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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO . . . . ?

Shortly after Dennis Hof announced he was running for the Senate - a woman calling herself "Jennifer O'Kane" starts blasting all over social media that she was "raped by Dennis Hof" and inviting other victims to CONTACT HER.  Not to CONTACT THE POLICE.   Not to CONTACT A LAWYER.  But to contact HER about the case.  

Why?

Good question.  She says she was "raped by Dennis Hof and she wants to build a class action lawsuit so she needs other victims to contact her".  Interesting.  

Because I've dealt with REAL sex workers and REAL trafficking victims both out of Nevada since the 1980's I know a little bit about this subject.   Especially since I've also worked as a paralegal for 30 years now.  Why a paralegal?  Because most attorneys' won't go near defending one of us because of what it will do to their reputation - that's why.  Another reason they won't is because if you're good at defending us - the government tries to put you out of business.

Take for example Mitchell J. Stein.  His paralegal also is on the board of Safe Passage.  They help REAL trafficking victims.  NOT FAKE ONES like Chong Kim, Rachel Moran, Samoly Mam, and a few others I can name who are complete fabrications designed to either generate a lot of cash in donations, or spread a lot of propaganda about sex work and trafficking, or both and/or snitches.  
Yes "snitches".  Because another common tactic law enforcement uses these days is to create false "advocates" who claim to be "survivors" who use that to try and pump people out of information that's then subpoena and then they're forced to testify against the people they had said they were "advocating" for.  So I'm not saying that all of these "snitches" are voluntary - some are just drug into it involuntarily - but testify against the sex worker is still what they're doing in the end result who told them things in confidence thinking they were protected on that level and they were not.  

Anyway, back in 2013, when a lot of trafficking laws were being passed, I remember a woman from Finland who came to the states claiming to be a "photojournalist".  She claimed she was wanting to do a "photojournalist art project of sex trafficking victims" and she wanted to photograph "real" sex trafficking victims for an "international magazine spread".  

This woman showed me a portfolio and I verified she was working at a Finnish magazine, but when she showed up to meet with me - she didn't have a camera with her.  When I asked where it was, she said it had been "stolen from his hostel room".  Now any PHOTOJOURNALIST I've ever met has $1,000's of dollars in equipment and they're not going to leave that in a hostel, but will pay for a room.  

I suspected a "catfish" situation, so I handed her my camera.  I asked her to show me how to operate it and she couldn't!  I got a lame excuse about her "not knowing my camera" and then she started pushing me to meet members we'd rescued.   I told her that if she wanted to "photograph victims" then we needed to go down to Metro and see what they were bringing into the jail about midnight.  Then I wanted to take her to Judge Voy's courtroom and let her talk to teens there being treated like animals.  She refused.  Not making sense here.  

I had just learned to use Google image search so I ran her portfolio through it and found that voila!  Her photos were stock bought from three different photographers - so not hers.  I called back the magazine who said she was there only a short time as a free "intern" and they'd never seen her work.  I had a friend pull her cell phone records and interestingly - her phone calls for that week were only to three people.  

One was Melissa Farley and the other was Dennis Hof.  I threatened to file charges against her for fraud which would prevent her from going back home if she didn't tell me what the hell was going on.  So have I "threatened" people?  You're damn right I have.  Here's a woman asking me to be introduced to people who have ESCAPED sex trafficking which would expose their new address and appearance to being sent back to the people they just escaped from.  

So yeah I wanted to know what her story was.  Her answer was quite interesting which I got from her in writing before I agreed to not file charges and keep her in this country.   But let's just say some people go to very extreme lengths to find out where women who have left the sex industry go when they quit and want to be left alone and not drug back into the business.  

As well as to get evidence out of your hands you have to prosecute someone with.  It's a well known tactic I've seen to contact people who are about to file charges against someone like the police department for sex trafficking, and a "reporter" will contact them wanting to see their evidence.  They show it and voila!  The evidence is suddenly just gone.  Either that or they're silenced.  

I had this one pulled on me in 1984.  I was approached by producers giving me a song and dance about a movie and a book they were going to do based on my experiences.  I signed their contracts and nothing happened.  When I was asked to do interviews, they told me I had signed a contract and I couldn't do so unless they approved - which they never approved.  I had a director friend of mine contact me saying he'd heard I'm signed an agreement which basically "shut me up".  I asked him what he was talking about and he starts laughing.  

This was before the internet readers - so you have to understand I had no idea that Republic Pictures didn't PRODUCE anything!  They strictly marketed John Wayne movies.  My friend educated me that what I had signed was a "silence" agreement.  I've since seen this used on many people like "Heather" who shot Neal Falls.  Where did she go?  

According to a call I got some supposedly her on a phone which was in her house so I believe it was her - she had also been approached by producers talk about the movies they were going to make about her, only she'd also been locked into a "silence" agreement instead!

Back to attorneys' however, look at Jeane Palfrey's attorney, Montgomery Sibley.  He was disbarred and chased down to Florida for defending her case well at first.  The man who defended me in my case had his life threatened more than once by people trying to get him to drop my defense.  They confiscated my money so I couldn't pay him for ages also.  If we hadn't of been family friends for years - I wouldn't have had an attorney helping me.   But my point being I've seen the extent some people will go to in order to silence people they want to silence.  

What threw me about Jennifer's accusation against Dennis is she didn't come to me, she went to Melissa Woodward SUPPOSEDLY.  I say "supposedly" because I've got a stack of phone numbers of real live sex workers telling me that THEY called Melissa at Awaken for help and they didn't even get a return phone call - but supposedly Jennifer not only got through to her - but got advice on what to do about Dennis raping her.  

Okay.

So what was the "advice" Melissa Woodward supposedly gave Jennifer O'Hare about being raped by Dennis?  Well the first thing I'd do of course would be to make sure she went to the nearest hospital, ER, or called an ambulance to have a rape kit taken.  Now granted Nevada hasn't been testing rape kits for a while - but that's still what you need to do in order to gather and preserve evidence.  

http://endthebacklog.org/nevada  Now considering how many women in Nevada, and men, have told me they've been raped, I well know that there are no laws in Nevada REQUIRING law enforcement to take, keep track of, test, etc., these kits.  There's 1,000's of them sitting on a shelf somewhere collecting dust.  So while yes I would tell someone to go to the nearest ER to get a rape kit taken - I personally would also advise anyone telling me they were raped in Nevada by anyone, not just Dennis Hof, but anyone, to be sure to get a duplicate set of that evidence taken, and to send it to an independent lab outside of Nevada yourself.  

What I mean by that is NOT Quest Diagnostics.  I've seen people connected to the legal brothel industry, and sex trafficking, SHOW ME with my OWN EYES that they can alter test results out of Quest Diagnostics just by pushing a few buttons.  They do this why?  TO PROTECT THEMSELVES from things like DNA gathered at crime scenes, etc.  

Now if you can't get to a hospital right away, still go when you can.  The other thing of course is to CALL THE POLICE AND MAKE A REPORT.  Real simple right?  Because the DA's office can't file a case against someone if they don't make a police report.  The DA does NOT file CIVIL cases - only criminal.  So for the "DA" in Nevada to have charged Dennis Hof, a police report has to be filed.  And filed within 2 years when it's a rape accusation.  

So here's where Jennifer and Melissa's story began to unravel and bother me.  Supposedly Melissa Woodward had "advised Jennifer to go to the Pahrump DA's office and file a criminal case" against Dennis Hof.  Okay, but the DA can't file anything without a police report first.  Then they need evidence.  If they don't have evidence they need a witness.  But they need SOMETHING.  Because if they don't get evidence, and a witness, and SOMETHING within 2 years of the rape - then the DA can't file a rape charge.  

On one hand Jennifer's telling me how "great Melissa was about taking her to the Pahrump DA's office" but then she's on the other hand telling me that (1) no police report was made, (2) no rape kit exists, and (3) no criminal charges filed.  I mean the DA can't just file a charge on someone - you need EVIDENCE and they won't file unless there's enough EVIDENCE to prosecute someone.

Jennifer tells me that she "escaped the rape by trying to climb out a window of the Bunny Ranch but then the other women beat her up so badly she couldn't get out".  But that after they beat her up, she managed to get out of the Bunny Ranch who LOCKS THEIR GATES and where it's AGAINST THE LAW TO LEAVE AT NIGHT because of curfew laws.  I asked her how she got out of the locked gates and considering the curfew laws - how did she get off the property then?  Then she says "oh the police were called".  Well which is it?  I'm getting conflicting stories here.  Which is not uncommon in rape and trauma victims - so that's not the problem here for me.  

But if the "other women" at the ranch beat her up, then THEY need to have police reports filed for assault and battery then.  Now if I was Melissa Woodward and I heard that "the other women beat me up so I couldn't leave" then I might advise Jennifer to file a police report against THOSE women for beating me up!  Because they're also witnesses to the rape right?  Meaning you'll need their names - which you can then get off the police report.  But I'm again now hearing there's "no police report".  

The DA is not going to again file a civil case against Dennis.  That's something a PRIVATE attorney has to do.  So in midstream Jennifer now claims it's a "civil action" she's filed against Dennis in the Pahrump court.  Okay that means that an attorney who is LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN PAHRUMP, and willing to go up against a judge who has been sitting on that bench for who knows how long.  Only that's just it - there's only ONE judge in Pahrump.  Now I've spoken to EVERY attorney who is licensed to appear in Pahrump (it's a short list) and NOT A ONE OF THEM IS WILLING TO SUE DENNIS HOF.  

If you want to know what type of cases the DA up in Pahrump sues over - check out the court calendar for that town:  https://www.pahrumpjusticecourt.com/  What I see is a very very LONG list of people trying to get restraining orders.  Why?  But take a close look - and do you see an attorney in there also suing for a civil case on these cases?  

So to sue Dennis Hof you would have to bring in an outside attorney - someone from outside of Nevada who then has to get himself admitted to the Bar so he can then sue Dennis - which takes an out of state attorney.  I also know from experience that the Nevada DA's are not willing to sue ANYONE from the brothels either.  Again I know because WE'VE TALKED TO THEM.   To find a DA willing to prosecute the owners of the Shady Lady for what they were doing to the women there - we had to make a special arrangement with the CA US Attorney's office to do so.

Meaning if Melissa Woodward advised Jennifer to do what Jennifer is saying she did - she's either an idiot or lying or someone is yanking her chain because it just won't work that way.  And why Jennifer would then be PRAISING Melissa Woodward for sending her on a wild goose chase that led nowhere in the real world - I sure as hell have no idea.  

Because there's another problem in that WHO IS GOING TO REPORT ON IT?  Up until recently, I've talked to the staff who was at the Review Journal up until the sale of the paper a few years ago.  NO ONE at the RJ up until the sale of the paper would DARE  have published a story like this.  Not without PROOF to back up every single word Jennifer said as being true.  In fact, I don't know ANY reputable reporter who WOULD print a story like "Dennis Hof raped me and I'm suing him in court" who wouldn't say "can I see the paperwork please?" before agreeing to print the story.

So I'm asking Jennifer for the paperwork and she's not giving it to me - but she's asking me to believe her.  But ANY reputable reporter is going to do the same thing.  So this is a question that if you want to be BELIEVED,  then you're going to need paperwork.  

She tells me that "Monica Foster and Desi Foxx all know about my case".  I've never met Monica Foster in person.  Sure I've seen some pretty crazy videos she has online, but I've NEVER met this woman in person.  As for Desi, she used to have a lot of "anti-sex trafficking" websites up, but the woman never returned my phone calls and so I never met her in person either.  

And yes, Monica and Desi are printing some pretty elaborate stories about the so called "Dennis rape".  But I'm not seeing any PROOF.  I see a twitter post up about "here's my case number" supposedly, only when you open up the picture it's a letter from Dennis Hof's attorney telling her to "knock it off".  I can't say I blame him.  You don't go around saying someone "raped you" unless you have some kind of proof.  

So I contacted Dennis personally and asked him about Jennifer - to which he then did something illegal for any employer, or doctor even to do.  He then started telling me about Jennifer's "psychiatric history" basically and other personal medical issues about her and saying that's why he hasn't sued her yet to shut her up was because he was "feeling sorry for her and she needed help".  

You know what?  If Jennifer was a secretary who worked for Dennis at one point in time and started telling everyone about her personal medical history like that - that's illegal.  

But it didn't stop Dennis from posting other very PERSONAL details about past employees with Desi either if you note this article here -  http://therealpornwikileaks.com/bunny-ranch-owner-dennis-hof-tells-trpwl-all-about-desi-foxx/

You know what?  The sex industry likes to say "this is an industry" but then they don't want to FOLLOW INDUSTRY LAWS".  Meaning if this was ANY other type of business, you don't go shooting off your mouth about your past employees medical conditions, or things that led to their termination from your employ without expecting to get hit with a lawsuit.  

Which is why I've been saying for over 25 years now that the legal brothels in Nevada either need to have a UNION or they need to have an ADVOCATE, because they don't follow basic employment laws that any other employer has to follow while also claiming to be a "legitimate business".  Only you leave the employ of the brothels and guess what?  You're going to get blasted all over the internet - that's what.  Because I've seen other ex-employees of the ranches have their bosses totally violate labor laws by posting details about THEIR version about why this person left that is completely illegal.  

But yes I was seeing all over the internet how Monica and Desi were siding with Jennifer over this rape.  Only for MONTHS I asked to get a name, a phone number, a report, SOMETHING - and got nothing.

But boy Jennifer wanted to know if we knew anyone else who had been raped or harmed by Dennis Hof REAL bad.  She said she was trying to "file a class action lawsuit".  Okay that requires a special attorney.  That also requires FIVE  people with EVIDENCE  and WITNESSES.  So she's asking me to introduce her to people I know that have this, but she's not showing me anything back.  

Then I get a call months later from her saying "I have a case number".  Okay what is it?  It wasn't a case number.   Then it was - oh that's my attorney's phone number who is prosecuting the case.  Okay who is your attorney?  She won't tell me but she wants me to call this phone number AND have other victims call this number.  Again, why would I expose other people to being identified until I've verified this story is even real?  

I had the shock of the century when I met a reporter last night for the Review Journal who is part of a new hire that I believe is a REAL investigative journalist.  Someone who would DO HIS HOMEWORK but also publish the truth if he saw it.  He says he "wants to talk to anyone victimized in Nevada".  Okay well let's let him talk to Jennifer.  

Her phone is disconnected.  Her twitter account is down.  I go to Monica's social media and the only thing up are some youtube video.  I found all media for Desi Fox has just disappeared also.  All of Desi's old sites go to porn sites now that don't even have her name on them.  

What does that mean?  I don't know.  Maybe they're all hiding in fear or maybe it was another catfish bullshit story designed to flush out REAL victims so they could be threatened into silence before Dennis runs for Senate.  

So Jennifer, Desi or Monica - I have found a REAL reporter who will publish the FACTS, if you have them, in Nevada, which has been impossible to do for the last 10 years - and if you have information for him to review I'm sure he'd review it.   

But you're nowhere to be found.  

Moral?

If you're raped in Nevada - call an ambulance or go to ER and get a rape kit done.   Get a second set of evidence to take to an outside of Nevada lab that isn't Quest Diagnostics.  That's the FIRST thing to do.  

Or call the police.  They have to also make sure an ambulance is called to do a medical exam if you're raped.  Get a report.  Get a copy of that report.  Then make sure you take it to the local DA's office who, like in the OJ case, is going to tell you you'll need a good attorney to file a civil case.  Why?  Because there's evidence you can't get for a criminal case that you can get if a civil case is going.  Remember, OJ lost on the criminal case but won on the civil case.  So they're DIFFERENT.  

You have only TWO YEARS to file a complaint within or that's it - it's over.  You also have to realize if you sue a corporation, there's also other laws which mean you might have to get permission to sue them before you can sue them.  If the police are involved, you have only six months time to file a complaint.  

But remember this, on the show "Cathouse", a prison guard in Nevada was uncovered as also being an actor on that show and it cost him his job.  Dennis has friends with people like John Hambrick - men who men like Chris Edwards in the house are saying are "intimidating" him and "bullying their way into the speaker of the house" seat - his words not mine.  

Joohoon David Lee, with Homeland Security, ICE and the trafficking task force is now driving a limo with CLS limo, the same limo service Dennis uses.   Joohoon is IMMUNE from prosecution for sex trafficking because he did it while ON THE JOB.  Catch this - IMMUNE FROM PROSECUTION.  The only thing he could be charged with was bribery by a Mr. H. (whoever that is).  A "Mr. H" who wasn't charged at all in that case.  

Dennis is running for Senate.  He's donated checks to the US Attorney.  In other words, he has a lot of "friends" so do you really think you should go walking to the the Pahrump's police, court or DA's office to make a complaint without a really good lawyer, and a really good recorder, going. 

The KARDASHIAN PRESS PERSON during the Lamar Odom case has told the world Dennis told her to "shut the fuck up" and didn't care about what the PR person for the Kardashians' said because he knew he was going to have the ears of the press, not her.

Now, do you REALLY think you should be going up there rattling cages unless you had a really good team of backup behind you first?  

Why do you think we operate this hotline at www.sexworkersanonymous.com?  If you need help, and something has happened to you and I don't care WHO did it to you - you contact us for help and you'll get that help.  Most important I know that we know how to GET you that help - not send you off on wild goose chases and then a few months down the road you've disappeared off social media.  

Great job Melissa Woodward.  You really showed Jennifer O'Kane how to prosecute Dennis Hof for rape!  You really "advocated" for Jennifer didn't you?  Only, as usual, I don't see jack shit in reality out of you Melissa but that everyone's gone and I don't see any charges - so like usual I don't know what the hell you're doing over at Awaken but the victims who call me for help say you don't lift a finger to help them. 

Now maybe you help some burned out street prostitutes that are cast off's of the legal brothels - but you sure as hell don't seem to do a finger for someone trying to get out of the sex industry in Nevada.  If you did - where's Jennifer?  

Where's Dennis being "drug off in handcuffs"? 

Now I think Dennis revealing private medical information about an ex-employee was illegal and wrong.  But I sure as hell don't see him being arrested for rape - so one has to ask - WHY was Jennifer all over social media trying to get "other" victims to come forward?  Where are they?






















Friday, January 1, 2016

SOUTHERN NEVADA SEX TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE

For those of you who have tried to reach the Southern Nevada Sex Trafficking Task Force, and who weren't able to find them, but still needed help so reached out to us - do you need help to leave prostitution, or any part of the sex industry, in Las Vegas, Henderson, Carson City, Pahrump, Reno, Tonopah, or any place in Nevada?  Do you need help to escape and recover from sex trafficking in Las Vegas, Carson City or somewhere in Nevada?  Are you trapped by a pimp or a trafficking ring and need help to figure out a way to break away and get to safety?

You can find help at www.sexworkersanonymous.com

We have interviews up at www.leavingtheliferadio.com and also at www.blogtalkradio.com/stopsextraffictalk

We have clips at www.hightechmadam.com

We are not connected with law enforcement in any way.  We are free, confidential, and we have been helping men and women to leave any part of the industry since 1987 effectively.

Dr. Sharon Oselin just did a 10 year study of three different programs.  Ours was one of them.  The study was published in "Leaving Prostitution".  At the end of the study - ours was the only one left standing and the women quoted our program as what made it "work this time".  A quote from one of those women is below:


When Bob Herbert of the NY Times published a series of interviews with us he did after meeting with us, and then validating what we said for himself with his own eyes, the mayor then, Oscar Goodman, was so angry that he threatened Bob with a "baseball bat to the heat if he ever set foot in Las Vegas again".  Why?  Well the Mob Museum now sits where he had wanted to put a legal brothel.  That could be partly because of the interviews.  Or could be because one of our members testified at a "back door" hearing that wasn't even listed on the calendar about the brothel expansion about what working conditions were like for her at the brothel.  The legislature came back with a "no" that so infuriated their lobbyist he quit after 20 years of service!

By the way, the Nevada Brothel Association's Lobbyist was a minister.  When I asked him why he was a brothel lobbyist and a minister he told me it was because he felt the brothels "got the women off the streets".  I asked him "George - have you ever actually been inside a brothel?"  To which he replied "no".  I then asked him "How do you know then?"  He was like "Know what?"  I said "Know that the women you're seeing on the streets would be in the brothels otherwise?"  He said "I don't know what you mean."

I said "George where are you seeing these 'poor women with pimps on street corners' and he said 'why on the streets of Carson City or Reno'".  I then said "That's a hop and skip to the legal brothels - have you asked those women why they're not working at the legal brothels?"  To which he said "No."

I said "George - I have.  Those women you're seeing on the streets aren't someone who can be 'saved' by brothels.  They're there because they can't get a brothel license.  They're either too young, or they have HIV, or they have a criminal record.".

I then said "Have you seen the working conditions within the brothels themselves to know what you're saying when you say 'safer'?"  To which he said "No."

I said "I have.  The buzzers aren't connected many times.  If they were it wouldn't matter as there isn't security.  If there was - wouldn't matter as they wouldn't be able to signal for help.  That also has nothing to do with the fact they can't leave.  They aren't allowed to have their own money.  By forcing them to stay at the brothel they have to leave their kids with someone - someone who could then threaten them with who knows what to get what they want out of them.  Also, George they supposedly test the women but are you aware they penalize you if you say no to a client and they don't test the clients?"

That he said he didn't know.

Then I asked him "When or if they contract something, get pregnant, break a leg, or otherwise can't work you do know they can't get unemployment because they're independent contractors' right?  Also, if they catch HIV and have to retire - they don't get any exit plan and the state doesn't pay for vocational rehabilitation.  They also don't pay for medical insurance so if they get sick with HIV suddenly - they get no help whatsoever to go through the exit process.  Plus what if they get the crap beat out of them by a client - do you honestly think they can sue for disability or vocational disability and get assistance to help them while they're off their feet?"  To which of course George then didn't want to talk to me anymore.

I then asked George "What about NA or AA meetings?  You are aware they can't leave to go to church, or to NA or AA meetings - but then I ask you how are the addict supposed to stay sober? What about counseling?  What if they're also in counseling?  They can't leave for weeks at a time George."  At that point he didn't want to talk to me anymore.

The owners have the Brothel Association.  But the women themselves have no advocate.  You don't like it?  There's the door.

I challenge you to show me one interview with someone who has worked at a legal brothel that's done by a woman who is now out of the business, who is also clean and sober, and doesn't have Dennis sitting right next to her?  The only interview I'm aware of that meets that guideline is the one we have up at www.leavingtheliferadio.com

Why do I ask?  Simple - would you tell the truth about your job with your boss right there?

If you have a cell phone that your pimp is monitoring - go to a pay phone and call (844) 266-4941 toll free any day after 3:00 p.m. to reach me toll free without change.  If you're in jail - call me collect at (818) 646-3296.  If you're calling from jail - we'll accept the charges on that phone.  If you're in a hotel and don't want the call to show on your phone - you can also call collect.  Don't call us from your cell phone where he can log your call and possibly even have it recorded.   If you have a phone and you're coming to meet with us - be sure to take the battery out.

We have many members who have escaped their pimps and to date not one of them has been found and returned to their pimp or trafficker.  If we help you to leave - you never have to return again against your will. 

If you are under the age of 18 years - go to any bus station or airport and contact www.childrenofthenight.org   They will arrange to bring you to them.  Even if the people who are pimping you are your parents or step-parents - they are prepared for this and can help you. 


Friday, October 9, 2015

WHY WE DON'T HAVE A NORTHERN NEVADA CHAPTER ANY LONGER OF SWA

I got a call to give a quote to a reporter who is in the northern part of Nevada yesterday, Ed Pearce.  He was there at the Nevada legislature in 2013 when AB67 was getting passed.  He saw with his own eyes that SWA was the only objector, was the ONLY group who fought the brothels back from expanding into Las Vegas at an unlisted backroom meeting between George Flynt, the Brothel Association Lobbyist, and two legislators to decide on the issue after 45 so called "abolitionists" had left the building entirely.

He's also the ONLY reporter in Nevada who has had the balls to print the name of Sex Workers Anonymous in the paper while the Review Journal has told me to my face that our name is "blacklisted for life".  Bravo Ed by the way for being an ethical honest reporter.  A true dying breed!

By the way - thank you those legislators who voted against the brothel expansion (which means the Mob Museum is now where these people had wanted to open a "magnificent brothel" to quote ex-mayor Oscar Goodman), after hearing Aubrey's testimony about what really goes on inside "legal" brothels in Nevada.  How to avoid prosecution for trafficking her pimp packed her and their two kids up and drove them into Nevada once she hit the legal age of 15 from California where he'd been pimping from the age of 12 years old on.

Then waiting until she was 16 years old - he then forced her to go to work in the legal brothel under threat of putting their two girls into porn.  Since his father had made him into a pimp - she had every reason to believe his threats.  Ed also told me that he has noticed how everyone who supported AB67 has disappeared since the "job got done" but that once the smoke cleared - we're still here plugging away trying to help these men and women.  

Anyway, he says to me "shame you don't have a chapter here in northern Nevada because all Awaken does about the issue is hold prayer vigils and raise money".  Well Ed - that's why they're STILL there and we aren't.  What people have to realize is that when that's all you do is "pray and fund raise", and you pose no threat to these people, they ignore you.  But when you're cutting into their profits, and their goals, then it's a different story.

Because we had a "chapter" and "presence" in northern Nevada at one time starting back in 1988 when we did our first "rescue" of a woman out of the Mustang Ranch, and in 1996, when I moved to Nevada to be able to go and get these women out of the brothels because they literally have no other way out in many cases unless someone goes in and picks them up.

To get Joe Conforte, the previous owner of the Mustang Ranch, out of the brothel game because of the way he was horribly abusing the women who had no recourse, no way of calling the police, no way of getting away, and because women were literally "disappearing" into the desert at night, along with other horror stories the women were telling me about what was going on up there - I had established a friendship with Sharnel Silvey.  Sharnel was the madam there at the end of it's days and Joe's girlfriend.  She's the one who left the "right" books out for the IRS to find which got them shut down and Joe fleeing the country finally.  Sharnel got clean, and stopped being a madam and a prostitute.

Working together, I took the Vegas end of the state and she took the northern end to cover.  This way we could get to any of the legal brothels in just a few hours from either end of the state (they're in very rural towns on both ends making it impossible to cover unless you have someone on each end of the state - keep in mind there were no buses either going from one end to the other until 2012).

Anyway, we knew that Clark County would not allow us to have any type of "alternative sentencing" program until forced into it by having one at the northern end that was working for a few years.   That would then put them on the spot where they'd have no choice but to adopt a state wide program.  So that's what we did with our goal being after two years - we'd then push on Clark County to adopt the same type of program.

Sharney used the church as a "trojan horse" to get into the brothels.  She appeared to be some religious bible thumper coming in with flowers and saying "Jesus loves you" stuff just so the owners wouldn't take her seriously and thus let her inside where the women were to give them the flowers and the bibles "alone".  Trust me - when she'd show with the bibles spouting about Jesus - that's when the owners would then leave her alone and run!  This gave her private access to the women to speak to them "one on one".  Then inside each flower was our phone number.  This way we'd get the call when one of them wanted to leave in the middle of the night - we'd pull up, throw them in the car, and split.

In the middle of the state is a small town where one man used to own the local casino, a motel, two apartment buildings, a thrift store, and also he would sell used cars on payments.  Meaning we'd take them to this motel for the night which also served breakfast with the room.  These women would leave with NOTHING.

So in the morning, we would contact social services.  They'd give the woman a voucher for an apartment, furniture, clothing, food, etc.  This supporter would then move them into an apartment in his complex furnish it out of the thrift store, give her clothing, and then give her a car on payments.  We had mental health providers who would see the women via skype on Medicaid the social worker we worked with would expedite.  He would also give them jobs in the motel, the casino, the restaurant - wherever he could get them work.  Once they'd "stabilize" then we'd work towards their long term goals now they were out of the sex industry and away from their pimps.

Some women wouldn't even want to call us - they'd just get a ride out with a customer, then try to leave by hooking up in Carson City or Reno on the streets.  They'd get busted.  So Sharnel set up the first ever alternative sentencing program when she had about two years clean and "with time" as we call it in SWA so instead of jail for their attempt to flee the brothels - they could enter into this program.

This would get them out of jail.  Then we'd put them into the housing in Tonopah.   But then Joe started calling from Brazil asking her to come down there to run prostitutes because it's legal there. She refused very generous offers.  Everything seemed to be fine until we hit that two year mark of the alternative sentencing program working and we started gearing up to go after Clark County with the statistics on the good results we were having with our program in northern Nevada in hand now.

Sharnel's "day job" (because we don' get paid for any of this) was as a CNA or caretaker.  One of her patients was an older man dying of cancer.  He read the press about her work saving these women and he told her upon his death he wanted her to take his credit card with a $17,000 limit on it and "buy herself some clothes".  She was doing a lot of press and TV back then on a $8 an hour job. So she didn't have a great wardrobe - especially because she'd gained weight (as most of us do after we quit sex work and get clean), after his death - so that's what she did.

Only no one counted on the fact these brothel owners, unhappy the previous system wasn't working any longer (which was the prostitutes used to  leave with the "john", go do illegal prostitution, get busted, and then come crying back to the brothel owner to get help to expunge their records and take them back - but with us there that wasn't happening.  We were churning out recovery like an assemblyline back then.)

Which means they went to the DA's office, and bribed the family to claim Sharnel had stolen the money.  Since the patient was a senior, it was "elder abuse".  So for a first time offense - she got five years mandatory time in prison for supposedly ripping off this old dying man.  I warned Sharnel going into the hearing to "get a lawyer - and get the press in on this" and I offered to come down to testify on her behalf at the court because I felt in my gut she was being set-up.

She kept telling me "oh these people know me" and "I'll get it dismissed - peace of cake", etc.  In other words, she walked in there like a  lamb to slaughter.  Literally it was like she walked into the court to speak to the DA about the case - and BAM - she's carted out of there on a five year elder abuse charge to prison.  There was no warning - we didn't have the keys to the drop-in center, nor even the codes to the social media to even let anyone know what happened.  It was that quick and unexpected she was carted off.

Why do I believe she was set up and not guilty?  Because the press turned on her overnight.  She went from a "patron saint" of prostitutes, someone who set up the first alternative sentencing program for them, someone taking flowers into the brothels to do outreach despite the owners threatening her life, and all the press she had been receiving about her work - just disappeared overnight and was replaced with scathing attacks upon her like she was truly guilty.  All the previous stories about her good work COMPLETELY DISAPPEARED OVERNIGHT out of Google.  Not one of these reporters was talking to us about her work, nor any of the prostitutes she'd worked with to save.

NO ONE was interviewing or quoting someone like me who was giving another side to the story.  So I know a hatchet job when I see one in the press.  She even filed a motion for leniency because this was a first offense - and the judge (most judges in Nevada are owned by the brothel owners, the strip club owners, etc.) acted like she was the devil himself and wouldn't budge on the sentence even when made aware of her public service work with these prostitutes and that she could have been set up.

I couldn't even visit her.  When I'd try - I kept being told that unless I was "on her list" that I couldn't visit her.  When I'd ask how to get on the list - no one would answer me.

So she got toppled out of northern Nevada for one.  Aubrey who had set up a SWA meeting in Carson City also as you may have read had her home robbed, her car stolen, and her life and the lives of her children threatened by brothel owners so she had to shut down the meeting we had up there and flee the state to protect her and her children's lives.  You can hear her story at www.leavingtheliferadio.com

Since I'd had the mechanic tell me about the bomb in our outreach RV - she also had every reason to believe these threats were real.  As the case was being built to prosecute her pimp for trafficking her inside the brothel she worked at - they shut it down and all the witnesses have scattered.  I don't think we can even prove she even worked there now but for her brothel prostitute license because the place is shut down now entirely.  As the Attorney General was building the first ever prosecution of a pimp for trafficking inside a legal brothel - Dennis Hof came in and bought the brothel so it could be shut down.

After Sharnel went to jail - this man who helped these women and us also started being hassled.  Zoning and health inspectors started coming out almost daily to ticket and fine him for something.  They made him put in a whole new electrical system in the apartment complex, reroof the whole complex, pave the parking lot, and move the propane tanks to 10 feet off the ground.  They rezoned his building into two different counties which then made it so he then had TWO counties inspectors coming out to harass him and double ticket him for the same offense.  Clever huh?

He finally gave up and sold everything because he said he was being drained of all of his money. A friend of the brothel owners then came in and bought up his properties - and then immediately upon escrow closing came to me with the trespass notice.  More than the trespass notice - I had the new apartment manager, a uniformed police officer, the new owner and some big guy I didn't know who he was show up at my doorstep with a moving truck.  They gave me the trespass notice on the apartment where I'd just paid them the rent check and tore up the rent check in my face.  Then left the big guy at my unit saying that he was there to "help me pack".  Further, the cop told me they were going to come back at 8:00 p.m. where I was to "be driven to the state line".

Then the manager, the owner, and the cop knocked on everyone else's door in the complex and the motel to inform them if they spoke to us, let us in their apartment, or let anyone we knew stay in their apartments or rooms they would be immediately evicted.  I felt like this was something out of an old western!  Most of the tenants were on a fixed income and disabled.  They told me they "loved me - but couldn't afford to be evicted over this".

When I went to file an objection to the trespass notice being illegal with the court - the Tonopah Judge said it had to be heard in the Goldfield court (because of the zoning split they did).  The Goldfield judge then literally refused to file the "stay" that I tried to file.  By the way, it's completely illegal for a judge to refuse anyone their legal right to file a court document with the court.   It's also against the law in Nevada for a landlord to refuse to accept rent.

When I told this to the Goldfield Judge - she told me to "complain to the judiciary committee" about it "once I got to the state line".  When I tried to retain an attorney to file the papers and also to sue this judge - the attorney told me there was no way he'd go up against this woman.  Yes this is the same court that we're reading about with respect to this cattle lawsuit with Bundy and the BLM.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/04/15/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-long-fight-between-cliven-bundy-and-the-federal-government/  See when they have corruption against us - it's never just "us" when a system has gone bad.  Just as Hitler started in on the pornographers first - then moved up to others - that's how corruption works.  They started with the poor, the prostitutes, the disabled, the minorities, the addicts - then they move on up to the "regular" people.

In the situation - I told these guys that I "would pack" and then literally split to a motel.   Since we had women there who we had just helped to leave their pimps - I wasn't going to abandon them.  My daughter was also in school in the town at the time.   So I was still living in Tonopah when Jeane Palfrey died.  That's when the next stunt they pulled was to have a warrant issued on the claim I was "impersonating myself".  Supposedly when I ordered a burger at the fast food place and paid by my debit card - they got the owner of the place to sign a warrant that he believed I was a victim of ID theft - even though the charge was paid.

This is the incident I've spoken about where they tossed my room for hours with a drug dog - and then tried to get CPS to take my kid on the claim my room was now "uninhabitable for a child" after they trashed the room looking for Jeane's papers, and took my debit cards and checkbook from me so I couldn't access my own money.

So this is why we don't have a physical chapter of SWA meeting in northern Nevada any longer. It's just not safe.  Today when we get calls from anywhere in Nevada as a matter of fact - we get them right out of state promptly period if at all possible.   We do have what's called "rabbit" meetings of SWA in Nevada like NA used to have when addicts would be arrested for attending their meetings in the 50's and 60's.  What a "rabbit" meeting is - means we change the meeting location every week.  If you want to attend - you call in and you're told where it's meeting that week.

After I've had more than one landlord in Nevada threatened for the crime of renting to me, and when someone kicked in my front door and Metro refused to come out and make a report about the break and enter - that's when I decided I will no longer reside in Nevada physically for my own safety either.  Nor my daughter after she was run over by an SUV in an attack we think was meant for me (from a distance her and I look almost identical.  That's a whole long story in itself but when you hear the details you'll agree the whole thing was very weird and possibly deliberate.)

By the way, every call or email we'd made to Awaken Reno to help us with a rescue call has not ever been returned.  I've also spoken to FIVE prostitutes who tell me they've contacted Awaken for help and also did not get a response from them.  I've also attempted to contact every "survivor" they are quoted as having helped - and not one of them has panned out into a real person.

Nevada is the ONLY state in the USA where we do not hold regular scheduled SWA meetings, and where we as a policy try and get the members out of the state if at all possible from day one.  We have a system set up to take them directly out of Nevada when they call into other surrounding states.  We rotate people and systems to pick up those who contact us for help, and then take them out of state to safety.  Those who can't leave for legal reasons, or because of family - have "rabbit meetings".  No other state in the USA, not even our Canada or international chapters have to resort to these safety measures.

I have made my attempts, in writing to document that I have tried, to get the vice departments in Nevada to pass out our flyers to the prostitutes.  Not one department will do this.  Probably because when we released the "Trafficking in Nevada" report in 2007 - then mayor Oscar Goodman held up the report, in front of reporters, and told Metro, and the Chief of Police, and said that if "anyone who worked for the city or state even so much as read the report, or even spoke to Jody - they would be immediately fired".

The reporter, Ed Lawrence, who confirmed this threat, and also reported that Oscar had threatened Bob Herbert with a "baseball bat to the head" for interviewing us and validating our statements about sex trafficking in Nevada being so prevalent as it is - was fired from his job the week he made that report.  Which I think is ironic because this was said by Oscar in 2007.  According to Andrea Swanson, whose husband is either a Metro officer, or an FBI agent, depending on what interview you read - their daughter was trafficked starting in 2009.  Which means maybe, just maybe, if not for the ban of government officials in Nevada from speaking to us - it's entirely possible that their daughter might not have been trafficked.

Which by the way - we are still collecting mothers to sue the state of Nevada for "negligence" in the trafficking of their children.  Why?  When I first moved to Nevada in 1996 - I have made numerous attempts to get training out to the schools about this issue, and I'd tried to get press on this issue that's actually useful in the way to warn parents what they need to know to keep their children safe from these types of pimps.  They've refused.  Which makes the trafficking subsequently the state's fault or negligence.  I have four mothers now who want to file a class action lawsuit and the ACLU says we nee five to make a class action.  So if you know a mom who wants to join the suit - let me know.

Which means when people say to me "well so and so is operating in Nevada and not having these types of problems" to raise an eyebrow at me - I just respond "well who are they threatening?"  Have they so much as gotten one single woman out of the legal brothels of Nevada - let alone been doing it since the 1980's?  Have they messed with their plans to expand the brothels into California and into Las Vegas successfully since the 1980's as we have?  Have they even done one single interview or article or recording or video or anything about what's really going on inside these legal brothels?  Do they have volunteer teams going in to pick women from the brothels up at 2:00 a.m. and driving them out of state to safety - never to return?

So this is what I've been doing while Awaken Reno has been busy fund raising, praying, and charging people to "train" them in "outreach" projects which never manifest.  What is that passage in the bible - something about "faith without works is dead"?   It's also why I say if someone isn't threatening or in opposition of some kind to a trafficking group - then they're not a threat to the traffickers.