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Jody Williams, Founder Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly Prostitutes Anonymous) (702) 468-4529 Telephone
Re: Decriminalization of Prostitution Issue
Dear Amnesty International and Public:
Everyone's first reaction to this letter is going to be “but 12 step programs aren't supposed to have an opinion on outside issues” or “enter into public controversy”. But in reality, the issue of how prostitution is viewed as a crime or not IS an “inside” issue in our opinion. So we should weigh in on this point with you. However, to do so would be to “engage in public controversy” as this is a very heated topic at the moment. So what do we do? Do we give you a position letter on the issue from us “officially” or do we not? One thing we do know as a 12 step program however is that we are NOT Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. We are our own unique program and as such the “ultimate authority” is one found through “group conscience”. So we took a “gr…


Dear Ms. Gemee:
My name is Jody Williams.  I'm the founder of the modern day sex trafficking movement itself.  You can verify this by clippings I have up at   The "brothel" I was charged with having was the first "safe house" for adults.  We had to set up our own because the police didn't even believe trafficking was real - let alone would they do anything or have anywhere safe for us to go.  I couldn't explain that back then as a defense.  
Wanting to change this is what went into the founding in 1987 of our hotline, the 12 step program, and the first program in Los Angeles then Mayor Tom Bradley set up with the courts and jails as the first "alternative" sentencing program that recognized there were in fact victims years before we got federal recognition with the Trafficking Act of 2000 passing.  
Needing cheap housing - I married in 1994 and relocated to a small town outside of Omaha, Nebraska.  Once settled into Blai…


Jody Williams, Founder & Director Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly Prostitutes Anonymous) (702) 468-4529 Telephone
October 1, 2015
Re: Use of the Word “Prostitute”
Owners & Editors of Associated Press Via Email
Dear Respected Members of the Press:
First, I want you to know I respect your jobs even more now than ever since the Telecommunications Act of 1995 passed. I want you to know that had that law passed one day before it did – we wouldn't even be talking about the issue of child sex trafficking. Why? Because in the 1960's, 70's, and 80's (I don't know how old you are), the issue was considered to be so non-existent that if you spoke about it back then you were received exactly the same as if you said “aliens are abducting me and selling me for sex” today.
If you call a cop today and ask them to “go rescue a girl at such and such address because the aliens have her” - that's the reception I got when I tried during the 1980…


I saw a petition today signed by a lot of non-survivors of trafficking again trying to speak for us without including us.  I then noticed the petition was created by CATW.  So I went to their site to see the false claim they were the "first to fight international sex trafficking".

What a bunch of hooey!  Below is a letter I wrote to them about this.  Their site claims they were founded in 1988 by the way - yet I started our work in 1987.  I didn't see or hear them around that's for sure.  Considering I was appearing on 20/20, Nightline, Geraldo, Donahue, etc. - you'd think they would have heard of me and come to say something to me during this time.  Yet none of the victims we were talking to knew anything about them either .

Please allow me to introduce myself because you clearly don't seem to have the slightest awareness of who I am, or what I've done …