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Monday, March 7, 2016

THE EFFECTS OF "NO SUCH THING"

Garrett:

I saw your article http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-adv-foster-overflow-20150301-story.html  and it’s important we stay on this story because there is a huge crisis going on from what I’m seeing and honestly the media seems to be the only way I think something is going to be done about this.   Since I started www.sexworkersanonymous.com back in 1987 – I’ve tried to stick to working with adults (those over 18 years old) with respect to helping them get out of the sex industry.  However, the world is changing and I’m finding that I’m getting increasingly sucked into this issue because really the only difference between a juvenile and an adult is only one day after their birthday. 

There was a huge crisis going on back in the late 1970’s.  A lot of kids were winding up on the streets because their parent were on hard drugs.  In the 1960’s the drugs were mostly weak pot, LSD, and a lot of booze – but when cocaine started coming into this country with Iran Contra – suddenly a whole generation of crack babies were being born because of this new drug on the streets.   Teens who had turned to prostitution to survive were going into foster homes, group homes, etc., only to be even more victimized where they couldn’t get away.  You have no idea the stories our members have told me from that time period where they were being locked into programs where the staff was raping them, or even selling them to the pimps.  The shelters back then were either victimizing these kids or they were completely useless.  The minute the pimps would show up demanding them back with guns – the shelter would comply.   Then we had Father Ritter supposedly molesting the boys coming into Covenant House for over 10 years before that was stopped.  None of this was hitting the press because bad publicity meant people were going to lose their jobs. 

So Lois stepped up in 1979 and opened www.childrenofthenight.org for those who were involved in prostitution in some way.  She had to because these boys and girls needed extra protection.  Because those targeting them were not pedophiles in the traditional sense, their type of predators was going unrecognized.  Which is how I first met Lois – I knew anyone under 18 years old I was helping to escape the streets and pimps I could bring to her.  I was working at this time as a madam and escort while trying to remain “independent”.  So any time I’d come across someone who was under 18 and needed help to escape the streets or some monster – I’d take them to her without one bit of concern.  I was seeing her do wonderful work.  Most important, the kids were safe with her.  I’ve now gone on to see her kids graduate college, get married, have kids, etc. 

The traffickers and pimps I was dealing with at the time were very careful to only work with those over the age of 18 years old.  I’m going to invite you to watch a clip from a Bruce Lee film from 1973 because I want you to see something that I feel had he lived, he was going to try and do something about the fact that there were no laws on the books against the sex trafficking of adult American women. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PGjCWpbt4U  What this CIA man was saying was absolutely the case back then – the law couldn’t touch traffickers targeting adult American women.  It was truly open season back then on ADULT women.   Realize the world didn’t even acknowledge this was happening – so why would there be a law against it?  Remember the term “sex trafficking” wasn’t even coined until the passing of the Trafficking Act of 2000. 

So I ran into a huge problem though when it came to where to take someone who was over 18 years of age who needed help to get away from a pimp or trafficker, and yes there’s a difference in my vocabulary.  The pimp has a relationship with their victim very much like a domestic violence type of abusive relationship.  However, the traffickers were straight up selling people like property where they are “owned”.  Some were selling women to men in other countries like the Sultan of Brunei and his family.  I know this because “brokers” had approached me as one of the top three madams operating in Los Angeles at a time when there was no internet.  Meaning if you wanted someone who wasn’t on a street corner then you had to either deal with me, Alex Adams or Cheri Woods.  Between us we covered all of southern California’s “high end” prostitution.  So we were approached to sell “white women” who had no family for $25,000 a throw back then.  It was a very sophisticated racket back then where these sales would take place at the Beverly Hilton and the Beverly Hills police were part of this operation.  Meaning we had no where to run. 

Not when the treatment centers, homeless and domestic violence shelters were refusing to take us in out of a fear of HIV/AIDS back in the 1980’s.  This is why I took a warehouse I had been using for my prostitution needs and converted it into the first “safe house” for adults in 1984.  That got me arrested however when an angry pimp called the police claiming I was running a brothel.  The clips are at www.hightechmadam.com   She testified against the pimp and the charges against me were dropped – sure.

However, the police then came and charged my mother with pimping me.  That became a whole new case where I was on probation until 1986.   It was after then I realized something still needed to be done, but I wasn’t going to operate a residential program after this so we launched the hotline and 12 step program, originally Prostitutes Anonymous, back in 1987.   We also launched the first alternative to incarceration and diversion program here in 1987 also thanks to a lot of support from then mayor Tom Bradley, Chief Gates and Sheriff Block. 

But because prostitution was/is a crime – we were still not having this population we were helping able to access any money through the victim assistance programs.   I was told that if I was to help the push towards the passing of the Trafficking Act of 2000 that we would be able to unlock money for these victims to get the same services that any victim was getting otherwise who was in a different profession.   Because even those in “legal” professions that were part of the sex industry such as stripping, pornography, etc. were still being denied the same assistance as a housewife or secretary.

I had no idea then what bringing money into this field was going to create.  Now to help get this law passed, I embarked upon a lot of media to raise awareness that many of us who were being treated as criminals were not there by choice.  Therefore, it was wrong to treat them like criminals when they weren’t there by choice.  This was the intent of our alternative sentencing program – to take those who had been forced to be where they were arrested and get them free and in recovery.  Because when the police would do a raid on a brothel then – everyone was arrested including the prostitutes as criminals.  They were treated the same as the pimps running the place.  But for those who were there because they were sold into being there, or were there by force in some fashion – it was wrong to treat them as a criminal. 

After this Act was passed, the TVRA of 2003 was passed which was a revision that’s just flipped everything on it’s head. It’s created a “money madness”.  I’ve attached a clip here for you to see what I mean.  Here is a prosecutor who is now LYING about someone being a trafficking victim to get access to not only the victim assistance money – but also to go after grant money for trafficking which is now being made available from three major sources right now (1) the Catholic Church, (2) the Hunt Foundation, and (3) the Office of Victim Services.  http://traffickingandprostitutionservices.blogspot.com/2016/03/just-like-we-predicted.html  What is written about here I’ve been seeing going on for a few years now. 

What you may not be aware of however is one of the ways these people have been going after grant money.  Up to 2002, we had a chapter of our program in every major city of the USA.  We were being used by the courts as an “alternative to incarceration” both formally and informally.  Formally we were part of the “Program for Female Offenders” in Allentown, PA for example.  Informally, if you were convicted of prostitution you could ask the judge to come to our program and the judges were granting this all over the USA, Puerto Rico, even Hawaii.  Because prostitution is illegal – we had a very hard time finding meeting space that would rent to us.  Imagine if you owned a building would you rent a space for a bunch of hookers to meet?  Especially ones who might have a pimp looking for them?  A violence, dangerous pimp?  Not many would so we were meeting in donated space given to us by the Salvation Army or Catholic Charities depending upon who had a shelter in that town.

After the TVRA of 2003 was passed – suddenly our meeting space was revoked.  I started getting phone calls from all across the USA from our chapter telling me we have “been banned from the property”.  We weren’t just asked to stop holding meetings – we found ourselves banned from the property.  It was more than being banned even as anyone who was a member of our program who was working in their program with helping prostitutes was fired.  If we had a “sponsee” the group was working with – we were forbidden to even speak to them.  Kathleen Mitchell had been running a chapter of ours out of the Catholic Charities in Phoenix since 1991.  We were told she had “retired” and Catholic Charities had now taken over the program and our meetings “were out”.   I found out later this was a lie – they were continuing to hold meetings they CALLED “Prostitutes Anonymous” – but they were run in line with “their” philosophy.  What this meant was every member in the meeting was told they were a “victim”.  I’ve got a tape here of a member in Phoenix describing what it was like “before” and “after” this take-over.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_TD_X3uOiA

Of course I’m wondering why since our program is effective.  I’ve even got outside validation of that now in the 10 year study published in “Leaving Prostitution” by professor Sharon Oselin who even has interviews with prostitutes saying it was our program who turned them around.  So why boot us out when we were effective?  To apply for grants to fill the now empty positions that’s why.  What this “gold rush” has created is a bunch of people now claiming there are “no resources” when in fact there are. 

Our chapters regrouped and found new meeting space elsewhere.  Some started holding meetings in their homes even.  We continued to offer our program up for those wanting help to leave the sex industry whether that desire was to get away from a pimp, or simply to retire.  Which caused a conflict if you can imagine because here there are now groups claiming they need money to do the very services we’re doing, and doing without applying for grant money.  So people started being threatened with their jobs if they let any prostitute even speak to us.  Since I couldn’t find an attorney willing to sue over something like this with no financial reward at the end of the rainbow – I went to the ACLU.  This became the ACLU v. Catholic Bishops lawsuit which stated they could not refuse to allow referrals to “outside” groups, such as ours, simply because of a philosophical difference of opinions.  See the TVRA of 2003 stated money could only be issued to “faith based” groups and those who were “anti-prostitution” and “of the believe prostitution is not work but a violation of human rights”.

Well we’re none of those because we’re a 12 step program.  Back in the days of Prohibition, many believed alcohol was a “tool of the devil”.  This is why many churches back then went around having men sign “pledges” not to drink.  The alcohol industry wasn’t too happy about them either – so as to avoid butting heads with them or the church – AA has their “traditions” which mean we aren’t a church, nor can we take a stance for or against anything.   After the ACLU v. Catholic Bishops lawsuit was won however nothing changed.   We still were not getting referrals because of the fact we will not engage in things like “protesting rape culture” as one example. 

Now I was not alone on this obviously – many groups, doctors, and licensed therapists, were finding they were now being blocked from working with prostitutes by a new system that had developed.  A group called CAASE had gone to 11 states and set up programs in connection with the local police, a local task force, and the local Salvation Army and Catholic Charities – where instead of a prostitute being referred to our outpatient program as an adult – they were now being taken by the police to these shelters, and under threat of arrest, told they had to stay there in these shelters, and go along with their program ‘or else’.   We STILL were finding we not only were not being given referrals but any of these prostitutes who did reach out to us were being either arrested, or booted out into the streets.  To try and stop this, this lawsuit was filed and won.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agency_for_International_Development_v._Alliance_for_Open_Society_International,_Inc.

That prompted some kind of back lash against our program.  Now there is no legal reason to block a prostitute from coming to us for assistance.  We don’t believe in putting these men and women into residential programs because that’s not teaching them how to care for themselves.  Since we weren’t going away, and we’ve been continuing to provide recovery for our members (you can hear some testimonials to that effect at www.leavingtheliferadio.com), we started becoming the victim of some kind of stalking campaign nationally and online.  I have had to shut down our online forum because it was attacked.  I’ve had to remove our members room on our site for members to speak to each other because someone went in there and started “outing” members’ identities and posting photos of their children online, even reporting their whereabouts for their pimps to see.

Whole forums were being set up where each new member was told that I was “back pimping”.  One group of people in Atlanta were told that I was operating a child trafficking ring, while others in California where told I was now “producing porn”.  To back up their crazy claims they set up sites like www.sexworkersanonymous.net   I don’t have the money to pay for every domain extension out there – so these people have set up sites like this to further make their smears appear to be the truth. 

Where it got crazy was when our local chapters started reporting back to me police harassment, stalking, and outright threats.  We had group chairs calling me up saying they had found gasoline poured all over their front porch, their cars broken into with threats left inside, their homes broken into where the only thing removed was our literature, they were being followed, their front doors were being kicked in, oil was poured on their flowers in their yard, and all kinds of other insanity to the point where I’ve had to put our local meetings on a higher security level for their own protection.   We had to remove all local meeting information off line to force all calls to come through me for the group’s security – which of course then prompted an accusation that we are now a “cult” because I’ve had to start screening all the calls to protect the local groups and members.

How does this tie into your article?  A campaign by these same people started up entitled “No Such Thing’ pushing to have juveniles not arrested on prostitution charges.   Now I’m sure Lois Lee can explain to you what happened to the numbers of juveniles who got involved in drug crimes once they started doing the same thing to juveniles caught running drugs back in the 1970’s.  Well – it created such an increase in teens involved in prostitution it’s one of the reasons I understand she opened CON in the first place.  I don’t remember the law off hand – but I’m sure Lois can fill you in on this who I am sending a copy of this letter to.

Because they stopped arresting juveniles on prostitution charges in 2015 here in Los Angeles as part of this “No Such Thing” campaign, this means there are no solid HIV/AIDS results coming in anywhere because prostitutes aren’t tested by the state unless arrested in California.  Now there is a confirmed HIV/AIDS epidemic going on with sex workers down in Mexico, as well as China, Korea and Thailand.  There have also been confirmed high rates of infection in various cities of the USA at this time.  But we have no numbers now on how many juveniles who have engaged in prostitution are infected because without the state taking those states – any test results are considered “confidential”.

This isn’t what concerns me so much.  For one thing, they’ve gone nuts.  This push to not arrest a juvenile on prostitution charges – led to a dilemma when Latesha Clay was arrested in Michigan with a gun because she was supposedly robbing her tricks.  I say she was probably protecting herself, and her two small children, with the gun.  But when the state won’t give out welfare to a juvenile mother unless they have a GED (what teen mother does have a GED I ask you), and there’s no foster parents, this pushes kids onto the streets just like Latesha.  Now because of the gun, they then charged her as an adult because again of this push to not arrest juveniles for prostitution.   However, as an adult they’re supposed to refer mothers to me in order to keep their children. 

One of the reasons why the Mayor, Sheriff and the Chief of Police back in the 1980’s allowed us to set up our program in the first place was because of a study we did back then learning that every single woman who was being locked up on prostitution charges had AT LEAST TWO children who were then being put into the foster care system.   To further help us sold this problem, the abandoned Via Avanta drug program was re-opened by Tom Bradley where we took women who were in Sybil Brand Womens Jail and pregnant and mothers who were HIV positive and he moved them from the jail into that program where they could be with their children and also receive better medical care. 

But they put to the head of the line those who came to our program instead of being incarcerated mothers.  Now in Michigan up until this madness with the church people (I don’t know what else to call them sorry) it was a part of their probation system that you couldn’t even graduate off probation unless you had shown you had attended our program for at least one year.   Now I’m hearing that Latesha Clay was sentenced as an adult and incarcerated with her two kids put into foster care?  It’s certainly not because some people think I’m “pimping” because I don’t run our Michigan groups!

Now when I heard about the 11 year old girl that was pimped out of the youth center here in Los Angeles, I also learned that we went from 3000 (approximately) to 900 foster parents in Los Angeles in one year – 2015.  I at first thought that maybe if I got certified as a foster parent that maybe I could help out.  I know Lois only has so many beds – so I thought maybe I could become a foster and get more involved with the epidemic I’m seeing of juveniles now being lured into not just sex trafficking – but pornography.  Now let me explain something – most pimps I’m seeing in Los Angeles are not using guns on their victims – but the camera.   You can slap a college degree on these women all you want but I’m finding no one is hiring them if their porn is online.  If they do hire them, all it takes is one photo online to be emailed to their boss and then they’re fired.  So a gun isn’t necessary any longer with most of the white pimps anyway.

Because our Los Angeles chair was being threatened – she withdrew from contact with people like LA Probation.  So I also started talking to them again about resuming our more formal “alternative to incarceration” programs.   I was told “no decisions can be made right now because we don’t have a head of Probation”.  Seems the woman who was in charge had to step down because she was sleeping with her boss.  Also seems they can’t make up their mind if they want to break from being joined with juvenile probation as well. 

This creates a problem for me also because while joined now with juvenile probation – there’s this faith based group that wants to have the juveniles to themselves.   Which is fine because I don’t work with juveniles generally – but as long as the two groups are connected then it is going to give us a problem.   So I’m being held off from doing anything with the adults right now on probation because they’re telling me they’re looking for someone to be in charge first to make that decision, which takes me back to the foster care system.   Which again I wondered why the sudden drastic drop.  So I started talking to some local foster parents who have recently walked away from their posts about why they’re doing this and the answer I’m getting is always the same – corruption and abuse. 

These people are reporting to me widespread corruption and abuse and that no one is doing anything about it.  They’re reporting to me that the ones who can be “turned out” are being targeted by the pimps and that they can’t get anyone to listen.  I’m even hearing from parents who are telling me their daughters are being taken from them for “no reason” and put into these programs where they are disappearing right out of them, trafficked, and then when they’re all used up, then just dumped right back like nothing happened. 

The thing is Garrett – when a juvenile was arrested on prostitution charges, there was a way to follow up on that case.  I’m completely at a loss now because this language thing has gotten completely out of hand.  I literally called the jail and said that I wanted to talk to them about a program where I could come in and work with the “prostitutes’ in the system and I was told “we don’t have any prostitutes in our jail – only human trafficking victims”.  Okay enough is enough here with this drive to find “trafficking victims” to the point now where I can’t even get the services to prostitutes who need them.  Latesha Clay is being treated at 15 like a criminal only because she didn’t have a pimp?

The only way I know how to deal with this kind of corruption and insanity is media pressure.  So I was hoping you and I could open up a dialogue about these subjects for the sake of getting help to these kids.   As I said, I’ve tried to stay only focusing on adults up until now but since they stopped arresting juveniles for prostitution charges two thing I see are happening.  The first is that it’s now “game on” as far as targeting of juveniles for prostitution.  Let me ask you something – if you were a pimp today who would you pimp?  Someone who could be arrested or someone who can cry “victim” and not be touched?  In fact, she can even play this “victim” role right up into getting all kinds of help while sneaking off to see him when no one is looking.  Second, they don’t arrest them so then what?  What I’m hearing is they’re targeting the parent, and arresting them.  Then putting that same child in foster care where they are now under LESS supervision by the SAME PIMPS. 

It does not help that I’m also dealing with completely fake programs that have been set up for phony TV shows, money laundering, or baby mills.  Yes baby mills.  Just take Mercy Ministries for example which was based right here in California.  They set themselves up as a “safe house” for “trafficking victims” that were so bold about their targeting of pregnant strippers they had adoption applications right on their websites!  http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/02/21/dark-side-mercy-ministries/  The expose on them didn’t come out until 2012 – but that was after I started complaining to anyone that would listen that I’m having to fight with THEM now ON TOP OF FIGHTING THE PIMPS to get help to them! 

Because that’s what’s happening right now – the seeking of “trafficking victims” in order to tap into grant money has become such a drive that I’m now literally having to fight not just with pimps now -but with these programs trying to “sell” them into going into their program so they can parade them around to raise money.  The problem isn’t so much even with those that are using them in the adoption mills as it is when they’re using them strictly to try and raise money.  They seek them out, get their stories, and then refuse to help them saying “there’s no money”.  Then they go and apply for their grants or hold their $50,000 a plate luncheons using these stories – while leaving the prostitute who thought they were going to help them in the lurch.  I can name at least 10 women I’m speaking to right now in our local program who told me they were being promised help for as long as a year they never got – which these nonprofits and charities used their plight to raise money for themselves.  During this time they were not told that we could help them because there’s no money in that tune.

Anyway, I’ve got some people within the foster care system that are saying some pretty scary things about what’s going on in the system right now, and something needs to be done about it.  Something also needs to be done to let these parents know where they can get some help.  I set up SWAN www.swanfellowship.webs.com for the same reason as to what happened to my mother – they arrested her because of my actions and she’d done nothing wrong.  If you look at Heidi Fleiss – they went after her parents.  They went after Jeane Palfrey’s mother but I was able to convince them it would be bad press for them so they dropped pursing Jeane’s 94 year old sick mother.  But I assure you I’m hearing that while they may not be arresting the juveniles for prostitution – they are arresting their parents and then putting those same kids in the CPS system and that’s just not cool.

There was a documentary on TV yesterday about the corruption they exposed with respect to drugs in NY in the 75th precinct.   What I’m seeing happening right now, after they took off the pressure of arresting juveniles for prostitution, is the same system is now transferred onto prostitution.  There’s no way to get caught with the drugs and even the judges, prosecutors, and cops are now partaking in the product  (the same as they did the drugs).  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/18/2-los-angeles-police-officers-charged-with-repeatedly-raping-women-under-threat-of-arrest/

So if you’d like to talk to some of these people within the foster care system about what’s going wrong – please just let me know.  Thanks.

Jody Williams
(702) 468-4529









Sunday, December 6, 2015

RISING THREAT OF HIV IN THE USA - THE DANGER OF ASIAN MASSAGE PARLORS

If you prefer to "listen" to an audio version of this blog - click here:  https://youtu.be/DMSHxml8PEQ

While Charlie Sheen has admitted to spending over $10 million dollars trying to conceal from the public, and his playmates within the sex industry, that he was HIV positive.  What's one way he's been doing this?  He's admitted to paying blackmail money to silence some of his victims who were HIV positive.  Women who were employed in the sex industry and were NOT "sex trafficking victims".  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/18/business/charlie-sheen-hiv-positive.html

Now what's another way?  How about trying to discredit an organization that's been knocking on doors saying that they're seeing an epidemic rise in the numbers of their members with HIV/AIDS such as Sex Workers Anonymous?

How about getting a production company "Live Nation",
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/charlie-sheen-inks-deal-live-165361
who is also the production company for another confessed pimp, Snoop Dogg, http://www.livenation.com/artists/41987/snoop-dogg  and have their lobbyist, build a "counter" group that will further pull sex workers away from Sex Workers Anonymous? https://www.leg.state.nv.us/AppCF/Lobbyist/reports/LobbyistDetail.cfm?lobbyist=111&Session=78

But how do you build a bond with these sex workers who notoriously don't trust "outsiders"?  Why free coffee, cupcakes, make-overs, dental work, cash aid all WITHOUT having the condition placed upon these freebies of a little thing like them having to be in the exit process.  I mean what active stripper/escort in Vegas wouldn't love the idea of such freebies with no strings?  http://www.thecupcakegirls.org/#!avn/c1jod

Welcome to the Cupcake Girls.  Why they'll even hold fund raisers for you while you're still hooking to pay for your lawyers and your rent like they did Kamylla  AND make sure you out there in the public eye saw them do this. http://www.thecupcakegirls.org/#!Call-to-Action-Help-with-Kamyllas-Legal-Fund/cmbz/5567bd7d0cf23d0164c9c81b   Who wouldn't love these "Cupcake Girls" over SWA whose members who have to work at staying off booze and drugs as well as get a non-sex work job in order to receive support from them right?  

And there goes the warnings to them about Charlie and HIV in the process.  

But others are still listening to SWA because they know the group is made up of REAL ex-sex workers.  Especially the newbies in Los Angeles who aren't in Vegas nor go to the AVN to benefit from the "hospitality suite" the Cupcake Girls bought to further gain their "in" into sex workers.  They don't do anything to help sex workers EXIT the industry.  They don't do anything to get them HIV testing or education.  I've spoken to more than one stripper who has witnessed them sweeping into the club with cupcakes and make-overs and they each reported NOT ONE WORD about HIV, testing, condoms, vaccines, prevention, etc.  So what do they want?  To "preach the gospel"? (they're all church ladies).  No - the sex workers report not one word about church.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-pinto/hollie-stevens-hospitality-suite_b_2372787.html

(A side note - I have asked the AVN promoters to sponsor a booth where we issue information on HIV and things like the vaccine and they've refused.  They told me they "don't donate" and were also concerned that SWA might be viewed as "being against the industry" even though they personally acknowledged they know we are not.  Meaning they wouldn't put in any booth that wasn't "pro" sex work and that didn't PAY for the space.)

I'm sorry but I come from the world of reality where nobody does anything without a motive or a payoff of some kind.  If it's not reaching out to help sex workers quit like we do, or warn them about HIV like we do, and if they're not "preaching the gospel" then what is it?

If anything they KEEP women in the sex industry.  They preach "unconditional support" of working girls.  However, I witnessed them going to the legislature to get a law written about expunging prostitution records (working girls really love that idea) WITHOUT attending SWA meetings for a year or longer as we've been doing to help sex workers expunge their records.  In many states, we have SWA members are expunging their records by showing an involvement in our program.  These are women who CAN'T prove "sex trafficking" in order to expunge their records like the law that the CG got passed.  I mean honestly if you could "prove trafficking" - wouldn't you then have done so at the trial?

So what was the point of them getting this law passed?  Their claim was that "sex workers were unable to get  legit jobs with their prostitution records" which isn't true.  Now what is true is you can't get A PROSTITUTION LICENSE TO WORK IN A LEGAL BROTHEL with a past conviction.  (If convicted of prostitution in Nevada, or some other states, you become a "sexual offender" meaning you can't get a license to work at a legal brothel.   Meaning a prostitution conviction DOES NOT prevent you from finding work outside the sex industry in Nevada - but it DOES stop you from working a legal brothel.   http://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/prostitution-pimping-and-pandering-laws-nevada.htm)

I have been in Nevada since 1996 getting men and women jobs outside of sex work just fine and have a long list of casinos, and other large reputable companies who love hiring ex-sex workers for jobs in marketing, public relations, promotions, sales, cocktail waitress, dealing, management, etc.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Minutes/Senate/JUD/Final/1207.pdf  These casinos, and employers don't shout it from the rooftops - but there is a list of them who gladly welcome hiring ex-prostitutes, strippers, porn performers, etc.  If you'd like to see this list - just ask me.  When I offered the list to the Cupcake Girls they blocked my emails in response and asked me to stop calling them.

Now if their interest was in finding sex workers work outside the sex industry - then why would they refuse to take the list from me of these companies who do hire those with records?  Better yet - why are they only focusing on FEMALE sex workers - while ignoring men and transgenders?  I also asked some of the local male and gay strip clubs who reported the CG never came near them.  So if they're "having trouble finding work for strippers because of their records" while refusing to get help from SWA to get these women jobs, and then relying upon some law which is impossible to even make use of (again you'd have to hire an attorney, then you've have to "prove trafficking" which again if you could do so you would have done so - so this is a completely useless grand standing law which does nothing to get sex workers into other jobs immediately and without an investment of money first but boy did it get them a lot of publicity) and it does NOTHING to help sex workers find work outside the industry.  So CLEARLY their group isn't about helping sex workers LEAVE the industry - so again what is their point?

If this was to help conceal Charlie's secret within the sex industry itself (if an escort or porn star gets HIV and can trace it to Charlie - she's going to do what?  She's going to stop working in the sex industry and probably call us.  Then to protect her anonymity WE'RE going to put out the word within the sex industry to "stay away from Charlie".  So how do you stop that from spreading and then no one wants to play with Charlie and no one goes to the press?  Now you're following my logic here of what's happening.) then the Cucpcake Girls makes more sense.

Now you also need to stop word from getting to the "rookies" or those new to sex work.  You don't want the "rookie" escorts and porn stars to believe what this organization is saying to sex workers about the epidemic, and the warnings about Charlie.   You also want them to NOT believe us.  So what do you do?  You hire a paid "shill" who is vocal as an active sex worker to try and discredit the group.

Welcome to the "madam pack" as I call them now.  Which includes Norma Jean Almodavor, a convicted pimp.  Maxine Doogan, a convicted pimp.  Bella Robinson who has worked as a prostitute and madam by her own admission and has also been arrested in the past.

Last but not least we have Domina Elle who is living under the name of a dead woman, Avaarm Shekinah, a woman who was a survivor of the Branch Davidian cult.   We don't know her criminal background because she's not living under her own name and everything she owns is registered to the dead woman who she obtained an ID from based on a voter registration we found with a younger birthdate on it. http://www.coloradovoters.info/by_number/6000/67888_shekinah_koresh_avraam.html

Oh but Domina Elle is a sex work advocate right?  Really?  Putting aside she did nothing to help Kamylla exit the sex industry which she's repeatedly said in interviews was her goal, she has also stalked and terrorized sex workers - including Mistress Bardot Wolf and Mistress Trinity.  Two women who have reported publicly they live in fear of her.  Mistress Trinity reports it's "well known that she's got "friends" at the Denver police and courts in a recorded phone call she made to us that Domina Elle published online without our consent nor Mistress Trinity's.  She obtained the recording by hacking into my computer and then published the recording on www.sexworkersanonymous.org to try and discredit and attack us - warning all sex workers after she published the tape "don't trust them".

Now where do snitches and informants come from?  They come from people who have arrested!  Then after they get arrested they either get off totally, or they get a reduced sentence in order for setting up other people or playing undercover games within the criminal world.   Now do you really think that if Charlie's spent "over $10 million dollars to try and conceal his secret" for years now that hiring someone within the sex industry to try and get active sex workers not to listen to our warnings about him and HIV is beyond the realm of possibility?

Then you don't know the sex industry very well because that's how it works.  Wealthy men have been trying to conceal their past doings any way they can for a long long time.  http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/gay-porn-star-extortion-case-897653

What's another reason we're being stalked, smeared, threatened and attacked?  Could it be the "Music" case out of Pasadena?  http://sanitytodayonline.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-sound-of-music-and-pasadena.html   An Asian women came to us for help in 2013 reporting that when she told her traffickers she wanted to quit prostituting, and other crimes, for this ring, she was drug out of her home by two Pasadena cops, slapped with two fake prostitution charges signed by a Pasadena judge, and then further threatened by a Pasadena attorney.  When we stepped in to help her - our attorney was threatened by the police and this attorney.  When I tried to show her they had lied to her about clearing these records - I was then threatened by this attorney and a man identifying himself as a Pasadena officer.  Yes I recorded and documented all these threats.

What's distressing also about this operation is that the women in this trafficking ring aren't seeing doctors who would report any findings to the CDC.  They're seeing a Mandarin speaking doctor (not Planned Parenthood by the way) for their reproductive needs.  I also know one of her "regulars" who has been trying to get her out from under this ring.  An interview with him can be found - http://traffickingandprostitutionservices.blogspot.com/2015/07/helping-someone-to-leave-sex-work-who.html  

The woman, and this man, report they are not using condoms and she's not on an HIV vaccine.  Nor are the other women in this ring.  The women are having up to 10-15 contacts a day without condoms, without testing, and without being on a vaccine. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/trial-of-chinese-hotelier-features-accusations-of-prostitution/ In talking to the woman, I learned that they're prostituting the younger men and women in China.  They prefer them "younger" over there.  So young this woman started at 8 years old by her mother forcing her to do these things, along with her sister and brother.

Then when they hit about 40 years old - they're bringing them over here to the states on the promise they are giving them "other" jobs in restaurants, nail salons, or even real estate jobs.  http://fox59.com/2015/08/10/massage-parlor-investigation-leads-to-prostitution-arrest/    Look at the photo of this woman in her 40's or so.  If you google more photos of massage parlor arrests - you'll find almost all the women are in their 40's and 50's.

When they get their papers in order to come to work at these "legit" jobs they're then told they have to pay off their "contract" through prostitution.  They're promised if they "behave" their children will receive an all expenses paid education at either USC or UCLA.  What could be more prestigious?  What woman who feels she's "just a whore" wouldn't feel the sacrifice is worth it to see her children receive a valuable education and a "new start"?  Only in reality these kids are not only being groomed to enter sex work, to recruit others into sex work, but also to be spies for China.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-indicts-6-chinese-on-charges-of-stealing-trade-secrets/2015/05/19/f11fd35e-fdd8-11e4-805c-c3f407e5a9e9_story.html

When their children back in China are in their teens, they're being brought over here to go to school in the Arcadia, Pasadena area where they can be around their own culture and family - one that shuns Westerners and outsiders.  The language barrier makes that easy.  To make room for them, there was a whole bunch of low income people who were pushed out of Pasadena using intimidation starting about 2011-2012.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAWiJq2J5GU  There are videos online about how the police were chasing people out of the area using fear and illegal tactics.  Notice these videos show this happening about 3 to 4 years ago - which is also AFTER Charlie Sheen says he started covering up his HIV status.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4KP0xp7-30  Also notice none of the people being thrown out illegally are Chinese.

To show the Pasadena police can be "bought" - just read about how they helped set up PETA at this time frame.  http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20150716/peta-files-lawsuit-against-pasadena-police-department-over-seaworld-spy

They further chased out of the area a lot of businesses owned by Americans by shutting down the streets so they lost so much income they had no choice but to shut down and move.  http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/government-and-politics/20130427/city-of-thorns-despite-reforms-pasadena-police-still-face-controversy and http://thirtymilesofcorruption.com/tag/siobhan-foster/  I remember whole businesses having to fold up shop because the streets were literally so tore up in front of their shops they all had to shut down and move.  Each one was not an Asian owned business by the way.

Even to the point of letting minorities who are African American and Hispanic, not Chinese, know they are in mortal danger in Pasadena from the police.  http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20140702/tape-pasadena-homicide-detective-bragged-about-framing-suspects-lying-to-get-conviction  As a brainwashing expert, let me tell you what this news clip sends to the mind of a person who is African American - http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/06/16/44754/pasadena-pays-1-million-to-parents-of-kendrec-mcda/  Get the fuck out of Pasadena.

Then they kept moving in the kids of these women to "prepare them for college".  The women were then moved from massage parlor to massage parlor across the USA every few weeks or months depending.  This was to make sure they didn't make any lasting ties with anyone outside of this trafficking ring and Asian community.

All the while the mothers are "away at work", the children are being groomed to enter into the sex industry.  They are the ones going into the colleges recruiting the others kids and Los Angeles is the epicenter because that's where the porn industry is centered who THRIVES on fresh meat being delivered continually. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/19/strip-club-ad-berkeley_n_4818356.html

Only guess what, some of these teens are HIV positive also.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/world/asia/china-aids-sexual-transmission.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2FSinosphere&action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&module=Collection&region=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article  And from what I'm hearing - they aren't being required to release information on their HIV status before entering this country.  Neither are their mothers.  By the way, I used to regularly speak at UCLA.  I have been trying for two years now to speak on their radio station, their newspaper, to their student groups, and to their psychology, social work, criminal justice and human sexuality professors and out of each professor, group, etc. I've only found ONE professor who let me speak to his students.  When I was done I was chased after by a young woman who reported to me that all the "womens" groups are promoting sex work and she's feeling the "odd duck" for NOT entering into porn or stripping to pay for her college.  I asked how she was paying for a UCLA degree and she told me her father is a truck driver and he's paying for her to get her degree. Love this girl!

The National Trafficking Hotline requires a victim call "personally for help".  If you look at any of the studies, or speak to people in the field, you will hear over and over again that people who are sex trafficking victims are not "identifying" as such.  That's because they don't think they're victims.  It's called "denial".  Frankly, its' why I have NEVER led our outreach campaigns with the words of "trafficking" or "victim" but instead WHY I lead our outreach with words like "prostitute" or "sex worker".  I do that because THAT'S HOW THEY IDENTIFY THEMSELVES.

Why?  In 1995, I was certified by the FBI as an "expert witness" in the subject of "how pimps brainwash and groom their victims into thinking they're giving consent when in fact they're not" for a trial going on in Hawaii.  The pimp was a real "romeo pimp" who had been trafficking women all over the USA.  The women all insisted he was not "forcing them" but they were acting "off their own free will".  The DA showed me videotapes made by him which I was able to then break down step by step how he was accomplishing the process of making these women think they were "doing what they wanted to do" for him without outside brainwashing or coercion.  The pimp's attorney took one look at my report and they took a plea bargain.  My point being I know how the grooming and brainwashing process works.  I was a victim of it myself.

One of the ways I was brainwashed was being surrounded by wealth.  I was being driven in Rolls Royces, living in a house "south of the boulevard" with a fantastic view of Los Angeles, wearing designer clothing, expensive jewelry, and walking around with a lot of cash on me.  I mean where was I going to go with it knowing if I disappeared that my mother and grandmother would be blown up?  Come on - is that "free will"?

Also, we would drive by these girls standing on a street corner in miniskirts at 2:00 in the morning freezing their asses off and LAUGH at how we "weren't like them".  Welcome to the river DENIAL.

When I started being shut out of consulting on media being created around this subject was about 2007.  I've seen the media that's been created without my input.  So too do the real victims out there. These teens from China are being bombarded with messages on TV and fund raisers and community groups that "sex trafficking" is something that appears to be street prostitution.

Look at what the media is telling the public are "victims"?  https://www.mccaininstitute.org/programs/humanitarian-action/the-nosuchthing-campaign  Notice the African American girl as their "poster child" victim.  Led by Malika Saar complete with corn rows - http://rights4girls.org/team/   Or Jada Pinkett-Smith http://www.jadapinkettsmith.com/  Even better - let's put a latin girl up to testify at the Hill as our "victim" http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/10/foster-care-and-sex-trafficking-survivor-testifies-on-hill/

Watch the show "8 Minutes" that was staged and what do you see?  You see Kathryn Griffin-Townsend who is African American talking like a street prostitute. http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/08/15/former-prostitute-program  Watch the "Dreamcatchers" documentary with Brenda Myers-Powell and what do you see?  African-American street prostitution. htp://thedreamcatcherfoundation.org/staff/brenda-myers-powell/ Watch Jada Pinkett-Smith's CNN Freedom project in Atlanta, Georgia and what do you see?  African-American street prostitution.  Look at the "No Such Thing" campaign and what do you see?  Malika Saar who is African American with corn rows in her hair holding up an African-American girl as her poster child "victim" and speaking about street prostitution.  Withelma Ortiz Pettigrew who is being paraded around by Glamour Magazine, Time Magazine, CNN, Cosmopolitan Magazine and the Ricky Martin Foundation?  Hispanic street prostitution.   What pimps do you see being arrested for trafficking on the news?  Blacks and Hispanics.  https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/human-trafficking

Anything but Asian or white women.

You bombard someone over and over and over again with the concept of "sex trafficking" being African American and Hispanic and street walkers and guess what a young girl or boy from China is going to think?

Not me.

Who created shows like these?  Relativity Media's done a lot of it.  Relativity Media is also partners with a Chinese government owned film company who has a vested interest in these victims not realizing their victims.  http://relativitymedia.com/press/relativity-continues-expansion-china/

Now I invite you to talk a walk around any media we create for www.sexworkersanonymous.com  Even though I appear white, you won't see a focus on either female or males, nor will you see a race bias either.  You won't see predominantly African Americans, or even Asians.  I try and keep all "images" or "faces" off our media.  There's nothing but shadows, or shapes, or graphics, or even no images at all.  The reason for this is because sex trafficking is men or women, any age, any race, any sexual identify and any religion.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33weIPOhqVU   One of the most famous madams in all American history is Heidi Fleiss and she's JEWISH.  Alex Adams - Romanian http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1995/LOS-ANGELES-AP-Elizabeth-Adams-a-Beverly-Hills-madam/id-2525bd26e7ee781e5e2a655c9c36dcd0   Jason Itzler - JEWISH.  The Mayflower Madam was a Mayflower descendent or WHITE. http://observer.com/2013/02/the-mayflower-marketer-sydney-biddle-barrows-is-up-to-new-tricks/     As for these Chinese victims - BUDDHIST.  So guess what?  Sex trafficking can be anyone, of any race, culture, gender, religion or lack of religion.

Now let's be logical here for a moment.  If my warnings that I've relocated back to Los Angeles because I've been getting an alarming amount of phone calls into our hotline that make me believe we're in another HIV epidemic in this country like I witnessed in the 1980's is so completely "whack" let's just examine some independent evidence for a moment.

There's a confirmed HIV epidemic in Tijuana, Mexico.  http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2015/12/aids_epidemic_could_end_focus_on_sex_workers_prep_drugs.html   We also know that the Mexican Cartel is the STRONGEST criminal ring right now in this country with respect to drugs.  Now sex trafficking is NOT pimping and it's NOT sex work.  Sex trafficking is like a table that rests on four legs.  One leg is sex trafficking.  The other is DRUG trafficking, as well as other crimes such as money laundering.  The third leg is corruption.  Trafficking doesn't exist without corruption.  The fourth leg is the disease factor.

Anywhere sex trafficking exists you will have HIV and other STD's.  Why?  Because trafficking by it's definition has no regard for the law, safety, and goes strictly by the highest dollar.  Now what does the "highest dollar" do in sex work?  It pays to NOT USE CONDOMS.  Which means what?  DISEASE.  This is why Amsterdam shut down it's windows district in 2007 - because the sex trafficking attracted by the protection offered by the legal brothels (I'm sorry but sex trafficking goes up in areas where it's legal because that gives the pimps extra protection) attracts in the pimps to place their disease free girls in those legal establishments.

Then when they get sick do you think they let them retire?  Once a woman in a legal brothel, or the legit porn industry (one that actually requires disease testing negative out of their performers and shoots films by the book), comes down with HIV do you think she just ups and quits?  If she's in the industry by choice YES.  If she's not, if she's being forced do you think the pimp just says "okay you've earned your freedom now so you can go?"

No.  The minute she gets sick with HIV, or HEP C, or HPV or some other disease preventing them from working in the legal sex industry they don't get to leave or retire.  They're put to work in the ILLEGAL sex trade, the porn shoots that don't care about even asking for disease status on the set, and the webcam industry.

Does this exist?  Last month I got approached by a producer who asked me if I would agree to shoot an oral sex scene with multiple men.  I told the guy that even if I were interested I would decline because my mouth was in bad need of dental work.  He looked at me like he had no idea what I was talking about.  I had to explain to him that while I have a dental problem that is causing cuts in the inside of my mouth - those are cuts that the virus could enter my body through and thus expose me to HIV orally.  He didn't ask for my HIV status nor were the men in the shoot asked for any proof of their HIV status which I'm sorry is a piece of cake to fake.  We saw with the Housewives of Orange County and Brooks' phony cancer scare that it's easy to draw up fake medical papers.

Which is why I attribute a lot of what's happening right now to the shutting down of the AIM clinic and the way Michael Weinstein is handling things at the AHF.  I have been writing and writing and callling and calling him about the calls I've been receiving for two years now offering to get involved and help.  I was involved in EFFECTIVE outreach campaigns to the sex industry in the 1980's and I know what works and WHAT DOES NOT.   I can assure you what's happening right now in this country is putting all of us right now at risk.

Which includes the fact we're refusing to talk to me about the fact we need to be doing outreach into these Asian massage parlors.  You want to talk about Craigslist ads?  How 423 ads for "Asian massage" in Los Angeles?  http://losangeles.craigslist.org/search/thp?query=asian  How about 283 in Orange County?  http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/search/thp?query=asian  Or 357 in San Diego - which is next to the Mexican border? http://sandiego.craigslist.org/search/thp?query=asian 

I got a call last week from a working girl telling me there's even an epidemic going on clear up in Durham, N. Carolina. https://raleigh.craigslist.org/search/thp?query=asian   Or the reported outreach in Indiana?   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/13/indiana-hiv-outbreak-a-warning-to-rural-america/27182089/    It hasn't "peaked" by the way - they just stopped testing and those infected were chased out of town.  Read this article about arrests in the "Music" case I'm speaking of based out of Pasadena where three pimps have been convicted.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/24/gary-kidgell-yan-zhang-sex-trafficking-kansas_n_3647993.html  Read how this ring has massage parlors all over the country.  Read about the HIV epidemic in China.  Now please explain to me WHY no one will come and talk to me about shutting this ring down if not about TRAFFICKING, then from a public safety perspective with respect to disease transmission?

Now you see why maybe there's more than just Charlie Sheen involved here trying to smear us, shut us up, and shut down our program - because from where I'm sitting I'm the only one TALKING ABOUT THIS STUFF.

Because while everyone's been running around so busy worried about whether someone is being "trafficked" or not - the disease doesn't care.  It's passing within the sex industry to all of us.  If we learned anything from Elizabeth Glaser - it's that the virus can jump from your husband to you to your baby and you've done NOTHING wrong.  It doesn't matter if that hooker who gave it to him was "forced" or not.  http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/paul-michael-glaser-starsky-hutch-2270277

This country made a HORRIBLE mistake with the TVRA of 2003 and we've got to stop this INSANITY of drawing these lines between "victim" and "sex worker" that's going on.  Let's be clear about this - the sex industry is an industry.  Like ANY industry, manufacturing, electronics, diamonds, farming, service, hospitality, fashion - trafficking exists.  Where you have trafficking you have people who aren't protecting their health and therefore present a health risk to themselves and to the general public.

So please please - let's start opening up dialogues about this because no amount of money is going to mean anything when people are dead.  Not just hookers you don't care about - but your wives and children because of being exposed to these diseases.   Yeah yeah yeah I know I'm a big "party pooper" but that's kind of the perspective you get when the party is over.  My view is why I left the sex industry in 1985 and why I'm reaching out to now help others.  And from where I sit - only one type of person tries to stop me.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

LETTER TO MALIKA SAAR

When you're spear heading a campaign that stopped arresting juvenile prostitutes - you also stopped mandatory HIV/AIDS testing that prostitutes are required to get when arrested.  Because of your campaign, there are no statistics for HIV for juvenile prostitutes for 2015 available.  Nothing to contrast with any other rates of HIV to see if the number is growing or lessening.  Nothing which can be used to even help get an estimate done so any grants can be applied for in order to do outreach.

I've been wondering to myself for a while now "who is trying to cover up the HIV rates in prostitutes?" and now I know.

I hope you're happy with yourself Ms. Saar.  http://traffickingandprostitutionservices.blogspot.com/2015/11/charlie-sheen-and-hiv-infection-of.html  The reason why I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off for a while now knocking on any door that I can on behalf of these women is because everyone is just acting like they don't exist = while I'm getting more and more and more calls from women who tell me they're HIV positive in Los Angeles.  I have said very clearly in my blogs, postings, and letters since day one I relocated back to Los Angeles because of the increase in calls I'm getting from those who are HIV positive in the sex industry.

Are you aware Ms. Saar how much it costs to get an HIV test?  Especially if they had insurance and even with insurance IF they wanted to report it on their own insurance in their own name. Why is this an issue?  Because if you're caught prostituting after you've been told you're HIV positive - you can be charged with attempted manslaughter.  That's why most sex workers who can't quit aren't willing to get tests done on their insurance in their own names.  Meaning they're only going to do free anonymous tests - or nothing at all.  If they CAN get them done in the first place.  

Are you aware that most sex workers don't have cars of their own nor drive?  Certainly they aren't going to be taken to a test site where they can get a free anonymous HIV test by any group I"m aware of OTHER THAN OURS at the moment because ever since 2003 - all federal and faith based funding has blocked and shunned any group who does HIV testing of any kind or even speaks about it.  Leaving us left.

So while you're pouring all that press into speaking to Russell Simmons and the CNN and Cosmo about the labels people use  - I know we're looking at another HIV epidemic.  Only how am I supposed to get the word out with you soaking up all the press and cutting us out?  Don't think I don't have statements from reporters telling me they've been told they'll be fired or "never work again" if they even mention our name.  John McCain, the California Endowment, and everyone else connected with your campaign holds a lot more clout than a group of recovering sex workers does operating on their own time and their own funding.  

Should we have our members who are HIV positive step forward and incriminate themselves?  How about when they have clients who would see them dead rather than go to the press with news like that?  Where does that leave them with recourse other than me speaking for them?

I asked you if we could be included in your media campaign and now I can speak freely about why I think you refused now that Charlie's come clean.    There's only one group of people I know of trying to silence us Ms. Saar and it's not the women affected by this issue.

Are you aware I see not one word about Wilethema being tested for HIV ?  Thing is REAL survivors coming into our program are TERRIFIED they have it.  It's the only thing they can think about until they get their test results.  It's not like the pimps let them use protection nor got them tested.  If anything, they charge more for the "girlfriend" experience - which is a fancy trade term for not using condoms.

Meaning coming into recovery - these women are terrified until they first test and it's the only thing mind until they hear the news.  I know because I'm sitting up with them until 2:00 a.m. until we can arrange testing or transportation for them.

So how come your survivor hasn't said one single word in any interview about her fear of HIV after her "rescue"?  I've scoured her interviews and if anything the only thing I've seen her talk about is that now she's in recovery she's now "gets off on being choked like her traffickers used to do to her".  Only not one word about her fear she was HIV positive coming into recovery.  Now if you'd included ANY real survivor certainly I"m aware of - then I think you would have heard they are a lot more concerned about that than whether some outsiders identify them as a "prostitute" or a "victim".

I haven't been able to be more aggressive about how I'm aware of this until now thankfully Charlie Sheen has said something so I don't have to worry about being accused of "blackmailing" anyone by pushing on the issue of the HIV status of victims in California.

So now it's in the open I'd love to hear your answers to any of these questions Malika.  Especially why you're more concerned about a label then you are the fact I'm certainly hearing a record number of survivors report to me they're HIV positive.  So many I've relocated back here to Los Angeles to do something about it because they said "no one is listening".  It seems you aren't either.

Why not?  If you're "elevating the voice of a survivor" - then how come not this concern?  I'd love to hear your answer on that point.  .

Jody Williams
www.sexworkersanonymous.com

Monday, November 9, 2015

JUGGLING THE NUMBERS

In 1988, Joe Conforte, the man who owned the Mustang Ranch legal brothel in Nevada, decided he wanted to expand the brothels into California, and further into the larger cities of Nevada.  At that time they were still only located in the small rural towns they're in now and this was long before Dennis Hof had even bought his first brothel.  At that time, I think there was maybe three brothels in the whole state, or the whole  USA for that matter, if I remember correctly.

Now HIV/AIDS was raging at the time.  Certainly not a good time to be talking about expanding brothels right?  Depends on how you market it.  I heard Joe had plunked down $1,000,000 to a PR firm in California and that he was having a Bill or Act (I'm not a political science major I can't remember what it was exactly - but it was a law he was having passed).

Now to get people to vote for this, that's why he put this money up with the PR firm.  I get the call to come onto TV against him.  The FCC had laws on the books then that you couldn't talk about a law you were passing without someone who was "opposing" you having "equal" time.  No one wanted to go up against Joe - especially after  Joe murdered that famous boxer down in cold blood on the brothel property in a jealous rage right in front of a cop and not doing one day of jail time in 1976 still fresh on people's minds.  Not with his reputation for violence either.  I wasn't worried because he needed me to get on the air.  Without an "opposing view" he couldn't get on the air so he needed me to cooperate.  I figured it was a great way to get exposure out for our hotline so I agreed to go on TV "opposing" him.  We both got exposure that way.

But I was wondering how he was planning on plugging this idea with everyone so freaked out about HIV/AIDS at the same time.  What he did was whip out some university study claiming that not one of his brothel prostitutes had shown to have HIV/AIDS infection.  So he starts waving this research report around claiming that "if you want to be 100 percent safe - then you need to legalize prostitution and that will put a stop to this epidemic and you'll be safe".

Well that just didn't ring true to me.  Anyone who knows me knows I do digging which is what I did. After a few calls -  I found out that (1) he paid to have the test done which meant the test would have the same objectivity as when the tobacco companies used to order tests done of their product which would come back saying there was "no link" between their product and cancer (when tests done by independent labs had entirely different results), (2) only prostitutes who were licensed to work in his brothel were put into the study meaning  only those who had just been determined to be negative were put into the study as subjects (kind of like stacking the deck there), (3) the testing method used had an incubation period of six months, (4) the prostitutes in the study were fired at four months of employment, (5) there was no follow-up testing done on the prostitutes once they had been fired.

In other words, the test was rigged.   

If the incubation period was six months, and they were negative to start, but taken out of the study at four months time, then clearly NO ONE was going to show up positive because they were eliminated before the virus had a chance to incubate.  Without any follow-up testing done to these same women after the six months period of time  - this was not an accurate test.  Especially since at that time the knowledge of that time reported the virus could take up to 15 years to incubate.  So to be truthful - Joe would have had to follow every one of those prostitutes for 15 years to get an accurate result.  That or use a testing method that incubated faster which actually was available in 1988.  There was one test available that did test sooner than four months that was not used - so yes the test was rigged.

Once I realized this - every time Joe pulled out this claim that "no brothel prostitute is showing HIV/AIDS infection" I started pulling out the REST of the facts about the study.  Needless to say, Joe stopped using that as his marketing angle and I haven't seen the brothels use that angle since.

Now you're not going to convince me that these people connected to the "No Such Thing" campaign  spent all the money, time and energy they did trying to convince everyone not to call a person under the age of 18 a prostitute or sex worker because it is "harmful to their feelings" simply because of one letter from one woman who asked to not be called a "prostitute" for what happened to her.  You know why?  I have taken an informal poll of now 100 trafficking survivors.

Not ex-prostitutes or ex-sex workers but actual ex-trafficking survivors.  I asked them what they thought about this campaign and being called a victim - and to say they're hurt by that term MORE is an understatement.  Ms. Park who was on the John Stossel show recently said in her interview she does not want to be called a "victim" for what happened to her as a minor.  So make that now 101 survivors are offended, angry and hurt at the idea of someone who is not a survivor telling the public what to call us vs. this ONE.

Personally I'm enraged.  How DARE anyone tell the public what to call me when they themselves are not in that category?  The people funding this campaign from what I can tell are the McCain Institute and the California Endowment - not a survivor led group.  Both of these groups are led by wealthy white men who have never been trafficked nor been sexually abused that I'm aware of.  As for Malika Saar - I've not heard she's a survivor either.  I mean who elected these people OUR SPOKESPEOPLE?

So if this was about helping US to get a message across to America about what to call US - THEN THEY WOULD HAVE ASKED US.   But they didn't.  Were they aware of our feelings?  Not only did they not ask us - the largest and oldest group of survivors in this country, or the world for that matter (since we are the ones who founded this very movement in modern times actually), but I even wrote these people, including Sheriff Jim McDonald and the LA Board of Supervisors, and Malika Saar, saying that we would like to be involved in the discussion about this label in September and we got nothing.

The campaign was launched on October 22nd and I had started writing to these people in September about the label hoping to have some kind of input.  I've had a good deal of success before at impacting campaigns by letting them know from a large group of actual survivors how we feel.  But they just weren't listening at all, and were not open to any discussion at all on the subject  - which got my attention.   Why weren't they?  I mean if they were representing "us" - why not talk to "us"?

I come to find out this campaign was not at all going to be launched on October 22nd.  The woman who the letter was supposedly from was already honored LAST YEAR on a red carpet by being nominated by the Ricky Martin Foundation for Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People".   Strange also because a member of Sex Workers Anonymous had told me they had nominated me for that list last year - and listed off some of my accomplishments INCLUDING FOUNDING THIS MOVEMENT.  But I wasn't named - but Withelma Pettigrew was.

For what?  I went to look up for what and I couldn't find anything.  As I'm digging trying to find out what exactly she's done that's so "influential" I go to thinking that I was the FIRST person to start a meeting in the jail for victims in Los Angeles in 1987.  So I start thinking maybe I need to track down someone from Sybil Brand Institute who maybe can verify we used to hold these meetings.

I start calling the jail, who got me thinking also about how I was the first person to start the first alternative sentencing program for victims in 1988.  I had gone to the California Governor saying that I didn't think it was fair these victims were being incarcerated as criminals when they had been forced to do what had got them arrested and asked him what could be done.  It was the governor who told me that "prostitution might take 100 years to get decriminalized but what you can do right now is set up an alternative sentencing program for them so at least they don't have to go to jail in the meantime" which is what I did.

Now I'm thinking I need to dig up some proof about that - so I go to calling the probation department.  As I'm talking to a guy they told me was some head guy at probation for Los Angeles - he informs me that "they stopped arresting juvenile prostitutes as of January 2015 so the report for arrests for 2015 will be zero".   What threw me off the train here with that information was the fact that the only reliable way we were able to get statistics as to HIV/AIDS rates of infection for prostitutes was with the mandatory testing that's done when one is arrested for prostitution.

But that's only part of it.  Because our society had a problem with prostitutes who were HIV/AIDS positive CONTINUING to work in the sex industry without protection AFTER being diagnosed as positive - that's when a law was passed making it felony manslaughter for a prostitute to know they are infected and then if arrested again for prostitution.

Now it was argued then this was a "violation of their privacy".  However, while I agree that what was does in their personal sex life IS their private information - it is a whole other matter when a person's body is being used against their will to forcibly expose another human being to a deadly incurable virus.  That's a horse of a different color and that's why that law was passed.

Now after this law was passed did it stop?  Hell no.  Which had law enforcement scratching their head wondering why if faced with felony murder charges why would a prostitute then continue to prostitute?  THAT'S when I was able to speak further to our Mayor then trying to clarify the difference between someone who was selling sex voluntarily vs. one who was being forced and when the one forced might also be HIV/AIDS positive.   I mean imagine if you will a victim being trafficked by a gang who knows this woman/man prostitute is HIV/AIDS positive.  That person could be possibly also used not only to make money but also as a WEAPON.

It was through enlightening law makers about this distinction that the law making it a felony for a prostitute who was diagnosed as positive who then was arrested again as a prostitute would then be charged with manslaughter.  People needed help then understanding that no - most people in a non-forced situation when they would learn they were HIV positive would stop prostituting.  Why else would someone know they're facing murder charges if arrested again for prostitution after getting a positive diagnosis unless FORCED?

THIS was when I was able to get Bradley, the CDC, the Health Dept., etc. to coordinate with me on putting together the first ever testing site in W. Hollywood (where a lot of the sex workers didn't have cars and thus were walk-in traffic), where we had a front and back door system.  The site was actually right by Grauman's Chinese Theater.  We had HIV/AIDS positive ex-sex workers hired to work at this testing site for one.  Then whatever the test results, positive or not, would be delivered we would then ask them "are you being forced to prostitute?"  If the answer was "yes" we would then offer to take them out the back door (while their pimp was usually in the lobby by the front door).

A whole program was set up which included housing, food, counseling, medical coverage, vocational rehabilitation, and of course our meetings (when we were called Prostitutes Anonymous), etc.  Everything they needed to literally just walk out that door into a new life was offered them.  We had a "sponsor" there or "advocate" who would walk them through the whole process from start (walking out that door and then filling out the paperwork) to finish (those middle of the night phone calls when wondering if they made the right decision).

Out of this program, an ex-porn performer, Sharon Mitchell, was put into a special medical program where she was made a doctor which was qualified to do testing.  Dr .Sharon Mitchell then went on from this to form AIM - a testing site which was dedicated to the porn industry entirely.  The Mayor then appointed an AIDS "Coordinator" in conjunction with this ground breaking program - http://articles.latimes.com/1988-12-16/local/me-362_1_aids-activists

So there are good solid sound reasons, and laws, why someone identified as a "prostitute" needs to be arrested, and therefore TESTED.   To not do this testing I'm sorry in my opinion makes the county liable for a prostitute then who knows they're positive but continues to work because otherwise, how is the county going to be able to PROVE this person was aware and notified?  We're talking public safety here now is being risked by these girls not being arrested for prostitution and tested for HIV  - not feelings.

I moved back to Los Angeles because a couple of years ago I started hearing what sounds to me like another epidemic brewing.  I've gone into random strip clubs, and massage parlors, and in the red light districts where the street walkers are - and I've talked to the young women who are under the age of 20 AND under the age of 18 years old and these young men and women are NOT on the vaccine for HIV/AIDS and even worse - are not AWARE there's a vaccine.  They further report to me NO ONE is doing ANY HIV OUTREACH/EDUCATION.

Even worse, is the misinformation.  To prove my point - I witnessed a "casting call" for what's called a "gonzo" porn shoot.  What that means in layman's terms is that the female model would then perform oral sex and intercourse - and then be covered in the male ejaculation.   This was a "private" shoot so there was no proof of anyone's health status required before this shoot.  The model who was the subject of the shoot was not advised that she could contract the virus through any orifice - not just vaginal or anal.  For example, if she had just had dental work she could be exposing herself.   This "private label shoot" was just cast a few weeks ago.  THAT'S what's going on in Los Angeles today.

These young people think this virus is under control and they are not carrying condoms because condoms are being "criminalized" again.  Something also Tom Bradley, Chief Gates and Sheriff Block worked together with the prosecutors' office to call off the criminalization of condoms in the 1980's to encourage sex workers to start using, and carrying, condoms to curb the outbreak.  In the 1980's, sex workers used to carry condoms in garters, in condom purses, even "Heidi Wear" that Heidi Fleiss used to sell which was clothing that had condom pockets out of a store she had in Glendale for a while.   In the random testing I've been doing for the last 18 months in Los Angeles NOT ONE of these men and women are using condoms.  However, some of these prostitutes are having as many as 20 sexual contacts per day unprotected with no records as to who these people are being kept by anyone.

Nor have they been tested.  A victim of trafficking is only going to go where her, or his, pimp takes them.  Now - do you think a pimp is going to take them for testing voluntarily?  We used to get a lot of them in for testing in the 1980's by paying them.  If it meant money, and business was slow, yes we would get pimps to bring in their victims not thinking for one moment we'd be taking them out the back door and security escorting them back out the front door.  As a matter of fact - we used to advertise the test site as a porn shoot.  We put out a "casting call for $50 for a quick shoot".  We did this specifically to throw off the pimp.  Then we would take a photo of the male or female (clothed) and then test them and pay them.

After having lived through the 1980's - trust me - I'm familiar with "numbers juggling".  When Las Vegas got back one report in the early 90's showing their prostitutes had an 80 percent infection rate - oh boy did they change their policy of arresting, and testing, prostitutes FAST.  That's when Las Vegas instituted the "24 hour hold" policy for prostitutes which essentially makes them invisible for reporting purposes.

Instead of arresting them for prostitution now - the police were instructed to do one of two things to most prostitutes.  If caught at a hotel or casino - they're taken to security.  They're photographed, fingerprinted, and put into the facial recognition system.  Then they're told if they come back onto the property again they'll be arrested for trespassing and told they are trespassing now and escorted off the property.  They're then told they can't ever come back onto the property again or they'll be arrested for trespassing - NOT prostitution.

If caught on the street and not a hotel - they're taken to Clark County Detention and put on a "24 hour hold" for trespassing or "loitering too close to a bus stop".   They're not arrested.  They are simply held for 24 hours and then let go.   The women report to me they first get a 24 hour hold, then a 48 hour hold, then a 72 hour hold.  After that THEN they get arrested for solicitation.   Meaning their first solicitation arrest is actually their 4th arrest.  The problem with this system is not only does this not give an accurate number of prostitutes in Las Vegas needing help - but it also doesn't give us an idea what's going on with HIV/AIDS.  

When I first heard about this policy I went to the Las Vegas Mayor then - Oscar Goodman.  I asked him "why?"  He said "because it's bad for tourism to hear that 80 percent of our prostitutes are HIV positive that's why - it's bad for business and bad for our image".

It also makes it really hard to get funding for HIV/AIDS services for prostitutes when we can't get an accurate reporting either.  When a prostitute is not getting mandatory testing which is done when arrested for prostitution - they either don't get tested at all - or if they do get tested there is no system in place with their private testing to alert anyone at the CDC or elsewhere that these are prostitutes coming down with this virus.  Are they going to tell their private doctor they're a prostitute?  Highly unlikely CONSIDERING IT'S A CRIME.  Would you tell your doctor you're a professional bank robber?  Unlikely.

This is further complicated by the fact MOST TRAFFICKING VICTIMS SEE AN "IN HOUSE" DOCTOR WHO KEEPS NO RECORDS AND DOES NOT REPORT TO THE CDC.  If you don't what this is - this is a doctor who may, or may not, be licensed, who agrees to see the prostitutes either "in trade" or for a higher cash fee, who does not report to the CDC when someone comes up with an STD like HIV.

If my suspicion is right, and that maybe, just maybe, there are no prostitution arrests for juveniles in Los Angeles in 2015 because someone doesn't want them to be tested for HIV - then why why why why would Los Angeles possibly be trying to cover up numbers of possible HIV/AIDS infection rates of prostitutes for 2015?  Either covering them up or artificially making them appear to drop dramatically?

Follow the money folks . . . . http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/20/will-california-legalize-prostitution-next-inside-the-crowd-sourced-fundraising.html

Now look at the dates between the two campaigns.   Notice anything?  There is a direct link between the time frame of this "No Such Thing" campaign AND the push to get prostitution LEGALIZED in California.  Coincidence?  https://reason.com/blog/2015/10/21/california-assemblyman-we-have-to-distin

There is a TREMENDOUS amount of media going on right now trying to separate the idea of "trafficking victim" and "sex worker" in the minds of the public right now.  Example - we have Jada Pinkett-Smith going to Atlanta with CNN to show the "horrors of sex trafficking" which of course was showing nothing but what now . . . street prostitution.

Then what does she do LITERALLY ONE WEEK AFTER the CNN Freedom Project about child sex trafficking?  She comes out promoting Magic Mike XL like strip clubs have NOTHING to do with trafficking.

What?  Either she's very stupid and hypocritical which is possible OR this is marketing to create a distinction between trafficking and prostitution - and the upper levels of the sex industry to make it appear there's a difference between the two in the minds of the general public.

The very first person in modern times to speak up to the public about being a trafficking victim in America as an American was Linda Lovelace.  She wrote in her book released in 1980 "Ordeal" that not only was she forced to make the porn film "Deep Throat" with a gun pointed at her from off camera by her pimp while no one on the set stopped him but she was also forced to PROSTITUTE and STRIP.

The strip club in NJ that was busted recently owned by DEA agents - where the dancers were not only illegal aliens but were also TRAFFICKED.   Recently two Chicago cops were using a 14 year old girl's photo for porn AND trafficking her - so she was being prostituted and used in porn.

Don't you people understand yet - TRAFFICKING IS NOT PROSTITUTION.  APPLES ARE NOT ORANGES.  Now apples and oranges are fruit.  They're within the same family but not the same thing.  Meaning that within the sex industry there are trafficking victims.  Just as in the farming industry - there are trafficking victims.  Just as in the hospitality industry - there are trafficking victims.  In ANY industry where there is a high demand with a low level of people willing to do the work - you have trafficking victims who are used to fill in the gaps.

Now the sex industry includes minors and adults.  The sex industry includes males, females and trangenders.  The sex industry includes prostitutes, strippers, porn performers, web cam performers, escorts, even madams such as Jeane Palfrey, the DC Madam who told me about being trafficked before her death (which I still believe was a murder so she couldn't explain all about that at the hearings that were set up for her to testify at).

I mean you tell me one good reason why a juvenile in California is not being arrested on prostitution charges?  Okay you don't want to call them a "prostitute".  Okay got it.  So what is happening to them?  I was told by someone who works with juvenile prostitutes that "oh they are being arrested - just for something else".  Okay so they are still being branded a CRIMINAL then.

Let me get this straight.  We don't want to call them "prostitutes" or "sex workers" but we want to call them "victims" and "CRIMINALS"?

Now a few people who work with juveniles told me that all of this is simply because the people doing this are "crazy".  I don't believe those people are crazy or stupid.  I'm sorry but I just don't believe that about these people.  I think they're very intelligent.

So what would this be about?  I do know that as of right now in Los Angeles for 2015 there is NO accurate report anywhere of juvenile prostitutes HIV test results.   I do know that there is also a huge campaign going on to legalize prostitution.  I don't just mean Maxine Doogan's lawsuits either.  Because her lawsuits didn't get the California Committee on Public Safety to call a hearing on the subject.  A committee which by the way would be considering HIV TEST RESULTS.

If the people that did this are "crazy" then maybe they're "crazy like a fox".  I mean to get the rates to show up zero at the same time the committee on public safety is thinking about legalizing prostitution?  Now this makes a lot more sense to me about why all these people are spending all this time and money on suddenly taking such an interest in what the public labels us - even more than the FACTS that there ARE CHILD PROSTITUTES AND SEX WORKERS IN NEVADA.

Because every time I bring up to them that maybe we should be talking about the fact that a 16 year old in Nevada can get a license to work at a legal brothel before she's old enough to drink, smoke, vote or drive - they're not interested in that.

Which is why I don't buy that they give one shit about juvenile prostitutes.  We're being exploited again pure and simple.  The question is why?  I think this is probably why and the problem is at what cost?  Also, how are we going to follow these young people at whatever name you want to call them?
Because the "No Such Thing" campaign essentially just made them disappear right off the 2015 police report statistic for arrests for juvenile prostitutes for the year.  It literally did make them "no such thing".  So how do we follow up on them?  How do we know they're okay?  Where did they go?
Trust the system?  Are you fucking kidding me?