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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

PHYLLISA ANNE AKA AMANDA AND THE IEAU UNION

I started thinking about how the time has come for the sex industry to go union.  It's almost going to have to go union between the religious right anti-trafficking crusaders who are siphoning up all the money from going into actual services for sex workers - leaving them out in the cold with respect to any type of exit or recovery services.

So I started looking into it to see if any already existed.  I found one overseas.  I found another one in San Francisco.  Then I found one here being created by Amanda.  I reached out to her in November saying I really wanted to get behind trying to get as many workers into the union as possible.  I certainly get enough calls now on the hotline from people I think would join, but with the outreach campaign I'm putting together it could really do "double duty".  

It just made more sense to me that we should incorporate the SWA services into a union because we certainly aren't going to be embraced by the anti-trafficking religious right who is only going to provide services if you act like you hated the industry, you want it outlawed, and you call youself a "victim"?  But what about someone who simply has a knee injury and can't put on her stripper heels any longer and hit the stage?  Shouldn't she get exit support services like vocational rehab?

Anyway, I spent about a month trying to get a meeting with this "board".  I saw all these people and pictures on the website of their "board" so I asked to meet with them and talk about how we could combine efforts and work together to benefit the industry.  Only I kept hearing excuses about getting everyone together for a meeting.

Finally I said like "enough" and said "let's get on with this" and Amanda agreed to a meeting with me and EVERYONE.  I arrived at the coffee shop and she was the only person who showed up.  Okay where is everyone?  I heard "they need time to warm up to you.  Okay how exactly are you going to build a union if your board won't come out to a business meeting after a MONTH of "getting to know someone"?

During the meeting, Amanda got increasingly "shaky".  By the end of the meeting her hands were shaking like a jack hammer.  I don't usually have that effect on people.  In fact, I get the opposite.  Usually after people talk to me for about 15 minutes - they relax and love me.  I can't think of when I've met someone who actually got more nervous.

Every question I asked was deflected.  Can I see your website?  It's not up yet.  Can people sign up for memberships online?  We're working on that and should have it in a few days.  Where's your brochures?  We're putting them together.  Application forms?  Working on them.

I asked her about a PR person and she told me she had someone who was actually "getting ahead of herself".  I was like "you had someone willing to do your PR and you STOPPED them?"  That made no sense to me at all.  She said "we weren't ready to take the calls yet".  Okay you tell that to people and you take down their information and you contact them when you can.  I asked to speak to this PR person and got the shuffle.

At this meeting, she agreed to set up a weekly meeting between her, the board, and myself and some people I wanted to get involved to help her so we could work on an outreach campaign.  Only I couldn't pin her to a date and time.  I would say Friday and it was "oh I just started working on Fridays".  Okay how about Tuesday?  No answer.

I did get invited to a phone meeting.  I listened to Amanda literally messing with her speakers for 20 minutes.  The whole thing reminded me of when I was a tweaker 32 years ago.  After listening to her bounce her speakers around for 20 minutes the meeting began only the meeting was Amanda asking me what I could do for her.  I reminded her I was there to meet the board and how about we start there before I start making plans for anything.  Only no one else was talking.  Where were they?  Oh they were "shy" she told me.   She then said "they need time to warm up to you".

Warm up to me?  How are you going to build a union if your board has to "warm up to you" after two MONTHS now of trying to set up a meeting?  Okay so that was a wash.  I then thought I'd make better headway with Tina in Portland.  She's telling me "oh we need a website but we don't have any money to build one".  Okay I offered to help build one.  Only every day I set up to help her build a website - I'm not getting any graphics or text.  I can't build a site without graphics and text.  So this is going nowhere for weeks.

I honestly start getting the feeling someone is running a scam here.  They're asking me "do you think you can get us sponsorship?" and of course I can.  But I explain to get sponsorship I need things.  I need demographics.  I need eyeballs on a blog or social media.  I need sizzle reels.  I need a functioning website for the union where people can sign up.  Oh sure there's a site up - but none of the links are working!  I'm not going to a sponsor to sponsor a union where you can't sign up online even.  I ask what the membership cards look like?  I don't get an answer.  Can I talk to who their union rep. would be?  I don't get an answer.

Then the excuses start.  Amanda is telling me stories of being "thrown out of the AVN".  I saw Adultcon coming up and that would be a good place to get contact information.  I ask her if she's going or do I need to send someone.  She says she's going.  Okay I let her go and check back in a week.  Where's the stack of business cards?  Show directory?

She tells me she "got thrown out of the Adultcon" and that's why she doesn't have contact information.  Now I remembered at our lunch she had agreed to have someone filming her if she got thrown out of an event.  It's called union busting and she needs a record.  So I ask "where's the tape?"  She didn't have her camera on her.  I ask did she get a show directory anyway?  No.  Did anyone witness her being thrown out of Adultcon?  Oh no one will verify it because they're too scared.

Then I'm hearing whining how "no one is showing up" and "I'm being thrown out of meetings".  I tell her I can have 30 people show up to back her up but I have to know where.  She tells me she's "going to XBiz".  Okay I offered to send people with her to back her up and be witnesses if they try and throw her out.  Only she won't give me the contact information.  I sat with her for two hours on the phone listening to her say "I have to be there at 1:00 p.m.".  Okay Amanda - it's now 10:00 a.m. and I'd like to come and bring support.  Where can we meet you?"  It's on the website.  No it's not.  Well it's at Xbiz.  Okay WHERE at the show?  I am getting nowhere after two hours of where to meet her.

So I'm not surprised when at 1:30 p.m. she says "oh I got thrown out".  Now she had agreed to film her being thrown out of these events but I'm not seeing the tapes.  I'm offering to send people to back her up - and I'm not hearing an address.

She interviews me for her show.  A few days later she tells me "the radio station canceled us after they heard your show and said they would burn down the station if we continued after your show".  Okay that's pretty heavy guilt trip.

I call Tina who tells me "oh now they just told us to take a vacation until January".  When was this?  Oh before you went on the show.  I go back to Amanda and demand a copy of the tape of this phone call where I'm blamed for her show being canceled.   She doesn't have it.  Now how did we go from "I'm recording all calls" to "I don't have it?"

Every time I'm turning around I'm hearing what sound an awful lot like tweaker excuses.  The dog ate my homework kind of stuff.  So I called up Bill Margold and asked him what his take was on this whole union talk.  I say that because as this is going on from what I see - I hear the APAG Guild has thrown her out and taking over.  I can see why!  I can't pin this woman down to a meeting, a business card, or an application.  That's not how you build a union.   So Bill and I talked for a long time.

He invites me on the show which was the night of his death.  Only I had to travel out of town that day and I lost his number.  I texted Amanda and asked her to help me get Bill's call  in number and I'm not hearing back from her.  Bill's telling me he doesn't know how to text.  So I don't know why Amanda didn't call me knowing Bill had wanted to interview me that night and he can't text me so why can't Amanda help me get on the show?  Don't know and I don't hear anything for days - and then I hear about his death.

I get asked to prepare a eulogy.  Okay fine.  I need to speak to his family.  My car registration can't be renewed until February 1st.  So I say I need a ride.  No problem.  I get a text message "we can send a car for you".  So I'm being told for a week a car is going to be sent for me and I need to do the eulogy - but no one will tell me where his body is, is he being cremated, and I can't get a call from the family.  I can't prepare a eulogy without speaking to the family.  I need to print them up the night before and give them to the people attending the memorial.  Only the more I'm pressing for information like how to reach his family, how many people are coming, what religion was Bill or not, who is coming to pick me up, etc.  The closer it gets to January 27th, the less I'm getting a response from anyone.

The night before the service - no one is calling me.  I tried calling and emailing everyone I know and I get no answer.  No one is calling me to come get me.  I mean what is the point of asking me to do the eulogy and saying I'm getting a ride and then to be blown off.   I don't know if he's being buried, cremated, what.  I don't know the cause of death.  Am I really supposed to get into a cab and go to this service when suddenly everyone has stopped talking to me for three days before the service!

I have a perceptive kid.  She tells me "we've seen this before".  I'm like "when?"  She says "when someone is raising money online and they don't want you to know".  They ask you to come do the eulogy and promise people you're coming to make it look like they're doing something and then start the fund raiser.   I remembered a few people did that to me with trafficking events - asked me to speak and got people to buy tickets to come hear me speak and then blew me off at the last moment.

I'm hearing from Amanda how "broke up" she is.  Only his cats gone.  Shouldn't we be looking for the cat if you "love" Bill so much?  I'm hounding this woman for Bill's home address so I can go look for this cat and not hearing a word.  For someone who "loves" Bill so much I'm not seeing even a finger lifted to go find his cat.   Finally I hear "we found the cat" to shut me up.  I ask for photos, where is the cat, where was the cat?  Some information that assures me the cat is okay and I hear nothing.  Amanda also isn't answering any of my questions.

Then the games begin.  Amanda tells me she's going to "mail" me a Bill Bear.  I remind her we'd supposed to be meeting so I can help with the union so shouldn't she give it to me then?  She just starts blowing me off.  It's now been two months and this whole thing is beginning to look like a complete sham.  Absolutely the behavior of a tweaker.  If she's not using I'll be shocked.  So I start telling her I need some answers.  She starts blowing me off.  I demand an answer and the next thing I know some guy is calling me up.  So now she's got some guy calling me?  But he says he knew Bill for a long time so I figured I'd talk to him.

Next day Amanda is ripping my head off asking me "how could you say such and such" to him?  I didn't.  She tells me "I have the tape".  I'm like "what"?  I mean why would this guy tape me and then give her the tape?   I'm talking about a dead friend and I'm being taped?  Besides, I never said what she accused me of so either she's lying or this guy doctored the tape.  She says "drop it"?  No I"m not going to "drop it" that some guy was supposedly taping me.   Why would she have some guy call me who is recording me?  What on earth did I do to her?

I go and talk to Tina about it.  At 8:00 a.m. the next morning I've got Amanda ripping my head off showing me texts from Tina she'd sent her.  Okay this is enough.  Now my text message are being sent to her?  And out of context?

For the last two months, the only time this chick has come at me has been to rip my face off.  I'm offering to help her and I'm being attacked, treated like shit, and my privacy violated?

To top it off she tells me this horrible rumor about Melissa Hill.  I mean it's horrible.  I started contacting Melissa to see if I believe the accusation.  I don't.   But then Tina starts telling me the same rumor about Melissa.  Only if this rumor is true - why was she on their board and why aren't they calling the cops?  I 'mean this is a pretty serious accusation.  But if they'd lie about me and do the "he said she said" post office game with me - why not on her?

This is a loony bin.  They are not interested in building a union.  I went online to try and figure out why they're acting like they're building a union but not building one and then I see a lot of rumors about her online that from my perspective look true.  I had heard someone had set up Sharon Mitchell for example and based on this sneaky shitty behavior I'm seeing - I'd believe it.

Enough is enough.  I've asked Amanda to take my name off her "website" if you call it that.  She's not building a union.  I don't know what she's doing but it's not that.  I have people that really want to support a union push and there's no way I would have anyone put money into the way this chick is acting.  I've done nothing but offer to help, not asked for a dime, offered nothing but support and I'm having my face ripped off every time she comes talk to me.  She's lying to me.  Lying about me.  Insulting me.  I mean Bill warned me she can "barely read and write" before his death and I see this.  I can see she's not reading any thing I'm doing and

There are a few legal exceptions where it's legal to record someone.  But you have to be in danger or trying to gather evidence of a crime.  This woman was telling me my private conversations were being texted over to her and she was listening to them.  For what ?  To hear me talk about my grief over Bill?  That's just low.  Where I come from you don't treat your family like that and the sex industry is a family to me.  I'm always going to be a part of it no matter what job I'm in.  I run www.sexworkersanonymous.com because I want to help those who no one else will help.  This woman just wants to rip and attack.  I don't believe a word of what she's saying.  It's always "the dog ate my homework" with her.

I have asked her to remove our name off her website and we have nothing more to do with Amanda.  That doesn't mean I'm anti-union however.  I've got a call into this union that's out of San Francisco and

Thursday, April 21, 2016

LETTER TO THE IRS

Jody Williams, Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly Prostitutes Anonymous)
www.sexworkersanonymous.com
(702) 468-4529 Cell – (818) 646-3296 Landline


April 20, 2016

IRS Tax Exempt Dept.
Via Fax

Re: Cupcake Girls – EIN # 453970815
Sex Workers Outreach Project – EIN # 262264638
Erotic Service Providers Union Legal Education and Research Project – EIN # 272049888
Adult Performer Advocacy Committee – EIN #46-4118260

Dear IRS:

I’m writing you on behalf of the four nonprofits listed above. Their EIN numbers are also right after their names. The purpose my writing is to bring to your attention my understanding of a 501c3 nonprofit enjoying tax exempt status is they do not use this to drive the persuasion of new legislation without being a properly registered lobbyist at least. These four groups have been actively working together since at least 2013 that I can trace to directly impact legislation on issues pertaining to prostitution and sex trafficking, as well as to raise money for said goals. In my opinion, they are using these groups to carry out criminal conspiracies under the guise of being a tax exempt non-profit.

My research has shown the Cupcake Girls actually have a lobbyist named Kerrie Kramer. Ms. Kramer is also a lobbist for Live Nation, who represent both Charlie Sheen and Snoop Dogg, just to name but two of their clients who are known to be involved in illegal prostitution. Kerrie helped them write, and pass, a new law in Nevada actually. Assembly Bill 108 was based on the false claim prostitutes were unable to find work in Nevada because of their criminal record of prostitution. Only our program, Sex Workers Anonymous, was not having any problems at all finding reputable companies more than willing to hire women with this. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Minutes/Senate/JUD/Final/1207.pdf 

I have a statement from a woman who worked with Joy Hoover stating not only has she seen their fund raisers be fraudulent, but further that Joy knew walking into the Nevada legislature her claim was false based on the fact this woman was working in a union job while also having a criminal record herself.

So why pass it? John Hambrick stopped returning our calls in 2013, and blocked us from all social media. So he’s shown a complete unwillingness to speak to an actual group of survivors of prostitution about their real issues and challenges. Preferring instead to partner with the Cupcake Girls on this Bill instead. Which in reality is a smoke screen for the brothel industry in Nevada to be able to expunge records of prostitutes by bypassing our program which only assists them to do so once they’re proven they’re leaving the sex industry entirely.

This way they can then help women with criminal records go in and apply for a brothel prostitute license – which currently they’re blocked from doing if they have a solicitation record. We’ve personally witnessed John Hambrick taking favors from Dennis Hof so we have no doubt where Hambrick’s loyalties lie and it’s not with helping sex trafficking victims to escape the sex industry. If he had done one shred of research into Joy’s claim – we would have told him the record proves no barrier in reality.

Do we have a problem with them using this to be able to hire women to work at the brothel despite having a past criminal record? That’s not our problem. Our program is that there is no easy “exit” program for them to leave the brothel physically if they so choose to. Dennis Hof and Lance Gilman, who basically are the only two brothel owners left in the industry have repeatedly refused all offers of ours to post flyers with our hotline # on it for women to call if they want to leave. They also fought back against Polaris requiring the signs with their hotline be posted in their brothels as well. With only one Salvation Army working as a shelter for these women, the brothels refusing to give them their money if they wish to leave, combined with the fact there is no public bus or even a cab company who they can call to get a ride out of the very rural areas these brothels are located in – this leaves them with no way out other than our program if they wish to leave. Yet our outreach RV was stolen and returned with a bomb planted in it. Our outreach car was destroyed. Our volunteer drivers have all been threatened off. So our problem isn’t with women going in to work for them – but in not having a clear way OUT if they choose to.

SWOP? I have a screen shot of SWOP in San Francisco telling a prostitute in Reno who had just left a brothel to “sleep in a doorway” while refusing to help her. She also refused to tell this woman about our hotline which would have sent a local Reno member out to help her and when we tried to reach out to the woman directly, Kristin blocked our access from her on Twitter. When we confronted her about this exclusion – Kristin said she would “rather she sleep in a doorway than call us for help”. Only that wasn’t Kristin’s choice to make. When choices are removed – then that’s a system of control and not “advocacy” as SWOP is claiming to be to the public at this time.

Here is a new clips about Maxine Doogan, head of Erotic Service Providers Union, speaking out about changing legislation in California. http://calwatchdog.com/2012/10/26/prop-35-toughens-sex-crime-penalties/ She not only came out fighting against Prop. 35, but has also filed a personal lawsuit with the intent to get prostitution legalized in California again, while also denying services to trafficking victims, which she claims don’t exist within the sex industry despite all evidence to the contrary. Maxine was convicted of being a felon for pimping in 2008 by the way.

Maxine has partnered with the Cupcake Girls, and SWOP, along with members of their respective groups who also have “day jobs” with such media as the Daily Dot, Daily Beast, Reason, Washington Post, and CNN just to name a few of their members who have identified to me they’re members of these groups and also working as reporters on staff at these publications. Publications which repeatedly refuse to post any of our personal views on these lawsuits, Bills, Propositions, etc. – even going so far as to remove our personal comments from the readers’ view in order to manipulate public opinion.

As for Sex Workers Outreach Project, they’ve changed a great deal since their original founder, Robin Few, died in 2012. Their main intent was to advise sex workers of their existing rights so they could know them and protect themselves against discrimination and harassment before. Since Robin’s death, a whole new board of directors has come into power in SWOP that violates their own guidelines requiring 80 % of them be active, or retired, sex workers. Currently I’m not finding even 25% of their board have ever seen a sex worker. Up until 2013, SWOP used to do outreach into the sex worker community to find out who needed help. When one needed help to exit the sex industry, or to get away from a pimp – we would hear the phone ring. We have responded effectively each time we were called.

The new direction SWOP has taken has been to call up every chapter leader they have and instruct them “not to speak to Jody at Sex Workers Anonymous or else”. They have been told if they speak to us about any of their members in their area, they will lose their leadership. They removed all of our members from their social media groups when we violated no guidelines. This to me transforms them into a criminal operation then if they’re going to actively deny any knowledge of services to help someone exit, or escape a pimp. These SWOP leaders have told me straight up they’ve been threatened about harm if they speak to us or even speak about us positively to anyone.

SWOP has been partnering with both Maxine Doogan Cupcake Girls, and APAC, on many fund raising, legislative projects, and to control the flow of information to their members. You can read up on some of these at http://www.swopusa.org/tag/legislation-and-laws/ They have pushed people to donate to Maxine’s campaign to change the laws with respect to prostitution, given them email addresses, publicity, and other support in their joining together of nonprofits with the goals of furthering the activities of both illegal prostitution, the legal brothels of Nevada, and the porn industry as well. Maxine has stated in the clip above she has no intention of stopping her work as an illegal prostitute, which means she’s using these activities to further criminal behavior which constitutes a conspiracy.

As well as to intimidate witnesses in criminal cases. You may have read that there are women in the porn industry claiming James Deen had raped them. James Deen was up until recently the director of the Adult Performers Advocacy Committee. While in charge of this group, he organized an “exit panel” for performers on how to leave the porn industry. He refused any of our members of Sex Workers Anonymous to come speak on how not only they left the industry, but also how our program helped them to do this. This was before the news broke of about 10 women now claiming James raped them.

It’s clear now he was trying to separate these witnesses from speaking together, or joining any group that would advocate for them on their behalf against him he did not control outside of APAC.

Some of the movies he makes are for Vivid. Vivid has partnered with a company that works with video gaming, and also online betting for fantasy football. Vivid has moved into Nevada because the laws favor them better in employee disputes, and with legislation with respect to film making. For example, Nevada does not require porn performers to get a permit to film in a private home. This is important for models who may disappear after a shoot. If a permit is not filed for, then no one might know where this person was supposed to last be shooting at, for what company, and who is legally responsible. This is but one of the many laws Nevada offers a company like Vivid which favors them over the performer.

But how do you drive the porn industry into Nevada when most of the laws, and the culture, in California favors the performers? Performers who want to leave the porn industry and get into “mainstream” films such as we saw Traci Lords break that barrier years ago in the 1980’s. One good way is this new “condom law” that’s been going around California unnecessarily. I say “unnecessarily” because the very definition of what makes a porn film vs. a mainstream film is entirely up to the producers and directors. If they call their film a “mainstream” film, then it has to film under the guidelines set down by the Screen Actors Guild who does not require such complicated filming standards on films I’ve seen shot that are just as explicit as any porn, and also for which there might even be more blood as we saw on the film where Brandon Lee was accidently shot in the head on set.

The whole “condom law” was set into motion by a complaint made on a James Deen film. http://pagesix.com/2016/03/10/james-deen-porn-company-cited-for-failing-to-use-condoms/ The publicity about this case has been controlled by “insiders” connected to Vivid, SWOP, Cupcake Girls and also APAC. Conveniently, the only complaint which set this whole law in motion was filed on a James Deen film. I’ve been a paralegal for 30 years. I was involved with getting the Trafficking Act of 2000 passed. I’m aware how the process works. So I attempted to get in touch with James Deen, members of APAC, the producer of the film, Michael Weinstein from AHF, and also Assemblymen Hall. After seeing their reactions to the news this whole lawsuit could be quashed in two seconds – there’s not a doubt in my mind this whole thing was being deliberately staged in order to get this condom law passed – and thus force as many performers in the industry into Nevada as it could.

I say this for a few reasons. The first being AHF claims this law is about HIV. However, the HIV outbreaks since the 1980’s are NOT in the porn industry, but instead in massage parlors, bath houses, spas, sex clubs, and other indoor operations such as legal and illegal brothels. Yet any attempts on our part to get Michael to speak to us about where we’re seeing the pockets of HIV epidemic – he refuses to speak to us. When we tried speaking to the Assemblyman on this law – we got the same non-response.

Thinking money might get their attention we went to the Ryan White Foundation to let them know how these people are refusing to listen to us about where HIV is a problem in the sex industry. I went to them because they remembered our work in the 1980’s with sex workers and the issue of HIV infection.

Their response was to deny AHF $3.8 million in grant money. Now that should have got their attention – but it did not.

Meaning there’s something more important they’re pushing for than the health protection of sex workers. Which if you look at the details of how Vivid partnered with these groups who are partnering with Google, Oculus, and the new upcoming 3D virtual interactive porn they’re wanting to hire people to work as performers with – then you begin to see why these strings are being pulled to move people into Nevada where they have better resources there as employers to control and exploit the workers.

In other words, the Adult Performers Advocacy Committee is NOT about advocating for performers but is a straw organization trying to push them into Nevada where the employers have a better base to control them through control over the media, the legislative process, licensing process, and a large system of people in their pocket who know how to make things “disappear” if they want to as we witnessed with “Operation Dollhouse” in 2007. Nevada has had more than one officer in trouble with breaking the law they’ve just “let it go”. I’ve had them suppress information on a murder case. We’ve seen this repeated over the years with either the complete lack of anyone at all to file any complaints at all with an Internal Affairs process, or the officers we’re trying to file complaints about we find they’re also in charge of not only their unit, but also the related Internal Affairs. There was a news clip recently about a Homeland Security officer involved directly in sex trafficking of Korean women whose boss said he could “do whatever he wanted” in Las Vegas when a family he was targeting tried to complain.

So how do we file a complaint on behalf of women claiming to be raped by an officer, when the officer in charge of Internal Affairs is that same officer? Combine that with the fact Nevada’s Review Journal has shown repeatedly they will go to any length necessary to not report on any story involving our name or presence – and you begin to see why they’re using APAC, SWOP, Cupcake Girls and Maxine’s group in a large conspiracy to control not only the sex industry, both legal and illegal, along with affecting legislation which favors them also.

Which if that’s what they wanted to do – fine. But in our opinion, they are abusing their non-profit status in the pursuit of those goals and misleading their members as to what their real goals are. I am an ex-sex worker. How they treat me, and our members and supporters, is how they view and treat sex workers. I do not find any of these people are registered lobbists. They are not being honest about their intentions, and it’s clearly not on the side of sex workers, performers, or the prostitutes, they’re claiming to be advocates for while in reality siding on behalf of the employers – not the providers. When they block them from us – they are blocking choice. That makes them traffickers and exploiters.

I can show in instance after instance where they have not sided with the performer, or worker, but instead is only pursuing their own agenda. This misdirection alone about what their real intent is – is all the more reason why I feel they are abusing their 501c3 nonprofit tax exempt status. Here’s one example – Mary who runs the Seattle chapter of SWOP went in front of the press and a police officer and she circled the ads which had appeared on a site the police had just arrested that she “identified as sex workers”. The site by the way was to advertise Korean women. The same Korean women being trafficked by this Homeland Security Officer by the way where arrests in Seattle just happened.

Meaning in reality, those people she fingered might not have even been sexworkers. Ads get placed all the time as jokes, or as revenge. I’ve had it done to me by people trying to play tricks on us (no pun intended). Membership in SWOP is supposed to be confidential and I see nothing in their privacy policy on their website that they are going to identify their members to law enforcement or the press without their presence and consent. Not one of those women she pointed the finger at were consulted first to give consent. Who would do that? An advocate for them? Who would say to Mary – sure go ahead and tell the cops and the press I’m a sex worker knowing that would then serve as probable cause for them to get a warrant, come in after my kids, seize my assets, etc. Again, not an advocate action.

Mary said further these were “not victims of coercion”. Further supporting my assertion SWOP is NOT advocating for sex workers but in reality advocating for the employers. If the women on that site were the same women who were being flown over here for Korea by a Homeland Security officer – I ask you would they not then employ someone like Mary to say the women were “not victims of coercion” to cover themselves from legal prosecution as traffickers? Protecting traffickers – not the sex workers.

Until such time as there is a union for sex workers, while most sex work is illegal still within the USA, the idea of a group advocating for them is one that they have to know IS on their side advocating for them and not selling them out. Which is why it’s important people believe if these groups are tax exempt that your stamp means they are what they represent they are. Let’s put it another way – let’s say Walmart doesn’t want to have a union put in their shop. So they hire “influencers” to set up a “workers advocacy group” where the people involved are pretending to be Walmart workers advocating for Walmart workers’ rights – while in reality they’re ensuring the workers don’t unionize, and don’t further push for legal rights they should have. You give that group tax exempt status and people think it’s real.

I can point to Stoya. This woman says she was raped by James Deen. Then she was falsely told she “had to” stand up and present an award standing next to James Deen at the AVN. No contract requires me to stand next to someone who harmed me physically and while a criminal and civil case might be open. To coerce me into pretending like “everything is ok” by photographing me standing next to him presenting an award does not serve my case either – but seriously then hinders my rape case against that man. I’ll have a jury going “well she didn’t seem to upset standing next to him”. Any lawyer, or advocate, on Stoya’s side, NOT the AVN, would have advised her differently as we would have. They didn’t. Our voice which would have advocated for her rights – is being silenced.

We are being actively blocked from any access or voice to the sex workers by the banding together of these groups as they’ve been doing since 2013, and their related contacts and “two jobs” within the media. For example, Alana Massey, has been open about being a reporter, and a member of SWOP as you can see on this link here. https://alanamassey.contently.com/pub/swop-nyc-org You’ll note not one story written by Alana carries the name of Sex Workers Anonymous nor Jody Williams.

So I’m writing you to ask that you reconsider these groups’ tax exempt status. I’d ask you to throw in the blog “Tits and Sass” who removed every article, every mention, every post, from our group dating back to 2007 but not only are they not a 501c3 nonprofit, but I have reason to believe they’re being threatened into doing this just as much as other blog writers within this community who have written me stating they were so threatened into removing us, and posts from us, from their blogs under threats by people all connected to these four groups in each case.

I’m further sending a copy of this letter to the Dept. of Justice so they can investigate further for a criminal conspiracy, as well as the office of Trafficking in Persons to examine how these groups were aiding the trafficking going on by men such as JooHoon David Lee, only one Homeland Security agent where it’s been established he was working for traffickers while an agent, falsely accusing competitors to the real traffickers in order to look like they were “doing their job” in an effort to fraudulently obtain money from our government, and nonprofits, as well as access to official resources and channels. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/las-vegas-restaurateur-says-former-fed-manufactured-criminal-case-against-him

I’m also asking the FCC to look into how their use of media has allowed this to happen by silencing our voice on this issue. NONE of this would have happened if not for the Telecommunications Act of 1995 which has silenced all voices of opposition on legislative matters such as these trafficking laws, and laws with respect to the sex industry itself, and it’s related issue of sex trafficking within both legal and illegal factions of the sex industry.

I have more evidence and news clips to support my position here if you’d like to review them. You can reach me at the above telephone numbers. Please know this is not some personal attack of mine. I have many members I speak for who are terrified of the retribution these people represent asking me to speak up for them. Meaning I have other information I can provide you with to prove my statements here are true that I have to be careful how I share this information, and witness’s names and therefore identities. Which is truly the beauty of what our hotline, and program provides. By being separate from the government, and law enforcement, we also are immune to the influence of corruption and therefore the pimps and traffickers we defend our members from. This allows us to speak up freely to you about what’s going on. So I thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,

Jody Williams