's Angel gang. By the way, in cases of sex trafficking you will almost always find reports of domestic violence. Many times these pimps will attack their victims, and then when the police arrive the victim is the one who takes the blame to protect herself and her children. So I'm also concerned about this Bill excluding those with domestic violence charges because in my experience almost every victim of sex trafficking also has a domestic violence charge against them as well. Anyway, Margo wasn't adequately protected. There were no “safe houses” for adults when she testified back in the 1970's. The prosecutor left her in her home during her testimony and it resulted in both her and her six year old twin daughters horribly slaughtered.

You may also have cases where the prosecutor doesn't want to turn over that rock either. Think along the lines of Bill Cosby to see my point. In 2003, Snoop Dogg has confessed to traveling the USA in an RV and trafficking women across this country. He has not been charged and you know why? No one wants to touch that case with a 10 foot pole. I received a call from Joe Heck, a Nevada senator saying he had a friend whose daughter was being trafficked by a pimp who was operating in connection with Snoop's “pimp revival tour”. This woman was pregnant and after Snoop cast her off, another pimp with a long violent record was now holding her hostage in an apartment while pimping her. He said if the police came to rescue her, they'd have to arrest him. If they arrested him, he'd point to Snoop.

Now this was before Snoop's confession meaning he would just counter with a defamation charge or false arrest or some other defense, bringing in a legal team certainly that would make OJ drool. No one would want to testify against him, and with most of this taking place in the RV, there would hardly be any evidence either. So Joe asked me to go in and help this woman because the state of Nevada didn't want to get involved in charging Snoop with trafficking. Especially since the “johns” in this operation were mostly NFL players. It was just a PR and legal can of worms Nevada didn't want to open. They refused to even pay my expenses in this rescue because they “didn't want to leave any trail” and wanted to be able to “denialability plausibility” that they knew “nothing” about this whole thing.

Now let me ask you something – if any of the women who were involved in that year long RV tour were arrested for prostitution, this Bill 2668 means they can go in and “prove” they were trafficked and have their records expunged. Only I can assure you it would never happen. There is no state right now that would want to identify this woman was a victim of the Snoop operation because then they'd have to go in and charge him, and possibly charge some of these NFL players, and maybe even other famous musicians who were involved. It's not like they were checking ID's at the door either to see what age these women were. So tell me what court would allow this woman to expunge her records if it involved this operation? I doubt any court would rule in her favor in a situation like this.
After I got arrested for having the first safe house in the country – I realized I needed to go about this a little differently. So I launched our 800 # hotline and our program as a 12 step program so it could be used as an “alternative to sentencing” program under the laws grandfathered in by AA and NA. Meaning right now many prostitutes are not having to go to jail, and some are even released from jail, so they can attend our meetings and our program. In fact, Michigan right now won't even allow you to get off probation without attending a year of our meetings. I've set up formal alternative sentencing programs in Los Angeles, Allentown, and Reno. But mostly it's a matter of the prostitute asking the judge anywhere in the USA if she can attend our program instead of jail – and the judge decides.

Because of them being in alternative sentencing with us- many judges have also expunged records. We've been asked to go in at the end of their probation and testify to the court as to what we've seen with this person. If we've seen them have problems finding work because of their record – we tell the court. Many large companies don't care like Walmart, Target, Walgreen's, Olive Garden, etc. But when the person has to get jobs like to be licensed to sell real estate, or get a license to be a nurse, then yes it has been a blockage. When we've explained to the court this person is no longer involved in prostitution, that they are free of the influence of the pimp, and that they're being blocked from advancing because of their criminal record – we've always seen the court agree to expunge.

We've had the court grant exceptions. In Las Vegas for example, one can't even cut food to work in a fast food restaurant without a work permit. A past record for prostitution will show up. We've gone down to the licensing hearings and explained what happened – and we've seen them get their work permit even with their record standing.

Very very few survivors can afford an attorney. For this reason, I've been a paralegal since I went “straight” back in 1985. For those who want to expunge their records, but can't afford an attorney, I've been able to help them. We wait until they have the legally required time depending on what state they're in. Two years for example in Nevada. Then we gather together things like their rent receipts to show they've been paying their rent on time, we get a letter from their employer, and pay stubs, to show they've been working at a “legit” job for that time, letters from their pastor or rabbi, we get letters from volunteer work they've been doing, community service, their therapists, and also we have their sponsor vouching for how hard they've been working on their recovery, staying clean, etc. We've then made a motion to the court to hear us and upon presenting to them how this person has changed – we've seen the court expunge the records so they can get licensing they may need for work, and be free of it.

In other words, we've been able to expunge their records by showing how their life has changed NOT by digging up the past. Which in many cases is way too dangerous to dig up. Also, not only may it be dangerous to drag up, but this person may not even be able to afford an attorney, an investigator, and all that goes into what it would take to prove to the court they were a victim. Beyond this, the process could actually endanger them in another way.

If you look at my news clip for my arrest you'll see I was charged as “Rene Le Blanc” not “Jody Williams”. The reason for that is because many many men were afraid of what I would say to the prosecutor or even the press during my arrest. They had reliable information that I had a contract out on my head. It's standard to list all hearings as “public record” meaning my court dates are published as public record. Now with people trying to kill me, and the court requiring me to be in court on a certain date and time, and with the court calendar listing my name as to me having to be there at that date and time – we argued that the court would then be liable if I was murdered coming in and out of my court dates. To protect my life, the court then allowed me to be put under an “alias” of Rene Le Blanc so that the men looking to murder me wouldn't know when I was coming. Court calendars these days are all online. Meaning I can type in a few clicks and I can know if someone is going to be at the court on a certain date and time – even to expunge records.

For those who still have pimps out there looking for these victims – that's painting a bulls eye on them. It's asking them to possibly endanger their lives simply to get their records expunged so that they can not have problems finding work or housing because of their records. Because if the Bill is set up this way, that to expunge their records they have to prove they were trafficked, then you're asking them to endanger themselves. These pimps hold grudges for years. They have relatives who hold grudges. Many today also use technology and if a victim were to start a court date to expunge her records, her name would show up, and trigger the pimp realizing where this victim was going to be. Yes this can happen even years down the road after a victim has been freed. This can happen even if their pimp is in jail because they have “networks” on the outside. The first case we worked on taught us a valuable lesson.

We had helped a woman named Denise escape her pimp in Los Angeles who was horribly violent. She had more than one domestic violence charge from protecting herself from him. When I came to get her she was black and blue from head to toe from this guy. She had to knock him out to get away call us. We got her out and a year later she's walking down the street to go see a movie in Westwood. This pimp sees her and runs her over with his car in broad daylight in front of 100's of people. As the police were dragging him off to jail he's shouting “I taught that bitch no one leaves me”. Ever since then we urge our survivors to relocate as far away from the pimp, his family, his friends, others in his network, etc., and to change their appearance, because of stories like this that are sadly common.

I'm not saying that all survivors who want to expunge their records shouldn't do so by proving they were trafficked. I am saying there should be an alternative for those who can't, or maybe think it's too risky, and/or who can't afford an attorney, nor want one. Because believe it or not, many of us are not safe with the local attorney's either. Meaning there should be a process for us to get help without involving an attorney like I've seen done with our program because I've heard a lot of horror stories about women being also abused by their attorney's.

Right now in Las Vegas, I've got members who report to me there's not one attorney they've gone to for help on their case that hasn't asked them for sex on top of a cash payment to help them. Some of them in fact insist upon it. Many don't have a lot of cash upfront so they have to make payments. The attorney's then demand sex as “interest”. Others say that it's difficult to find an attorney willing to defend hookers and therefore they want something “extra” for their trouble. Others in other cities where there's maybe only one or two attorney's in the whole town tell me either the attorney won't defend them, or if they do, they insist upon sexual favors.

So where does that leave a survivor who is in a town where there's one or two attorney's in the whole region and they won't defend a prostitute because they don't want to be “known as a whore's attorney”? Or they refuse to do it unless sex is involved. Yes I've had attorney's tell me they don't want to be known as a “whore's attorney” and I've had women tell me their attorney's have refused to help them without sex involved. I've also had attorney's tell me they won't defend a prostitute because it could subject them to possible harassment and even cost them their license. Montgomery Sibley for example defended Jeane Palfrey. He was disbarred while doing so and many felt he was disbarred to prevent him from helping her in court. I can show you a very long list of attorney's who have helped prostitutes defend their cases, only to find their license threatened, their reputation, and even in some cases their actual life if they're going up against the traffickers to defend their client.

You have to realize that traffickers have attorney's also. Especially if they're men like Kemp Shiffer, Chris Butler, or those DEA agents in New Jersey who owned a strip club while also partying with Columbian drug lords. Now I asked you – what about those women in the DEA owned strip club who were working in that club and who got arrested before the news came out about them? I can assure you from what I've seen that if this woman had hired an attorney to expunge her records, that this attorney would have then found his license in jeopardy, and maybe their lives threatened. They do this because they know that if the victim has to get another lawyer, it's usually money they don't have. My attorney who defended me had his life threatened, his license threatened, and even the IRS came in to audit him. All because the traffickers in my case didn't want me to have an attorney. I can show you a lot of attorney's who for these reasons won't help us. Then those who do sometimes want sexual favors. It can be a very big can of worms here in other words for one of us to expunge records based on proving we were trafficked. In other words, this isn't like a traffic ticket. It can be very hard to find an attorney willing to take the case, and then able to see it all the way through if the traffickers fight back.

Which is why I'd like to talk more about the way we've been doing things which is much safer for the prostitute. That being that we've been able to show the court this person has changed, their life has changed, and that the record is just a hindrance for them to advance. This is something the person can do themselves without having to hire an attorney who usually wants at least a $1500 retainer, but they also can get an attorney to help as well. Either way they want to go – but it gives them a way to expunge their records without having to hire an attorney.

There's another thing I'd like to bring up here about “our” way we've been doing things. History if anything has shown us that very powerful men can often be involved in trafficking. Look at the “G Sting Arrests” for example in Nevada that involved city councilmen, judges, prosecutors, mayors, and other powerful people. Sometimes a record of prostitution can save a survivor and let me explain how. First of all, one can't get a license to work in a legal brothel if there is a past conviction for prostitution. Also, to be a stripper in most clubs one has to get an entertainers' license. Also which can't be done if there's a past prostitution record. So in cases like this, the traffickers know that this person can't work in the legal brothel, or the strip clubs, which require a license if they have a past conviction.

Now, if you have to prove you've been “legit' for the last year or two – that's impossible to fake. One can't fake rent receipts, pay stubs, letters from the pastor, testimony from local community groups this person has done volunteer work, neighbors, friends, members of a group like Sex Workers Anonymous, or other groups that are out there, Narcotics Anonymous sponsors, etc. Also school records showing for example if they want to sell real estate that they've taken the classes. One can't fake all that evidence to go into a court asking to expunge records.

However, with these traffickers, all it takes is for one judge to sign the papers saying “yes I believe this person was trafficked” and then their records are expunged which in turn then allow that victim to be further victimized and exploited because they can then be forced to obtain a license to work in a legal brothel, or even as a stripper with an entertainers' license. Remember, we held the press conference we did in 2007 to show the public that a victim can be forced to work in sex work and be trafficked EVEN IN LEGAL SEX WORK. Not all trafficking involves illegal prostitution. I worked on a case for a year where the victims were forced to be in the same room 24/7 and they were trafficked via a webcam. They were totally trafficked – but not in an illegal setting nor even were they forced to have intercourse.

Many traffickers are moving towards this – legal prostitution such as porn, stripping, webcam studios and even the legal brothels. To do some of this requires a license, and it would be a piece of cake for them to get some judge to just wipe away their record which would then allow them to be trafficked. I say that because there is not a clear criteria here for what constitutes “proof” of this person having been forced. That can cut both ways. That can make it so no amount of evidence would be accepted by a court that has reasons to not find that person not-guilty say in a Snoop case or a case like that DEA owned club. Or it can go the reverse and the judge might just take anything at all to expunge a record because that's also what it wants. Without a clear cut criteria of what the process is – this whole thing is in way too early of a stage to adopt HB2668.

There needs to be more discussion on this issue involving people like myself who have seen many sides of this issue over 30 years, and who also has no dog in this race. I'm not trying to advance my career by this Bill. I'm not trying to expose my name more because I'm holding a fund raiser, or applying for a grant, or running for office, etc. I in now way benefit by any of this, or even by writing you. My only stake here is what's best for these survivors. Which I can assure you there is danger in waking up sleeping dogs, and also there's problems in some cases with these survivors having no option but to hire an attorney, which may or may not be wiling to help them.

If I can be of any more assistance with input on this Bill – please call me anytime. Our program is the largest, and oldest, program of survivors in this country. Since our members are the ones who are choosing to remain “anonymous” we're the ones who are impacted the most when our records are following us.

Thank you for your time.

Jody Williams

PS - such "sisterhood".  Below is a response we got to this letter.


So I wrote this in response:

If you look at any research put out on the subject, as well as speak to anyone working in the field with the victims of sex trafficking, including many interviews I can show you in the media of victims of sex trafficking - you'll find that the victims DON'T identify by the term "sex trafficking" or "trafficking victim" or "human trafficking victim" or other such words. Because they don't self-identify by this word - things using those words go right over their heads. They think "this doesn't apply to me.

If I put up a billboard asking that everyone wearing a yellow dress call this number, but in my mind I'm wearing a red dress, then I'm not going to call that number. I'm going to think "that's not me".

The term "trafficking" was not coined until after the passing of the Trafficking Act of 2000. Before the passing of this act, this issue was not recognized as "real". Meaning it had the same significance as if I were to call the police saying "help I'm being forced to have sex with aliens". That's the response one would get from both the legal and medical profession when one tried to speak about being trafficked.

Because prostitution is illegal - we were branded "criminals" across the board. Both the police, social workers, therapists, landlords, employers, anyone else viewed us as "criminals" for that reason . There was no "extenuating circumstances" like being "forced". To show you the public reaction - in 1980 Linda Lovelace came forward with her book "Ordeal" speaking about how her pimp and husband, Chuck Traynor, had forced her to film "Deep Throat" with a gun pointed at her off camera. The movie was made with mob money and her pimp forced her not only to make the film, but to also prostitute. If you watch the bathtub scene, or her at the pool, in the film you will see the bruises on her legs. Despite these bruises being visible, the public refused to believe her. Think Bill Cosby and you have an idea how people just couldn't believe no one on that set stepped up to help her. Of course they wouldn't. It was a mob financed film and Chuck was known for guns. In fact, he opened the Gun Store in Las Vegas after he left pimping.

When billboards go up for the National Trafficking Hotline - it says "if you want help to escape trafficking". Many billboards and signs up talk about "if you're a trafficking victim".

Most victims don't identify with that word. However, all of them without exception DO relate to "do you want to leave the sex industry? Call Sex Workers Anonymous then" AND they especially respond to "we are not connected with law enforcement". Why? Because most trafficking victims also have local corrupt police on their payroll if not the traffickers themselves. Look up Chris Butler for example, or retired cop Kemp Shiffer, Margo Compton, or even think about that DEA owned strip club. Those dancers in that DEA owned strip club would no more call the police than fly - especially since they were illegal aliens. Even more so because if they went to the police their family back in Columbia would be dead before they could hang up the phone.

Meaning our hotline averages about five times more calls than Polaris. They've taken about 100,000 phone calls from everyone whereas we've taken over 500,000 calls from victims directly. Many who say when they call "I'm not a trafficking victim but I need help". We get the calls that the caller doesn't identify as a "trafficking victim" as well as the calls who feel they can't call the police. Like the 14 year old girl in Chicago who was being trafficked by two local respected cops. In her case, who is she going to call BUT someone who advertises "we're not connected to enforcement. Sometimes law enforcement doesn't want the call like in the Snoop Dogg operation he confessed to in Rolling Stone. What DA wants to prosecute a case like that for a victim before he made that confession in 2013?

We were getting calls about a trafficking ring now nicknamed the "League" back in 2009. There was a cop in Wichita, Kansas who reported he couldn't get anyone to arrest anyone in the chain of massage parlors locally because other cops kept blocking him and threatening him. He finally got some arrests in 2009 - but no one would back him up and he lost the cases. So he waited until he retired and then went to work for the Zoning Dept. From there, he got enough evidence to make an arrest in 2013. This time three men got convicted. The judge and this officer received death threats. There is documentation however linking one of these convicted pimps back to Pasadena, California where the heads of this ring reside. They only received five years and this was in 2013. In this ring, women from China were imported in under work contracts. They then had to "buy" their way out. Some married men in America for money, while others were put to work in the massage parlors.

One of these women who is related to the head of the ring has been forced to work as a prostitute since she was 8. She's now in her 50's and her son was about to go to UCLA. When she told the family she wanted to "retire" she was carted out of her own home by two Pasadena cops. Then slapped with two fake prostitution charges. Then she was told that if she didn't get back to work that she'd be deported where their contact would see that she got arrested a third time which would get her the death penalty in China. This was 2013. In 2015, Liang Yaohui was arrested who had 3000 massage parlors in China, and was a member of the Chinese government as well as the CEO of a Five Star hotel there.

When we went to clear her records, our attorney was threatened as were we. Then the trafficking ring had this attorney lie to her and say they had expunged her record when they had not. We came to her with her records to show they had not been cleared and they lied to her. I was then threatened by a Pasadena cop to "back up" or I'd have a stalking charge. The attorney threatened me with a stalking TRO if I tried to speak to her again. She has tried to quit by obtaining a real estate license to sell houses which is in jeopardy should they report her fake prostitution charges.

Under HB 2668, they could expunge her records if she can "prove" she was trafficked. Now I ask you - how is she supposed to do this when the charges are fake? When I went to the Pasadena Chief to make a report about the officers who threatened us, he ignored me. I went to his superiors who forced him to call me. The minute I called him an ex-prostitute started claiming falsely I was "stalking" her. I have records of our conversations to prove I never did such a thing. But they were timed so that if I walked into the Pasadena station to file a compliant - I would be hauled out of there on a stalking or 5150 charge. After Sandra Bland - no thank you.

The ring knew it was being watched clearly and to let things die down they stopped using women from China, and instead started using Korean women. They started moving their women around more on the circuit, and started opening more massage parlors. While everyone is cracking down on Backpage, they open more parlors and set up separate websites. There is a confirmed HIV epidemic in China, and the women were having up to 10 contacts a day unprotected without any HIV testing by the way. Condoms are not kept in the massage parlor because that would be "evidence" of prostitution.

I don't care how "crazy" people think I am - I have black and white documentation about this ring, how they operate, where they operate, who is involved, where they own real estate, marriage licensing, phone records, and also records tying them to Pasadena that can be looked at and should be. I have contacted every task force in every city this ring is operating and I've been ignored. Including Seattle. Now I understand because a woman was murdered, and a young boy kidnapped -an undercover officer was assigned to the case and there was some arrests a few weeks ago against the "League". However, all roads lead back to the heads of this operation who reside in Pasadena. That's why we have the RICO laws.

Now - how is this woman supposed to expunge her prostitution records when they were faked? By the way, a Pasadena Detective was caught on tape bragging about being able to "frame someone for murder". Certainly prostitution then is a peace of cake. I have the fake prostitution records -but I ask you how is this woman supposed to expunge the records under something like HB 2668 when she would not only have to testify against her own family, but she would have to expose what these officers, and judges, did to her?

I could however do what I suggested in my letter to the Office of Public Safety, and show she's been paying her mortgage payments, working at her real estate sales job, and attending SWA meetings. The way we've been doing things - I should be able to get a judge to grant her a record expungment under these terms.

If she were to try and go up against her family, and these officers, to "prove" she was trafficked and framed, I shudder to think what might happen to her as a victim of the "League". One woman went up against them and they murdered her and torched her apartment. I was poisoned during a meeting that almost killed me. These are not people to play with in other words. She's lucky that Liang has been arrested back in China, but there could be other people behind him who haven't been arrested.

IF the task forces in major cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and other cities would answer my calls or emails, I might be able to discuss with them more the types of calls coming into our hotline and also find solutions for women like I'm describing. This is a woman who isn't going to parade around in front of Congress, or at some trafficking luncheon talking about being a "survivor". Some of us have to remain "anonymous" but that doesn't mean they don't exist. If anything, because they have to remain hidden, all the more reason why they need to be heard.

Which is why I try and do this as best as I can. It doesn't help however when I try and I find women like Amber Pauline Walker telling me that I was "not invited" to the discussion here of HB 2668. She however doesn't get to tell survivors who she thinks should and should not be heard. We all need to respect ALL voices and viewpoints here. And that includes having the task forces, and other NGO'S, in this movement to also respect when I'm reaching out on behalf of someone who can't.

www.sexworkersanonymous.com





PENSACOLA FLORIDA MEETING LAUNCHED

We have a new meeting in Pensacola Florida now.  If you'd like to attend one in that city - just give us a call for contact information.  One thing - this is a "panel" meeting meaning it's not run by a member.  You can attend a meeting, get materials, and basically it's a "presentation" of our program and materials being led by a non-member.  You can still however attend a meeting of only members at our phone meetings.  Your confidentiality is still guaranteed at this meeting since the woman leading it is a minister and therefore what's said to her and in front of her stays with her.

AUSTRALIA SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS MEETING LAUNCHED

Prostitution is legal in Australia.  We have confirmed a new meeting is starting in the Sydney area of Australia.  If you'd like to attend a meeting there - please just get in touch.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

RESOURCES FOR SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

When our group started this movement to have sex trafficking not only recognized as "real" by this country, but also to have systems set up in place to help us get away from the trafficker, and find recovery from our experiences, we of course were considered the "go to" person for information because we had started the first hotline for adults to call in for help.

Now anyone can put together a list of drug treatment programs.  However, the best drug treatment program in this country doesn't mean it's good for us.  Let me give you an example of what I mean.   There is a woman now dead because of Chris Batham.  http://www.laweekly.com/news/a-drug-rehab-mogul-built-an-empire-that-s-now-being-probed-by-the-fbi-da-and-state-of-california-6390686  Now I"m the first to say that this article could totally be a smear campaign against the guy so I'm not publishing this simply because of what the article said about him.  I'm publishing it because of what women who have been inside the program who wish to remain "anonymous" have told me about the program.

When a man, or woman, goes into drug treatment, they're usually in a locked down facility where they're sleeping and bathing.  I've heard horror stories of women who have been in the kitchen making dinner when they've been assaulted by one of the staff who then threatens to throw them out into the street if they report what happened to anyone.  I've heard about other clients who sneak into their rooms at night and rape them who the next day go "she's just a whore are you going to believe her?" when the lights go on the next day.  Some of you may remember Covenant House had an accusation against Father Ritter who was supposedly molesting the male prostitutes in his program for over 10 years before getting him out of their program.

Now let me ask you - would you leave a child alone with a daycare provider who was a convicted child rapist?  Of course not.  There's special screening in place for pedophiles because it's a known accepted fact that they seek out jobs where they can work with children to get access to their "drug of choice".  However, for some predators their "drug of choice" is to be a rapist, or molester, or even a trafficker, of someone and what better choice than a person who is going into drug treatment who is a "known" prostitute?  With not one single rape conviction I've seen yet in this country where a prostitute has won a judgment against her rapist to date I'm aware of - it's open season on us.  We don't have special screenings in place and I certainly can't state publicly, or in print, that I've got 10 members of SWA who have reported to me they got raped by a certain person at a treatment program, or within a jail, or even personally for that matter.  But it doesn't mean I don't know it.

I did rescues of women who were being trafficked by Snoop Dogg during his now confessed 2003 tour.  I have evidence to back up this claim including evidence of the person who first called me to help the first case because the police didn't want the press of getting involved.   However, I couldn't say one word about what I saw or knew until HE DID in his "Rolling Stone" confession because then I'd be opening myself up for  a slander/defamation lawsuit against his lawyers.  So I can know about something to be totally true - doesn't mean I can print anything or even say anything about it to outsiders.

Meaning I knew about Chris Batham before this article came out.  Meaning I'd heard the reports about Father Ritter before he was accused publicly.  So when I was operating the ONLY hotline for adults in this country to call for help - I was able to make some pretty good calls on good places to send someone for help.  Meaning I have a personal rule we go by with our hotline - we don't refer anyone to another person or program unless we've (1) seen it with out own eyes, and (2) personally talked to people who have gone all the way through the program or sessions, classes, etc. so we know what everything is like behind closed doors and once the press and public have gone home.

So when we referred someone to a residential program for example - not only would we see that person graduate said program, but we knew they'd be safe from harm by the staff, and that they would get what was represented to them they'd get, and that things were "kosher".  For example, we didn't refer someone wanting to leave the porn industry to a therapist who would offer to take out the sessions "in trade", or the counselor who would expose himself to his clients, or the psychiatrist who would offer to give drug prescriptions to their clients who would give him blowjobs.

But since Polaris has come on the scene - we can't compete with their billboards so what winds up happening is we don't get all the calls for all the adults who need help any longer.  Many callers are now shown resource guides such as https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/orr/traffickingservices_0.pdf  Now the problem I'm hearing with resource directories like this is that they're very incomplete.  On top of that, those who are giving referrals are often doing so from a "faith based" perspective (meaning within their church), and/or their own views if they're trying to honor the TVRA of 2003.

What happens is I'm hearing people tell me that they are "turning away survivors because there is no beds or housing" for example.  I'm hearing they are being denied treatment because there is "no beds".  What's even worse is when I'm hearing the horror stories again.  I've got a woman for example in Virginia reporting to me that her doctor is not only pressuring her for sex, he is literally using her as a subject for a research project on B12 vitamins in survivors.  So he's not advising her of things she may need medically because he's controlling her for this research.  Don't get me started on the horror stories I heard about Mercy Ministries and their "safe house" which put up an adoption application right on their "safe house" website.

What ethical program would even THINK of asking a woman to make a life effecting decision like adopting out her child when she's just been put into a "safe house"?  Meaning she probably has less than a year clean from drugs.  She hasn't even been on her own two feet yet in her own life yet.  She's going to be in extreme PTSD if not dissociation and someone is asking her to adopt out her child permanently?  There's no way I would ask a survivor with less than one year clean to make such a permanent and painful decision.   Sure enough there was an expose about how abusive they were in the media - but we weren't referring anyone to them on our hotline because we saw all these red flags before the media did!

I keep getting these calls from people saying they "can't find resources".  I look on this directory and I don't see many resources there I know exist. Good ones.  As for us, professor Sharon Oselin finished her 10 year study into the top three programs in the country and not only did we come out on top, but we're also the only program in her study STILL OPERATING!  We have plenty of testimonials up at www.leavingtheliferadio.com  

So I go to contact the people at this office to see about getting included in this directory - and guess what I find?  Katherin Chon is Director of the Offices of Trafficking in Persons http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/endtrafficking/about/leadership  Who is that?



She's the wife of Bradley Myles, who is the director of Polaris.


That explains a lot.  Seems like a huge conflict of interest also if you ask me.  Especially considering Polaris is now on the survivor council being put together funded by our government to advise on who gets funding and support in this country.  Especially since our hotline, and program, have been excluded from the directory used by social services in this country (ironic since we were the first ones training them on how to work with these victims back in the 1980's), and since we have a program that is the largest, and oldest, one in this country, who has generated the most numbers of recovering survivors, who now have the longest amount of time in recovery without relapse also.  This certainly might explain why everyone who is receiving grants from these offices is refusing to even speak to us any longer - despite the fact our services, and program, are still needed, and still quite effective, and we're growing daily.  Just because our survivors are choosing to remain "anonymous" doesn't mean I think their voices shouldn't be heard - in fact maybe more so.

Our members aren't likely to testify at Congress because many of them are married today, or in jobs they could lose, or even having custody of children they could lose, if word of their past gets out.  We have members of SWA who are doctors, lawyers, professors, wall street traders, real estate investors, mortgage bankers, and a few even work at NASA from what I'm told.  So no I don't think they're going to want to risk ruining their new lives by plastering their faces all over the internet.  Especially when to do so can be quite disastrous for some of us.

She's not a member but take one look at what happened to Suzy Favor-Hamilton when one of her clients exposed her to the world for what she was doing.  I've seen people fired, their husbands leave, banks foreclose, even CPS come out to take the kids, etc.

I got to tell you though - I've seen mobsters that could take some shake-down lessons from this couple!  Talk about cornering a market!  This might explain why the people in their directory won't even return our calls when we have a victim sitting right in front of us needing help of some kind or asking for help to prosecute their traffickers.  I've tried finding a way to reach Katherine and find none.  There's no contact information for her on the HHS website, nor on facebook, or any other source I can find anyway.

Guess who is suffering?  So you know what Katherin Chon and Bradley Myles - we may not be able to publish many of the things we know online, but we can still publish one heck of a resource guide that won't be biased and only filled up with people who agree with our viewpoints.  The only thing I"m concerned about is the needs of these men and women bravely stepping out to leave the sex industry for any reason.  They deserve knowing the options that are out there, and to make the best informed decisions for themselves on what they need and who they want it from.

I will keep you posted as the guide develops.  Subscribe if you'd like to see the final directory.