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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

PHYLLISA ANNE AKA AMANDA AND THE IEAU UNION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 10, 2017

PHYLLISHA ANNE AND "ILLEGAL RECORDINGS"

Dear APAG Guild:

I came across this statement today on your site about supposed "illegal" recordings made by Phyllisha Anne you seem not only quite upset about, but seem upset that the IEAU board isn't doing as you're wanting them to do about the situation.  http://www.apagunion.com/a-p-a-g-defines-its-position-in-regards-to-i-e-a-u-founder-phyllysha-anne-and-the-disdain-and-inactivity-of-the-i-e-a-u-president-and-its-current-board/

Now I don't know either one of you in this situation but I do feel I know enough about such things as "confidentiality" laws and illegal recordings as to inquire a little more about something you feel so strongly about you're attacking a woman who founded the union in the first place from what I understand.  My understanding, maybe I'm wrong, is that in an attempt to whitewash the connection between James Deen and the Adult Performers Advocacy Committee, who had their president turn out to be a man accused of raping at least nine women who came forward, one of who is now dead from a drug overdose which we don't know if it was an accident, a suicide or something worse - you've basically repackaged yourself as this group.

I know about these sorts of things because for years when I had been answering the only hotline in this country for years I never ever recorded a phone call.  When I launched the hotline for Prostitutes Anonymous, later renamed to Sex Workers Anonymous, we were literally the only hotline for adults to call if they got into trouble, needed help, or if they needed to reconnect to people who were also from the sex industry.

You have to realize things have changed in the world as well as the industry.  I say that because in 1987 when I launched the hotline if you were a prostitute, stripper, or porn performer you were considered by this country and law enforcement as nothing more than a "common criminal".  That was including if you didn't have one single arrest even on your record.  That included if you were strictly an exotic dancer who didn't take "tips" for the Champagne Room.  That included if you were a porn model or performer but also didn't prostitute as well.  That included if you were working at a legal establishment at a legal job.

Back then if you were beat the shit out of by your husband, not a trick, but your husband - and you tried to go to a domestic violence shelter for help they would refuse you based on just the fact you were involved in the sex industry.  You wanted to go into a detox?  Forget it.  If they even suspected you were involved in sex work - you would be denied treatment.  I literally once took a girlfriend of mine I had rescued out of a house after she had been stabbed 51 times and chained to a refrigerator after I found her and got her out of there and we didn't wait for an ambulance because those men could come back at any moment - when I took her bleeding all over me to the ER they refused to even touch her!  I had to literally threaten a medical complaint against them and a lawsuit in order to get the hospital to stitch her up.  Even then they refused to admit her after they stitched her up.

Why?  Because back then anyone in sex work was considered literally UNABLE to be a victim by virtue of prostitution being illegal.  What this meant was if you were kidnapped, beaten, raped, and otherwise violated victim services was not able to help you because you were considered a "criminal".  If a guy robbing a bank gets shot - he can't sue for "personal injury" because he was injured during the commission of a crime.  Essentially when the law considers you a "criminal" you have no rights.

Meaning if a housewife got herself beat up, raped, kidnapped, or whatever then the Office of Victim Services would step in and provide that victim with medical care, counseling, even vocational rehabilitation should the injury be so severe they couldn't work any longer, and even relocation if they needed to get physically away from their abuser in order to be safe from them.  BUT if you were a sex worker back prior to the passing of the Trafficking Act of 2000 - you would be told by Victim Services to go kick rocks basically.  Now since they wouldn't pay for these services - no one would take care of us when we were injured or in trouble.

I remember calling 911 one time when another girlfriend of mine had her pimp lock her in the house, shutting me outside of the apartment, and then I could hear him beating the shit out of her.  So I called 911 and told them she was being held inside the apartment and her "boyfriend" was beating her and I needed them to come rescue her.  You know what 911 did?  Laugh and hang up on me.  Why?  They knew the woman at this address was a prostitute - so as far as they were concerned they weren't going to risk injuring a cop to help save her.

Now this was taking into consideration it wasn't the cop fucking with us.  Because I had a cop get a thing for me who kept insisting he wanted my "services".  I refused because he was a cop and I got myself arrested for that refusal.  He threatened to keep arresting me until I gave in and agreed to see him.  Some of my girlfriends have been raped by cops, even pimped by cops.  So who do you call when the guy hurting you IS a cop?

We had no one to call for help which made a lot of women feel like they needed a pimp for protection.  But in most cases of course that guy wound up being the problem to and then who do you call?  Until the Trafficking Act of 2000 passed which allowed us to be able to be legally classified as a "victim" - we had nowhere to go for help when we got into trouble.  You would call the rape hotline and the minute they found out you were a prostitute - click.  Why?  Because their donors wouldn't donate to help "whores" who got raped because that's actually considered "theft of services" by most courts.

Now don't get me wrong - the Trafficking Act of 2000 passing didn't solve our problems by a long shot.  It was going to work well until the revision of 2003 came down where Randall Tobias gave all that money we had worked to make available to help us be handed over to the "faith based" groups who agreed to the "prostitution clause" which is they wouldn't view prostitution as part of "work" that is involved in the sex industry.  Meaning we got a long way to go because they'll now fund services for "victims" but not "sex workers".  Causing any group who wants money to help sex workers has to now fly under the radar by calling us all "victims".

But back to when I started our hotline, I got some really desperate life and death calls from people who couldn't turn to the cops for help.  Of course I advertised "all calls are confidential" and meant that.  I had the police come to me once asking about someone who called and they tried to slap me with a warrant to be me to talk to them about what she said.  I refused and because I was a 12 step group I am able to afford callers the same confidentiality as AA or NA does through laws grandfathered in by them.  But the warrant was given to me before a court ruled that anything said in an AA group is considered "privileged" so to fight it I went and got ordained as a minister.  It was quicker than trying to become a priest, doctor or lawyer overnight to be able to fight back against their demand for information.

So I take confidentiality very seriously.  But as we grew bigger and older - things started happening.  I had a call come in with respect to the Jessie Foster case where this woman was telling me information about the man she believed killed Jessie and three other prostitutes in Las Vegas.  She was in fear for her life and I frankly was also after she told me about this man.  The call was because she wanted help to get away from him and he hadn't been prosecuted for Jessie's murder according to her because he'd turned into a cop's informant.  Meaning if she tried to run she knew he might get his cop friends to help drag her back.  How did I know if everything she was telling me might not be the last thing she says on this earth?  What if I went to pick her up and she was already dead?  What would I tell the cops about what she told me?

I remember that call got me seriously thinking maybe I had better start recording the incoming calls to the hotline.  As I started getting more death threats, suicide threats, callers talking to me about children who were being trafficked, etc. I started thinking much more seriously that some of these calls needed to be recorded in case it was something literally involving saving someone's life.

When the death threat calls we started getting became more pin pointed - meaning the caller knew about members in our program, where they lived, what their real names were, etc., I started thinking even more seriously that I needed to start recording these calls to protect someone.  The last straw for me was after I saw the ACORN hidden video where this reporter pretended to be a pimp and he went into the ACORN office claiming he was a pimp and he recorded the staff there advising him how to traffick women across the Mexican border.  Of course the video made it appear the guy was actually advising him how to do this.  In reality, the man said he was stalling this guy until the police could come so the video was made out of context.

I decided to start recording calls then.  I did this only in case of an emergency - and started deleting the calls once I knew there was nothing we needed to keep the records for.  Which I did just in time because a few weeks after we started recording calls we had a completely phony person pretending to be a sex trafficking victim call us up begging for help to escape her pimp.  We arranged everything for her to be picked up at the bus stop, taken to the airport, flown to the USA into a year long program, her papers were arranged, her flight was arranged and we had everything ready to go for her - and then SHE didn't show up at the pick-up point.

Then this "catfish" victim started telling everyone on social media we had "abandoned her".  We had supposedly "promised to help her" and "left her stranded".  Only I was able to identify this woman was actually one of Swanee Hunt's minions (Swanee Hunt is the mastermind of these "end demand campaigns") who was trying to get us discredited.  We traced the IP address back to Rachel Moran.  The cell phone was registered to Rachel Moran.  The utility bills for her house were in Rachel's name.  We spoke to the local police who confirmed that was Rachel's house and she lived alone.   BECAUSE I had recorded the calls - I was able to post the tape online next to a taped interview of Rachel Moran's - and then anyone could hear this was in fact Rachel Moran yanking our chain here.

Something we never could have exposed if we hadn't of recorded those calls.  Initially I recorded them in case her pimp killed her and we needed them to prosecute him.  Then it turned out we needed them to not only show people we didn't abandon this woman - but also expose how people like Swanee Hunt operate.  Swanee funded the "Stop the Red Light" group that Rachel was a part of when this went down is why I say that about her.  So we did not let down someone calling for help as they were trying to make people believe.  I also hadn't posted the tape of a sex worker calling us - but someone PRETENDING to be one.  Had I not recorded those calls - we would not have been able to defend ourselves nor expose these tactics.

I also use these tapes to train our volunteers on our hotline.  We have pimps who routinely will send in certain women to try and find out where our groups meet.  I know the voices of these people but our newer members don't.  So I'm able to play these tapes for them to train them as to who to be aware is fishing for information.

I have no choice but to have the recorder on all the time because when you pick up the phone - by the time someone says their death threat to you - they're gone.  You don't have time to hit the record button.  You certainly aren't going to be able to ASK them for consent to record them threatening to slice your throat or the throat of one of our members.  Thanks to the recording - I was even able to record a police officer threatening us.  So that leaves having a recorder on the phone at all times in case of that type of call coming in.  Now for us, we delete every file of every call once we determine that call wasn't a threat.  They are not used in any way to violate a members' confidentiality as all calls that aren't threats like that - are immediately deleted.

Now I know that Phyllisha has gotten calls for help over the years where she's had to help people in crisis situations.  People who knew her and turned to her for help rather than calling our hotline because they didn't know us but knew her.   So on that basis alone I can understand why Phyllisha might want to record calls on her phone.

Even now I think she's right to do so because she's talked about threats she's received in the past.   So all the more reason why it would be extremely prudent and wise of her to be recording calls.  I don't know much about unions but if it's anything like I've seen in movies like "Hoffa" then I would imagine a lot of people wouldn't be too happy about her forming a union.  I know Sheldon Adelson isn't.  He's notorious for not wanting a union, and especially not wanting a sex worker union because he uses them a lot in his casino business.  Just because I think a union is a good idea for the sex industry - that man has had people threaten me, he's told me I've been "blacklisted" in any media he owns like the Review Journal, etc.  So based on just knowing how many people really don't want a union in the sex industry - frankly she'd be nuts not to be recording calls on her phone because of the threats I'm sure she's receiving for trying to bring a union to us.

Now I didn't take the decision to record all incoming calls from numbers I don't know yet lightly. First of all, I've had a gun pointed at me literally by a pimp demanding to know where someone was at who had left him and I refused to talk.  So I take the confidentiality issues here at one of life and death and I stand behind them literally with my life on the line sometimes.  Because more than once I've a pimp track me down and demand to know where someone who left them has gone to and they don't get a word out of me.

One of the fundamental reasons we choose to go with a 12 step structure is because of confidentiality.  I had a BIG  problem when I started out hotline and that was over the issue of confidentiality.  Someone running from the law could mean I get a warrant slapped on me and how am I going to answer that demand?  There are only a handful of ways you can refuse to answer a subpena or a warrant - and I'm not a priest, doctor or lawyer.  Those are the three main ones.  The other is a reporter trying to protect his sources -but even that's been challenged successfully.

Domestic violence hotline and drug treatment hotlines are covered under confidentiality laws - but the hotline for us, especially a hotline where sometimes the callers are criminals engaging in criminal activity was one I had to figure out how we can protect ourselves from being compelled to talk by a court.  In doing our legal homework we learned that AA was covered under the confidentiality laws - meaning a 12 step group is covered under the confidentiality laws.  So this was one thing we factored into the decision on how to structure our group/hotline.  If we had not gone with the 12 step structure - then we wouldn't have a leg to stand on when hit with a subpena or warrant.

Or this - that of being asked to inform on our members by the CIA, FBI, NSA, and all those alphabets because I have been asked by all of these agencies to do just that.  I have been offered a nice monthly salary to report back on what those who call us say.   I have been more than "offered" but I had a cop in Nevada actually threaten me and demand that I relay information to him on what our members were saying, who they were, who they ran with, etc.  Let me tell you - it was a day that brought back such horrible PTSD memories it took me two weeks to recuperate from the day those three cops stuck me in a car and started threatening me if I didn't report back to them everything I knew going on with our membership to them and I refused.  When Jeane Palfrey died, I had a warrant served on me to get copies of her emails and text messages which I refused also.  The cops spent a year harassing me over this refusal.

Let me explain why also this is such an important issue to me - and that's of our constitutional rights.  How can I ask someone who may be engaged in a criminal activity to call me and talk openly to me if in doing so they're incriminating themselves?   Because for me to do that would be asking them to literally violate their constitutional right not to incriminate themselves.  I mean how would it be to say "call this hotline for help and tell me about your criminal behavior and oh by the way I'm going to report this back to the cops if you do".  No - I can't do that.  So by us being covered on the confidentiality laws, recording the calls or not, they're not going anywhere - then I know callers aren't violating their right to not incriminate themselves.

However - not so with the National Trafficking Hotline.  They are NOT a 12 step group, a domestic violence hotline, a drug treatment hotline, nor a priest, doctor, lawyer, or reporter.   The person answering their hotline is not an ordained minister.  So when you are calling them and you're engaged in a criminal behavior - you are literally being asked to violate your 5th amendment right because Polaris  - very reluctantly mind you - admitted that if someone does discuss a crime with them they are obligated to report it back to law enforcement.   So actually you're less protected as to confidentiality when calling the National Trafficking Hotline than in calling us.  Besides, they get paid by the CIA to report back to them the content of their calls.   Polaris has partnered with Palantir Technologies - who crunches data for the CIA.  We however do not.  We take no money from anyone to relay any information back to anyone.  So recording or not - nothing that comes into our hotline is revealed unless there is a child involved or in immediate danger.

Which raises the question by the way about the confidentiality of what your union knows about it's members if you ask me.  I don't see anything on your site posted addressing the confidentiality issues with respect to the calls to you, your membership, etc.  So like before you get all hopped up about Phyllisha's recordings - can we talk about your confidentiality guidelines for what is said about those who call your union for help?

Now you admit she's the "founder".   But yet I don't think you really truly grasp what a target that's put on her back.  A target for which again I know she's been threatened, she's had things happen to try and intimidate her, and she's had enough things thrown at her to try and stop her from forming the union in the first place I would think you would understand why she'd have to do this to protect not only herself BUT the union.  I mean how do you know someone wouldn't accuse her of something which could have shut down the whole kit and kaboodle before it even got off the ground?  Well you wouldn't understand that position would you because you weren't the person who did found the union then are you?  Real easy to criticize how Phyllisha did what she did after she did it and then you get to run off with it now because that's what it appears like to me is what you're doing.

It's easy to criticize someone who started something you didn't start.  It's not so easy to be the one to start it.  So yes maybe she had good solid reasons to be recording calls and conversations because I'm sure she's not only received threats, but I'm also sure she's had to deal with people setting her up for things.  Things I've seen a lot of in this industry over the years.  I've seen sooooo many of us set up to shut us down over the years - she'd be a complete idiot not to be recording every word she says.

Look at what happened to Dr. Sharon Mitchell and how the AIM clinic got shut down.  When people wanted to get her clinic shut down because they wanted the control she had taken away from her as a leader in this industry - she was framed in my opinion on that bribery accusation.  Something she probably could have defended herself a little better if she had recorded all transactions.

I watched Sharnel Silvey get framed.  She was caring for an elderly man who was dying and he told her to use his card after he died to "buy herself some clothes".  Sharnel set up the first diversion and alternative sentencing program for prostitutes in northern Nevada.  She, at her own expense and at her own risk, was doing outreach within the brothels of Nevada when no one else was.  When someone needed help to get away from a pimp - we were able to go into action.  To avoid jail, keep custody of their kids, not lose their home - because of Sharnel they could go to meetings of her program instead of going to jail if convicted of prostitution charges.  She did a lot of things to help a lot of sex workers and in return she was framed.

After the man died, Joe Conforte asked Sharnel to come to Brazil and help him auction off virgins.  She refused and wanted to continue helping prostitutes in Nevada instead.  Out of nowhere the dead man's family pops up and accuses her of stealing that credit card.  Because she did not record him giving her permission to use that card - she was charged not only with theft but also elder abuse.  Because he was a senior - on her first conviction, with no prior record, she had to serve five years in prison with no parole because of that one accusation for which if she had recorded it - she'd not have gone to prison for five years.

In 2009, people were approaching all of the groups founded by ex-sex workers and offering them $10,000 in donations.  Those who took it, had the person later turn around and claim they were "conned" out of the money.  One by one by one I was getting calls from these women telling me how they had just been arrested for this supposed crime.  I asked each one of them if they had made any recordings of the conversation, was anything in writing - and not a one of them did.  A few of them went to jail and many now have records for phony accusations which were done to try and drive out groups led by actual ex-sex workers so these people funded by Swanee Hunt could instead take over who try and convince the world that porn is "evil" and should be outlawed.

So Phyllisha had better damn well be recording all of her conversations to protect her ass and that of the union.  Now I don't know what she recorded or where because I don't know her well, nor have I heard the tapes but your accusation that they were "illegal" may not be completely accurate.  There are MANY situations where it is in fact legal to record without all parties consent.  Here's a few of those exceptions talked about here - https://www.casp.net/california-anti-slapp-first-amendment-law-resources/statutes/civil-code-section-47/ and here https://oag.ca.gov/privacy/privacy-laws and there's more here - http://www.justanswer.com/law/7wbay-exceptions-ca-recorded-audio-two-party.html

Meaning it's not just flat out wrong in all cases to record someone simply because we're in California. One big exception to the law which gives her the right to record someone without their consent is if she's trying to collect evidence on something in order to put together a criminal case against someone.  No one is going to knowingly incriminate themselves - so the law does allow you to record someone who is trying to harm you.  If you think someone may be going to threaten you with harm - then yes you can record that conversation to get the threat on tape.

If you're in a public place, you have the right to photograph that person as well as record them.  I hate to say it but it's true.  If I'm out in a public restaurant it's legal to record without consent and we saw that in the Planned Parenthood video tape scandal.  Those people got the Planned Parenthood people out into a restaurant and recorded them and broadcast that tape and it was all legal because it was in a restaurant.  Why?  Because you are giving up your privacy when you're in a restaurant.  It's understood other people are going to see you and hear you so you are consenting to that by your presence.  That's how they were able to broadcast the tape - because it was recorded in a restaurant.  The privacy laws only protect you if you "take steps to make the conversation private" in other words.

What bothers me here is a union is supposed to be about protecting those in this industry yet here you are attacking Phyllisha Anne in a very public way.   So who else is going to do something you don't agree with and then you're going to blast them all over the industry?  I'm sorry but "scape goating" is the tool slave owners used to keep the slaves under control, and the Nazi's used also.  You pick out one leader, the strongest ring leader you can find and you hold them up to everyone else and you kill them, beat them, humiliate them or whatever and it sends a message to the rest - you better not piss me off or this is what I'm going to do to you.  First day in jail?  Find the biggest guy and beat the shit out of him and then everyone leaves you alone.  I'm sorry - but this is the tactic bullies use.  I sure don't see you printing any of Phyllisha's response to this accusation in the letter so you're not even allowing her to defend herself or her position here.

So frankly I don't care whether what she did was illegal or not right now.  What I do care about is that this very letter is a tactic used to try and control people.  It's to try and intimidate other people into following your lead and doing what you want them to do.  Frankly I don't think that's what the union is supposed to be about.  You took up a very public forum to attack another sex worker, someone who is trying to give workers more protection and more of a voice and you have openly attacked her.  This is a woman who has her face and name all over social media - yet I don't see even your name at the bottom of this letter so who the fuck are you even?

If you thought what she did was illegal - where's your lawsuit?  I don't see you've filed a complaint against her in a court of law.  I don't see you letting a judge decide if what she did was in fact illegal.  I don't see you filing for a TRO to stop her from recording.  So because YOU think it's illegal that's then just all there is to it?  Again - the way bullies think if you ask me.  

If you're going to attack someone - how about attacking the producers who are trying to get the performers not to wear condoms on a set when they want to use condoms?  How about attacking THAT?  How come I'm not seeing a "list of shame" of producers who have tried to bully and intimidate workers into not using condoms on a set?  I'd like to see that on this page - a list of shame for producers who have been trying to make films where performers are refused to be allowed to use condoms or protection.

How come I don't see you calling out James Deen for his rape of other women in this industry?  I've read that he raped a woman on a set anally until she was torn and was bleeding all over the set.  I've read that the crew APPLAUDED that man after he did this.  I've read one of his victims was threatened by the AVN with a breach of contract lawsuit if she didn't stand next to this man at the AVN instead of them paying for her a lawyer to sue the shit out of him for what he did to her.

Jennifer O'Hare is all over social media claiming she was raped by Dennis Hof.  I don't know if that's true or not but how come you're not talking about it?  There's rumors that Lamar might have even been deliberately drugged and then robbed of $75,000 cash at the ranch.  I don't see you addressing any of Hof's behavior in your forum here.  I mean if you're going to print rumors - how about printing those kinds of rumors?

I'm reading about women being sent home from a shoot because they were insisting they didn't want to perform without a condom.  How about calling out the producers that did this?  I do see you made a statement about Nicki Benz being abused and her 800,000 or so followers.  But frankly I think you did that because she's got over 800,000 followers and you're sucking up.   I mean you should say something - but why am I only hearing about her with all the followers?  How come I'm not hearing about those who have been hurt who have maybe 200 followers?

But what's going on in the James Deen rape accusations?  I'm not seeing a word about that anywhere on your site - but I see a whole page attacking Phyllisha Anne.

Oh and whose bright idea is it to have Melissa Hill leading your "support group" for those "out of the industry"?  Can you answer me that please?  The woman isn't "out of the industry" so how exactly is that supposed to work?  That is no different in my opinion than holding an AA meeting in a bar lead by the bartender who had a drink right before the meeting.  I mean what in the hell is that about?  I joined a "support group" once for ex-sex workers in 1986 called Catharsis.  Everyone in that group was completely fucked up and no one knew what the hell was wrong.

Are you people aware there's a very real thing that for lack of an official name we call it "post prostitution syndrome".  Here's a tape we have online about PPS to explain more about it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO-AVboR0eE  I interviewed over 4,000 ex-sex workers from all over the world, men and women, illegal and legal - and in almost every single case, over 90% of those ex-sex workers had very common symptoms.  Here - read the words of Airforce Amy describe what she went through when she tried to simply quit the industry "cold turkey" without proper after care:






Notice Amy talked about "being so depressed she turned to drugs and alcohol" because of the severe depression she went through.  But Melissa Hill wouldn't know about this wall sex workers hit when quitting the industry entirely because she's still working in the industry.  She hasn't gone off to be a doctor or lawyer or something removed from the whole industry.  Belle Knox wrote openly about the suicidal depression she went through when people found out she was in porn.  That's just found out she was in porn.  Other young women have left suicide notes about killing themselves because they couldn't cope with the stigma of people knowing they'd been in porn.

Are you aware that the FBI has changed their whole undercover policy ever since the first FBI agent went undercover into the porn industry?  He went undercover for two years and came out of the industry so mentally fucked up they now revised their own policy to not leave an agent in the industry more than six months - and then after they come out they get special aftercare.

Do you realize that people who are just EXPOSED to the porn industry sometimes need professional psychological treatment?  Here read this about a special therapy system that's been set up for agents who are just EXPOSED to our industry without actually working in it and they get fucked up behind it and need help - http://unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/Law%20Enforcement%20Work%20Exposure%20to%20CP.pdf

So let me get this straight - you have someone who is not out of the business at all yet leading your support group for people who have left the industry?  Soldiers coming back from Iraq need PTSD treatment just as they did during Vietnam.  It's not even all about war as much as it is about adjustment back to the American way of life after having been in another country.  It's about culture shock and believe me leaving the porn industry and going into the world outside of the industry is a huge culture-shock.  When I was on probation and had to stay out of the industry - I had to learn how to not only dress differently, talk differently, but even how to WALK differently!

So are you really going to tell me that there isn't a huge adjustment process that happens when someone leaves the industry totally when for 30 years now I've been seeing people going through the exiting process and I have never ever ever seen someone just up and walk out of this industry who doesn't go through a HUGE adjustment crisis.

Are you even preparing people for that wall they're going to hit when they do quit the industry?  Now before a whole bunch of people STILL IN THE INDUSTRY want to climb down my throat and claim that this isn't true - save it.  You go and quit this business for longer than 24 hours and then you come back and tell me if it was just a breeze and you had no problems at all walking away from this culture.  This is one of the things these trafficking people have completely fucked up is they're making it appear that the only people who have problems and need help to adjust afterwards from sex work are trafficking victims and I'm sorry but that's not the case.

And I don't mean someone who quit the business but then is getting loaded every day either.  Sure I have met PLENTY of people who tell me "oh yeah I quit the industry and I haven't had one problem adjusting" while they're sitting there smoking meth, popping pills, or they're on five different medications while smoking medical marijuana.   I don't mean those who quit the industry but are stoned or drugged out of their minds so they wouldn't know a feeling if it bit them.  I mean quit the business entirely while also not being in a drugged state - then come tell me it's all a piece of cake to just walk out of this industry after it's been your identity for some years.

Why am I bitching about this?  Because one of the reasons I believe there's a need for the union is the very basic fact that those who do leave this industry need help going through that adjustment.  They need exit services.  Whether they were trafficking victims or not, whether they were addicts or not, whether they were sexually abused or not - there are those who aren't any of the above who still need help to go through the exiting process.  They may need vocational rehabilitation which I would like to see the union lobby the state to start doing something about this.

Think this isn't relevant?  You go spend 20 years working at a legal brothel and then one day you get told you're HIV/AIDS positive and suddenly your license is revoked.  Go on - put yourself in that person's shoes right now.  Imagine you just got told you're positive and your license to work as a prostitute is now revoked.  That's it.  No warning.  No pension.  No retirement plan.  No IRA.  Now what?  What the fuck you going to do now?  

That is a fundamental purpose for the union to exist is to make those aftercare and exit services available to members.   Now how are you going to do that when you think it's as simple as having Melissa Hill run a "support group" and that's it?  If you ask me the very fact you're acting like that's all there is is because whoever is running things over there at APAG now isn't Phyllisha.  Phyllisha is a sex worker.  She knows at the bottom of her gut that if she got mangled by a bus accident tomorrow, or became a victim of a horrible fire which disfigured her, or if she God forbid came down with HIV/AIDS - then now what?  What is she going to do?  She's planning on being in this industry the rest of her life.  I doubt she's got a back-up plan or a nursing degree or something to fall back on.  Even if she did have a nursing degree - what if the bus accident cut off one of her legs?  Then what?

Would vocational rehabilitation pay to retrain her to do something other than be in sex work?  I'm sorry but this is a fundamental issue for sex workers and where the union should be thinking about those very things.  So I'm actually deeply offended by this group making it appear that it's not a big issue when it's a CORE issue for why the union should exist - and that's to make sure employers in this industry realize that our careers are like that of dancers and athletes - it came be a short-lived one and one for which special considerations need to be built into the profession and that's where the union is supposed to be addressing those needs.

Which makes me think who is behind this APAG right now might be more for the "owners" than the "workers" in terms like that.  I mean question - how many who are back there are just workers themselves?  I'm asking because I also don't see a list of your officers on your website like I see on the IEAU website.    I see the board of IEAU is that of sex workers - not producers, not owners of companies, not people like Dennis Hof who owns a couple of ranches, not the owner of a string of strip clubs - but workers.  Workers who know the needs of the workers they're representing and defending and trying to make the field a better place for them.

So who exactly are you back there?  What are your roles within the industry?  How much do you know about how absolutely impossible it is to leave the industry should you have to suddenly due to injury or illness?  Christy Mack was horribly beaten.  After she announced she was staying in the industry.

However, she could.  What if War Machine, God forbid, but what if he had poured gasoline on her and lit her on fire as some women have had done to them in this industry?  What if she was so disfigured she couldn't possibly work in this industry again?  I assure you she would need special services to exit this industry even without being injured because there is a study out showing that literally 98% of those who try and leave sex work without the proper after-care fail.  They get clinically depressed, turn to drugs and/or alcohol, or even compulsive gambling as one study talked about, and they can't make the transition.

Those who can't go back wind up on SSI or welfare.  I know because 2/3 of the members of SWA have some kind of autoimmune disease they got from the industry and they're now living on SSI including myself.  I got chronic fatigue syndrome when it first hit the sex industry in the 1980's.  I spent my first year out of sex work laying on my couch because I was too tired to get up and go to bed.

But back to who are you over there running this "union" exactly?  I've learned how to tell red flags about abusers and exploiters and this form of intimidation and control you're exhibiting here is one of them.  You are attacking another member of the industry, a woman who created this very organization according to you out of nothing, at her own expense from what I understand, but I don't see a copy of a lawsuit along with it.

I also happen to know you're wrong - there ARE exceptions to when you can legally record someone in California and I don't see a word of that mentioned here meaning you're not only bullying, shaming, and intimidating another woman in this industry - but you're also misleading your readers and members by falsely claiming there are no exceptions to that rule.

Meaning you're lying to the industry in this letter.  That's all I got to know about the situation right here.  There are situations where one can legally record conversations in California and you aren't mentioning that at all here.  

What's worse is I don't even see a signature at the bottom as to who wrote this attack and misleading accusation.


To top it off, you're attacking her board for not "muzzling" Phyllisha simply because you asked them to.  Again - did you serve anyone with any legal papers?  Was a formal legal demand letter sent to anyone there at the  IEAU?  Can you please tell me what the other board members at the  IEAU have to do with what Phyllisha does?  What exactly is it you're calling them out for not doing?  Not what exactly?

Meaning you're not just attacking Phyllisha - you're attacking the whole board of IEAU over this something you say is illegal but I don't see you filing any legal papers about it.  I mean is this how you're going to represent your members?

Shame on you.

I don't see a signature here but I'm willing to lay down a $100 bet that whoever wrote this letter was a man.  Yet another man beating up on a woman in this industry and shaming her for protecting herself, and her baby, and then the other women who are standing behind her.   Which I'm sorry but I think that it's things like that why the union was started in the first place.  Meaning from where I'm standing it looks like some men came in and took this group away from Phyllisha and now they're trying to cover up what they did by victim blaming her.

If I'm wrong - then please please how about a statement about how exactly it was you're now running APAG and Phyllisha got shut out?  I mean I saw shit like this when the white man comes into America and kicks out the native American's for being "on his land".  Then I see all these westerns growing up where the white man is protecting himself from the "savage indian attacks" without addressing that it's the Indians who were the ones being ran off their land not the other way around.   So please - how about more of an explanation of how this split exactly took place because that's what this letter looks like to me - the white man talking about the horrible indians who attacked them!

Oh yes I know the tactics well.  I remember one time kicking the ass of a pimp who was beating up on my girlfriend and when the cops came he was crying how I beat the shit out of him.  I remember how my ex-husband went around all of our friends crying how "mean I was for taking his baby and leaving him" but of course leaving out of that whole conversation I did so after he broke down my front door and threatened to kill my daughter and myself.  That's what this looks like to me - so please - love to hear your side of what the break was about.

Along with a copy of the lawsuit against Phyllisha for these illegal recordings.  If you're not going to file a lawsuit then I think you need to retract that letter attacking other women in this industry while claiming you're there to represent their needs.  Also from a legal viewpoint.  Because I don't see the words "in my opinion" in these accusations.  Plus you're wrong - there ARE exceptions to the tape recording laws in California.  So what I see you're doing is defaming Phyllisha and even the IEAU which could also be considered a form of "economic interference".  In other words, you wouldn't be trying to steer prospective members towards your group over hers with these accusations now would you because that is also a crime.

You know how to reach me - so please enlighten me as to who is exactly the person who wrote this letter and what type of work they do in this industry?



Saturday, August 27, 2016

COPY OF LETTER I SENT RACHEL THOMAS OF SOWERS EDUCATIONAL GROUP

Rachel:

You say it saddens you to "see such discord among survivors and allies".

Okay.  So what are you doing about it?

I started the first hotline for this community in 1987 in the country, the world for that matter.  I did so after five years of exhaustive research for someone else to be doing it other than me before realizing "well if someone else isn't going to do anything then I guess I'm someone else".

Let me ask you this:

When have I been invited to attend any events on this subject as a guest?

When have I even been notified of events on this subject?

When have I been asked to speak at any of these events?

We're not talking "discord" here Rachel.  What's happening here is historical and history has a way of repeating itself.

Bill Wilson started Alcoholics Anonymous at a time when the world didn't believe alcoholism was a disease.  At a time when the condition was 100 percent fatal.  The way the world treated it was to ignore it, hide it, and shame and criminalize those who suffered from it.  Prohibition was created partly to try and stop these men who would get paid on Friday afternoon, and before they'd make it home that night the checks for rent and food for their families had been drunk away.  Then there'd be the drunken fight, and domestic violence with women and children cast into the streets homeless.

Society didn't understand it as a disease so they tried to make it illegal in the hopes it would stop this behavior.

After Bill started onto not only the program which was the first one to produce long term sobriety, but further led to the recognition some had a disease - a whole field of study sprouted up to address this new disease of alcoholism.

At about 20 years of age - AA "blacklisted" Bill Wilson.  He was cast out of writing the Grapevine.  Further, banned from speaking at conventions, even meetings.  The character assassinations started in order to take the program from being "Bill's" to being "ours" as the medical, scientific, and legal communities started wanting in on the action.  Sober living homes, alcohol treatment centers, alcoholism counselors, schools teaching about alcoholism, medical research into alcoholism - all started to sprout up - including a complete transformation of our whole legal and political system.

Politicians who had built their whole platform on Prohibition had to recreate themselves.  Small town jails who paid the light bill by putting drunks in over the weekend had to find new sources to fill up those beds.  Courts for drunk and disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace had to find new defendants.   Teams of police who used to look for speakeasy's and bootleggers to arrest had to find new criminals to pursue.   Churches who used to get most of their donations from coming into town and getting the drunks to sign "pledges" had to find a new cause to create.

The addict replaced the system.  Delete the word "alcohol" and insert the word "drugs" and the system goes right on functioning only now the new "cause" is drugs.  As more and more addicts started getting clean in AA however, the awareness they shared a disease also soon led to Jimmy Kinnon founding Narcotics Anonymous.

Only Prohibition had been lifted the year AA was formed.  Yet drugs were still illegal when Jimmy started NA.  So police were actually arresting addicts for coming to meetings to get clean.  The National Council on Drug Addiction was formed to create the same reforms for their disease that had been given the alcoholic.

Then about 20 years into creating clean addicts - the same people who "monetized" the treatment of alcoholism came knocking on Jimmy's door.  Only he'd seen what this had done to the alcoholic.  So he fought back and refused to help them create the same changes.  Didn't matter though as the Board of Directors and Trustees in NA had an illegal meeting and illegally locked Jimmy out of his own office.

But like Bill Wilson, Jimmy had his supporters.  To fully cast him out of the house he created the same thing had to be done to him which was done to Bill - he had to not only be smeared and ostracized from his own creation but further his supporters had to be chased out of any positions of power.  In AA, this split created the "Ohio Group" who broke away from the NY General Office.   In NA, it led to what's been dubbed "The Tradition Wars".  Anyone in Jimmy's sponsorship family, or who supported his views against professional treatment or drug courts for the addict - was literally pushed out of service, the rooms, and some were even physically driven out of meetings with violence.  To be replaced with people who wanted to support the creation of treatment programs who charged $10,000 a week for treatment - some even promising to "cure" addiction now.

Before I created our 12 step program, out of which came Brenda Myers-Powell, we had become the replacement fodder for this "machine".  As now both addicts and alcoholics were now being given special courts which recognized these were not criminals, but instead "sick" people needing "help" and "treatment", jails were being cleared out.  Church donations were going down.  Politicians weren't able to "crack down on drugs" in the same way.

There's a machine in this country that depends on someone to target to function.  First it was the alcoholic, then the addict.  For a short time, this system tried to turn onto sex offenders.  Only it hit a big snag in that most sexual predators, child molesters, rapists, etc. ARE the system.  They ARE the church, the politicians, professors, doctors, lawyers, judges, etc.  I know because I was there when this blip started to get off the ground - and then was quickly shut under because it was the same people running this system who didn't want to subject themselves, nor their associates who also covered for them, to this system their jobs and paychecks depended upon.

No - we needed to find a new victim to throw into this machine.  So the "prostitute" was targeted.  Soon buses were going out weekly doing "sweeps" to drag 100's of prostitutes into the jails for booking.  Courtrooms were churning out women handing over fines weekly.  Defense lawyers were getting huge retainers from women afraid of losing their kids because of the prostitution charge.   Jails had beds to fill and all the addicts and alcoholics were now being replaced with prostitutes.  When I did a survey in 1987 of a jail in Los Angeles, and Allentown, PA - out of 2000 inmates 1800 of them were prostitutes.  All of them were repeat offenders.

Churches used to organize campaigns to "clean up their town" identical to the ones that used to go out shutting down speakeasy's and crack houses.    Neighborhood Watch along with parents groups and church groups would go out and drive prostitutes "out of their backyard" like they were cockroaches.

Alcoholics had Betty Ford.  She proved that "anyone", even someone "decent" could be an alcoholic.  George W. Bush used cocaine and even Clinton joked about smoking weed.  So the addict had their "respectable" poster child.  Anyone knows the Catholic Church is chock full of priests who are child molesters - but they're also "respectable decent" people.

Who is left to push around, throw into jail, put on probation, force onto a counselors, couch, slap on medications, and treat like a "scourge that needs to be stamped out of our neighborhoods" but the "prostitute"?  Then throw into the mix that those same judges, attorney's, politicians, etc., who are seeking for a way to have power over these women so they can force them into sex can further gain that power by making sure prostitution is illegal - and you've found the new "criminal" this country is going to focus on "cracking down on".

Only God had a different idea and HIV/AIDS started raging.  Suddenly, those jails, courtrooms, hospitals, counselors, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, drug treatment centers, and churches didn't want these anywhere within 100 miles of their doorstep.

Along comes this 12 step program who says "give them to us".  By the year 2000 - we not only saw the Trafficking Act of 2000 pass giving us federal recognition that not all of us were "criminals" but some were actually "victims", which is about the same as giving us a "disease" like the alcoholic/addict, but we were being used as an "alternative to incarceration" in every major city of the USA, and three cities in Canada.  Our hotline was the only one where you'd call if you wanted help to leave any part of the sex industry, as well as the one any reporter would call if working on a story, or film maker working on a project on the subject.  

We had no "discord" or "lack of unity" when the system WANTED us Rachel.  But soon we were creating a system which actually worked to get people out of the sex industry.  The pharmaceutical companies came up with a drug cocktail that was putting HIV/AIDS under control.

"For profit" prisons started sprouting up like wildfire.  They had beds which needed to be filled.  All that money spent on HIV/AIDS drugs needed to be paid for.  Anti-depressants were created selling for sometimes $1000 a month.   Drug treatment programs had empty beds which needed patients.  The religious right and the church was losing money.  People were getting bored donating to starving children in Africa.

A new "victim" was needed.  Especially one where most of the men running these systems needed their "fix".  Not about sex.  They could well buy a prostitute.  But about "power".  You can see what I mean with the prosecutor in Michigan who was exposed not long ago of coercing 100's of women literally into sex with him by threatening to throw them in jail.  Now that guy certainly didn't want those women knowing that all they had to do was ask the judge to court order them into a Sex Workers Anonymous meeting.  Jails needed someone in their cells which didn't require months of investigation and a huge budget to create stings or to properly investigate a case.  They needed something quick, cheap and easy they could throw into a jail cell.

The TVRA of 2003 was passed giving the money for these newly recognized victims to solely "faith based groups" who further signed a pledge they would not even "associate" with any group who claimed that the sex industry was in fact an "industry".  Unless the group stated that "prostitution" was a "human rights violation" - no money for you today.

The movement we had created, just like how Bill Wilson created his movement for the alcoholic, and Jimmy for the addict, but the one we'd created to create help for men and women to exit the sex industry, and to provide services for those who were trafficked, as well as victimized while in that profession, was now official "hijacked" by the same people - the church, politicians, courts, doctors, lawyers, etc.  

They came to me Rachel and asked me if I'd go along with spreading their "message" which isn't ours.  As a 12 step program however, we can't "express an opinion on outside issues".  So to take a stance that "prostitution is a human rights violation" IS taking a stance.  We can't blame the men who buy our services anymore than AA can blame a brewery, or NA can blame the pharmaceutical companies for their issues.  The very crux of a 12 step program is that the focus is on ME - and not the world, the substance, or whether or not something is "right" or "wrong".  The addict for example doesn't distinguish between a street drug or a legally prescribed drug.  BOTH must be abstained from in order to recover.

Meaning we also have to abstain from all "legal" forms of the sex industry.  Which include such things as legal brothels, webcam performing, pornography, even strip club work.  Only guess what the politicians, jails, lawyers, and the church want to focus on?  ILLEGAL STREET prostitution.  For example, Polaris has gone after Rhode Island prostitution which was decriminalized but hasn't TOUCHED the issue of the legal brothels and sex clubs in Nevada.   In fact, you haven't seen one organized raid for "sex trafficking victims" in a legal brothel or sex club of Nevada.  Let alone a porn set or webcam studio.

Oh no - we can't talk about the "industry" of the "sex industry" but only about "prostitution" or we lose all that wonderful federal grant money, as well as the checks being written by the Catholic Bishops.

So Rachel there's no "discord" here.  There are powerful, wealthy factions who are DELIBERATELY SILENCING AND OSTRACIZING US.

Why?  Because if they do treat us as this being what it is - the "sex industry" then it becomes open for discussion that the REASON why it's workers are being so easily victimized isn't because of the "traffickers", but because it's (1) illegal, and (2) not unionized.  Meaning our message as it is calls for decriminalization of prostitution so that witnesses and evidence can be easily obtained to prosecute traffickers.  Decriminalizing prostitution does the same thing for the sex industry that ending Prohibition did to the power men like Al Capone had as well as the wealth generated by alcohol and drugs being illegal.  In other words, the traffickers themselves don't want to see this industry decriminalized because then look at all the power and money they LOSE.

The reason why traffickers flourish in the sex industry is because it's not unionized.  There's a Brothels Owners Assocation in Nevada - do you see the workers have a union, advocate, lobbyist etc.?  Let me ask you something - when's the last time you saw a woman who works at one of the NV legal brothels giving an interview to the press WITHOUT Dennis Hof sitting right by her side?

APAC had James Deen as it's director.  A man accused of now raping over 9 women in the industry.  Who did the AVN back up when Stoya said she didn't want to stand next to him on stage to present an award the same year she'd been raped by him according to her?  HIM.  Who, what group, what advocate, what association, protested this on her behalf?

There's a Gentlemens' Club Association - but yet strippers aren't unionized.  So take a good look around at what associations do exist in the USA - and they eacn and every one are on the side of the MEN, the owners, the corporations, etc.  NOT ONE  represents the "worker".

Now if you instead of calling these people "sex trafficking victims" and classifying them as "human rights violation victims", you instead DO call the sex industry and "industry" - then those who are being "pimped" and "trafficked" mean that protections need to be set up for them just like exist for farmers, manufacturers, diamond miners, coal miners, even football players and actors.  Even actors have a union so that producers have to pay a set amount of pay and work them only so many hours so that they aren't exploited.  So I ask you then - what's the difference?

Words.

You instead of calling those exploited within the industry the issue - you say there "is no industry" and that "all are victims" guess what discussions you now completely bypass?

Union.

Labor laws.

Decriminalization.

All things brothel owners, porn producers, strip club owners, jails, treatment centers, and the church don't want to hear hear talked about.

Nah - they want us "criminals" and "victims".  
I mean what a gig.  I'm now talking to "victims" who were put into this new "system" to "rescue" them.  They're all in section 8 housing next to crack dealers, in minimum wage horrible jobs they have to take or they lose their housing and benefits, they're saddled with $1,000's of dollars in student loans for jobs they can't get because of their past, especially if they have porn online, they're being researched as part of some grant some professor or doctor's getting a lot of money for while they get nothing but poked and prodded on, they're on multiple psychiatric medications that their doctors are getting paid kickbacks to put them on, while the pharmacies are averaging $3,000 a month for their medications, they're paying off fees for classes or diversion to the court, they're seeing some counselor who is getting paid weekly who isn't changing their lives - I mean the "system" is pimping these women in a way that would give Bishop Don Juan lessons in the game!

When we refused to support their agenda, they went to our top members such as Brenda Myers-Powell, and Kathleen Mitchell, just to name two women who had broken their "anonymity at the level of press, radio and films" in order to help us get that federal recognition in the first place when this was a subject NO ONE wanted to support, endorse, or help in any way because who on earth would want to be known as "helping some hookers" as we were known pre-Trafficking Act of 2000, and like Satan to Jesus in the desert - offered them "money, property and prestige" if they'd turn on the program who created them and espouse "other"views.

Why they've given Brenda and Kathleen awards, paintings of themselves, Brenda's even had THREE documentaries made about her which create a very vivid "impression like she's the founder of our program.  Can't get the founder to say and do such things because it's a violation of our Traditions?  Well hell let's get Brenda to do it for x amount of dollars and a film made about her.   That way we can make it appear the program Jody created believes in this even if it's not the truth.

Why use them?  Well don't you know the Nazi's knew well the Jews would cooperate more with walking "nicely" into the showers if another Jew led them that's why.  Even farmers know well the use of a "scapegoat" to get the cow to walk down the chute to it's death.

Because controlling the language is what it's about you know.  No politician, judge, psychiatrist, attorney, celebrity, Fortune 500 company like Microsoft or Amazon, or church leader would DARE help out "sex workers" or "hookers" because that would be just career suicide.  But boy call it "sex trafficking" and you get award dinners, fund raisers, checks written, film projects, and all the "unity" you want.

You also get talks about unions, decriminalization, and labor laws to protect workers.  You also clear out the shelters, the courts, the jails, and the treatment programs.

So you Rachel there's no "discord" among your group.  The "discord" is between your group of people who were involved in that event in any fashion and MYSELF.

Only that's not "discord" Rachel - that's being CUT OUT.

Not at all unlike how the native Americans were sitting here in this country until the white man came along and then acted like they were the vermin who needed to be chased out of their home.  They did it all while saying they were doing it to "civilize" them.  In this movement however, it's called "saving us".

Only let me ask you this - you say you "had nothing to do" with any of that event.  You didn't "pick the film" or have anything to do with organizing it.  Well I certainly didn't either.  Nor did any of the active members of our program who belong to the oldest, and largest, program of survivors in the world.

So who did?  What ex-sex worker, who may, or may not, be a sex trafficking victim, DID have something to do with putting that event together about us?  I mean it was about "us" right".  See not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic.  Not every one who uses drugs is an addict.  Not everyone who has had sex has been molested.  Not everyone who eats has an eating disorder.  Also true is the fact not every person in the sex industry has been pimped and/or trafficked.  Some have been both.  For some of us, our perception of whether we were, or not, changes over time as we grow in our recovery and the drugs clear out of our systems.  As the trauma heals - we often look at things different and our perceptions of whether or not we were in fact "victims" changes just as it does for the alcoholic.  Not every person in an AA meeting had made the admission their an "alcoholic".  Sometimes it takes years for a person to accept they are in fact one.  No different among our members.

But let's call it what it is Rachel.  What's going on here with me is NOT DISCORD.  Let's pick a word that more accurate describes what's going on here.  How about "hijacking" or "ostracizing" or "shunning" or "marginalizing" or even "blacklisting"?  I will call it "blacklisting" because I've asked to be allowed to even attend events like this as a guest and I've been either refused a ticket or straight up told by security at the door I've been "banned from the property".

I'm writing because I am curious though.  For this event about this subject - since I've now asked as many of our local members as I could reach to see if they were involved in any way with the planning of this event and they've said no - I'd like to know how many survivors, ex-sex workers, or whatever word you feel comfortable in deciding to call us since no one is asking us what we want to be called - how many of "us" were actually involved in the planning of this event?  I mean even Brenda - SHE didn't make that film.  Nor was the film produced by Prostitutes Anonymous as she insists on calling us because the people who paid for the film insist upon it even though we changed our name legally in 1995 to Sex Workers Anonymous.  So the producers are even using a name we stopped using because "they" don't agree with our reasons for changing our name so they're just deciding to keep calling us the name they want anyway whether we like it or not.

And whether you had anything to do with the "planning" of it in any way Rachel - you attended.  You supported it.  Now when I've come to you all about having an issue about this - I'm not hearing anyone coming back with any ideas or suggestions on repairing the problem.

Leaving me now in the absence of any offers to resolve this somehow with having to now move forward with legal steps since I don't exactly hear anyone coming to me with any "offers of unity" here.

In other words, I'm not the person causing the "discord" here because it's NOT "discord".  We are being walked all over and exploited and robbed and cheated and one of the things we do in our program is to teach our members to stop letting people do just that - exploit them, cheat them, use them, and basically treat them like they don't mean anything as human beings.

So I came to you to let you know there was a problem here.  I'm not hearing any offers to resolve this "nicely" and "cooperatively".  I've given this plenty of time.  So I will be moving forward with legal action.  You were still a part of this.  And enough is enough.  We're not going to continue to just stand by and have people act like we don't exist.

I'm preparing a report for the new administration when we have a new president and cabinet coming into power about this whole thing.  I need to get this report done before the election so I'm on a bit of a time frame.  So everyone involved will probably start getting legal papers in a few weeks.

Have a nice day Rachel.

Jody Williams
http://www.sexworkersanonymous.com/
(702) 488-1127

PS - oh do I write "long emails"?  Maybe it's because NO ONE WILL TALK TO ME.  








Thursday, April 21, 2016

LETTER TO THE IRS

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


April 20, 2016

IRS Tax Exempt Dept.
Via Fax

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

Dear IRS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Jody Williams