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Saturday, February 3, 2018

OPEN LETTER TO LARA POWERS

Jody Williams, Founder & Director
Sex Workers Anonymous www.sexworkersanonymous.com
SWAN – www.swan-fellowship.us
Trafficking & Prostitution Services
3395 S. Jones Blvd., #333
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 488-1127


February 2, 2018

Lara Powers c/o
Polaris
Via Email

Re:       Your Recent Statement about the IKEA Article

Dear Lara:

I don’t know if you’ve seen any of Rose McGowan’s recent appearances on TV, but I have to say I’ve found them very enlightening.  One of the great things about the 12-Step process I’ve found to be very healing is that we often don’t understand what we’re going through until we see ourselves mirrored in a stranger across the room.  Seeing this “mirror” helps us to differentiate between what is “part of the process” of the experience we’re going through from what is “us” personally. 

But this “nirrror” is also our “healing empathy” that Jimmy Kinnon talked about in the Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text of what he found to work for addicts as to why they had to break away from AA to find healing for them.  Because not everyone has the “same” pain, even though we share pain as humans.

For those of us who have been through certain types of trauma, especially sexual trauma, and even more so especially when that trauma has been exploited for money, there is a common “anger” with us I see in Rose.  An anger people who have been through what we’ve been through don’t understand.  But then again if you haven’t walked in our shoes – you wouldn’t understand. 

So you may not understand our collective anger within Sex Workers Anonymous when some of our members came across your article about the woman who was in the IKEA store where you claimed she was “spreading disinformation” about what sex trafficking “really is”.  Like many of the women Rose is speaking for, actresses who don’t want to ruin their career by speaking out directly, but instead through her, I’m also in that position.  One where the members come to me and ask me to be that point of contact between their feelings and the outside world.  One that I think gets me a reputation of being “angry” when in reality I’m carrying the voices of many many people who are yes very very “angry”.  

Voices that want to be heard.  So please understand this letter is not “personal” from me, but representative of the voices of our members who contacted me asking me to speak to you about taking such a position as an “expert” on what “sex trafficking really is”.  Now I don’t know when you became an “expert” on this subject, but you’re way off base here by making the statements you did about such a type of thing “not being real” for one thing as we found in this article  http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-powers-ikea-mom-sex-trafficking-20170331-story.html

From what homework I was able to do on you, it seems you’ve been the hotline manager for the National Trafficking Hotline for about five years.  I’m sorry but that does not make you an expert on the various forms of sex trafficking in America.  ESPECIALLY when your perspective is coming from running the National Trafficking Hotline.

I say this because my biggest complaint against your hotline since the day you started it is the fact that by the very way it’s been set up – it literally EXCLUDES any REAL victims of sex trafficking from even calling you.  Therefore, I have to ask you what on earth would you know about the subject to take a position on someone else’s experience as being “inauthentic”? 

First, you probably have no idea who I am, so let me tell you where I can get off getting in your face about making such a reckless statement as you did and the dangers I see also in what you did as well by publishing such a statement. 

I was an odd kid growing up for sure.  I was in the Mentally Gifted Minors program they had in Los Angeles in the 1960’s, so I had a lot of problems in school.  To try and deal with these problems, I took a special test to get out of high school and into college when I was only 16 years of age.  I had the money to pay for it, but then my father ripped me off so suddenly I had to find a way to keep paying for school or lose my place and become just a high school drop-out. 

The only kind of job I could see that would let me continue school, but yet make enough money to pay for it, was to go to work at a local nightclub to where I lived.  That of course meant lying about my age because they served alcohol, so that’s what I did.  I got myself a job at this club which I didn’t know at the time was a front for money laundering for Richard Pryor’s family “business”.  Richard’s been open about his mother working at his grandmother’s brothel.  The men in the family were dealers, while the women engaged in prostitution. 

With Richard’s connections, they opened up this nightclub to be a sort of “one stop shop” where Hollywood celebrities could stop in and pick up whatever vice they felt like at the moment.   Remember, this was a time before cell phones and the internet – so the club was a local “connection” point between Hollywood and their drugs and prostitution needs. 

This became not only my first introduction into what “pimps” were, and how that whole world operated, but it also put me in a position where I saw just about every form of sex work as well as sex trafficking was at a time when we didn’t even have a word for it.  What was worse was that I was coming from “straight society” who didn’t believe any of these things were even real.  Believe it or not Lara – there was a time when our society didn’t believe the mafia existed either.  People used to laugh and joke and say the “cosa nostra” was just an “urban myth”. 

I can point you to things like the 1968 film, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” with Julie Andrews where they not only joked about Asian sex trafficking, but they even made a musical satire out of it.   So not only were there not any words for many of the things I say, but if you talked to anyone outside of the tiny circle of people who were involved in these things – they would not even believe you that what you were talking about was “real”. 

So the concept of “getting help” didn’t even exist because our society didn’t even believe “it” was a problem.  Which is why we didn’t even have laws on the books for “it” because “it” didn’t even exist. 

I’d like to invite you sometime to check out this clip I have from the unedited version of Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon”.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PGjCWpbt4U&t=17s  In what was a fictional movie, this was actually a very real attempt I believe at explaining that domestic sex trafficking in 1973 (when this filmed premiered) was actually very real and happening today – not extinct years ago like the popular culture tried to make us believe back then.

If you look carefully at the film, you’ll see the “victims” of this were very blond American women while the traffickers were the ones who were Asian.  My point here is that the CIA inspired character in this film who was explaining what was happening  - American women were being tricked onto planes to go to this island, then hooked on drugs, and sold to the highest bidder, was literally NOT illegal back in the 1970’s.  Had Bruce not died three weeks before the film opened, I think a lot of discussion about the subject would have been sparked back then.

So the people who were engaging in this right under our noses in broad daylight were enjoying 100 % immunity.  To illustrate how horrifying this was, I would like you to think about Linda Lovelace’s story and what she went through. 

This woman got up on national TV and poured her heart out about being forced at gunpoint, with the threat of her parents being murdered, and with daily beatings so severe you can see the bruises on her legs in the film even (bruises they didn’t even bother to cover up with make-up), to film “Deep Throat”.  A film that was financed by mob money and made them millions of dollars virtually overnight mind you.  The public couldn’t wrap their head around what she was saying.  Most tried to think of it like a typical domestic violence situation for that reason.  But a few brave law makers “got it” about what she was saying. 

The problem was however that there were literally no laws on the books against what was done to her.  It didn’t help that most of the porn industry, like you did in that article, were responding by saying “these things don’t happen”. 

California’s Attorney General at the time, Edwin Meese, however took what she said seriously.  This is one reason why the Meese Commission was put together to investigate the porn industry, and why everyone on the film was charged with “obscenity”.  Lacking anything else to even attempt to charge people on the film with, it left them with that. 

Of course the public again couldn’t even understand and because it wasn’t “obscenity” all the charges were thrown out of court.  But Linda was trying to explain to the public about how many women were being forced into porn also at gunpoint, forced into prostitution, and like with her case, they weren’t being allowed to be alone even to urinate because of the way the traffickers operated.  But what she was saying at the time was so “alien” of a concept to the public, the best that the public were getting out of it was “porn was bad”. 

I watched as the public received what she was saying as virtually on the same level as if someone stepped up and said “I was abducted by aliens and we need to do something about it”.  The public wasn’t going to “do anything about it” because in their minds “aliens” didn’t exist.  In other words, she was getting a lot of people to agree with her porn was bad, but she wasn’t getting anywhere in convincing the public that sex trafficking was real, and we needed to do something about it to help the victims. 

Why?  Because I saw the plight of the victims.  If they reached out for help to law enforcement THEY were the ones arrested and treated like the criminal.  Even the police didn’t understand what they were seeing.  I knew of one place where the women were all trafficked for example.  The owner would bring in women who didn’t speak English and ran basically a brothel.  One day the cops came in and did an undercover sting and then arrested all the WOMEN as “prostitutes”.  I watched as these women tried to explain they were there against their will and the cops were like “oh yeah yeah you’re innocent – I get it “ and just ignored them completely.  Again, it was about the same as if they’d said that “aliens were making me do this”.  

I myself experienced various forms of being “trafficked” myself.  The people who introduced me into the sex industry were so polished at their “game”, I didn’t even realize I had been simultaneously brainwashed as well as coerced at the same time into this whole lifestyle with them.  It was kind of like that story of the frog in the hot water – where the water temperature is increased so slowly you don’t even realized you’re “cooked” until it’s too late.  The only reason I ever made it out of that situation once I’d gotten sucked into it was because of how the cocaine the men in charge were doing broke up the family system.  This allowed me an opportunity to “break free” if you call it that.

Because I soon found out that once I’d crossed that line, it’s not so easy to cross back.  Like many victims, once I tried going back to a “normal” life, “normal” life wasn’t so easy to go back to.  I had to leave with nothing but the clothes on my back and rent still has to be paid.  So I remained in the industry as an “independent” for some time after that.  Which is when it really became dangerous.  I say that because once I was away from the “family’s” control, I was also away from the family’s “protection” as well.  And the streets look at “outlaws” as “fair game”.

This was when I learned about what they called “gorilla pimps”.  So I’m sorry Lara, but there are pimps and traffickers who will absolutely kidnap someone right off the streets in broad daylight.  I say that because I stopped to make a phone call at a pay phone one night, and a van stopped and three men threw me into the back of a van. 

The next thing I knew, I was being held in a crackhouse – which was a house with literally iron bars on all the windows and doors.  There was no way out of that house unless someone let you out.  And trust me – what happened to me for a few weeks in that house was the stuff of nightmares as I was forced to “service” gang members who liked pretty young white girls from the valley.  I am only alive probably because they left me alone one day in the house and I was able to convince one of the neighbors, who didn’t speak English mind you, that maybe they should call the cops to come help the naked white girl stuck behind those doors crying and begging for them to “call 911” to let me out.  The head of this house collected $10 from every guy who came to have his way with the “snow bunny” – so that is a form of sex trafficking.

This was not unique either.  If you have seen my Donahue tape, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeG_CO06O2o&t=1389s you’ll see we came on with a pimp who used to operate out on Sunset Boulevard.  He had been a pimp since he was 13 years old and learned the “game” from other pimps who taught him how to kidnap a woman, rape her, brainwash her, and “turn her out” was the street term for this back then. 

This technique is something a lot of street pimps use.  They call it you “look you choose” and to them if you just make eye contact with them, that makes you fair game to be kidnapped, raped, and then turned out into street prostitution.   Many of these types of victims never leave prostitution once they’ve been “broken in” – they just get passed from pimp to pimp until they’re worthless or dead. 

Which is what the “Pimp N Ho” ball used to be about in fact.  Again before the internet or cell phones, the street pimps would gather for their version of a trade convention and swap women like football players.  This annual meeting was how they stayed connected and also how they could put out an alert when a woman went “rogue” and tried to escape. 

To show you how organized they were – I had a woman call me from Los Angeles on a Monday for help.  I told her how to disguise herself so when she came off the plane she wouldn’t be recognized.  She of course didn’t believe they could have someone in Omaha within four hours looking for her, but I insisted she disguise herself anyway because I knew better.  That year I had been setting up safe houses outside of Omaha – so that’s where I had them coming. 

I was married to my second husband then who also could not believe the stories I was telling him, but I assured him to trust me.  Sure enough, by the time we got to the Omaha airport to pick her up, he saw the two very obvious pimps roaming the airport holding a polaroid photo of the girl looking for her.  He went into culture shock thinking that these pimps were that organized as to literally have pimps at all the major airports looking for an escaped woman like that.  So she was lucky I’d advised her to dress like a boy, buy some crutches (to disguise her walk), and to have a bandage on her nose like she’d just had surgery.  The disguise allowed us to whisk her out of the airport and right past the guys who were looking for her as a female.

We had to do this Lara because back then if you tried to explain to airport security that you were trying to get a woman past organized pimps in a national ring of traffickers – you would be the one they’d call out the psychiatric team to have locked up for a mental examination as “crazy” because there was a time when the American general public didn’t even believe this stuff was real, let alone did they have words for this, or laws. 

And when one of us was famous enough to actually get onto a national forum and talk about these kinds of things, she was brushed off as a “hysterical jealous female” and basically it did nothing to change the situation.  Because after Linda escaped Chuck, and the industry, Chuck grabbed ahold of Marilyn Chambers.  Then the industry started countering back that Linda’s accusations were just that she was “jealous of Marilyn being more popular than her” and minimized. 

What that did Lara was tell other victims not to even bother trying to explain what was going on with them because no one would believe them.  When victims tried talking about what was going on – they were the ones shamed, ignored, called crazy, or arrested.  There’s a reason why things really started coming to a head in the 1980’s and it was because of two men that were called the “Hillside Strangler”. 

These cousins didn’t just run an auto body shop, they started out their murder career as pimps.  They were also “gorilla pimps” and they would kidnap women right off the streets just walking home from school or going to the store.  Then after raping and torturing them for a while, they’d then take them to a motel room.  For about two weeks they’d send johns to the rooms and force them to act as prostitutes for these guys.  They’d collect the money of course.  But the real point was to spread the word on the streets that they were prostitutes. 

Why?  Because it worked.  When the women would finally break free, they’d go to the police and tell them what had just happened to them.  The police then ignored them.  Poof!  That’s it.  They were told to get out of the station or threatened with arrest.  Some of these women even went to the news and the news aired their stories.  The police said they “didn’t want to get involved in disputes between pimps and prostitutes”. 

It was not until they started murdering girls, and then escalated into taking women who really were not in any way someone who could be portrayed as a “prostitute” that the police started taking the complaints seriously.  What changed things was that they learned that it was safer to call escort services and have the women delivered like pizza.  The services all went to the police and the police did nothing.  No missing persons report.  Didn’t care.  Literally a team of mothers even took to the streets protesting how LAPD was doing NOTHING while all these women were just disappeared and they did nothing – and they STILL did nothing!  I mean look at the Grim Reaper case where 100’s of women were disappearing and the LAPD wouldn’t even investigate back then into these womens’ disappearances! 

Lara, if you go onto Google you’ll find that every single high level madam in the country was arrested that year.  Not 1983.  Not spread out over a few years.  But all within about the same time frame.  Coincidence?  Not to us madams it wasn’t.  You’ll also find along with that research that Alex Adams was a known FBI “informant”. 

You may have also heard about Iran Contra by now.  That’s where it’s not finally come out to the public that it was our government who was organizing the importation of cocaine to the street gangs, who then processed and distributed the drugs in crack houses like burger places.  Only anywhere you have drugs – you’re also going to have horny drug dealers wanting prostitutes.  Pablo Escobar used to have them brought to him weekly when he was in jail in Mexico. 

So we were used to the CIA and FBI asking us to bring prostitutes to some of their parties and business meetings.  We were fine with making money that way.  But not when they started asking us to help them find women who would be getting on a plane and not coming home again who had no family to ask questions about their disappearance.  If you look up now at Chuck Barris’ confession he was once a CIA operative, then you’ll also understand that Chuck was also producer of the “Dating Game” back then.  A show where women would win a prize of going to another country no one ever heard of.  And many of those women didn’t come home again. 

Well at that request all of us madams balked.  Because we refused, we were all arrested, stripped of all our money and property, our faces spread all over the media so we couldn’t escape or get a job anywhere.  Then we were asked that question again if we’d cooperate.  If you look at my clipping at www.hightechmadam.com you’ll see the headline I was arrested for supposedly running a brothel. 

Only why would I have a “brothel” in a warehouse with high tech security and surveillance equipment next to the police station?  Well the reason is because it wasn’t a “brothel”, but what I later learned was the first safe house for sex trafficking victims in the USA.  Once some very high level traffickers who were connected up to the LAPD, realized I was hiding out victims there for safety, and they couldn’t get in – I was framed.  They set me up with a “fake victim” asking me for help to stash her somewhere safe, and when I did, I got arrested and charged with pimping.  The whole thing was to get me to be compliant, as it was with the other madams as well. 

If you cross-check you’ll also see all the other madams arrested that year made a movie that was like an inphomercial to try and recruit women to come to them completely glamourizing the industry.  You won’t find my movie.  Instead, you’ll see I waited until 1987 once I completely shook loose any possible statutes against me and I came out and announced our hotline.

My hotline was the first one in the country telling victims there was some place for them to call for help.  Sure I also offered anyone who for any reason wanted to get out of any situation involving the sex industry could call us for help – because we didn’t make “distinctions” between someone wanting out for this reason or another wanting out for another.  We couldn’t.  We were the ONLY hotline at the time for EVERYONE who wanted out for ANY reason.  Which is why we’ve probably clocked about five times more calls to our hotline than yours over the years.

My point being that your hotline is set up to where ONLY THE VICTIM can call you for help.  Sure you get “tips”.  But the problem is that by the very definition in my book anyway of what a true sex trafficking victim is – they CAN’T CALL YOU FOR HELP DIRECTLY.  When I was locked up in that crackhouse behind those iron doors do you think I could have gotten to a phone and called someone for help? 

Frankly, if I could get to a phone and call for help – the first person I’m calling is 911.  Only I didn’t in my day because they would hang up on us when we’d try to call for help.  Again, I know because I used to try and call 911 when I came across situations where I knew someone was being trafficked.  911 would tell me “call vice”.  I would try and explain that this person was not hooking for “choice” and they’d just laugh. 

Meaning the ONLY way we were going to get anything changed was to elevate the American consciousness that this was real.  Which is why starting in 1987 I embarked upon going on every talk show, news show, etc., that I could get myself booked on to talk about the subject and try and raise consciousness.  Only they didn’t have shows on “trafficking” back then – only “prostitution”.  So I’d have to use my notoriety as an ex-madam to get onto the show, and then I’d have to try and steer the conversation over to the subject of what’s now called “trafficking” to try and get the public to understand what we were saying. 

Geraldo believe it or not was actually very helpful.  He could see I was having trouble getting the public to really grasp and understand what we were trying to get them to understand, so his producer (who was his wife) sat down with me after my first show with them.  They suggested that people were just having such a hard time believing me that what I needed to do was bring on some survivors.  That was no easy talk to ask someone to go on national TV believe me – but the producers assured us they would really work with us.  Thanks to CC, (his producer), we did three more shows where we brought on survivor after survivor who was someone we’d rescued out of a different type of trafficking situation who would tell their stories.  It was actually because of those Geraldo shows I started getting calls from some Attorney General’s interested in talking to me about what became the people who wrote and passed the Trafficking Act of 2000. 

But you see Lara, many real, very real, trafficking victims CAN’T call your hotline for one reason or another.  So you probably aren’t aware of how exactly they’re being trafficked for that reason.  For example, did you know Jeane Palfrey, the DC Madam, was a trafficking victim?  I don’t mean she had a pimp – I mean someone who was forced by a network of organized traffickers into doing what she was doing.

Remember those CIA men I was telling you about that asked us madams to do something we didn’t want to do one year?  We had no “proof”.  We had no way to record calls coming into our phones back then for one thing.  Even if we did – who would have believed us back then?  Iran Contra wasn’t even considered “validated” until Gary Webb broke the story years and years after the fact.  It was only even hinted at before then and even then ignored. 

If you watch “New Jack City” you see Ice T joking about how “cocaine didn’t come from America” because he knew.  I mean what do you think the LA Riots were all about really?  The riots were because a whole group of people KNEW that they were being blamed for those drugs by the media and the cops when in reality they were the scapegoat.  With no internet and no free press, the riots were the only way they could even attempt to express that kind of frustration this community was feeling.  Ice T, being an old pimp from the day, knew very good and well that those drugs weren’t smuggled into the country in that large of a quantity in someone’s suitcase.

This is one reason why Larry Flynt had offered $1,000,000 reward to anyone who could PROVE this sort of thing – because many people knew about these things but PROVING it was a whole other matter.  Only Jeane could.  You see the CIA had been coming to her every six months and debriefing her, also instructing her in what they wanted her to do for their own purposes, and using her to get what they wanted.  Only they came to her one day with the same request they’d come to me and the others with in 1984 – and she also refused.  She also decided she wanted to just quit the whole thing entirely and retire in Germany.  So she went to go get on a plane and leave the country and retire – and she was busted at the airport.  They took everything from her too hoping she wouldn’t be able to hire a  good attorney. 

But she decided she was going to reveal that it was the CIA who had been forcing her to be a madam and she had PROOF.  She had phone logs – something none of us “old school” madams didn’t have.  We all warned her to keep her mouth shut, but she was determined to get that million dollars prize money and to also reveal to the public that she too was being “forced” and that trafficking wasn’t just about street level prostitution.  That the focus on street pimps was very one sighted and short sighted actually – that true trafficking went very high up.  Just like bootlegging was back in the day with Al Capone also went to high places. 

Now let me ask you something – do you think Jeane would have called your hotline?  What would you have done for her?  The case against her as a madam was being manufactured to try and force her into silence.   They even told her repeatedly they’d basically drop the case if she’d “shut up” and “stop talking about the names in her book”.  Her face was plastered all over the media.  What would you have done for her?  Put her in a shelter?  Send a cop out to make a report?  I mean seriously – what would you have done for her?

NOTHING. 

Not in her mind anyway.  I tried to help her as best as I could.  I tried to urge her to shut up and back down.  She didn’t want to.  I offered to help her change her looks, get a new identity and escape to Canada.  She refused.  Finally all I could do was offer her empathic emotional support – something your hotline can’t offer. 

What about the type of victims we’ve been encountering since 2009?  Because after Jeane’s death, trafficking went high tech.  We started hearing reports of victims who are tracked with GPS everywhere they go.  Every phone call they make gets reported back to the pimp instantly.  I know because we had to start creating ways for victims to call us for help without alerting the pimp they were calling us for help.  You have your phone number broadcast on billboards.  I’m sure if it comes up on their phones it’s either blocked automatically, or it will alert the pimp they’re calling you. 

Then guess what?  Then they’ll lose the phone completely or worse.  I know because I’ve also been on the other end of calling for help and the pimp finding out about it.  They either take the phone from you entirely, or make sure you never try that move again.  That or they escalate their surveillance of you or make sure you’re never left alone again.

We started getting victims who were literally under surveillance on cameras broadcast back to the pimp 24/7.  So the pimp knows where they go in their car that has a GPS on it.  They know who they’re talking to on skype because all the calls are sent back to them on their computer.  Every key stroke they type is sent back to the pimp.  So tell me – how would they contact you for help at your hotline in this circumstance?  Knowing that their family who may be back in China would be murdered before you could even dispatch someone to them to help?

Again, I know about this because we’ve had to get creative about how to get help to that type of victim since 2009.  These are women who don’t have a gun to their heads.  They don’t need to have a gun to their heads.  But they exist Lara and they can’t call you directly for help by calling your hotline themselves as you’re set up to take.  So I don’t know if you know about these types of victims.  But they’re real and they exist. 

And for your information, there ARE traffickers who roam around and look for kids to kidnap right out of stores.  I don’t know if they’re “traffickers” in the classic sense – but I know they’re real.  I know because a gang of men were touring around LA when I was pregnant who would get into elevators with women, mace them when the doors closed, grab their babies, and then flee with the babies.  It was so real that the news had to put out alerts to women to be careful getting into elevators back then.  I know I also got into some elevators back then with some strange looking dudes – but I took the precaution of dying my baby to me with a rope so that if I were to be maced I’d still be able to hold onto her. 

But that didn’t stop a woman from trying to grab her right out of her stroller in the mall.  Cute blond babies are a premium Lara.  One day I was in the mall and a woman literally reached down and tried to take my baby right out of her stroller.  Again, being careful I would tie her into the stroller with rope so you couldn’t just unhook her like that.  The woman struggled with the rope, gave up and rang off.  So if I hadn’t of tired her into the stroller that day, she might have been stolen from me in a mall. 

Do they traffick the kids they steal?  Who knows.  But I do know that yes sometimes kids are targeted in public places and their kids are taken.  I can’t believe you’d say such a thing to that woman when kids are taken right out of stores and malls every day in this country.  I mean do you read the news?  But you in your whole five years of managing the hotline there suddenly you think you know about every type of sex trafficking there is? 

You’re wrong and like many people at Polaris you think you’re the “expert” in a subject you know only a small fraction of. 

But you clearly are in a position to have a much more focal platform about your opinions than we are because the people I work with aren’t acknowledged by anyone over there as even existing.  So it would just be nice if you would use that platform to raise more awareness about what is really going on out here rather than so much of your personal viewpoints.  If you did, we might be able to really save a lot more of those who really need the saving. 

Personally I think anyone who can call you can call 911 and therefore you aren’t even scratching the surface to get at those who need the help the most.  To me and my personal experience, the whole point is those who are truly trapped are those who can’t lift up a phone and call for help directly.  I mean I don’t see the point of selling wheelchairs to people who can walk.  But I guess you do but I would appreciate it if you in the process of that wouldn’t invalidate other people’s experiences.  We’re having a hard enough time getting the word out about what real sex trafficking is anymore without having to add your brick on the load.

Sincerely,

Jody Williams

PS – I personally would like to add that I found your advice in the article to be completely out of touch with reality.  You suggested people “get in touch with special interest groups” if they were interested in the subject of sex trafficking. 

Only that advice seems completely out of touch with the fact that very real pimps and even organized sex traffickers are part of some of these groups.  As well as some of these groups have been set up purely as informational gathering exercises for law enforcement, who then input the information they gather into a subscription based service.  Some are set up to “destroy the competition” by the legalized brothel industry, while others are there to recruit. 

Let’s not forget the YEARS that Joohon David Lee was simultaneously part of Homeland Security, ICE and the human trafficking task forces for California and Nevada ALL WHILE TRAFFICKING WOMEN PERSONALLY from China and then Korea before finally getting arrested for bribery.  Not sex trafficking mind you because he did his sex trafficking on company time and the company dime so he enjoys immunity for his actions.   A man who falsely accused a completely innocent family and destroyed their lives in the process.

Or how about we talk about the Celeste Guap case where the men heading up the local sex trafficking task force in her region were not only trafficking her, having forced sex with her while a juvenile, also while threatening her mother’s career as a 911 operator, and while telling her when to AVOID specific outreach campaigns of theirs.  Campaigns they were clearly designing NOT TO WORK because they didn’t want their actions to be uncovered. 

We can talk about Chris Baughman who was sleeping with the district attorney, AND the witnesses who were testifying against the men he was taking all the press in for supposedly “fighting sex trafficking’, all while hanging out socially with Molly Mall – one of the most notorious pimps in the country.  Meaning the men he was arresting was Molly’s COMPETITION. 

Or are you suggesting they frequent events like Samoly Mam used to hold where she was supposedly “educating” the public on sex trafficking while fleecing the public’s pockets?  Or William Hillar who was not only giving the public false information, but was also fleecing the public’s pockets?  For which he did go to jail because it’s against the law to pretend to be a veteran while raising money. 

Because I have to tell you Lara, what each one of these phony and frauds have in common is that we have been actively BLOCKED from doing our REAL outreach to REAL victims.  In fact, we made a list of every project, group, task force, safe house, program, etc., that’s openly blocked our group from being involved over the years – and so far we’re going 100/100 that each on of them has turned out to either be a complete fraud, or they were actively engaging in sex trafficking. 

Or maybe you don’t remember anything about the “largest sex trafficking hoax” that went down in Tennessee.  http://reason.com/blog/2016/03/04/the-somali-sex-slave-ring-that-wasnt  Only I do remember because on each one of these “phony” cases, we were aggressively shunned, blocked, banned, ostracized, excluded, and outright attacked when we tried to shine light on these situations AND redirect resources and attention to REAL CASES we were dealing with at the same time. 

To advise real sex trafficking victims to go out and make contact with groups that might send information on them right back to their traffickers as to their current location is also completely reckless.  Because in many of the cases we’ve worked on, many of the victims don’t know even the tip of the iceberg about just how far the operation as a whole reaches.  It’s one of the reasons why we had to go to the lengths of relocating some of the victims we worked with clear to tiny rural communities in the Midwest.  Because unlike what you’re doing, we make maps of where specific rings are operating, and then relocate the victims we help rescue to areas where they don’t have any reach, informants, or ways to find out where they’ve gone.  But then again maybe that’s why to date we’re the only group I’m aware of anyway who has relocated victims away from the legalized brothels who haven’t been found to date. 

Something I don’t think Polaris has done.  You know why?  Because you ask the victims to “call you directly for help”.  Only the SECOND  they were to call you from the brothels, or their cell phones for that matter, the owners would know about that call immediately.  That’s why I doubt you’ve ever received a call from one of them inside the legal brothels asking for help – yet we have through outreach projects we’ve set up so that if they need help they can SAFELY  ask for that help without fear of retaliation or discovery. 

Victims who according to your way of thinking don’t exist because they “don’t call you” Lara.  But just because they can’t call you doesn’t mean they don’t exist.  I can assure you that after having spoken to probably well over 1,000,000 men and women in the sex industry over about 40 years now of my life – I can assure you there are many many many different forms and versions of sex trafficking, as well as pimping. 

As technology grows, so too does the various ways of sex trafficking also.  So there’s even new forms being invented as we speak.  I know because over the years we’ve heard of new types of cases coming in, and we’ve had to develop new ways of addressing help to those new victims.  But you’re not going to be able to help any victims if you invalidate their experiences by claiming that “that doesn’t exist” as you did in your article. 

Is this letter long?  Yes it is.  But it’s because I’m taking the voices of many of our members who contacted me about your letter and I’m trying to pass onto you’re their sentiments.  Unlike you, I don’t believe my experience is the “end all be all” of knowledge and/or experience within this realm.  Yes I’ve personally experienced, and witnessed, many different types of coercion, sex trafficking, pimping, slavery, etc.  But I’ve also heard stories from our members of experiences I haven’t personally experienced.  That doesn’t mean I tell them their experience “isn’t real”. 

Nor would I recklessly encourage them to reach out to some of these groups after what I’ve seen they really are.  Telling me I think you’re in a bit of an ivory tower Lara. 

Anyway, just letting you know how some of us feel about your article. 



Monday, June 19, 2017

MEMOIRS OF A MADAM - THE ANATOMY OF A MOVEMENT

Well I finally got my memoirs done.  I realized the only way it was going to be told WITHOUT BEING ALTERED OR CHANGED was going to be to self-publish.  I wasn't able to register "Anatomy of a Movement" for a domain which is the title of the book - but I was able to register "Memoirs of a Madam".  Maybe I need to rethink the title?  I still haven't done a print run yet so there's time if that's what I need to do.

But yes I see "Snowfall" is coming out finally validating what I've been saying for all these years - that our CIA was behind the importation of cocaine into this country - NOT the African American gangs.  One of the biggest hoaxes of our time has been revealed.  

You'd think right?  The UN court did find our country guilty in that finally. https://www.brown.edu/Research/Understanding_the_Iran_Contra_Affair/profile-north.php

But guess what?  It's not over.  Nor are they done blaming the African American community either.  Only instead of smuggling cocaine into this country - they're now doing fund raising for sex trafficking victims.  

But just as they blamed the black gangs for the coke problem in the 1980's, and other minorities - they were also using sex trafficking to mask their further demonization of the African American communities.  Wonder where the racism is?  We had the rise in racism during Iran Contra because the media kept blasting out images of African American drug dealers - and with this - they've done the same thing EXACTLY right out of the handbook!


Of course plugged also by an African American to make sure to drive the racism home!


Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew (another minority by the way - one who isn't Asian or Russian - notice a trend here?).   Even right down to their fake "catfish" so called "survivor" (another version of a Samoly Mam).  Always a minority with the minority trafficker if you haven't noticed these people use.  (Except when they were pulling their fake scam in Ireland and England with their fake "Catalina Lopez" - oh but that story is in the memoir.)


Who when we checked her out was another fabricated person!  These people are hysterically funny!  I complain about the "woman in corn rows" plugging this fabricated story so they go out and get Jenna Elfman?  Jeez about as "white" as you can get.  Too bad the story of her daughter isn't reflective of the general sex trafficking victim.  Some would say it isn't even close.  Then again she is an actress.  I mean if Ricky Martinez would take a check for $500,000 to vouch for Wilthema to get an award . . . ?  Well I'd be curious about her tax return is all.  I know when her daughter was out there I know our hotline didn't get a call about it is all.  

Here's one case in point among many where the truth is coming out about fraudulent programs - https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/25/behind-closed-doors-texas-lawmakers-strip-funding-trafficking-victims/

The problem with that is that to create the phony buzz for their fake groups - they're shutting down REAL trafficking programs which is probably the point.  I started a movement back in the 1980's to have domestic sex trafficking recognized as real in this country.  I wanted our government to set up systems to help these victims, and recognize them as victims and not "criminals" as they were doing back then.  All that work went into the Trafficking Act of 2000 being passed.  I have some clips up showing this work at www.hightechmadam.com

Then these same people I was fighting during Iran Contra came in and "hijacked" the movement not only again with the new way they found to raise millions of dollars without anyone asking questions - but also used it to shut down the service structure we'd built to help victims over all those years.  I have kept a diary during the whole thing to document the "anatomy of a movement" which is what my personal story shows - the evolution of Iran Contra into the modern version of Iran Contra 2.0.  I have a website I started constructing for the book up at www.memoirsofamadam.com

If you'd like to talk to me personally about it - I can be reached at (702) 488-1127.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

LETTER TO BILLY JACK'S SURVIVORS

Of course my luck is that the day the "light goes on" with me with respect to some of the concepts Tom was trying to raise awareness about - I learn he passed away two years ago.  

So I'm writing to the survivors.  My name is Jody Williams.  Back in the 1980's, I was a young MENSA  member who graduated high school at 15 years of age because of a high IQ.  I enrolled in community college to prepare my way for the university, but I needed to get a job after my father robbed my college fund.  

I got a job at a nightclub owned by the family who are part of the generational line connected to Richard Pryor of drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes . He's spoken openly about his grandmother running the brothel his mother worked in.  They needed a way to launder money and this was the club I walked into looking for a job in 1979.  

I was "turned out" by this family of pimps into the sex industry.  However, after watching this "family" tore apart by the cocaine epidemic, I asked the head of the "family" to buy my way out safely.  I'd seen what they did to those who tried to leave on their own.  They agreed and I was now an "independent" in the industry.

Word spread on the streets and this is when the REAL predators came to prey upon me - the LAPD and the CIA.  They were working together in what we now know as Iran Contra.  The corrupt police officers who were part of flooding this country with cocaine, all while blaming the African American community for this scourge, also ran a sex trafficking ring.  They supplied drugs and prostitutes to the wealthy elite of Hollywood - knowing the film industry affects the way the people of the world think.  They also needed pretty prostitutes to carry the drugs from the projects into the homes and hotels of Bel Air, Beverly Hills, etc.,  Which is why all of us "madams" such as myself, Alex Adams, and Cheri Woods were called upon to be part of this agenda.

We all went along as we were making money.  But when we were asked to supply them with women who had no "family" to ask questions about their disappearance to be sold to Saudi oil men, and drug dealers, who liked "white women" and wanted to collect them like Scarface collected white tigers - we balked.  This is why you can read how all of the top madams in the country, including Sydney Biddle Barrow, the Mayflower Madam, were all arrested in 1984.

Our faces and names were spread all over the media to make sure we couldn't not only not get a 9 to 5 job outside of the sex industry, but to further scare away all of our "regulars" who didn't want to risk any of the press coming on to expose them.  They confiscated all of our money and property, all while threatening us with other criminal charges.  The point was to make us more "hungry" and thus more "compliant".  

Movie and book contracts were offered to each of us to further ensure that "their" version of our stories were what went out to the press.  I was the only one of the bunch who insisted I would not allow propaganda to go out which wasn't revealing the "whole truth" about the sex industry, and what is now been defined by the term "sex trafficking".  I was then reminded I had signed a contract preventing me from speaking to the press without their consent.  In other words, I was being silenced legally in the form of a book and film option contract.  Clever.

Victims of this had no way out.  They couldn't call the police obviously for help as they were part of the problem.  Shelters weren't set up to protect us from the very systems funding their programs - who would then hand us over to them in two seconds if asked.  Their funding depended upon not "rocking the boat".  So I took an old warehouse I had once used as a brothel and created what I later learned was the first "safe house" for adults in this country.  I say "adults" because only one for juveniles had been created in 1979 by Lois Lee.  Since most of the people I saw being targeted by these predators were over 18 - we had a different issue which had to be addressed.  

The next thing I know I'm being set up and arrested for supposedly "running a brothel".  They gave me a $50,000 bail so the media could print what they wanted them to print and I couldn't come out and explain what was really going on by speaking for myself.  When I showed there was no evidence to support this charge - they arrested my mother.  When we fought her arrest - they threatened my 70 year old grandmother they knew wouldn't survive an arrest because of her age and frail health.  So I gave them their pound of flesh for two years.

Coming back when I was off probation in 1987 and launching the first hotline and 12 step program designed to stop criminalizing these victims to further silence and control them.  We were successful.  Our program "worked" not only at getting people out of the sex industry, rescuing them from sex trafficking operations, but also at coordinating the people to see the Trafficking Act of 2000 pass.

I thought we had achieved success.  Sex trafficking in America was now legally recognized.  Funds were going to be used to help these victims.  Our program had chapters meeting in every major city of the USA generating recovery.  In fact, if you look at any recognized survivor of sex trafficking in this country who went on to create their own local program to help prostitutes - they all came from our program.  For the first time in history, this community was recognized as people needing help - not as "criminals" or "whores".  We had achieved what Bill Wilson had when he not only created AA - but put into our consciousness alcoholism was a disease - not a crime as had been tried with Prohibition.

Jeane Palfrey was the first of us to have the black and white proof of how madams in this country were being sex trafficked not by pimps - but by our own government.  She released her "Black Book" to prove not only this was real, but also to show the connection between her and Randall Tobias - the man who swooped in with the TVRA of 2003 - and "hijacked" this movement right out from under us real survivors.  

Something the author of the Trafficking Act of 2000 himself, Michael Horowitz, has confirmed this movement has now been "hijacked by people seeking money and power".  Which happen to be the sex traffickers themselves.  Just as how in the day of Al Capone and Prohibition - the only ones being arrested were those in "competition" with the mob, which also wasn't even being acknowledged as 'real" back then either.  The reason the mob wasn't being acknowledged as real was because then it would become clear the only ones being arrested were those not feeding this criminal enterprise which had it's very roots in our courts, law enforcement, politicians and the church.  People who all profited by Prohibition while the alcoholic was still suffering and exploited.  

Sure the grip on the alcoholic was released, and placed upon the addict.  When the grip off the addict was released - now the "prostitute" became the "victim de jour" to now be simultaneously criminalized, exploited, and demonized.  Something happened in 2008 - this is when I saw something happening which confused me at first.  The people we had helped to exit and recover from the sex industry, whether trafficked or not, had gone out to start local programs to provide services and resources we couldn't as a 12 step program.  

In 2009, I watched as one by one each one of these programs were disbanded.  I watched as the founders were either murdered, framed, slandered, blackmailed, or just plain threatened right out of the field.  I saw a woman with no criminal history framed and sent off to prison for five years without a fair trial who had set up the first alternative sentencing program in Nevada.  They claimed it was "elder abuse" so she got no early release, no time off for good behavior, no reprieve.  

While REAL survivors were being silenced, I then saw the 'catfish" phony ones coming up out of the woodwork.  The Samoly Mam's, Rachel Moran's, Chong Kim, William Hilliar, Stella Marr - all completely funded by the same people who were being not only the hijacking of this movement, but further connected to the sex industry itself.  Why?  

For the same things which happened in Columbia in the 1990's - the inmates were now running the asylum.  In the 1990's if you tried to call and report something you knew to the authorities against the drug Cartel - they had systems in place to intercept those calls.  The caller then was met with either threats, or just plain whacked, depending on how much they knew or how much evidence they had against the Cartel.  The courts were so afraid to step against the Cartel - "faceless justice" committees had to be set up to try and hold up some accountability against them for their crimes.  Not just with respect to drug sales - but for things which have the Columbia people terrified and controlled.  The Cartel not only owned the soccer teams, but even the country's pharmacies, just to give you an idea about how much power they had.  

We were pushed out of the criminal justice system as an "alternative" to incarceration.  If you look at the time period of the late 1980's through the mid-1990's - you do not hear one story breaking loose in the media about corruption and prostitution and/or sex trafficking.  After being pushed out of the system however, we are now hearing about Joohon David Lee and now Celeste Guap.  Celeste was supposedly not only being "bought" by men in police uniform, even Chiefs of Police, but further tipped off to trafficking activities so she herself could remain trapped.  

Her mother was a 911 operator.  I've got a nice long list now of names of people who have called our hotline because they had tried to report sex trafficking to these new, well funded, "anti-trafficking task forces".  Only to be responded to the same way those in Columbia were responded to when they tried to "do the right thing" and report crimes they'd witnessed.  Celeste's mother being a 911 operator shows a system in place I'd like to know how a crime can be properly reported when there's a woman there knowing her very daughter's life is at stake should things go south.  

What happened to Celeste shows we've lost control.  I've been trying for a few years now on behalf of many victims just like her all over the country to get them help.  I'd like to know how they're supposed to stop being prostituted, when the people behind them are most of the police force, the sheriff's office, even again going up to men such as Joohon who is in Homeland Security, ICE, and the trafficking task forces?  A man who walks victims right past LAX security into this country on plane tickets bought by our own government.  Further, a man for who I've been told we STILL have no laws on the books to even charge this man with any crime other than "bribery" who is now driving a limo in Las Vegas as what the justice system says is "throwing the book" at him.

I've knocked on the doors of our Attorney General, Kamala Harris, as well as our prosecutor's office, who has included Jackie Lacey, and Nancy O'Malley, and the Chief of Police, Internal Affairs, even our governor's office saying I need to speak to them about what these victims are saying is happening to them, and what we're going to do to provide them with help.  When I first started our program, I used to be able to put many of the victims into drug treatment where the HIPPA laws used to protect them from being found by these traffickers and drug back or worse as we saw with what happened to Jeane Palfrey.  

Only to be ignored.  When the situation reached the point where Celeste's story hit the media, instead of her being referred to our program who has dealt successfully with victims just like her for 30 years - the same people who refused to help now step in to say "they're handling it".  Celeste was then sent to a treatment program which took a woman who was being raped for years by men in uniform that had security guards on the floor.  Guards who then took a woman turning to them for help and drug her off to be charged with assault.  Further given a $300,000 bail for the sole reason of silencing her to the media, as well as I'm sure doing to her what was done to me when I was arrested in the same manner in 1984 - to make sure she keeps her mouth shut about everything she knows.  

A woman who if you look on her social media is clearly still being used as a prostitute.  Is this by choice?  I'd like to know what "choice" is it when she's being blocked from even speaking to our organization by again the very people who are supposed to be helping her such as the prosecutor's office.  One who seems more interested in grandstanding for the upcoming election than in doing what is needed to help Celeste.  If Nancy O'Malley's interest was in helping Celeste - she would have turned her over to our program with a 30 year track record long before now.  No - she would have taken our calls three years ago when we called about her plight, and that of many women in this country right now just like her.  

I have gone down the line of speaking to these people.  I talked to the Attorney General's office who told me they can't do anything if the police aren't willing to put together an investigation and arrest the criminals.  I went to the police who told me they can't do this when they're going to risk their lives to put together a case - only to see it not taken to court because the prosecutor's office won't file.  The prosecutor's office has told me they don't see a point in filing when they know the judges are all either bought off, or too scared, to charge these criminals. The judge's tell me there's no point in going against the criminals when they know they're only going to be released early by an over-crowded correctional system which is now mostly for profit in this country.  

We used to be able to get the media to put pressure on the system to "do the right thing".  We last saw this happen with the Chris Butler case.  No one wanted to touch the guy - until the press exposed what he was doing.  THEN we saw the operation he was involved with exposed.  I'm not going to say shut down - because he was just replaced with someone else.  That is what "racketeering" laws are about - when the people within the system are just spokes on the wheel of a machine which keeps running no matter how many spokes are replaced.

Now we have another stack of reporters telling us they can't report on what's going on for one reason or another - either they're scared of winding up like Gary Webb did with his head shot off, or they don't want to wind up on the unemployment line only posting videos on youtube because no news agency will hire them.  

Is it important?  A reporter was confronted recently about why tapes concerning Donald Trump, a man running for the highest seat of power in this country, were not released sooner.  The reporter honestly said it wasn't released because of the stranglehold on the media for who if he had - then not only would no one have not heard it anyway, but that he would then be completely banned from working within the media again because the company producing the segment was also the same company producing the show with Donald Trump.  So yes - when this is affecting what we know about people running for President of this country then it is a "big deal" when the media is being choked. 

Noam Chomsky has said "propaganda is to a democracy what a gun is to a dictator".  Only we the public are the ones being fired upon here. Now I don't care how well Celeste is treated at this point - the system itself which created this situation is not being addressed.  It was not being addressed when I started knocking on these doors a few years ago, when I was going to reporters telling me they're being silenced, nor is it being addressed now for the sake of all the other victims of sex trafficking, and the related corruption.

If I'm being told by every office within our legal and political system there's nothing they can do on their own because of how the other offices aren't cooperating with them for one reason or another - then what is the solution?  At first I thought applying the racketeering laws might be an answer.  When I turned to Kamala Harris' office and pushed on her to do this - she announced she's "running for senate" and put up her donation site.  Okay that's not a solution.  

Then I thought maybe if we set up our own "faceless justice committee" who could do their job without fearing their children, or grandchildren, would be slaughtered on the way to school for doing so.  Who look to Mexico where 44 students have disappeared not long ago and no one is doing anything about this either they've lost so much control after having Pablo Escobar sitting in their Congress.

Only modern surveillance technology has created the environment where what worked in the 1990's for Columbia won't work in a day and age where our phones are the same as tracking and surveillance devices.  

So what is a solution here to a train that's gone off the rails to bring things back on track?  I prayed for insight and believe it or not - I looked up and was watching an old Billy Jack movie.  I couldn't believe what I was seeing - absolutely everything I'm seeing now was in this 1970's movie which he wrote and directed to show the corruption behind a nuclear plant being built where he was wanting to instead build a youth center to help troubled kids.  

In this film, he was talking about a "national referendum" was the solution.  I had no idea what this was and in fact don't remember anyone in this country, not even Obama, saying this term.  I'd like to know more about it so I looked up Tom Laughlin's contact information just now - only to find out he's passed.  

So I'm going to hope this reaches some survivors over there who would be willing to talk to me more about this subject.  I was a kid when this film came out and all I remember about Billy Jack was the martial arts, the cool song, and the way he reminded me of an American "Kung Fu" version of David Carradine.  But clearly the man was ahead of his time.  I could see that when reading how he had to book his films into theaters himself at first.  

Tom was clearly ahead of his time.  But for now - he's "right on time" with this idea.  Please get in touch with me so I can learn more about what a "national referendum" is.  Building nuclear plants is one thing - but when we've reached the point where our children are being trafficked and there's nothing that can be done to stop it, to where when their plight comes out to the light THEY'RE  the ones arrested, held on a $300,000 bail, and having their face plastered all over the media INSTEAD of the men who preyed upon her, and her family, as well as many others, then we need to do something different.  

Maybe this is it.  Thank you for listening.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

THE IRONY OF CELESTE GUAP'S STORY

I was watching the documentary today about immigration into the USA today on KCET Link.  It started talking about Iran Contra - which as my followers know I witnessed was also involved in sex trafficking during the 1980's.  For those who don't know - a short version is the cocaine being brought into this country was sold to raise cash "off the books" to buy guns for the Contra's to fight the Sandinista's.  Now that I have known for 30 years.  What I did NOT know until tonight was that this was in Nicaragua!

Nor did I know that an international court found the USA guilty of these war crimes, and ordered the USA to allow the Nicaragua's to be able to immigrate into this country after the way we attacked their country illegally!

How ironic that years later we find that Celeste Guap has now been screwed by half of the police force, as well as trafficked by them.  Then instead of turning her over to www.sexworkersanonymous.com for help to exit and recover from this - Nancy O'Malley tells the press "she's personally handling" her case.  Suddenly we find the police "took" Celeste to a treatment program in Florida that has SECURITY GUARDS.

Security guards who supposedly Celeste attacked and now sits in a Florida jail on a $300,000 bail.  I told myself when I heard that "been there done that" as this is just what they've done to me in 1984 you can read about at www.hightechmadam.com when I was accused of "running a brothel" that was actually a safe house I'd put together for victims when they couldn't run to the police because no one was believing us about what was happening to us!

As soon as I heard that  - I knew not only will we probably get her silenced now because of her "trial", but when I saw she was from Nicaragua I thought "I bet they're seeing if they can deport her family" or at least threaten to for leverage against her.

Then I heard tonight that the Sandanista's in Iran Contra were the soldiers in Nicaragua?  OMG - you can't write the irony of this stuff!

Celeste - if you read this - call me collect please (818) 646-3296.