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Saturday, April 30, 2016

HOW "END DEMAND" REALLY WORKS




For those of you watching the upswing of the "end demand" campaign - I would like you to note a few things.  

In 1980 when Linda Lovelace came forward to say she'd been forced to film "Deep Throat" by her pimp holding a gun to her off camera  on a mob financed adult film set where no one stepped up to help her - suddenly we see the Meese Report coming out trying to stamp out porn NOT the situations that allowed her to be forced on that film. 

Did it work?  Did porn go away? 

Hardly.

If anything, it's now everywhere right?  

I've seen how Prohibition led to the speakeasy's and Al Capone became a rich man selling bootleg liquor.  Did Prohibition stop drinking?

Hardly.

Our program, www.sexworkersanonymous.com has been effectively helping men and women leave the sex industry for 30 years now.  I've watched as Sexaholics Anonymous was helping men to stop being "customers" of prostitutes, buying pornography, etc.  

Yet do you see people like Swanee Hunt - NOT promote anything to do with us.  If anything, she was responsible for taking us OUT of Phoenix when she helped to create Project Rose and Division 17 through CAASE.  Then when Project Rose bombed - did she come to us to restart back up the program which had been operating in Phoenix for 20 years effectively?  

No.  She went out and took women who had gotten into recovery through us and created https://www.demandabolition.org/blog/gfe/

Which got me to wondering why Domina Elle, of SWOP, would be getting money from Swanee Hunt's foundation.  

It also made me think back to when big tobacco used to hold "youth prevention" campaigns to curb teen smoking which didn't do one darn thing with respect to teen smoking EXCEPT INCREASE it.  

Now if the tobacco company went out marketing to kids - that would make them really bad guys.  But if they act like they want to "prevent" it - then they care right?  But in all the focus on the kids - no one is focusing on shutting the industry town then are they?

Swanee Hunt has enough education, and enough money, to know how the mind works and to hire the best marketing people in the world if she wanted to "end demand".  

What does she do to end demand? This - https://www.demandabolition.org/

Now take a look at Derren Brown teaching about "negative suggestion".    Here's another video on it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH2MuYyTaGE


Now do you really think this is what's going on here?  Everywhere that Swanee is touching down - he's increasing arrests against the "johns" which isn't going to do one thing to "end demand".  All it's going to do is push them into a situation where they'll be SURE TO HIRE A VICTIM in order to cover their ass just as we saw with Eliot Spitzer.  In fact, he uses escorts from other countries connected to Russians he knows will be so terrified they'll even call up reporters and say they "made the whole thing up".  http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/spitzer-choke-accuser-identified-svetlana-travis-25-article-1.2532341

The REAL reason these people are creating fake Samoly Mam's, fake Chong Kim's, fake Rachel Moran's, and trot around real pain from women like Brenda Myers-Powell, INSTEAD of the woman who created the program that got Brenda off the streets (us), is to KEEP THE EYES OFF THE INDUSTRY ITSELF.

Just as big tobacco did. 

Just as alcohol did.

Just as drugs did.

All things which share they're products sold to addicts.  

Just like the sex industry.  

THAT'S why they don't want you talking like the sex industry is an industry - because they don't want you putting two and two together about what they're doing.

Controversy sells.  We saw this with "50 Shades of Gray" and why Maxine Doogan is a very clever "influencer" hired by the sex industry to take over SWOP to ensure the INDUSTRY is protected, not the workers.  That's why you never heard things like "union" out of her mouth - but you do ours. 

I watched the schools growing up who had DARE running through them - and when they left suddenly most of the kids were doing drugs.

I watched the teen sex education programs swept through our schools - and then watched as some schools had most of their teens pregnant at the same time.

I'm not a PhD and I know this - you tell someone "no" and they want it just the more.  Which is what "end demand" is all about in reality.

Not "abolition". 

It about "abolition" then why do they refuse to speak to me about our battles against the legal brothels in the past, that have won?  Why aren't they at the hearing to expand brothels into downtown Las Vegas we testified at ALONE and won?  Why are they holding their "summits" in MISSOURI rather than NEVADA?  http://exoduscry.com/abolitionsummit/

Oh they're "ending demand" alright.  For their competitor's product while increasing demand for theirs.  

THIS is how you change people's minds.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51B8MzcxOX0


Saturday, December 5, 2015

LETTER TO GLAMOUR MAGAZINE

Dear Glamour:

In response to the "No Such Thing" campaign, the term "prostitute" while sex for money is still illegal in this country is STILL a legal term.  Please allow me to introduce myself.  I'm the founder of this very movement with respect to sex trafficking.  Please check the news clips at www.hightechmadam.com  The news clip for 1984 about my arrest where it says I was "operating  brothel" is not the story.  Yes I had a warehouse next to the police station that was equipped with very high tech security - but the reason for that is because it was the first safe house for adult trafficking  victims in the USA.  I had put a woman in the warehouse because her pimp had broken her arm and nose as well as blacked both her eyes.  Angry, he tipped off the cops that there was a "brothel" operating.  When the police arrived, yes the woman was  wearing her PJ's because it was midnight and she was sleeping.  She also had the arm cast on and a bandage on her nose with two black eyes.  But in the mind of the police in 1984 this must be a brothel since a "prostitute" was inside.  I say that as a legal definition since she was on probation for the crime of prostitution.  The pimp then tipped off the media about it to try and put more pressure on the case.  Yes the DA kept at first trying to get her to name me as her pimp.  She stood her ground and testified against the pimp and the charges of pimping against me would have been dropped had not the DA then charged my mother with pimping me.  They had a photo of me handing her  $20 bill for a bucket of KFC and under the LAW if you "receive earnings from a prostitute" then it's felony pimping.  To get the charges against my mother dropped - I had to plead to some baloney charge and thus was on probation for two years.

But that didn't stop me from getting calls from victims needing help to escape trafficking and pimps (yes there's a difference).  Realizing of course I needed to do things differently, and realizing we would be encountering more pimp retaliation for our work, I met with the California Attorney General, Edwin Meese.  He suggested that until we stop arresting prostitutes as criminals that I could at least offer an "alternative to sentencing" by creating a 12 step program.

So I did and launched our program and hotline in 1987.  We started our first alternative sentencing program in Los Angeles in 1988 and by 1989 we were asked to bring it to the east coast.  Which I did.  The Program for Female Offenders was created which was also very effective.  From there, we were asked to start the first program in Canada in 1991 because of a serial killer who was targeting prostitutes in Vancouver.  We helped a mother find her daughter and a movie was made about this starring Lindsey Wagner "Fighting for My Daughter".  A documentary was made about the warehouse and our program in 1988 and aired on Channel 9.

Back in the 1980's if you called the police about sex trafficking they responded to you identical to if you were to call 911 today and say "little green men were forcing you to prostitute".  This lack of belief was what led to be being arrested because the police couldn't understand what was going on at the warehouse.  So I also realized I needed to change public perceptions which of course advertised our hotline so I did a lot of national TV before the Trafficking Act of 2000 was passed to give this federal recognition.

I invite you to listen to one of our members speak about the "way things were" for us up until 2003.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_TD_X3uOiA  Up until the passing of the TVRA of 2003, our program had become "the" alternative sentencing option across the USA.  Our program had a chapter in every major city.  We were part of a 10 year research study in fact published by professor Sharon Oselin proving our program works in fact.  What happened then was the movement literally being "hijacked".  Even the author of the Trafficking Act of 2000 has been quoted as saying it's been "hijacked".

What that means is very important.  Let me ask you something - during the civil war and the civil rights war it was easy to tell who the war was about by the color of their skin.  However, what if the "slaves" the subject of this war were all colors, shapes, sizes and sex?   Imagine it's more like alcoholism in that it can strike anyone.  For all intents and purposes I am to this movement what Bill Wilson was to the alcohol recovery movement.  Because before Bill Wilson and AA - people didn't view alcoholism as a disease but instead as a lack of "moral fiber".

Which when I started this movement - is how we were viewed - as "criminals" and also having "no morals".  Not that some of us were being forced, while others were being forced because of economic necessary because of a lack of proper support services.  In 2003 every Salvation Army and Catholic Charity we had been holding our meetings in came to us and booted us out.  Now prostitution is STILL illegal.  It's a crime in just about everywhere but Nye and Storey County in Nevada.

Now I ask you - who is going to let a bunch of criminals meet on their property?  Not many which is why essentially they destroyed our program for a moment there.  Now the members regrouped and we found new meeting halls but what this did was basically put us "out of sight".  We are "anonymous" and can't violate our anonymity to come forward without great risk and sacrifice.  Some of us still have pimps looking for us even.  Others know if the past leaks out they'll be fired, evicted, and possibly even lose their marriages and custody of their children.  So not all of us want to step forward in the media eye to speak up - which is why the members of SWA turn to me for this.

Some people came to me and asked me if I would make statements about the sex industry and trafficking that are not true in 2007.  They offered me a large cash salary, an office, and a lot of awards.  I explained to them if I did say these things in the media that no "real" victim would come to me for help because they would know I was lying.  So I refused because if I lose the members of our program who come to us for help and find it - what have I got?  Money?  I could make that going back to crime.

Was I wrong?  Each time one of these "catfish" phony survivors steps up saying these things that real survivors know is not true - that's what I hear is "how could they lie like this" so I wasn't wrong.

I did what I do because there was no pipeline out for these victims.  Victims who need THEIR voice heard.  What happened after I refused was quite interesting.  We saw Samoly Mam rise and rise with the SAME EXACT people as who have now put this Wilethma Ortiz Pettigrew up on this media pedestal.   Oh yes she's speaking at film festivals and galas - the same ones that we saw put the phony "Eden" and the phony "Taken" out into the media.  Because once I got the idea out into the general public that trafficking was in fact real - then the next question became "what is it?"

That's when the movement got hijacked by people who are putting out in major media information that is NOT our experience.  Things these phonies aren't talking about.  Something those of us who are REAL would be talking about at great embarrassment to these people in power.

That is talking about corruption.  What I started this movement talking about and am still talking about is the fact we can't address TRAFFICKING unless we address the corruption that allows it to happen.  Do you know why I advertise a hotline where someone can call for help that IS NOT connected to law enforcement?  Because traffickers are law enforcement or they use them as their guard dogs.   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-immigrant-whistleblower-20151124-story.html  And until we have a system where the fox isn't "guarding the chicken coop" - we don't have another way out for them.

I have to speak about this "no such thing" campaign because I have  LOT of very upset members.  First of all, the term "prostitute" is not a slur.  It is a legal term to define someone who breaks the law against prostitution.  A law we've been trying to get repealed.  All of that outrage you feel when you hear us called "prostitute" is what WE WANT YOU TO FEEL because we WANT THE LAW REPEALED.

What these people with money, and trust me if you trace the roots of this whole campaign it goes right to MONEY and the same people who are attacking Planned Parenthood, want is to stuff this under a rug to make it disappear WITHOUT repealing the very law that made this word a word.  It would be like if I said I'm not going to remove the law making murder a crime - but I'm going to instead get everyone to call it "pillow fighting" because the term is so "distasteful".    This is EXACTLY the kind of thing Noam Chomsky spoke of when he said "propaganda is to democracy what guns are to a dictator" in Manufacturing Consent.

The phrase "there's no such thing as a child prostitute" is a lie.  Let me ask you something - were you aware that a 16 year old can get a license to work at a Nevada legal brothel?  Were you also aware that when she's first taken to work at the brothel if she tries to leave within the first 48 hours she's ARRESTED?  Sixteen years old is too young to drive, vote, drink or smoke - yet this girl can obtain a prostitute license.  I'm sorry but that makes her a "child prostitute" in my eyes.  So there IS such a thing as a "child prostitute" and if we remove that phrase from the language then we have just swept her plight right under the rug haven't we?

Something I have not heard in one single speech out of this Withelma.  I've tried reaching her.  She's not in the student directory at Notre Dame, I can't find any "Still Alive Initiative" where she claims to work, and she doesn't answer any of our emails.  Our members, real survivors, nominated me for that top 100 Time award and she gets the award?  Okay great but for what?  For what?  I've scoured the internet and find no accomplishments.  She speaks but she's not speaking for the 1000's of members we have.

We've written the people sponsoring the "No Such Thing" campaign asking them to speak to our members about their experiences - and we get no response at all.  Not from the McCain Institute, the California Endowment, Malikaa Saar, no one speaks to us who comprise the largest group of survivors in this country.  And I don't mean those who are out trying to sell a book or start a church - but those who can't speak up in the public eye because of how the ones who trafficked them are still operating at large today.

Because of the campaign she's fronted there were no arrests for juvenile prostitutes in Los Angeles for 2015.  Which means guess what?  No HIV tests.  When someone is arrested for prostitution there is a mandatory HIV test.  Charlie Sheen has acknowledged spending over $10 million dollars trying to cover up his HIV plus status and believe me I know this has some connection.  But those statistics are there for a reason and were put there after we went through an HIV epidemic in the 1980's.  We found that traffickers were force the prostitutes to continue working while positive and the only way to stop them, and to allocate services to them to help them, was this mandatory testing.  Otherwise, the traffickers know and keep "working" these victims.  At the point of jail, where there is  positive HIV test - that's a point where people can step in and HELP that prostitute.  But without those tests - what have they got?  NOTHING.

Without this mandatory testing - where does this leave a prostitute with a means to alert the public we're having another HIV epidemic among sex workers?  Or the ability to step in at that point and help her/him before they become a threat to public health?  They've confirmed it in Tijuana among sex workers in 2008 - do you honestly think with traffickers bringing these prostitutes, male and female, across the border to work them that southern California wasn't infected?  Then as the traffickers move them through the USA now - we now are hearing of an epidemic in Indiana, Florida and even S. Carolina.  I'm getting so many calls from HIV positive prostitutes in Los Angeles - I've relocated back there to get involved only to find out NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR FROM US.

But with these people on the "no such thing" campaign controlling ALL OF THE PRESS how are we supposed to get a word in edgewise about us?  As long as prostitution is a crime there IS such a thing as a "child prostitute".  As long as Nevada is allowing 16 year olds to be driven in to get a license from their step fathers, and foster parents to work in these brothels before they'd old enough to drive, and those laws are on the books there IS such a thing as "child prostitute".  And all that outrage WE WANT DIRECTED AT THE LAWS - not at sweeping it under the rug by saying there is "no such thing".

You want to write about something to help us?  Write about us.  Write about that.

Thank you for listening.

Jody Williams
www.sexworkersanonymous.com
(702) 468-4529

Saturday, November 21, 2015

LETTER TO MALIKA SAAR

When you're spear heading a campaign that stopped arresting juvenile prostitutes - you also stopped mandatory HIV/AIDS testing that prostitutes are required to get when arrested.  Because of your campaign, there are no statistics for HIV for juvenile prostitutes for 2015 available.  Nothing to contrast with any other rates of HIV to see if the number is growing or lessening.  Nothing which can be used to even help get an estimate done so any grants can be applied for in order to do outreach.

I've been wondering to myself for a while now "who is trying to cover up the HIV rates in prostitutes?" and now I know.

I hope you're happy with yourself Ms. Saar.  http://traffickingandprostitutionservices.blogspot.com/2015/11/charlie-sheen-and-hiv-infection-of.html  The reason why I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off for a while now knocking on any door that I can on behalf of these women is because everyone is just acting like they don't exist = while I'm getting more and more and more calls from women who tell me they're HIV positive in Los Angeles.  I have said very clearly in my blogs, postings, and letters since day one I relocated back to Los Angeles because of the increase in calls I'm getting from those who are HIV positive in the sex industry.

Are you aware Ms. Saar how much it costs to get an HIV test?  Especially if they had insurance and even with insurance IF they wanted to report it on their own insurance in their own name. Why is this an issue?  Because if you're caught prostituting after you've been told you're HIV positive - you can be charged with attempted manslaughter.  That's why most sex workers who can't quit aren't willing to get tests done on their insurance in their own names.  Meaning they're only going to do free anonymous tests - or nothing at all.  If they CAN get them done in the first place.  

Are you aware that most sex workers don't have cars of their own nor drive?  Certainly they aren't going to be taken to a test site where they can get a free anonymous HIV test by any group I"m aware of OTHER THAN OURS at the moment because ever since 2003 - all federal and faith based funding has blocked and shunned any group who does HIV testing of any kind or even speaks about it.  Leaving us left.

So while you're pouring all that press into speaking to Russell Simmons and the CNN and Cosmo about the labels people use  - I know we're looking at another HIV epidemic.  Only how am I supposed to get the word out with you soaking up all the press and cutting us out?  Don't think I don't have statements from reporters telling me they've been told they'll be fired or "never work again" if they even mention our name.  John McCain, the California Endowment, and everyone else connected with your campaign holds a lot more clout than a group of recovering sex workers does operating on their own time and their own funding.  

Should we have our members who are HIV positive step forward and incriminate themselves?  How about when they have clients who would see them dead rather than go to the press with news like that?  Where does that leave them with recourse other than me speaking for them?

I asked you if we could be included in your media campaign and now I can speak freely about why I think you refused now that Charlie's come clean.    There's only one group of people I know of trying to silence us Ms. Saar and it's not the women affected by this issue.

Are you aware I see not one word about Wilethema being tested for HIV ?  Thing is REAL survivors coming into our program are TERRIFIED they have it.  It's the only thing they can think about until they get their test results.  It's not like the pimps let them use protection nor got them tested.  If anything, they charge more for the "girlfriend" experience - which is a fancy trade term for not using condoms.

Meaning coming into recovery - these women are terrified until they first test and it's the only thing mind until they hear the news.  I know because I'm sitting up with them until 2:00 a.m. until we can arrange testing or transportation for them.

So how come your survivor hasn't said one single word in any interview about her fear of HIV after her "rescue"?  I've scoured her interviews and if anything the only thing I've seen her talk about is that now she's in recovery she's now "gets off on being choked like her traffickers used to do to her".  Only not one word about her fear she was HIV positive coming into recovery.  Now if you'd included ANY real survivor certainly I"m aware of - then I think you would have heard they are a lot more concerned about that than whether some outsiders identify them as a "prostitute" or a "victim".

I haven't been able to be more aggressive about how I'm aware of this until now thankfully Charlie Sheen has said something so I don't have to worry about being accused of "blackmailing" anyone by pushing on the issue of the HIV status of victims in California.

So now it's in the open I'd love to hear your answers to any of these questions Malika.  Especially why you're more concerned about a label then you are the fact I'm certainly hearing a record number of survivors report to me they're HIV positive.  So many I've relocated back here to Los Angeles to do something about it because they said "no one is listening".  It seems you aren't either.

Why not?  If you're "elevating the voice of a survivor" - then how come not this concern?  I'd love to hear your answer on that point.  .

Jody Williams
www.sexworkersanonymous.com

Monday, November 9, 2015

JUGGLING THE NUMBERS

In 1988, Joe Conforte, the man who owned the Mustang Ranch legal brothel in Nevada, decided he wanted to expand the brothels into California, and further into the larger cities of Nevada.  At that time they were still only located in the small rural towns they're in now and this was long before Dennis Hof had even bought his first brothel.  At that time, I think there was maybe three brothels in the whole state, or the whole  USA for that matter, if I remember correctly.

Now HIV/AIDS was raging at the time.  Certainly not a good time to be talking about expanding brothels right?  Depends on how you market it.  I heard Joe had plunked down $1,000,000 to a PR firm in California and that he was having a Bill or Act (I'm not a political science major I can't remember what it was exactly - but it was a law he was having passed).

Now to get people to vote for this, that's why he put this money up with the PR firm.  I get the call to come onto TV against him.  The FCC had laws on the books then that you couldn't talk about a law you were passing without someone who was "opposing" you having "equal" time.  No one wanted to go up against Joe - especially after  Joe murdered that famous boxer down in cold blood on the brothel property in a jealous rage right in front of a cop and not doing one day of jail time in 1976 still fresh on people's minds.  Not with his reputation for violence either.  I wasn't worried because he needed me to get on the air.  Without an "opposing view" he couldn't get on the air so he needed me to cooperate.  I figured it was a great way to get exposure out for our hotline so I agreed to go on TV "opposing" him.  We both got exposure that way.

But I was wondering how he was planning on plugging this idea with everyone so freaked out about HIV/AIDS at the same time.  What he did was whip out some university study claiming that not one of his brothel prostitutes had shown to have HIV/AIDS infection.  So he starts waving this research report around claiming that "if you want to be 100 percent safe - then you need to legalize prostitution and that will put a stop to this epidemic and you'll be safe".

Well that just didn't ring true to me.  Anyone who knows me knows I do digging which is what I did. After a few calls -  I found out that (1) he paid to have the test done which meant the test would have the same objectivity as when the tobacco companies used to order tests done of their product which would come back saying there was "no link" between their product and cancer (when tests done by independent labs had entirely different results), (2) only prostitutes who were licensed to work in his brothel were put into the study meaning  only those who had just been determined to be negative were put into the study as subjects (kind of like stacking the deck there), (3) the testing method used had an incubation period of six months, (4) the prostitutes in the study were fired at four months of employment, (5) there was no follow-up testing done on the prostitutes once they had been fired.

In other words, the test was rigged.   

If the incubation period was six months, and they were negative to start, but taken out of the study at four months time, then clearly NO ONE was going to show up positive because they were eliminated before the virus had a chance to incubate.  Without any follow-up testing done to these same women after the six months period of time  - this was not an accurate test.  Especially since at that time the knowledge of that time reported the virus could take up to 15 years to incubate.  So to be truthful - Joe would have had to follow every one of those prostitutes for 15 years to get an accurate result.  That or use a testing method that incubated faster which actually was available in 1988.  There was one test available that did test sooner than four months that was not used - so yes the test was rigged.

Once I realized this - every time Joe pulled out this claim that "no brothel prostitute is showing HIV/AIDS infection" I started pulling out the REST of the facts about the study.  Needless to say, Joe stopped using that as his marketing angle and I haven't seen the brothels use that angle since.

Now you're not going to convince me that these people connected to the "No Such Thing" campaign  spent all the money, time and energy they did trying to convince everyone not to call a person under the age of 18 a prostitute or sex worker because it is "harmful to their feelings" simply because of one letter from one woman who asked to not be called a "prostitute" for what happened to her.  You know why?  I have taken an informal poll of now 100 trafficking survivors.

Not ex-prostitutes or ex-sex workers but actual ex-trafficking survivors.  I asked them what they thought about this campaign and being called a victim - and to say they're hurt by that term MORE is an understatement.  Ms. Park who was on the John Stossel show recently said in her interview she does not want to be called a "victim" for what happened to her as a minor.  So make that now 101 survivors are offended, angry and hurt at the idea of someone who is not a survivor telling the public what to call us vs. this ONE.

Personally I'm enraged.  How DARE anyone tell the public what to call me when they themselves are not in that category?  The people funding this campaign from what I can tell are the McCain Institute and the California Endowment - not a survivor led group.  Both of these groups are led by wealthy white men who have never been trafficked nor been sexually abused that I'm aware of.  As for Malika Saar - I've not heard she's a survivor either.  I mean who elected these people OUR SPOKESPEOPLE?

So if this was about helping US to get a message across to America about what to call US - THEN THEY WOULD HAVE ASKED US.   But they didn't.  Were they aware of our feelings?  Not only did they not ask us - the largest and oldest group of survivors in this country, or the world for that matter (since we are the ones who founded this very movement in modern times actually), but I even wrote these people, including Sheriff Jim McDonald and the LA Board of Supervisors, and Malika Saar, saying that we would like to be involved in the discussion about this label in September and we got nothing.

The campaign was launched on October 22nd and I had started writing to these people in September about the label hoping to have some kind of input.  I've had a good deal of success before at impacting campaigns by letting them know from a large group of actual survivors how we feel.  But they just weren't listening at all, and were not open to any discussion at all on the subject  - which got my attention.   Why weren't they?  I mean if they were representing "us" - why not talk to "us"?

I come to find out this campaign was not at all going to be launched on October 22nd.  The woman who the letter was supposedly from was already honored LAST YEAR on a red carpet by being nominated by the Ricky Martin Foundation for Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People".   Strange also because a member of Sex Workers Anonymous had told me they had nominated me for that list last year - and listed off some of my accomplishments INCLUDING FOUNDING THIS MOVEMENT.  But I wasn't named - but Withelma Pettigrew was.

For what?  I went to look up for what and I couldn't find anything.  As I'm digging trying to find out what exactly she's done that's so "influential" I go to thinking that I was the FIRST person to start a meeting in the jail for victims in Los Angeles in 1987.  So I start thinking maybe I need to track down someone from Sybil Brand Institute who maybe can verify we used to hold these meetings.

I start calling the jail, who got me thinking also about how I was the first person to start the first alternative sentencing program for victims in 1988.  I had gone to the California Governor saying that I didn't think it was fair these victims were being incarcerated as criminals when they had been forced to do what had got them arrested and asked him what could be done.  It was the governor who told me that "prostitution might take 100 years to get decriminalized but what you can do right now is set up an alternative sentencing program for them so at least they don't have to go to jail in the meantime" which is what I did.

Now I'm thinking I need to dig up some proof about that - so I go to calling the probation department.  As I'm talking to a guy they told me was some head guy at probation for Los Angeles - he informs me that "they stopped arresting juvenile prostitutes as of January 2015 so the report for arrests for 2015 will be zero".   What threw me off the train here with that information was the fact that the only reliable way we were able to get statistics as to HIV/AIDS rates of infection for prostitutes was with the mandatory testing that's done when one is arrested for prostitution.

But that's only part of it.  Because our society had a problem with prostitutes who were HIV/AIDS positive CONTINUING to work in the sex industry without protection AFTER being diagnosed as positive - that's when a law was passed making it felony manslaughter for a prostitute to know they are infected and then if arrested again for prostitution.

Now it was argued then this was a "violation of their privacy".  However, while I agree that what was does in their personal sex life IS their private information - it is a whole other matter when a person's body is being used against their will to forcibly expose another human being to a deadly incurable virus.  That's a horse of a different color and that's why that law was passed.

Now after this law was passed did it stop?  Hell no.  Which had law enforcement scratching their head wondering why if faced with felony murder charges why would a prostitute then continue to prostitute?  THAT'S when I was able to speak further to our Mayor then trying to clarify the difference between someone who was selling sex voluntarily vs. one who was being forced and when the one forced might also be HIV/AIDS positive.   I mean imagine if you will a victim being trafficked by a gang who knows this woman/man prostitute is HIV/AIDS positive.  That person could be possibly also used not only to make money but also as a WEAPON.

It was through enlightening law makers about this distinction that the law making it a felony for a prostitute who was diagnosed as positive who then was arrested again as a prostitute would then be charged with manslaughter.  People needed help then understanding that no - most people in a non-forced situation when they would learn they were HIV positive would stop prostituting.  Why else would someone know they're facing murder charges if arrested again for prostitution after getting a positive diagnosis unless FORCED?

THIS was when I was able to get Bradley, the CDC, the Health Dept., etc. to coordinate with me on putting together the first ever testing site in W. Hollywood (where a lot of the sex workers didn't have cars and thus were walk-in traffic), where we had a front and back door system.  The site was actually right by Grauman's Chinese Theater.  We had HIV/AIDS positive ex-sex workers hired to work at this testing site for one.  Then whatever the test results, positive or not, would be delivered we would then ask them "are you being forced to prostitute?"  If the answer was "yes" we would then offer to take them out the back door (while their pimp was usually in the lobby by the front door).

A whole program was set up which included housing, food, counseling, medical coverage, vocational rehabilitation, and of course our meetings (when we were called Prostitutes Anonymous), etc.  Everything they needed to literally just walk out that door into a new life was offered them.  We had a "sponsor" there or "advocate" who would walk them through the whole process from start (walking out that door and then filling out the paperwork) to finish (those middle of the night phone calls when wondering if they made the right decision).

Out of this program, an ex-porn performer, Sharon Mitchell, was put into a special medical program where she was made a doctor which was qualified to do testing.  Dr .Sharon Mitchell then went on from this to form AIM - a testing site which was dedicated to the porn industry entirely.  The Mayor then appointed an AIDS "Coordinator" in conjunction with this ground breaking program - http://articles.latimes.com/1988-12-16/local/me-362_1_aids-activists

So there are good solid sound reasons, and laws, why someone identified as a "prostitute" needs to be arrested, and therefore TESTED.   To not do this testing I'm sorry in my opinion makes the county liable for a prostitute then who knows they're positive but continues to work because otherwise, how is the county going to be able to PROVE this person was aware and notified?  We're talking public safety here now is being risked by these girls not being arrested for prostitution and tested for HIV  - not feelings.

I moved back to Los Angeles because a couple of years ago I started hearing what sounds to me like another epidemic brewing.  I've gone into random strip clubs, and massage parlors, and in the red light districts where the street walkers are - and I've talked to the young women who are under the age of 20 AND under the age of 18 years old and these young men and women are NOT on the vaccine for HIV/AIDS and even worse - are not AWARE there's a vaccine.  They further report to me NO ONE is doing ANY HIV OUTREACH/EDUCATION.

Even worse, is the misinformation.  To prove my point - I witnessed a "casting call" for what's called a "gonzo" porn shoot.  What that means in layman's terms is that the female model would then perform oral sex and intercourse - and then be covered in the male ejaculation.   This was a "private" shoot so there was no proof of anyone's health status required before this shoot.  The model who was the subject of the shoot was not advised that she could contract the virus through any orifice - not just vaginal or anal.  For example, if she had just had dental work she could be exposing herself.   This "private label shoot" was just cast a few weeks ago.  THAT'S what's going on in Los Angeles today.

These young people think this virus is under control and they are not carrying condoms because condoms are being "criminalized" again.  Something also Tom Bradley, Chief Gates and Sheriff Block worked together with the prosecutors' office to call off the criminalization of condoms in the 1980's to encourage sex workers to start using, and carrying, condoms to curb the outbreak.  In the 1980's, sex workers used to carry condoms in garters, in condom purses, even "Heidi Wear" that Heidi Fleiss used to sell which was clothing that had condom pockets out of a store she had in Glendale for a while.   In the random testing I've been doing for the last 18 months in Los Angeles NOT ONE of these men and women are using condoms.  However, some of these prostitutes are having as many as 20 sexual contacts per day unprotected with no records as to who these people are being kept by anyone.

Nor have they been tested.  A victim of trafficking is only going to go where her, or his, pimp takes them.  Now - do you think a pimp is going to take them for testing voluntarily?  We used to get a lot of them in for testing in the 1980's by paying them.  If it meant money, and business was slow, yes we would get pimps to bring in their victims not thinking for one moment we'd be taking them out the back door and security escorting them back out the front door.  As a matter of fact - we used to advertise the test site as a porn shoot.  We put out a "casting call for $50 for a quick shoot".  We did this specifically to throw off the pimp.  Then we would take a photo of the male or female (clothed) and then test them and pay them.

After having lived through the 1980's - trust me - I'm familiar with "numbers juggling".  When Las Vegas got back one report in the early 90's showing their prostitutes had an 80 percent infection rate - oh boy did they change their policy of arresting, and testing, prostitutes FAST.  That's when Las Vegas instituted the "24 hour hold" policy for prostitutes which essentially makes them invisible for reporting purposes.

Instead of arresting them for prostitution now - the police were instructed to do one of two things to most prostitutes.  If caught at a hotel or casino - they're taken to security.  They're photographed, fingerprinted, and put into the facial recognition system.  Then they're told if they come back onto the property again they'll be arrested for trespassing and told they are trespassing now and escorted off the property.  They're then told they can't ever come back onto the property again or they'll be arrested for trespassing - NOT prostitution.

If caught on the street and not a hotel - they're taken to Clark County Detention and put on a "24 hour hold" for trespassing or "loitering too close to a bus stop".   They're not arrested.  They are simply held for 24 hours and then let go.   The women report to me they first get a 24 hour hold, then a 48 hour hold, then a 72 hour hold.  After that THEN they get arrested for solicitation.   Meaning their first solicitation arrest is actually their 4th arrest.  The problem with this system is not only does this not give an accurate number of prostitutes in Las Vegas needing help - but it also doesn't give us an idea what's going on with HIV/AIDS.  

When I first heard about this policy I went to the Las Vegas Mayor then - Oscar Goodman.  I asked him "why?"  He said "because it's bad for tourism to hear that 80 percent of our prostitutes are HIV positive that's why - it's bad for business and bad for our image".

It also makes it really hard to get funding for HIV/AIDS services for prostitutes when we can't get an accurate reporting either.  When a prostitute is not getting mandatory testing which is done when arrested for prostitution - they either don't get tested at all - or if they do get tested there is no system in place with their private testing to alert anyone at the CDC or elsewhere that these are prostitutes coming down with this virus.  Are they going to tell their private doctor they're a prostitute?  Highly unlikely CONSIDERING IT'S A CRIME.  Would you tell your doctor you're a professional bank robber?  Unlikely.

This is further complicated by the fact MOST TRAFFICKING VICTIMS SEE AN "IN HOUSE" DOCTOR WHO KEEPS NO RECORDS AND DOES NOT REPORT TO THE CDC.  If you don't what this is - this is a doctor who may, or may not, be licensed, who agrees to see the prostitutes either "in trade" or for a higher cash fee, who does not report to the CDC when someone comes up with an STD like HIV.

If my suspicion is right, and that maybe, just maybe, there are no prostitution arrests for juveniles in Los Angeles in 2015 because someone doesn't want them to be tested for HIV - then why why why why would Los Angeles possibly be trying to cover up numbers of possible HIV/AIDS infection rates of prostitutes for 2015?  Either covering them up or artificially making them appear to drop dramatically?

Follow the money folks . . . . http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/20/will-california-legalize-prostitution-next-inside-the-crowd-sourced-fundraising.html

Now look at the dates between the two campaigns.   Notice anything?  There is a direct link between the time frame of this "No Such Thing" campaign AND the push to get prostitution LEGALIZED in California.  Coincidence?  https://reason.com/blog/2015/10/21/california-assemblyman-we-have-to-distin

There is a TREMENDOUS amount of media going on right now trying to separate the idea of "trafficking victim" and "sex worker" in the minds of the public right now.  Example - we have Jada Pinkett-Smith going to Atlanta with CNN to show the "horrors of sex trafficking" which of course was showing nothing but what now . . . street prostitution.

Then what does she do LITERALLY ONE WEEK AFTER the CNN Freedom Project about child sex trafficking?  She comes out promoting Magic Mike XL like strip clubs have NOTHING to do with trafficking.

What?  Either she's very stupid and hypocritical which is possible OR this is marketing to create a distinction between trafficking and prostitution - and the upper levels of the sex industry to make it appear there's a difference between the two in the minds of the general public.

The very first person in modern times to speak up to the public about being a trafficking victim in America as an American was Linda Lovelace.  She wrote in her book released in 1980 "Ordeal" that not only was she forced to make the porn film "Deep Throat" with a gun pointed at her from off camera by her pimp while no one on the set stopped him but she was also forced to PROSTITUTE and STRIP.

The strip club in NJ that was busted recently owned by DEA agents - where the dancers were not only illegal aliens but were also TRAFFICKED.   Recently two Chicago cops were using a 14 year old girl's photo for porn AND trafficking her - so she was being prostituted and used in porn.

Don't you people understand yet - TRAFFICKING IS NOT PROSTITUTION.  APPLES ARE NOT ORANGES.  Now apples and oranges are fruit.  They're within the same family but not the same thing.  Meaning that within the sex industry there are trafficking victims.  Just as in the farming industry - there are trafficking victims.  Just as in the hospitality industry - there are trafficking victims.  In ANY industry where there is a high demand with a low level of people willing to do the work - you have trafficking victims who are used to fill in the gaps.

Now the sex industry includes minors and adults.  The sex industry includes males, females and trangenders.  The sex industry includes prostitutes, strippers, porn performers, web cam performers, escorts, even madams such as Jeane Palfrey, the DC Madam who told me about being trafficked before her death (which I still believe was a murder so she couldn't explain all about that at the hearings that were set up for her to testify at).

I mean you tell me one good reason why a juvenile in California is not being arrested on prostitution charges?  Okay you don't want to call them a "prostitute".  Okay got it.  So what is happening to them?  I was told by someone who works with juvenile prostitutes that "oh they are being arrested - just for something else".  Okay so they are still being branded a CRIMINAL then.

Let me get this straight.  We don't want to call them "prostitutes" or "sex workers" but we want to call them "victims" and "CRIMINALS"?

Now a few people who work with juveniles told me that all of this is simply because the people doing this are "crazy".  I don't believe those people are crazy or stupid.  I'm sorry but I just don't believe that about these people.  I think they're very intelligent.

So what would this be about?  I do know that as of right now in Los Angeles for 2015 there is NO accurate report anywhere of juvenile prostitutes HIV test results.   I do know that there is also a huge campaign going on to legalize prostitution.  I don't just mean Maxine Doogan's lawsuits either.  Because her lawsuits didn't get the California Committee on Public Safety to call a hearing on the subject.  A committee which by the way would be considering HIV TEST RESULTS.

If the people that did this are "crazy" then maybe they're "crazy like a fox".  I mean to get the rates to show up zero at the same time the committee on public safety is thinking about legalizing prostitution?  Now this makes a lot more sense to me about why all these people are spending all this time and money on suddenly taking such an interest in what the public labels us - even more than the FACTS that there ARE CHILD PROSTITUTES AND SEX WORKERS IN NEVADA.

Because every time I bring up to them that maybe we should be talking about the fact that a 16 year old in Nevada can get a license to work at a legal brothel before she's old enough to drink, smoke, vote or drive - they're not interested in that.

Which is why I don't buy that they give one shit about juvenile prostitutes.  We're being exploited again pure and simple.  The question is why?  I think this is probably why and the problem is at what cost?  Also, how are we going to follow these young people at whatever name you want to call them?
Because the "No Such Thing" campaign essentially just made them disappear right off the 2015 police report statistic for arrests for juvenile prostitutes for the year.  It literally did make them "no such thing".  So how do we follow up on them?  How do we know they're okay?  Where did they go?
Trust the system?  Are you fucking kidding me?






Monday, November 2, 2015

WILTHELMA ORTIZ WALKER PETTIGREW

http://time.com/70856/wilthelma-ortiz-walker-pettigrew-2014-time-100/  I saw this today - Wilthelma has been named by Time Magazine and Ricky Martin as one of the top 100 "most influential" people of time.

I see she "spoke at congress" about her story.  And? . . . . 

I went looking for more of her accomplishments.  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/withelma-%22t%22-ortiz-walker-pettigrew/41/192/10b  I found that she's done a lot of "testifying" and "fund raising".  She's in college.  Okay that's good.

I applaud her recovery.  If she was in fact trafficked.  I've seen no "proof" she was trafficked.  I looked online and found nothing.  So I question this only because we live in a "catfish" society right now where Samoly Mam also rose to great heights of fame and glory while her story was fake.  No one asked questions.  The same for Bill Hilliar who the movie "Taken" was based on.  He was arrested for lying about being a veteran and raising money based on that lie.  I just saw Kevin Brown on "8 Minutes" lying about having a rescue operation right on A&E.  The address for his "church" appears to be doctor's offices.  So if her story is in fact true - I applaud her personal recovery.

Do you know why I publish the news clips of my arrest on www.hightechmadam.com?   When I stepped up on the first talk show stage in 1987 - people viewed sex trafficking on the same level as alien abduction today.  Meaning that when I spoke about women being sold and trafficked - it was literally received by the public in the same manner as if I said that "little green men are stealing women, selling them for money - and we need to get the police to start helping us, the courts to stop putting us in jail, and society to stop looking at us like criminals".

Now what was the FIRST reaction of people?  She's lying.  Same as the victims of Bill Cosby - she's lying.  So I laid my life open.  I published those clips and made them available even though the arrest wasn't even under my legal name.

The article looks like I was busted for "running a brothel" right?  Read carefully - the warehouse was next to the Van Nuys police station, covered with CCTV cameras that recorded tape and then broadcast back to my house, which was behind heavy iron bars and gates, and had armed security inside.  Now I asked you what BROTHEL is built that way?

The truth is this was the first adult safe house in the country.  Children of the Night had opened up beds in 1979 but they cut off at 18 years of age.  So I ask you -where were the adults over 18 years old to go for safety?  I had once used apartments as safe houses but we kept having pimps show up with guns demanding their victims back.  I got worried some kid was going to get shot in one of these rescues - so I figured I'd get a warehouse in a remote area, get it close to the police station, and we'd probably be a bit safer.

We were.  I got a call from a woman who was being pimped by a drug dealer in Lancaster.  She asked to come get her out of there.  I picked her up and put her in the warehouse.  He found out where it was and then tried to storm the place with another man.  They realized they couldn't get inside and left.  Next thing I know - they're reporting it to the police as a "brothel" on the "anonymous tip" line.  The police came in and arrested her.  She was on probation.  They got her to testify against him - he got locked up on drug charges from what I was told.  They had nothing on me because there was no brothel there and I wasn't pimping her.  This is why they arrested my mother and tried to force me to snitch on other people.  I refused.  Because I refused - I had to plea to a fraud charge and take probation.

I had to wait until I got off probation before I could go on camera and talk about what the place was for, and the fact that all over this country men, women and children were being forced to prostitute, strip, be in porn, etc. and then they were not only the ones arrested for this - but also the ones having to live with the shame.

So I have my news clip up there to show I was there, I had the warehouse, I was "in the game".  I also have the clip up showing that in August of 1987 - I started speaking out that this country needed to change the way it treated us.  I have a news clip up there with a date on it so it can be verified that it's real and true as to what I did and the date I did this.  

In 1988, the first alternative sentencing program for prostitutes was created by then mayor Tom Bradley, Chief Gates and Sheriff Block.  The first residential program for HIV positive pregnant prostitutes was set up at the old Via Avanta program in 1988 where they got a year treatment, and could keep their kids with them, rather than be incarcerated.  So too was the first house set up where transgender HIV positive men could be housed thanks to Tom Bradley.  He didn't call it that because it would have been fire bombed - but the men in the house, and the others who worked on this, knew what it was.

The first 12 step meetings where those exiting the sex industry, whether trafficked or not, could find recovery was called to order in August of 1987.  The alternative sentencing program was so effective in Los Angeles on many levels that Allentown, PA called to invite me to move back there and start one.  We opened the Program for Female Offenders in 1990.  We literally cleared every woman in the Lehigh womens' jail out of there and into the house where they got counseling, job training, daycare, transportation to work, etc.

People still didn't believe our stories of trafficking.  To further prove this - I remembered the public didn't believe Linda Lovelace because she had published her story in a book.  I refused over $1,000,000 in book and movie offers to tell the story because I knew it would then be a way the public would discount the story as "fiction".  In fact, I waited until I had this much in offers and went onto the Joan Rivers Show in 1991 - showed the contracts to Joan and the audience -and then ripped them up.  I then told Joan, the audience, and the camera that it was "more important people believe this was real then I sell some book or make a movie".

The Lindsey Wager Movie "Fighting for My Daughter" was made about a young girl in Canada we helped to rescue.  A pimp had taken her and no one would tell the mother where she was.  The mother called me asking for help.  I suggested she dress up like a hooker and go out on the stroll - and once the working girls thought she was "one of them" then they'd tell her where her daughter was.  That's exactly what she did and they rescued her daughter from a very famous violent pimp up in Canada.  The film was aired in 1995.

Our first drop-in crisis center for prostitutes, SPACE was opened in 1991.  It was opened by Paige Latin - who was a sponsee of mine.  It was taken over and turned into PACE in 1994 that's still operating today from what I understand. http://www.pace-society.org/library/sex-trade-and-police-response.pdf  This center is how the mother called me for help finding her daughter that became the film.  I have interviews up on our radio station page where Paige speaks about me sponsoring her, how she never "prostituted again" and how this led to her forming SPACE, and then handing it over to PACE when her father was dying and she had to go care for him at the end.

I have interviews up at www.leavingtheliferadio.com where more than one person says I saved their life.  You can hear a meeting of SWA where men and women have come together to work in their recovery.  If you look at the news stories at www.hightechmadam.com - you'll see quotes from more than one person talking about how our program helped save their lives.

The Trafficking Act of 2000 was passed giving us federal recognition.  What that means is what I said - in 1984 and 1987 the world DIDN'T BELIEVE THIS WAS REAL.  I grew up with people JOKING about how "white slavery doesn't exist".  If you watch "Thoroughly Modern Millie" with Julie Andrews released in 1968 - you'll see they've made a musical comedy out of sex trafficking - clearly making it appear that NO SUCH THING exists!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWS1Sz5IKJc   They certainly wouldn't be joking about it like they did in that film if people thought this stuff was "real".

I can guarantee you that if Michael Horowitz, the author of the Act, had stepped up to have that Act passed in 1987 - he would have been laughed right out of the building.  The Act would NOT HAVE PASSED had I not spend THIRTEEN YEARS convincing America on their afternoon talk shows, and their evening shows like 60 Minutes, 20/20, and Inside Edition that this stuff was in fact REAL.  The very minute we created the first "alternative sentencing program" in 1988 - was the first time this country officially recognized these women were victims and not criminals.  I take that back - not WE but ME.

I want you to see what I was up against - in 1982 this was a hit movie starring Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivLpzyTA9ik  Noq just imagine me two years later trying to explain to the Van Nuys police the warehouse was a "safehouse" to protect me who were trafficking in women?  That the producer of the "Dating Game" was using the show to get papers to take women into other countries where they would disappear into harems.  That because of Iran Contra diplomat planes were taking American women to be sold to drug dealers.  Do you have any comprehension that when I would call the police for help in the early 1980's they would accuse me of "pranking' them and hang up!  That when I'd see therapists for my PTSD - they would think I was "hallucinating" because "things like that don't exist.  So I stepped up on those news shows, talk shows, tabloid shows, newspaper interviews - saying the police needed to believe us and the mental health system needed to learn how to help us recover.

There's more.  When the legal brothels spent $1,000,000 at a PR firm to bring the brothels into California in 1988 as a "way to fight AIDS" - we beat them.  We were the ONLY OPPOSITION.  No one else stepped up to oppose them with this Bill they tried to get passed in California.   So there are no legal brothels in California because of me.

In 2013, the brothels tried to expand into Las Vegas.  http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada-legislature/prostitution-bill-not-nevada-legislatures-agenda  We were the ONLY opposition that appeared there that day testifying against this.  I have an 8 hour long videotape of the whole day of hearings proving this if you want to wade through to the end where we were the only ones who stood up after the Brothel Lobbyist testified for this project.  One that the mayor, the brothel owners, celebrities, architects, and investors all wanted I should add.  We won.  There are no legal brothels in Las Vegas where the Mob Museum and the Arts District is now because of me.

But Wilthelma Ortiz Walker Pettigrew is one of the top 100 "most influential people"?

Do you know who nominated her?  Ricky Martin.

Did you know Ricky Martin will "endorse your product for $500,000"?  http://delafont.com/Forms/buyers-input-film.htm

You know what's sad?  I see on Wilthelma's Linkedin page she's "still looking for money to pay for her education".

Wow.  She didn't get enough for college after spreading her face and name all over the media - branding her for life a "trafficking victim"?  Reminds me of Linda Lovelace and how when she needed $10,000 for her transplant after being paraded all over to try and ban pornography for these people - they turned on her.

Wilthelma - I have an extensive list of places that will give you a scholarship.  I further have a list of companies who will hire you even with a record.  I have a list of foundations who give survivors money to start their own companies - even if you're a felon.  You want to get a BA in communications?  I have members of SWA who are working in the media now who would be glad to mentor you.

It's a crying shame when people like Ricky Martin, Malika Saar, the McCain Institute and the California Endowment, who are funding this "No Such Thing" campaign you're the poster child for neglected to either inform you of this information I have - nor the fact I have it and that's what I share with callers to our hotline and members of www.sexworkersanonymous.com  But then if they had - I would have made sure you at least got your education paid for in exchange for plastering your face all over the internet as a survivor.  It's fun now - but when you get your degree and you find people not willing to hire you because of this - we'll talk.

But oh they care so much about you Wilthelma.  So that's why they didn't tell you I give out referrals like this all the time on our hotline for the people that pay not only for things like your degree - but I even have a list of foundations that will pay for your living expenses while you go to school?   I guess it's because I'm not "influential" enough.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

OPEN LETTER ABOUT THE "NO SUCH THING" CAMPAIGN

Jody Williams
www.sexworkersanonymous.com
Email – sexworkrecovery@yahoo.com
(702) 468-4529

October 29, 2015

Los Angeles Board of Supervisors
Sheriff Jim McDonnell
McCain Institute
California Endowment

Re: “No Such Thing” Campaign

Hello:

An introduction if I may first about who I am to be writing you about this campaign. My name is Jody Williams. If you check the news clips at www.hightechmadam.com you'll see what the news called a “brothel”. In reality, that warehouse was the first safe house for adult sex trafficking victims. The reason it was called a brothel is simple – the world didn't believe sex trafficking was real in 1984. Linda Lovelace had tried to raise awareness about this with her coming forward in 1980. She was denounced loudly and across America as a “liar”.

I had stashed a woman there who was escaping her pimp because at that time no treatment center, domestic violence nor homeless shelter would accept a “prostitute”. Especially because of the fear of them being a carrier of the AIDS virus that was sweeping through the country at the time. The only other shelter in existence for someone like her was Children of the Night. However, they cut off at 18 years of age back in 1984. When the pimp realized he couldn't get through the bars or security we had at the place because we had been alerted by the CCTV surveillance cameras we had surrounding the warehouse – he called in an “anonymous tip” that it was a brothel. It's a long story but I was not convicted of madaming or running a brothel.

The reason was simple. I had set up the safe house because of women who were being sold in connection with Iran Contra. Meaning to defend myself about why I'd set up the safe house – it would involve national security. But the media had already portrayed me as running this “brothel” so they were in a bit of a dilemma back then about what to do with me. So I am not a convicted madam.

I did have to wait until a lot of legal matters were cleared up, and I kept searching for someone, anyone, to have solutions to this problem other than myself. I found none. So in August of 1987 I stepped up on that first talk show stage to promote the first ever hotline for one to call needing help to escape, a 12 step program for one to use for their recovery, and further calling out for this country's system to change. In 1984, if you called the police and spoke about someone being held, prostituted, and sold against their will – they would hang up on you saying “no such thing exists”. When I was having anxiety attacks I sought professional help – who then said “no such thing exists” and then tried to lock me up for psychiatric observation claiming I was hallucinating.

So I started a media campaign of my own saying “yes it does exist” and “this country needs to do something about it”. The Mayor of Los Angeles in 1987, Tom Bradley, received the news of our program with open arms. With the HIV/AIDS epidemic – change was welcome. He put together a board that included the Health Dept., Mental Health Dept., Police, Probation, etc. That board drew up the first alternative sentencing program for prostitutes. It set up the first HIV testing site dedicated not just to sex workers – but one where a trafficking victim could receive immediate assistance to leave her pimp. Why? Because the pimps were forcing men, women and transgenders to keep prostituting even when they'd been diagnosed as positive. He helped an ex-porn star, Sharon Mitchell, become a doctor who then set up the first ever dedicated testing site for sex workers – the AIM Clinic.

He found an abandoned drug treatment center, Via Avanta, and turned that into an alternative site for those who had to be incarcerated who were HIV positive, pregnant, or who were trafficked. Remember the Trafficking Act of 2000 hadn't been written yet – so we just called them “pimped” and “forced” in that day. The program set up in Los Angeles was so successful, that we were asked to help create one just like it back in Allentown, Pennsylvania. That became the “Program for Female Offenders”. From there, everything just exploded until people realized we had to get federal recognition. Which was accomplished with the passing of the Trafficking Act of 2000.

So you see – I'm the founder of the modern day sex trafficking movement. I'm also the director of the largest, and oldest, hotline and program for adult sex trafficking survivors. Because of very disturbing calls I've been receiving from our members here in Los Angeles – I've relocated back here after being in Nevada for a while now rescuing women out of the legal brothels, as well as the streets, there – and doing what I could to stop the legal brothels from expanding outside of the tiny counties they're in now. We defeated them from this expansion the last time at the NV legislature in 2013. We were the only ones who appeared at the hearing to oppose them – so I think that means we were successful.

That said – I heard about the “No Such Thing” campaign online and became quite upset. Why? Because now I'm hearing once again someone who is not us saying that “we don't exist”. Now I understand the intent of your campaign. I really do. However, if I was to step up and tell the public what to call anyone that I'm not a part of that community – it would be offensive. If I was to step up to Malika Saar for example and tell her that I don't believe she should be called “African American” - there would be a huge backlash because I appear to be white (in reality I am descendant of a freed slave). We were not invited to be a part of this campaign in any way – and after taking a toll of our members they say none of them were invited to input this campaign either. In fact, the campaign was sponsored by the McCain Institute and the California Endowment – NOT survivors.

I also beg to differ with the premise in that in Nevada there are 16 year old girls who can obtain a license to work in the brothel or the strip club. That is too young to drink, smoke or vote. You know why? Because 16 is a “child”. Yet they can become a “child prostitute” at the brothel and they can become a “child sex worker” at the strip club next door. This means “such a thing” DOES EXIST. To ask the public to say it “doesn't exist” is sweeping their existence, and their plight, right under the rug.

Because arrest is the only way they're going to get out of there. Yet they're deprived of that because it's a “legal” brothel. Arrest is the only way I was removed from my captors. In fact, arrest is the only way I was able to be free of my captors when they got arrested and I was free. I wasn't the one who “snitched” on them – someone else did. But if they hadn't of been arrested – I never would have been able to walk away myself. This county can't take care of the kids it's cost within the social welfare system. Might I ask where they are to go when you already don't have enough beds for kids? For some reason you insist on not utilizing Children of the Night for trafficking victims – preferring to say in the media “there are no beds” while Lois has plenty of room. But the ones not labeled as victims are instead put in places like the Youth Welcome Center – which by the way Mr. Thomas I still haven't seen the report promised on that shelter. A shelter where supposedly the pimps are preying on young 12 year old girls like “shooting fish in a barrel”.

I'm hearing reports from mothers that their young daughters are disappearing out of the psychiatric hospitals where they're pimped until they're used up and then dumped back home after a year or so. I've got a report from a boy who was 16 years old at the time telling me his mother was carted out of their home in front of him by two Pasadena police officers when she said she didn't want to prostitute anymore and then slapped with fake prostitution charges. When I stepped in to help her – our attorney and myself were threatened by another attorney and another Pasadena officer.  I STILL don't have anyone from any office answering me about that case either by the way.  

Our program is effective – yet I don't see us being consulted on any of your trafficking programs – not just this one. A ten year study was done by Professor Sharon Oselin verifying our program is what “works” for long term success. I've had three independent journalists out to verify our program's effectiveness – whose clippings are on our clipping site. I just saw a report by Dr. Thomas Naylan that our program's use of “exposure therapy” is highly effective for those with PTSD. So why we're not being consulted nor incorporated into any of your recent trafficking effects deeply concerns us.

But this is the last straw. We will not stand by while those who are not us label us without us. Especially since it wipes away the existence of “child prostitutes” in Nevada where something needs to be done about the fact besides changing the label so it appears they “don't exist”. Especially since removing arrest, in some cases, removes the only way these victims have to get out. Plus sometimes it's the only way their pimp will be prosecuted. Especially since we do not see a system in place that will provide an alternative to find them, help them escape, and provide them with recovery – while you want to just wipe away the only thing that, in some cases, is all we have.

Arrest was the only thing that got me out. When Kathleen Mitchell wrote me from an Arizona jail – it was after being arrested over 50 times. She found recovery through us from that jail – and founded the Dignity Program. When Brenda Myers-Powell had also been arrested numerous times – she was court-ordered to attend Genesis House. A program which has since folded – but she's gone on through Sex Workers Anonymous to become quite renowned for her work with helping victims in Chicago.

I've gone and talked to our members and we are DEEPLY offended by this “No Such Thing” campaign, as well as having very serious questions about the intent behind it. Especially when it removes the one way many pimps will be prosecuted, and removed from harming other children. We also feel it sweeps under the rug a very real problem in Nevada. This was not a “local” Los Angeles campaign – but one that was national in reach. Therefore, it affects them too. An effect I don't see anyone connected to this campaign seeming to really care much about how the survivors in the movement that created this subject started, who belong to the oldest and largest group of survivors in the world feel.

If you'd like to talk to me about this – I can be reached at the above number. My previous attempts to speak to the organizers of this campaign such as Malika, the McCain Institute and the California Endowment having been ignored. Thank you for listening to how WE feel about this.


Jody Williams