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Thursday, February 9, 2017

THIS IS AN ORGANIZED EFFORT TO "DIVIDE AND CONQUER" THE SEX INDUSTRY


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7am_sRIVhs&t=1s&oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2F&has_verified=1

After watching what happened to Dr. Sharon Mitchell, it was the final nail in the casket for me.  If you were to sit down and make a list of people who those in the sex industry looked up to as someone they trusted to lead them, trusted had their best interests at heart, and trusted them as to things like what petitions to sign or what to vote for - I have watched as everyone on that list, including myself, have been systematically targeted.

But I've been trying to figure out why.  I did some homework on what happened to Sharon after this, and it appeared she briefly had announced she was going to reopen in connection with Harmony Dust at the "I Am Treasure".  Only that church outreach had been focusing on strip club outreach where women were being taken to homes ran by Mercy Ministries.   Mercy Ministries got exposed as targeting these women to use them in baby mills.  So bold were they that they actually would call the homes on their websites "safe houses for trafficking victims" while having adoption applications right on the same sites!

Then poof!  Nothing.  I can't find a trace of Sharon or AIM anywhere.  People in the porn industry have been disbursed.  Just as the African American community has been disbursed since the riots.  I did a google search on all of the local charities right now in the south central part of Los Angeles - Watts, Compton, etc.  What I found was over and over again there were Catholic Charities being run by white people.  I couldn't even find a major church in those areas being run for the community by the community.  Even volunteers were being shipped in from the valley - without them generating volunteers within the local community.

Why?  Disbursement.  Divide and conquer.  A few months ago I could see the problem right now in the industry is all the glue has been removed.  We need to start banding together again.  So I looked up Phyllisha Anne and Amanda who are working on organizing a union right now that ties together all of the sex industry.  I found smear after smear and attack on them in the social media for the industry.

Now I warned Phyllisha when I met her that once word hit that her and I were talking together about working on bringing the community together as a whole that she was bound to be getting some "friend" making a phone call putting a bug in her ear that she needed to stay away from me for some reason.  I warned her about this in November.

I explained that's how they've been preventing people from creating new bonds to replace the ones that are being destroyed by these people.  I had seen the same thing happen when these same people took over control of both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.  They got rid of the old guard and then when the ones left over started to regroup - they would step in and break down those ties from connecting also.  Always with some back door phone call from some "friend" issuing some "warning" about why they needed to "stay away from so and so".

But it appears they've already begun.  I've been getting text messages from someone who appears to have Phyllisha's phone number.   It's very easy to spoof text messages by the way.  Here's one site of many for example which allow you to do this very thing - https://www.spoofmytextmessage.com/

I've been getting text messages that tell me "Amanda" is a separate person from "Phyllisha".  Next thing I know she's sending me an email claiming I'm "not paying attention" and pissed off that I don't know these are not two separate people.  What a great way to get people fighting with each other!

Here's another one of their tactics to "divide and conquer".  Some of you who follow this blog know I had posted something about John Meekins in the past.  Something I misunderstood about him.  He reached out to me and we talked and I realized I had been misunderstanding something.  So I deleted the blog post and printed a retraction.

He and I started talking.  John was working as a guard at a prison where a lot of the women there were prostitutes.  He told me they were getting ready to unblock the phones to allow inmates to be able to call Polaris.  I had said what a great idea and could we also get them to unblock our hotline number also seeing as I actually run a program which will help these women do re-entry once released whereas Polaris just refers them to call programs like mine?

I thought we were building a great alliance.  John even told me of a publisher who ships a lot of books to the inmates who I could donate some bookmarks with contact information on them for www.sexworkersanonymous.com  So we had started building an alliance.

Only I stopped hearing from John for a while.  Then I went online one night and he was lashing out at me pissed as all hell.  I finally managed to get him calmed down and ask him why he was so angry at me.  He then tells me how he got fired because of me.  I was like "how?" clearly because I had no idea what he was talking about.

He then tells me he was pulled into an office of the Florida Inspector General's office who told him I had called them up and accused him of trying to pimp women out of the facility.  Further he says they played him a phone call that was supposedly me calling them to make such an accusation and showed him emails I'd sent them supposedly of our conversation on Facebook.

Only I never made that call and I never sent anyone copies of any Facebook conversation.  Oh course John thinks I'm lying to cover my own ass so I demanded to know the name of the person who pulled him into this back room and made such an accusation.  He told me the woman's name was Cynthia Paddock.

So I wrote to this office about the fact they did this to John and blamed me and demanded to know who this "Cynthia Paddock" is.  Let me show you an email I just got back from them about this:


What do I make out of this?  Is it possible to disguise my voice and make a recording that someone can say is me?  It's so easy it's scary especially since I know multiple people myself who sound just like me on the phone.  For one my daughter.  People have talked to her on the phone and they've gotten angry at me because they think it's really me they're talking to.  It's not.  My daughter sounds identical to me on the phone.

But she's not unique.  We have two other members of SWA who sound identical to me on the phone.  One of them is Karen.  I have her answer the hotline a lot for me when I'm sick because people think she's me because she sounds identical to me.  I don't have an accent.  I was put in speech therapy as a kid to get rid of a southern accent I had.  So actually my voice is pretty generic.  The only thing that's really unique about my voice is my laugh.  But my voice can be easily duplicated with modern technology and using people easy enough to find.

Now what do I make out of that?  Is John lying?  No he's pretty upset so I believe him that he got fired and I was blamed for his firing.  I think that's the point.  Send John off into the trafficking arena claiming I "was the one who got him fired".  Great way to "divide and conquer" isn't it?

This was exactly what I was talking to Bill Margold about before he died.  He was one of the few people left who seemed to be able to get two or three different factions talking to each other.  Bill had agreed with me that everything was all disconnected now in the industry and we needed to find a way to rebuild the sense of "community" that the industry once had that was OUTSIDE of within the corporate culture.  Sure the people at Vivid bond together as a "family".  But where is the bonds OUTSIDE of that office?  Where does the industry bond together from say Playboy or Hustler and Vivid?  The AVN?  That's another whole corporation and machine that's not the industry.  It's the OWNERS of the industry - not the WORKERS.

If you watch this film with Sharon Mitchell you can see what I mean.  She was a point of reference that bonded the industry together outside of one corporation/production company, as well as outside of the AVN corporate structure also.  Sharon was able to shut down the whole industry with one phone call.  She caught the HIV/AIDS outbreak within a matter of DAYS.  This clinic had that kind of power.

Since AIM has shut down - we are in the middle of another HIV/AIDS epidemic that's struck the industry.  Yes Talent has got three offices where the industry can be tested but note it's THREE.  There isn't one person, nor one office, nor anything that unifies the industry through those offices and the industry sure as hell doesn't trust Michael Weinstein at the AHF.

The charges I saw coming down at these people were all bogus and manufactured - leading me to know right off the bat that I'm sure the accusation she was taking bribes was also probably manufactured.  How else did anyone know about it otherwise?  What happened after she started to regroup with this church outreach who was probably connected to her shutdown in the first place?  Am I wrong?  Look at what they did to Snowden - traitor.  Look at what they did to Assange - rapist.  Dave Elms - tried to murder a sex worker supposedly.  It's a pattern as clear as the nose on my face that when these people want you shut down - suddenly charges are manufactured against you for something.

I've made a list of the leaders and shakers in this industry and I've seen every single one of them now targeted, shut down and most of them had some kind of criminal charges manufactured against them.  It's literally so clear to me that unless I see they're coming after you then I don't believe you're of any threat to them.  The question is why?

It may not seem related but it is.  Watch the film "Concussion".  It shows how the NFL spend a lot of money to make sure the players didn't know how badly they were injured or about traumatic brain injury.  Why?  Look at how much it's costing them now to pay for that damage.  Dr. Amen's been setting up a whole clinic not only teaching these men how to help repair that brain damage, but also he's been able to get a lot of those men off opiate pain medications for those injuries.  I watched how Dr. Omahu was also attacked the same way Dr. Sharon Mitchell was.  He had to move and also you can't reach him easily because of the threats he was receiving.  I saw an online campaign organized against him to try and stop the movie from being made.  There was even a petition to try and get Will Smith not to be in this film because that would guarantee it would be made.

They did the same thing with the people who blew the whistle about the water quality in Michigan.  In a documentary I saw on this every single person who tried to alert the public to this being a health hazard was also soon discredited, smeared, even arrested.  Same as they're doing in North Dakota with those people protesting the oil pipeline there.  Amy Goodman was another one arrested just trying to report on that!  http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/dakota-pipeline-protests

Oh and by the way - the medical association has been coming after Dr. Amen basically calling him a "quack" just like they did John Mack with his research on people saying they were abducted for research purposes.  Same as they came after Dr. Omahu trying to clam he had screwed up on some case also.  I watched this film out recently about Hemingway and how they were coming after him also.  Now it appeared he really was running guns to help Cuba but the point still remains that in the film it showed how the government was targeting him to press criminal charges to try and stop what he was doing.  Makes me wonder if he really committed suicide now to be honest.   I say that because I've seen how the ones who keep going past that point - they either wind up a "suicide" or found hung somewhere like they did Sandra Bland.

I went and did some research on if this was true by looking into Brazil where it's legal over there.  I saw the same thing - their sex worker advocates and organizers have all suddenly disappeared.  Websites are down.  Phone numbers disconnected.  I can't find a way to reach certain people.   I mean what's this all about?

When I was arrested in 1984 I remember specifically asking the cop who formed a task force to get me arrested what was so fucking important about me to do this?  I asked him why me when I'm surrounded by monsters who are beating, kidnapping, raping, and otherwise horribly abusing women in this industry - why are they coming after me when I'm creating a safe working environment, and setting up women I'm working with things like unemployment, disability, long term nursing home care if needed, paying their taxes, and even getting them credit ratings so they can buy a house or car one day.  Why come after me when I'm doing this?

I asked him "why are you coming after me when the alternative would be for me to be standing on a corner with a needle in one arm and a pimp on the other"?  He replied to me "that's just why I'm coming after you because that's where you all belong".  I didn't understand that for years and years until I started really looking at what would happen if we did become an industry like any other.  Meaning we could also file for unemployment benefits, workers compensation, disability, etc.?

What does that mean to the state in the terms of dollars?  Imagine if a porn performer or stripper could actually qualify to get disability for 52 weeks if we went through another crash like 2008?  Imagine if they get HIV/AIDS then they can qualify for vocational rehabilitation.   How much does all of that cost then the state to be shelling out?

Damn that's a lot of money.  Now there's laws against union busting.  So anyone who tries and organize a union can't be stopped or they can step in with the lawyers.  If all of this is really to try and stop a union from forming - then what would be the most effective way to stop it if you can't directly do any "union busting"?

I've watched other organizations such as PETA, NRA, the Monsanto protestors, and even the civil rights movement groups - how were they brought down?   They weren't really brought down by the direct opposition as much as the "insiders".  I read last night how a completely bogus group called the "Invaders" was set up to try and discredit Martin Luther King.  This group gave out wooden sticks to kids and stirred them up to break store windows.  Then Martin Luther King was blamed saying he was a "hypocrite" because here he was "using violence when he preaches non-violent protest".

Let's translate this into modern terms.  Could there be a completely fake group out there trying to say they're trying to organize a union for sex workers while in reality NOT doing that?

How do these guys fight?  For one thing, when they really want to fight you they won't print your name anywhere.  Take a look at the social media for me - and you won't find my name anywhere.  I saw whole sites taken down and rebuilt just to wipe out all traces of my name including the site for the show "8 Minutes".  It was taken down so all traces of my comments even were removed.  The Tits N Sass blog was taken down, my name white washed, and then put back up again with them featuring the leaders THESE people wanted them to feature.

So we know when they're really coming after you - they don't print your name.  You won't find my name anywhere in the Review Journal post-2007 except for one quote one reporter had to slip past his publisher to get printed to show I was still there.  I can't find anything like an interview with Sharon Mitchell or Dave Elms since they were both shut down.  It's like they, and I, don't exist anymore.

Meaning in a way you can tell more about someone by what's NOT being said here than by what is.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

PORN PROTEST

Dear Susan:

I read your article today about the protests.  http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20160217/porn-performers-set-to-protest-thursday-vote-requiring-condoms-eyewear-on-film-sets?obref=obinsite  Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Jody Williams and I’m the founder of Sex Workers Anonymous.  We used to be Prostitutes Anonymous – but we changed our name in 1995 because of the way the internet changed the industry.

We formed our program in 1987 during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and also this was the launch of the modern day sex trafficking movement.  I had gone to our then Mayor Tom Bradley, Sheriff Block, and Chief Gates, about the way that all things combined within the sex industry was going to take a very special type of outreach and cooperation if they wanted to slow down the raging spread of this virus.   They agreed to put down everyone’s usual “arms” and create a board to work together to solve the issues sooner than passing laws could have done.  This board had someone from every office from the police, prosecutor, health dept., mental health, HUD, social services, a judge, etc.  Also I was on the board representing both the sex industry and what is now called a “trafficking victim” (we didn’t have that term coined until the Trafficking Act of 2000” passed).

I had explained to them that they weren’t going to get sex workers to use condoms if they kept calling them “evidence of prostitution” to arrest them, number one.  Number two, you weren’t going to get someone who was HIV positive off the stroll if they had a pimp forcing them to be out there.  Thus we had to not only help the sex workers who back then were having to come up with $10,000 a month for medications through sex work just to stay alive to get their medication other ways – but also we had to find a way to extract them from the pimp.  We had set up a special testing site for sex workers where we could ask if they wanted help to leave their pimp for this reason.  If the answer was yes – then we’d take them out a back door while throwing the pimp out the front.

Working together – we were able to bring what was an 80 percent infection rate in sex workers within one year down to less than six percent.  That was lower than that of non-sex workers.  Feeling cocky – we then approached the porn industry.  This is when we asked them to start showing that condoms could be sexy and fun and to show stars using them thinking this would encourage the “johns” to do the same because they always mimicked what they saw in adult films.  The industry cooperated as you know – but then we had a revolt of the viewers.  This created an explosion of “amateur” porn to come out in response to the demand.

Now back then that was one thing.  The industry was pretty geographical and most performers didn’t move out of whatever part of town they’re in.   So the HIV/AIDS spike we saw was easy to catch.  However, I believe that with the way the sex industry is today, what with the internet, and in light of the fact AIM no longer exists – I believe something like these laws being passed would be disastrous.  Especially since we’re in the middle of an unreported epidemic now as we speak.  I say that because I’ve been answering this hotline since 1987 and I’m getting more calls now then I did back then from sex workers who are now HIV positive.    We know Charlie Sheen was covering up a lot, but it’s been confirmed in Tijuana, and other spots about the USA.  The last thing we want to do is to stir up another amateur explosion at a time when most young sex workers don’t even know what HIV nor do they care.

I started getting so many calls about HIV out here in Los Angeles back when Charlie was trying to keep it silent – that I relocated back out here from Vegas last year.  I thought the town would value my experience in this area having worked at ground zero so successfully back in the 1980’s.   Instead I found the AHF wouldn’t even return my phone calls!

Well let me tell you this – I’ve been working as a paralegal since I retired from sex work in 1985 and I fail to see how any film made on a porn set is any different than a sex scene filmed on a MGM set or Universal or any other film studio.  So I looked at the manual for SAG and found it had not been updated in over TEN YEARS!  If anything – I find their manual to be MORE unsafe for MORE actors than what the porn industry has adopted.  To be honest, I think to ask this would create an “unfair trade advantage” to major studios to start making more movies with sex scenes in them which I’ve already seen start!  I have been seeing films coming off SAG sets more raunchy than some porns lately!  Which means if they change this safety manual – I don’t understand why it doesn’t apply to any sex scene in any film hence why not the SAG Health & Safety Manual?

Frankly, I’m finding that there is WAY more HIV going around right now in these Asian massage parlors and if the AHF is sooo concerned about this then I’d like to see an outreach campaign started to address this – rather than a porn performer who gets tested regularly and frankly has very little sex compared to these women.   These women are having 10 to 15 unprotected contacts a day, they’re not being tested, and they’re not even seeing doctors except one that keeps things “off the records” so the “johns” wives and employers don’t find out.   Plus there is already a confirmed epidemic in both China and Korea – where these women are coming over from.   Especially when they’re being forced many of them to work there.

So I kept asking the AHF to speak to me about how we could target this community who is spreading way more HIV than the porn industry is – only to be ignored.   Remembering the Ryan White Foundation remembered my work from the 1980’s I wrote them about this.  Their response was to deny the AHF their 3.8 million dollar grant this year.  Now did that stop the AHF?   Nope.

Meaning I don’t think this has anything to do with HIV and the public safety.   If it was – he’d be picking up the phone when someone who brought the rates down so dramatically in the sex industry in the 1980’s called him on the phone!

I’ve written to the Free Speech Coalition and I’ve offered to help them research a lawsuit against the people doing this and the SAG – because first of all I don’t see why there should be two Health & Safety Manuals.  I mean when did we really define the line between “porn” and “ a sex scene” in a film?  I’ve seen just as sexual of scenes in Universal Films as I have a Vivid one.  Not to mention the fight scenes where blood is spilled!

If you’d like to talk more about this – I can be reached at (818) 6463296.  Thanks!

Jody Williams

www.sexworkersanonymous.com





Sunday, January 24, 2016

LETTER/ARTICLE/OP-ED I JUST SUBMITTED TO THE AVN BLOG

Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it is the saying. I'll go one step further and say this goes beyond just knowing about something happening but also in comprehending the events in the past. In 1986, Lyndon LaRouche led Proposition 64 which was asking to quarantine addicts, homosexuals, as well as sex workers on an island in order to create a quarantine process for HIV/AIDS. Speaking as someone who has seen how the system treats each of these communities – the last thing I wanted to see happen was a law being passed allowing anyone to put sex workers on some island somewhere. First of all, I resented the implication that all sex workers were possibly infected with the virus. Second, too many sex workers were disappearing in Los Angeles at this time without the police following up on any of these cases. The last thing I wanted to see was for us to be cut off from family, and friends, as well as the media and the public eye, and then trust these same people who clearly didn't care about us one bit then being in complete control over my safety and well-being.

So I fought back against this proposition with everything that I had. Thankfully it didn't pass but it didn't change the fact the world at this time was viewing addicts, homosexuals, and sex workers, as someone they could even consider treating us like we were back in Nazi Germany times. Because I viewed it as a “Final Solution” in that planting us on an island somewhere would be essentially removing us from the best health care that was vitally needed if someone was infected. On top of removing us from access to the best doctors, the latest research, etc., - this would also have blocked us from support groups and our emotional support system that was so needed should one find they were infected. While HIV/AIDS is a horrible thing for anyone to contract – it was especially horrible back then for women. Because of our hormonal cycles, most of the medications available then didn't work for us. Most research on the virus wasn't done on women either. Meaning if you were a woman back then who contracted the virus – you were usually dead within 18 months once the virus took hold.

While the gay community was rallying and connecting in order to get the latest information out to it's community with respect to the latest research, the best medications, cutting edge doctors, and taking real self-responsibility with respect to spreading information about protection, getting tested, and also banding together to get political action taken with respect to the virus and the LGBT community – this was not the case with the sex industry. You have to keep in mind that this was before we had the internet, social media, free long distance on computers, and other current methods to obtain the latest information, as well as to connect to others with a similar interest.

The civil rights movement was plotted out by people connecting to each other through the African American churches. By connecting with the young through the colleges, and the older generation through the church - a movement was able to be planned and executed. When HIV/AIDS started gaining speed in this country, the LGBT community was able to connect to each other pre-internet days through the gay nightclub scene. However, because much of the sex industry is illegal how was sex workers supposed to connect to each other in order to also learn the latest research on how the virus was contracted, thus learn prevention, and when infected keep connected into a network that could provide the latest information on the virus, as well as new medications.

Granted, COYOTE, Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics, was created in the 1970's by Margo St. James. This connected together a lot of female sex workers who were engaging in illegal prostitution across the country. But this still wasn't quite grabbing the connections of the strippers, the porn performers, as well as those who worked out of massage parlors. While there were a few states where the police would bust someone for simply being gay and arrest them for gathering in a club – it didn't compare with how admitting one was a sex worker would get you arrested. While I wasn't hearing of many gays being arrested for walking down the street and “appearing gay” - I was hearing all the time this happening to sex workers. I was even seeing cases where judges were locking up prostitutes in jail to prevent them from prostituting seemingly oblivious to the idea of this being unconstitutional. Yet again here's this proposition now discussing rounding us up and carting us off to an island somewhere where in my opinion abuse of us was going to be even more prevalent than it is now by men in uniform.

COYOTE was also not connecting in to the male sex workers, nor those who were working at the lower ends of the sex industry such as street walkers, or those who were working at peep shows, live sex show theaters, studios where guys could come and take photos of nude girls (where usually the cameras didn't even have film in them), nor some of the underground sex clubs I knew that operated in California, Nevada, and New York.

HIV/AIDS testing was further complicated by the fact that many sex workers felt testing would be a form of self-incrimination. Especially in states where to work in the sex industry after they could prove you were aware you were positive was a felony. Add into this that pimps were forcing some to continue prostituting after a positive diagnosis because they could care less about the health of their victim, nor the public health – in a world that didn't even believe sex trafficking existed. There was no SWOP at this time, nor any type of magazine for the sex worker community universally read like how the LGBT community has “The Advocate”. Nor even a politician who could speak for us like some of the gay politicians the LGBT community has.

Now you see the challenge presented in trying to get information about the HIV/AIDS virus out to the sex worker community in the 1980's which was compounded in difficulty by the fact sex work is illegal in the USA except for a few tiny counties in Nevada. The absolute only thing I saw connecting the sex industry across the board with each other was in the fact the police were arresting us. From the street walker, to the top madams, as well as strippers and porn stars – the one common thing that seemed to be a connecting point for all of us was that we were being targeted by law enforcement as criminals.

I further found it almost offensive that a drunk driver could get out of jail time by being court ordered to attend AA meetings – but even in situations where we were being forced to prostitute ourselves because of a pimp that we were thrown in jail as criminals without the court taking into consideration any of our extenuating circumstances. Even for those who were prostituting themselves because of a mental illness. Halle Barry for example played a character who had multiple personality disorder and when one of those personalities would take over – she'd actually prostitute. Believe it or not, I've also spoken to women with DID who have told me they've got “alters”, or other personalities, who when they slip into these roles they also prostitute themselves. So the alcoholic can get out of jail time claiming he's suffering from a disease and the court will allow them to seek medical treatment – but for someone who is in sex work we get no such loop holes.

These are some of the reasons why I formed “Prostitutes Anonymous” in 1987 (now called “Sex Workers Anonymous”). Once the hotline, and program were launched – I then connected to Tom Bradley, who was the Mayor of Los Angeles, along with Chief Gates, who was friends with Norma Ashby back then (a madam who had been arrested in the 1970's), and Sheriff Block. They put together a commission where someone from each department was represented – from the police, to probation, social services, mental health, the CDC, criminal justice, etc. I was also on this board and the first “alternative to sentencing” was launched in Los Angeles, California also in 1987.

What this program allowed the criminal justice system to do that hadn't been done before was to allow those convicted of prostitution a way out of jail time, even in cases where the law called for mandatory incarceration, because of laws grandfathered in by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Prostitutes Anonymous even allowed those in jail currently to be released early into our program. Another thing this 12 step program, and hotline, allowed us to do again pre-internet days, was to be a point of connection within the sex industry as a whole to also get out information with respect to HIV/AIDS about the latest research, prevention, education, testing, and even up-to-date information on treatments, medications, doctors, etc.

One of the things this committee allowed us to do was to find a way to have the police put down their weapon of criminalization for a time. We explained to them that we couldn't be expecting this community to “practice safe sex” if the condoms were also going to be considered “evidence of prostitution” and used against them in court. Many massage parlors, bath houses, and even sex clubs were not allowing condoms even on their premises because police would photograph their presence, call it “evidence of prostitution” and then start arresting people and shutting things down. The same for street prostitutes. Condoms found in their purse was being used as the sole grounds to cart them off to jail – calling the condom “evidence of prostitution”. So to get the condoms and spermicides out there being used – the police, the DA, the judges, etc., had to agree to stop arresting prostitutes, and to further stop even considering condoms as “evidence”. This extended to testing also. One couldn't be asking for the truth about one's sexual history if to do so would incriminate the sex worker.

Bradley, working together with the CDC and UCLA, set up a special test site in Los Angeles where not only could the sex workers come in for free anonymous, and non-incriminating testing and education about HIV/AIDS, but also the place was set up physically so if they had a pimp forcing them to work we could extract them from their grip. But even this couldn't be done if we didn't have anywhere to put them once we did. They were being asked to walk away with nothing but the clothes on their backs and also being HIV/AIDS positive on top of it. Meaning we had to be able to offer them food, housing, medical insurance, clothing, and job retraining if they asked for help in getting away from the pimp.

This was when we started partnering with HUD, state vocational rehabilitation (who previously hadn't considered sex work a “real job”), Medi-cal, local therapists, etc. But one also can't ask a sex worker to simply “close up shop” once they're found positive without providing them with some kind of alternative work either. Research grants were set up which allowed us to hire sex workers who had been diagnosed as positive for HIV/AIDS as “outreach workers” as well as “educators”. They served as walking billboards in a sense when they would go into strip clubs, introduce themselves as an ex-sex worker who was now HIV positive, and also said that “life went on” after a positive diagnosis. Harmony Dust was an example of one of those who started using their own HIV positive status as a means to reach back into the sex industry to try and get more testing done, education distributed, and also help those who were positive find other work that didn't expose anyone else to the virus.

One huge problem still remained in that sex workers just generally don't trust non-sex workers with sensitive information about their lifestyle. It was found to be invaluable to have outreach workers, as well as educators, to be ex-sex workers to make this connection. But we had no medical doctors the community could turn to that was retired from the industry. At least not any that would admit it openly anyway. This is when a porn performer, Sharon Mitchell, stepped up. A special type of medical license was issued for her which allowed her to perform STD testing on sex workers – without her having to go through the standard years and years of training those wanting to be a doctor normally had to go through.

The AIM Clinic was born. While the press talked a lot about how AIM was used as the primary source of testing for the porn industry – the truth is that it was used by many within any part of the sex industry. This recognized the fact that many who worked in porn also stripped, also prostituted, and sometimes just used porn as a platform to promote their work in prostitution. Anyone going there for testing knew information on who their sexual partners were, their clients, and also their personal lives were going to not only be safe there, but also wasn't going to be turned over to the police in a manner to be incriminating.

The AIM Clinic was shut down because of accusations Dr. Mitchell took a bribe. I might think that was true if not for some of the other things that happened to them that brought about the demise of the clinic. One of the things I felt most proud about with AIM was that not only was this clinic founded and ran by an ex-sex worker who was open about having been in the porn industry at one time and now she was a doctor running this important company – but also that it was being run by a woman. Many people don't remember what a difficult time women had getting their voices heard with respect to HIV/AIDS testing, medications, etc. When men were able to get these “cocktails” over in Canada that was making them almost without any symptoms of the virus at all – women were still pretty much dropping dead about 18 months after their diagnosis. Research wasn't being done on women that recognized we had monthly cycles the men didn't have to contend with. Many circles were even acting like women, especially lesbians, had “nothing to worry about” at all like we never were even at risk of contracting the virus.

Think about HIV/AIDS during the 1980's and you immediately think about men like Larry Kramer, and groups like ACT UP. Now think about a straight female with respect to this disease and tell me if any name, or name of a group, pops up immediately to mind. Because heterosexual women were being completely ignored by many of the politics, and the medical community, going on with respect to the virus back in the 1980's – the light wasn't even put onto the fact heterosexual women were affected until a demonstration at Shea Stadium in 1988. http://vi.uh.edu/pages/buzzmat/Radhistory/radical%20history%20articles/Act%20Up%20and%20AIDS%20Activism.pdf

But here the AIM Clinic is now a connecting point of everyone within the sex industry, especially the porn industry, which is being run by not only an ex-sex worker, but a woman. I'd like to point out briefly here that while Dr. Mitchell did run this clinic – not only was any outbreaks contained within almost 24 hours within the industry – but that this country was seeing us gaining against the virus.

The AIM clinic has been shut down for about 10 years now. Since it's closing, this country is now seeing another HIV/AIDS epidemic just like we saw back in the 1980's. It's been confirmed in Kansas, Indiana, Tijuana and China as reaching epidemic proportion. I think AIM could have fought back against the bribery accusations and continued to stay open if not for the events that happened shortly after this news broke out. What I mean by that is when all of her clients' medical records were leaked to the Porn Wikileaks site. http://gawker.com/5787392/porn-star-hiv-test-database-leaked Porn performers real names, their home addresses, information on their family and children, other jobs they might be holding, were all leaked online. That was the nail on the clinic's coffin. Some had to be behind that leak and the timing was very telling that someone wanted AIM shut down. It was shut down in December of 2010, with the file leaking happening about March of 2011.

The person who has been trying to take AIM's place since day one is Michael Weinstein of AHF. There's information that's come out that a man who worked for the AIM Clinic, is now working for the AHF. Some “insiders” feel he was working against the clinic to get it shut down so AHF could take over the empty hole left by it's closing. I don't know if it's true – but I do know this. When most people who were working within the sex industry were going to her clinic for testing, and when those who told the clinic that they wanted help to leave the industry were then referred to our program for assistance, as well those who were being pimped and trafficked, we were a tight knit network within the sex industry that many people besides Michael Weinstein wanted to see disrupted.

My biggest complaint right now with the whole anti-trafficking community that's sprouted up since federal recognition we helped to get passed has now meant that there's money available that wasn't before to try and help sex workers. Our hotline has always averaged calls that amount to maybe about 5 % of those seeking help to leave sex work are doing so because of being sex trafficking victims. This means there's 95 % left over who are not victims but who are wanting to quit the business for other reasons. Maybe they're HIV/AIDS positive, gotten pregnant, their knees are making it too hard to dance around the pole every night anymore, maybe they've been beaten horribly by an ex-boyfriend like we saw with Christy Mack making it so she can't do any porn shoots for who knows how long.

Meaning with all these billboards going up talking about “sex trafficking” - the conversation about HIV/AIDS virtually stopped once the Trafficking Act of 2000 was passed. This was impounded even deeper when the TVRA of 2003 was passed. When this revision was passed, making it so any money to help this community was only to be distributed to “faith based groups” for one thing. For another, only to groups who were “anti-prostitution”. Meaning that only religious groups who are against the industry, and the workers, are the ones getting the money. So no it's not a surprise to read AIM was also being shut down because of a “lack of money”. AIM, like our program was not “against” the industry anymore than Alcoholics Anonymous is for prohibition or against the welfare of the alcoholic.

So I'm not surprised that the AHF has risen to power on top of AIM's ashes because they show a complete lack of any regard or concern whatsoever for the sex worker. From the day they opened until recently, I've knocked on their door to open discussions about how to EFFECTIVELY do outreach where it's needed within the sex industry. I've tried to open up discussions about how trafficking victims with HIV/AIDS infections are unable to leave without assistance to escape their pimps to no avail. I mean let's face it – someone who is working in mainstream porn as a performer is probably going to be HIV negative. They're not the ones who need to be found, tested, and extracted from sex work because they're exposing huge numbers of the public with unprotected sex.

I'll tell you who is the one I'm most concerned about with respect to the HIV/AIDS virus = and that's the victims of the Asian trafficking rings. I've been getting calls from women who are being brought over from China where there is already a confirmed HIV/IDS virus to this country through LAX. They are brought over on either marriage contracts or work permits to work in nail salons and/or restaurants. Once here, they're put to work in massage parlors where they're having as many as five to ten sexual contacts a day without protection. They aren't being tested and many of them don't speak English. Because of not speaking English – they're reading and watching materials in Mandarin on Asian programming. The doctors they do see are Chinese doctors who are seeing them “off the books” as well as the “johns” who don't want their tests showing up on records their boss or wife might see.

THAT'S who I'm the most worried about with respect to carrying this virus, second only to those who are being trafficked by the Mexican Cartel being that there's also another HIV epidemic confirmed out of Tijuana. The cartel brings them across the border also as drug mules where they're sleeping with the border patrol to get into this country without being searched. The women are then trafficked like cattle from city to city across the USA to other Hispanic men. Again, the media they're watching isn't American English speaking programming – but shows that are primarily in Spanish. It doesn't help that Telemundo's new CEO is Steve Sassa. A man not known for caring much about the sex workers since he was fired from Hearst Media after being blackmailed by a pimp.

After having Mr. Weinstein refuse to even speak to me about the condom law with respect to the porn industry, and that being something I had a hand in back in the 1980's where we had obtained the cooperation of the porn industry to incorporate safe sex into their product – it was clear to me this man didn't care at all what happened to sex workers and something else was at work here with him. That's when I went back to the Ryan White people who remembered my work with this virus in the 1980's and let them know about his refusal to even return my phone calls, let alone try and work with me with respect to HIV and the sex industry. Their response was to deny him a $3.8 million dollar grant that year. I thought that would at least get his attention – but no such response happened.

I no longer have the backing of politicians in office we once had in the 1980's. While the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors is talking about how to get addicts out of the jails and into counseling – they won't even allow me to speak at many of these events about what to do about allowing this same help to prostitutes. If anything, it looks like for every addict they're going to lose their per diem while they're incarcerated the system is intending on making up by putting as many prostitutes into custody as they can. Oh excuse me, we don't call them that anymore. The system only recognizes “trafficking victims” as real and says there's “no such thing” as a prostitute anymore. That's why in 2015 the LAPD has published a big fat zero in the number of prostitutes arrested. The problem with that is this has eliminated all the mandatory HIV testing of those who were branded prostitutes.

Without any idea how many prostitutes are infected with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles – I ask you how we're supposed to get any money out here for this same community? What this “no such thing” campaign did essentially was wipe out any money being set aside to help prostitutes infected with HIV/AIDS because the statistics of those infected now reads “zero”. I've again tried to speak to AHF about this fact – and of course got no response again. If the man won't even acknowledge that Sex Workers Anonymous exists – then I'm not surprised he doesn't want to talk about what's happening to the sex workers calling my hotline reporting they're infected in the same numbers as we used to see in the 1980's.

Yes there are sites that will test sex workers for free in cities like Los Angeles, California. I've even set up a system where once a week we're providing transportation to sex workers to get tested who can't get there on their own. But I'm worried about those in other cities where we don't have members who can coordinate such rides there. I'm also worried about the fact I've gone into random strip clubs, massage parlors, and even places like the Paris House which has been around since the 1970's, and the men and women working there not only don't have a clue about HIV/AIDS prevention, they're not using protection, and they have never even HEARD of a vaccine.

I wrote a letter asking the AVN if I might be able to set up some kind of booth to get more information out there at their shows not for those who would be there exhibiting, speaking, or taking awards – but for those watching the AVN at home. I got a strange response about them not being sure how to “not offend people” with such a booth and then was blown off. I found it even more interesting however they did bring in a hospitality booth from the “Cupcake Girls” to be at a hospitality suite giving away cupcakes and make-overs.

People – giving away cupcakes and make-overs is not what needs to be done at the AVN. From where I stand, these events are the closet thing we have to connecting the industry as a whole we've got right now. Those who aren't there involved – are watching the event from home. Our clients are people who have walked away from the sex industry. Meaning those with money usually won't even acknowledge their past in the industry while those who do are those who are broke. So no I don't have the funds to pay for a booth to help us get information out there. So I'm asking you readers – any ideas? The AHF is not being run by a sex worker – retired or active. Polaris is also another male run group run by a man who never was a sex worker. When James Deen took over the APAC – we were excluded from any contact with the members. I didn't know why at the time – but now I think I know why we weren't allowed to be brought into the loop when they were having discussions about sex trafficking or leaving the sex industry. One of the largest drug treatment centers in Los Angeles was recently in the press for using the female clients who were sex workers as the founders' personal harem. One woman who couldn't get clean because of this man being in charge of her treatment died even. Dennis Hof has told me he has “invested too much money into recruiting” to allow us to post our flyers up in the legal brothels.

I'm seeing the Hunt Foundation donate millions of dollars to prosecutors across this country to put up billboards offering “help to trafficking victims by calling the National Trafficking Hotline”. So all of the community outreach materials are talking about trafficking – which means not talking about the spread of HIV/AIDS virus right now in the industry. I got a call last week from a man who has been working in porn for the last year. He tells me not a month has gone by he's not infected with something. Los Angeles for January's Human Trafficking month had all kinds of walkathons, parades, conferences, etc. all over the country about sex trafficking. We were denied even five minutes of time, any type of flyers posted, anything about HIV/AIDS within the sex industry or our hotline which offers help to anyone wanting to leave the industry for any reason. We were denied because they say by calling the sex industry an industry and not rape that we're “legitimizing the industry” and therefore are “no better than the traffickers”.

I have no idea when simply offering help to anyone leaving the sex industry became such a political hot potato. I have no idea when the idea of distributing HIV/AIDS education to those new to sex work became such a hot potato issue either that the AVN nor APAC even want to talk about it by simply allowing us to get our hotline # out there to those who might need help. But while everyone is out there fighting out all these issues like what to call us, whether this is “promoting” something or not, and all this other ideological debates are going on – the calls of to our hotline of those who are diagnosed as positive is increasing daily.

And I don't know what to do about it anymore. If you have any suggestions – please call us at (702) 468-4529.

Jody Williams

Saturday, August 8, 2015

TANGERINE - THE MOVIE

Here's a clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEVuXWEBAP8  I heard about this movie on Pacifica Radio.  The one Kamala Harris is threatening to shut down after they targeted them for audit I think because my ex-husband, who I never speak to anymore by the way, is on their board.  So trust me Kamala - you won.  http://www.dailycal.org/2015/01/08/california-attorney-general-launchesaudit-national-radio-network-headquartered-berkeley/

Kenneth Konz - the targeting of a public radio station with an audit forces them to try and only air things during the audit that will "appease the God's" so to speak so they don't lose their funding.  I find it interesting that this whole audit process started about 2007-2008 - right about the same time the sex trafficking movement got entirely hijacked by people who also want to make so sure that people like myself don't get one minute of air time - they will put all these resources behind them to make sure a few voices are silenced.  Or has anyone else noticed that Pacifica radio will NOT speak about sex trafficking on US soil since the audit started besides myself?  http://www.cpb.org/oig/reports/2012-09-21-Report-1208-Pacifica.pdf

You won Kamala because after moving down here so I could do some shows on their station - you hit them with that audit and threatened their operating budget.  So he's told everyone I'm not even allowed on as a caller on their shows - let alone a show on domestic sex trafficking while they're in danger of being shut down.  He's a "good little boy" who knows when to keep his mouth shut.  He's got a year longer clean than I do so he's seen this take-over of the recovery field by Big Pharma, professional treatment centers, and the prison-industrial complex that wants to build bigger jails,

ESPECIALLY in California by the border where they can indefinitely hold illegal aliens in the jails for processing so they can hire them out for $1.00 an hour as cheap slave labor.  Heck they've even got them fooled into thinking they don't have the same rights as Americans while on US soil - and they don't have to even pay for their medical care.  Then when they riot too much - they just shut down that jail and build a brand new shiny one.

Not powered on solar power mind you - but electric.  I asked him how on earth he's able to work as a drug counselor in this field knowing what he knows but keeping his mouth shut - and well his cancer a few years ago answered that question for me.  He couldn't even call his daughter on her birthday on March 6th because "he can't cope" with her brain tumor situation.  That's how he's not handling things very well if you ask me.  Because it has to go somewhere.  In his case I guess it was cancer.  Just like I saw Bob Stone die of cancer and Bob Barrett now has diabetes so bad he's living in a nursing home.  While me?  I went that route, learned my lesson after a stroke almost took me out, and I'm getting stronger and healthier every month.  Then again I'm not backing down.

We had put together a film crew comprised of Hollywood people to do a documentary on what's going on right now with sex trafficking in the USA - and they all got threatened off the project.  So I told myself what I usually do is that "if you want it done at all - do it yourself" so I was thinking I'm going to have to make this film.

But how?  I do have a pretty good video camera, and an iphone.  There was this woman in Florida who said she was going to give us all the film equipment we needed free of charge - but the minute I asked for the equipment she disappeared.  So that must have been a ruse.  Either that or she got threatened off also.  Who knows.

But then I heard that "Tangerine" was filmed on an iphone on an interview that was actually allowed on Pacifica Radio last week.  Of course I had to see the quality of this - especially since they said they used "real" people in the film, not hired actors really.  So I clicked on the trailer and was blown away.  I felt like I was watching the birth of a new film maker - like a new Woody Allen or a new Tarantino.  I also felt like I was witnessing a new star - Mya Taylor.


She is sexy, beautiful, funny and charismatic.  I also felt like I was watching the birth of a new star - like the first time I saw John Travolta or Marilyn Monroe and the screen just lit up for them also as it does for Mya.  And yes the screen just lights up for her.  She has "star quality".

Sean Baker, the film maker, spoke on the interview on Pacifica Radio about how he went hanging around the Gay & Lesbian Center in Hollywood where he met Mya.  She introduced him around and helped him develop the story line from what he said.  It got me to thinking I haven't gone down there since I have moved back to Los Angeles.  Sex Workers Anonymous used to have a different meeting down there than our meeting in Tarzana or Beverly Hills or Santa Monica.

The reasons was because the needs are different.  When we ran the meeting down by the center back in the 1990's - it was because many just couldn't find work.  This was also why many transgenders weren't getting tested for HIV.  They didn't look like Caitlin Jenner believe me in the 1990's but more like Renee Richards - or a guy in a dress.  For that reason, they told me they didn't want to go to the health centers for HIV testing because they're be stared at, laughed at, etc.  So again with the help of them Mayor Bradley, GLASS, the CDC, UCLA, etc. we were able to set up a satellite testing center in W. Hollywood staffed only by other ex-sex workers who were also transgender.



This outreach served two purposes.  It got the transgender sex workers that Mya Taylor is portraying out of the house, tested, and educated about HIV/AID's AND  it provided those who were found to be positive, or who just wanted out of sex work, a job that paid the bills and also made them feel connected and useful.

It's projects like this that I've been trying to reach people like Michael Weinstein at the AHF about re-building only to be blown off.  That's why I wrote the Ryan White people a letter letting them know he's been ignoring someone who was part of bringing the HIV infection rates down from almost 8 0 percent in sex workers in Los Angeles in the 1980's to down below 6 percent within one year when I've been trying to make contact with him to discuss how his current policies are completely ignoring the most vulnerable and the most infected right now - truly causing a health crisis brewing now.  http://www.dallasvoice.com/county-approves-distribution-ryan-white-funding-including-ahf-10193325.html

It seems they registered their disapproval by denying him $3.8 million dollars in grant funding this year.  But did that get me a phone call?  Nope - it appears he's just finding another way around this for his agenda that has nothing to do with protecting the public from HIV, nor protecting the sex industry from it either.  I'm sure he'll find a way around them for whatever his plans are.

In the meantime I thought if we can film a film that looks this good on an iphone - maybe we can go back into that part of Hollywood, talk to some real transgenders about what their world is REALLY like, and maybe use that as a way to further promote "Tangerine".  Plus I thought it would be great to have Mya be the hostess and narrator to take us on  a journey into the "real" world of the transgender living down in that part of town today where Tangerine was filmed.  I mean do they have pimps even?  What do they need down there the most today?  Jobs, drug treatment, free medical care - what?

So I looked up Mya on twitter.  She's a doll and got ahold of me the next morning.  Of course she loved the idea but she's in N. Dakota now.  I'd have to fly her out here, put her up, pay her expenses of course to bring her to Los Angeles to do another "reality show" about transgenders.  She was all for the idea - but asked me if I had the money to bring her back to Los Angeles.

No I don't - but maybe there's money in the marketing fund for the film.  So I told her I'd get ahold of Sean and see what he thought about the idea.  To date, it's been about a week now, Sean hasn't answered my emails or facebook requests to speak to him about the idea.

So we move on.  I had to do some medical things for my daughter so I can't do anything until next week.  But I do have some signs with our hotline phone number on them.  I'm planning on going down to the center next week and see if they'll post some signs for Sex Workers Anonymous, and maybe give me a meeting space.

Mya did tell me this - in her opinion the movie is not their daily reality.  For one thing, they don't have pimps, nor a real "pimping" or "trafficking" problem down in that part of town with the transgenders .  I know the pimp culture really looks down on anyone who would pimp a transgender.  On Pimpin 101 radio they even said "real pimps don't pimp transgenders" so their culture doesn't approve of it.

But what Mya said is most needed is jobs.  She said that's why they're mostly doing sex work is because of not finding companies who will hire them.  Well - we know some companies who will.  But it does raise a good question.

The same as I saw with Christy Mack.  She said she would "not quit porn" after the attack.  I say "who would hire her?"  I even posed that question to two companies that actually offer scholarships to trafficking victims.  I asked them if they would hire a known porn star to work for them.  They declined to answer and stopped speaking to me - which is an answer.  No they won't.

So I am working on some reports on cities about what they're doing about sex trafficking - and will be including a report on who will hire sex workers, porn stars, and transgenders as well to this report.  The question however becomes "how do I find out if they really will?"   Of course everyone will "say" they will - but will they in reality.  I know many companies who do hire people with criminal records for prostitution - will hire them - but they don't want it shouted from the rooftops they do.  It's considered "bad publicity' to say you hire ex-prostitutes.

We've got a long way to go.  Back in the 1930's one didn't hire an alcoholic because he was considered to be "of weak moral character".  By calling alcoholism a "disease" now companies have to hire one or they're considered discriminating against the sick.   Now we're not going to get the sex industry declared a disease.  These people who want to say that it's "okay" for those who were "forced" are actually making it harder for us to leave unless we come up with some victim story.

Do you know how bad it's become?  I've answered our hotline since 1987.  Starting about a year ago - women who call me now start out the conversation with trying to explain to me they were "not a trafficking victim" like they're not only apologizing to me - but feeling me out to see if I'm going to reject them because they weren't.  I mean they're leading with this.  When I ask why - they tell me that "well everyone else I spoke to has said they won't help me unless I was".

Now that's a crime.  To me it's like telling a woman she's not considered a "rape victim" unless her rapist had a gun or a knife pointed at her.  The rape people have had to work hard at getting people to understand how it can be still rape without a weapon, and even if the woman consents because she doesn't want her children in the next room harmed.  This is the same for us.

Anyway - I've got an iphone so no excuses after watching "Tangerine".  I will be posting more videos to our channel soon.  Now if I can just figure out how to work this camera app - we'll be fine!  I guess Sean Baker is interested in making a movie about the transgender community that can get us all laughing at them - but not talk to me about a film that will actually help any of them find work other than the streets.

But he didn't make the film about transgenders or even to help them so why would he call me back about this project I'm thinking of?  He was very clear what the movie was about in an interview he gave for "Paper" here where he said  "I was just trying to tell a story about Los Angeles, really".

Sean - you did.  You "gained the trust of them" as you also say to get their cooperation for your film project.  A project that does not reflect their daily lives according to Mya at all.  But it does make your career bigger and better to talk to everyone about how you made it on a low budget and an iphone.  But then when I come calling to ask for some help to make a short reality piece about them needing someone to hire them for jobs that actually HELPS this community - I don't even get a return phone call.  While Mya is off in N. Dakota and has moved past that corner - and the new wave is still out there struggling without help.  Sure - she'd "love to help - as long as someone can pay me for it".  Good girl.  You may have moved off the corner - but your game button is still on.  In Sex Workers Anonymous we call it "post-prostitution syndrome" where one is still a hooker just not charging by the hour any longer.  Sure she said she'd "love to help the community" - as long as someone paid her for it.  

Oh yes Sean - you definitely showed us a film about Los Angeles.  Just maybe not the one you were expecting but definitely what I've seen 1,000,000 times over.  Exploit us, use us for films, hire us for entertainment at your parties - but when it comes to helping us and giving something back for what you took, and for making a film that people think is their reality that makes them even more "unhireable" - you can't be bothered.  

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