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SHUTDOWN OF BACK PAGE - SESTA AND FOSTA

This happened to us as a community once before.  It was in the 1980's.  People were terrified of HIV/AIDS and also "prostitutes" because of the fear of HIV/AIDS.  No one knew in the early 1980's what was really causing it.  Suddenly hospitals, detoxes, shelters, even jails were refusing to go anywhere near us - let alone help us in any way.  I drove a woman to the hospital who had been stabbed and watch as the ER staff tried to turn her away out of fear of the virus in the early 1980's.  I had to threaten to sue them if they turned her away, and that worked as far as stitching her up.  But the hospital refused to admit her after they stitched her up. 

Now what do you do if you find out you are positive for the virus?  That's it.  Finito.  Done.  You're out of the sex industry.

Now what? 

We had a huge problem on our hands.   We were asking sex workers to stop working if they had the virus - but then what?  Rent and lights still had to be paid and food had…

CALL TO CAUTION

When I was arrested in 1984, I was not involved in prostitution.I had actually quit months ago because I was making money legitimately through operating a 900 phone service that was just becoming popular in the 1980’s.I had a lease on a warehouse I had once used for an incall operation that still had time on it, so I turned it into a “safe house” for adults.Lois Lee was taking in juveniles who needed help through Children of the Night, and the Mary Magdalene Project was taking in a few women through their program, but these programs were not providing help to an adult who was having to escape from a pimp and/or an organized trafficker.
The LAPD had already tried to force me to become an informant which is one reason why I had left the sex industry.They would pick me up and hold me for 71 hours “incognito” was what they called it then.This meant I was not booked into the system and no one could know where I was.I was not allowed a phone call, nor to call my attorney.They had to hold me …