312 Walnut Street, Room 3425
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Dear Mr. Portman:
I am watching you on PBS at the moment discussing the Ohio case where you did intervene in the case involving teens who were being trafficked right out of the “safe house” to egg farms. So I know you have now witnessed with your own eyes how our government is, and can be, involved in the actual acts of trafficking.
Which means that I know that you now know why in 1984 I took matters into my own hands to help sex trafficking victims in Los Angeles escape men who were involved with not only LAPD, but also our own CIA in connection with Iran Contra and oil deals we were negotiating as well, to create what I later learned was in fact the first safe house for adult sex trafficking victims in this country. Only to have these same men “frame” me with false accusations I was “running a brothel” to shut it down in 1984. I did this because it was obvious we couldn’t call 911 for help back then. Not only were there no laws in place to help us fight this type of situation being as the word “sex trafficking” hadn’t even been coined then, but frankly no one would have believed us either about what was happening.
Back then if we tried to talk to anyone about what was happening, we were treated no differently than if we had said “aliens were abducting and selling us for sexual purposes”. After I was arrested for trying to make a safe house for these victims, I realized I had no choice but to change our legal system. Taking lessons from the civic rights and womens’ movement, I realized we couldn’t get the laws changed, nor help made available, unless we first raised awareness about the problem being real, existing in modern America, and also happening to Americans on American soil. I say that because the perceptions back then was that these sorts of things only happened to people in other countries, or immigrants in our country (the Mann Act only assisted Chinese victims on US soil), or that it was a thing that went away with the Barbary Coast days.
If you’ve seen some of the talk shows I then started appearing on back then I have some clips up on www.hightechmadam.com, then you can see that I was the first person who not only came forward about the issue of domestic sex trafficking in modern America, but that I did this also to promote what was the first hotline for these victims. A hotline that was NOT ANSWERED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OR A GOVERNMENT SPONSORED AGENCY FOR A REASON.
Mr. Portman, we had laws on the books for pimps back in the 1980’s. If you wanted to arrest a pimp, all you had to do was call 911. I didn’t spent years of my life, over $400,000 of my own money, cost myself countless jobs, get evicted 1000 times, and subject myself to the kind of “branding” that I experienced by going on all those national talk shows to raise awareness that modern sex trafficking was a real issue in modern America that needed to have something done about it as I did, to get laws passed that already existed!
I did this because we needed to create something DIFFERENT than we had in the 1970’s and 1980’s. I invite you to look at the Polaris National Trafficking Hotline for Ohio that existed back at the time there was the problem in Marion County you witnessed. What you will see is that every agency on that list was an agency that was in contact with the very people who were trafficking those kids. Now I ask you, who were they supposed to call for help? If you remember your own experience, you didn’t even get involved until this had been happening for quite some time. What’s more disturbing is that while I applaud you heavily that you did get involved and go do something to help those kids there in Marion County, I’d like to point out that you stepped up to help HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS, NOT SEX TRAFFICKING.
Because I had been writing you, and many other representatives, about the fact that all across the USA, that in each state where there was a trafficking task force set up that was listed on the Polaris National Trafficking Hotline, that was receiving government grants, there was SEX TRAFFICKING going on. Yet you didn’t respond to any of my letters about this, nor has anyone to date. In fact, no one still even has directly and I’d like to know why. Take a look at the New Jersey strip clubs discovered to be owned by DEA agents. Now look at the Polaris National Trafficking Hotline for where they refer victims in New Jersey to call for help and tell me that you don’t see that they’re referred to agencies that are in direct connection with someone who would know those same exact DEA agents? It reminds me of when the Columbian drug lords were so infiltrated within the police, and the phone systems, a special “faceless” grand jury system had to be created in the 1990’s.
I’d also like to point out that our hotline is NOT connected to any of these agencies, and that I’ve for YEARS now tried to get Polaris to list us in each state’s listings, and to list as specifically as “not connected” to these government agencies, and yet they have not done so to date. They still only list us in one state for some reason despite the fact we’re an international program with an international hotline.
What about New York? The agencies listed in New York are bound to be something that can be connected to Eliot Spitzer, who has repeatedly been found to be connected to organized sex trafficking rings that are even internationally connected to both the Russians and Israeli’s who not only use their prostitutes for money, but also for espionage purposes.
Southern California’s trafficking hotlines were not only connected to Joohon David Lee who was convicted of bribery in connection with his sex trafficking activities in both California, Nevada and Arizona, but also Lee Baca, Steve Corona, Chris Butler, Kemp Shiffer, and every cop who ever got involved with Celeste Guap.
Yet when we actively tried to reach out to Celeste Guap in California to connect her to a program which was in no way connected to the very men who had been not only raping her as a juvenile, but also trafficking her, as well as coercing her and her mother, a 911 operator, we were aggressively BLOCKED from access to her. In fact, two police officers came to pick up Celeste, courtesy of the Office of Victim Services, who then put her on a plane, where she was then sent to a treatment program in Florida that was certainly not on our list of approved facilities to send these type of victims to that we’ve developed a good list of over 30 years now, but then got her arrested right out of treatment by more officers!
Who I’m sure made some kind of threats to her while she was held on $300,000 bail for a simple assault – while Nancy O’Malley was considering how many officers to charge in her case back in California. I’m sorry, but I think there’s a bit of a conflict of interest going here when Celeste is preparing to sue some officers, at the same time she’s having her treatment being supervised by people who are trying to minimize lawsuits against such officers as part of their job.
What about the case of Rebecca Johnson in Ohio Mr. Portman? This is a woman who should have been told about our program a LONG time ago. Instead, the only thing she heard about was the groups that were listed on the Polaris National Trafficking Hotline, who were directly connected to her “clients”. But instead of being referring to us, she was instead used against her will to build a case against these men. Now to find her name and face all over the news while she’s left with NOTHING but the CATCH program for support while she’s trying to find employment and housing in a world where anyone she seeks it with can look up her name on Google and find out about how she was used in a corruption trial as a “prostitute”.
Such is how you’re treating someone in Ohio you’re claiming to be someone you care so much about you’re attacking Backpage to shut them down over to prevent them from exploiting women like her, but yet she wasn’t even referred to us for aftercare after law enforcement was done using her to get these guys’ case built! Where was she supposed to go exactly when she wasn’t referred to us? I mean I think it’s commendable you’re helping those kids forced to work on egg farms in Ohio, but why are you not considering what’s being done about women like Rebecca I’d like to know who is not only a victim also, but she even helped the state “get the bad guys” they wanted, and then she was left with nothing in the way of aftercare? I only found out about her myself because I get “Google Alerts”, or she never would have known there was other help out there besides that what is directly sponsored by the federal government today.
I saw you on PBS tonight talking about how “no one is doing anything” about this connection with the government agencies, money and trafficking. Well of course not. This is nothing new. It’s not limited to Ohio. And I can show you how in each state where there’s been federal grant money received by the Office of Victim Services, using the Polaris Hotline, without using ours also as an alternative to that one, there has been discovered, and proven to be, a direct connection with those agencies and sex trafficking.
So I’ve been writing to you asking you “what are you going to do about helping us with this” Mr. Portman? Like I’m hearing you complain about the other politicians, and offices, I’m hearing a deafening silence also back. But no offense, this is an area where I have a lot more expertise and experience than you do so I would think since you are so interested in the area of trafficking, you would want to be consulting with me. Especially since you claim you want to “convict the traffickers” as bad as you do.
Which I’d really like to know how you propose to do that now you’ve shut down Backpage, and helped get SESTA/FOSTA passed. Seriously. Because I remember how impossible it was to get a conviction against a pimp back before the internet days. Literally impossible. Because the only witnesses to the money passing to the hands of the pimp was victims who were so scared of the pimp they were being pimped by him, instead of just running. Law enforcement had an impossible task of trying to prove that the cash that went from her hand went into his hand, especially when he wouldn’t allow anyone near him to witness that transference.
Whereas now we even have Bitcoin. I remember cases against pimps skyrocketing once we had the internet. Because not only could law enforcement then trace the ad as coming from his computer, but the money to place that ad could be traced back to his bank account (because victims aren’t allowed bank accounts usually, let alone debit or credit cards), the conversation with the client could be traced through the site, and even the payments could be traced from the transaction right back to the pimp. Then law enforcement would get a warrant for the records from the site, and voila! Ironclad black and white documented case of trafficking made against the pimp where he can’t say the female victim was just “making it up” or “jealous” as they used to do when accused back in the 80’s before we had these sites.
Every vice cop I’ve spoken to has told me they are not given money to investigate sex trafficking, which is why they arrest prostitutes on the streets. They’re easy to grab off a corner. Only if that’s all they can grab is a prostitute off a corner now that you’ve also removed law enforcements ability to call them up on the phone by abolishing the sites also, then how are you going to trace the money in her pocket back to the pimps’ hand? I’d really like to know what your plan is there for building these cases in the future against the pimps. As well as I’d like to open up a dialogue with you about the fact we clearly need a hotline like ours that’s NOT connected to these law enforcement/government agencies that are so easily corrupted today, and that’s a proven fact now, but yet everyone wants to keep acting like we don’t exist even though we are the only one I’m aware of who is.
I look forward to talking to you about these issues.