I heard recently of a training provided to police cadets about the type of pimps who are often found on Backpage. That of the African American pimp. Now I know California police cadets are trained what to do when an African American street pimp needs to be found, arrested, convicted, etc. by listening to a public radio broadcast I heard recently about this training provided by "Game Over" to cadets on how to take down such criminals - but let me ask you another question - have you provided trainings for your police cadets, and other related agencies like the sheriffs' office on what to do when the person who is involved in sex trafficking is instead:
1. Joohoon David Lee
I ask you this because Joohoon David Lee was actively bringing women over to this country from China through LAX using his Homeland Security badge and connections while also serving on the local sex trafficking task force for this region as well as Immigration. Not one of the training materials I found for LAX personnel included what to do when a man like that was walking his victims right past LAX security.
I know that because when I tried to report what victims of his were telling me to these authorities no one had a clue how to even respond to my calls, let alone what to do about the guy. I do know someone told him about my calls because he switched over from bringing Chinese women into this country to Korean women instead to throw off the trail so to speak and further try and convince anyone talking about my calls "oh that Jody is just crazy" as predators do by the way.
After not getting anyone to listen to me about him for YEARS, all while he was running around the trafficking field in this region talking about "don't listen to Jody - she's crazy" as the chant goes for anyone I've tried to get brought down for sex trafficking here in this country - I finally managed to get the people over at the Office for Professional Responsibility to open an investigation into what he was doing.
Now during the time Joohoon was actually involved in trafficking personally - he was having to also appear to be "doing his job". This meant falsely framing an entire family who were completely innocent. This family is reported to have contacted Joohoon's boss at Homeland Security about the situation where they were told supposedly "yes we know what he's doing but there's nothing we can do about it". This was told to innocent people right here on American soil mind you while I couldn't get anyone to help me with the victims clear back to "Operation Dollhouse" in 2007.
This man was driving a limo up to his sentencing hearings while working for CLS Limo owned by Charles Horkey. A man who also was found guilty of sex trafficking, as well as crimes of drugging his patrons while maxing out their credit cards. Men he targeted who were frequenting massage parlors, strip clubs, and other venues where he could easily attempt to blackmail them out of filing charges by reminding them of where he'd picked them up to have this happen to them.
Only when the men would set foot in their cars to do so, another "friend" of Chris' who was an active duty cop would be there to stop the man, DUI test him, and then finding he was in fact under the influence, along with a hot lady in his car, threaten to arrest him for a DUI knowing he would object because he wouldn't want his wife to find out about the woman in the car. Neither his boss about a DUI with a hooker in the car. Making the man vulnerable to paying a bribe to the cops doing this.
What did Chris get out of feeding these victims to bad cops? He was also running his own prostitution operation. He owned some massage parlors where he would take women he knew weren't undercover police because they'd been arrested previously to work in the place. Then he'd obtain drugs through the evidence lockers brought in by his other cop friends and resell these drugs through his massage parlor using his prostitutes as the mules and dealers just in case anyone was caught on an undercover video or sting operation.
Little did I know that an ex-cop named Kemp Shiffer who had become an IRS agent would realize that the legal age for sex in Nevada was 15 years old. Something important for a California pedophile to know about. So following the "law", Kemp started transporting juvenile females from Oakland, California to the ranch and using work permits obtained to work in the "restaurant" for 16 year old girls - putting these girls inside of those legal brothels at ages too young to even legally vote, smoke or even drink alcohol or smoke a cigarette I'd like to add. He would get many of these girls out of group homes who had no parents or adults to object also who didn't know what he was doing while talking about how he was "going to get them a legal job" to get them into his car and signed out to his control.
All perfectly LEGAL I'd like to add. Which is why when I went to the IRS and the police about it originally they said there was "nothing they could do" about it other than fire him from the IRS. So he was able to continue what he was doing for another 11 years before he was finally arrested for sex trafficking. For 12 years of doing this - he was given a two year sentence by the way for his crimes against these girls.
For years after I started Prostitutes Anonymous later renamed to Sex Workers Anonymous in 1995 - I had the full support of police departments I'd like you to know. I say that because the first alternative sentencing and diversion program we put together in Los Angeles county was done under the full support of then mayor Tom Bradley, Sheriff Block, Chief Gates, and California Attorney General Edwin Meese who was working on the Meese Commission back then trying to help what was happening to the porn industry back then.
I say that because our group underwent the same type of attack, smear campaign, etc., about the same time as the AIM Clinic, and many other points of contact within the sex industry did at the same time. Why were we attacked?
For reasons I believe the Celeste Guap case illustrates well for one thing. For another, because a lot of money was being prepared to be sent out and cut up to help "sex trafficking victims" and the last thing certain people wanted was to have people like myself and Dr. Mitchell involved on those trafficking task forces. Again why? Again back to the story of Celeste Guap as your answer. Because there were a lot of people who didn't want victims to be able to get to us mostly who weren't being controlled by these people trying to silence their victims.
Everyone immediately agreed that getting these victims into services and counseling was preferable to treating them like criminals and carting them off to jail. Everyone EXCEPT the man who was the head of the Probation Dept. I couldn't get him to answer the phone and tell me why he was refusing to sign the letter either. So I got into my car and drove two hours to Downey to knock on his door and ask him what the problem was.
When I got there, he got onto the phone with me and said he "didn't agree" with the idea and he tried to brush me off. Being how I am - I pushed into his office to demand to speak with him in person about his objections. When I walked into his office and faced him - I immediately knew what the problem was. This man had been a "regular" of mine for some years when I myself was a prostitute.
I closed the door and said to him that he of all people should be supporting getting these women into services instead of sending them off to jail being as he saw the kinds of things going on with them. I asked him why he would object to this program. His answer was simple - fear of discovery about his activities. I assured him the last thing we wanted to do was this and he had our discretion of course. This allowed him to sign the letter and for our program to launch.
Now I'm speaking to police, and other agencies, on a regular basis who are in a terrible quandary. I bring this up for a case I can refer to going on in Florida where some guards are responsible for the death of an inmate. The guards who blew the whistle on their actions were subjected to horrible retaliation.
I want to point you to this case in California where a witness was "lost" for 3 days in the jail. The only officer I know of who was prosecuted in the matter was the one who brought this victim a phone to call for help. I know that since our program was taken out of the loop of being connected to anyone coming out of sex work and allowing us to help to determine what type of services they needed because victims were going to be more open to us than they are with the authorities - I myself have found myself being completely shut out of being able to go to the authorities myself with information the victims are telling me about.
I want to point you if I might to this case recently in Irvine where two women were arrested in an international sex trafficking operation. I want you to know I knew about those women years ago, and I also know they are not the top of the food chain based on what victims have told me. I want you to know that I started trying to go to the authorities about the operation back in 2006. Only I found myself being so shut out of law enforcement circles by people within the force trying to cover their own ass, officers like Officer Armendariz out of Arizona as another example, that its one reason I brought in a reporter to help us expose not only Chris Butler, but also "Operation Dollhouse" clear back in 2007.
So those women in Irvine not being arrested until a few months ago is another result I can show you of what's happened since these predators and "johns" were allowed to shut us out of the process here involving sex workers and "victims" of not just pimping, but sex trafficking. A difference not being taught to your academy cadets currently because of again many men trying to "cover their own ass".
Another problem with this whole issue being left as it is - is that I've been getting an increasing number of phone calls every year from good solid decent cops, sheriffs, marshalls, and other law enforcement officers who are telling me they're leaving the field because of again cases like what's happened in Florida and this other "lost witness" case are illustrating - that the people who seem to be getting attacked aren't the criminals - but instead the "whistle blowers". If anyone has seen films like the "Departed" then you know how hard it is right now to be able to even get a case investigated properly against someone like Whitey was because of the level of corruption within the system true - but it's more than that.
Not true. First of all, it's only when they're arrested can they be tested for HIV/AIDS and their medical records made public so that statistics can be gathered on the amount of them infected for one thing. Numbers which funding for services is completely dependent upon I"d like to add. I'd also like to add this was supported by the AHF led by Michael Weinstein who I believe was supporting not having juveniles arrested and tested for HIV/AIDS again for political and financial reasons that had nothing to do with HIV/AIDS.
I believe the push to stop arresting them had more to do with the fact that once arrested than an investigation starts. An investigation into who might be pimping and buying them for one thing. An investigation which men like Charlie Sheen didn't want to come out in the press - as well as the men involved in this Celeste Guap case either.
Meaning that the "good old seasoned" cops who used to be able to take a cadet under their wing and help them out if they were to see another officer involved in such things as this Guap case reveal to us - are telling me they've been leaving the force for some time now in record numbers also because of how "upside down" things have become for a while now. Again, I want you to think about the culture that men like Joohoon, Chris and Kemp have created in California alone over the last 20 years that all went into this Guap case happening.
A culture that needs to change and one that to change is going to require "re-involving" us with the issues here. I say that from ground zero to witness protection also because of the way she was handled by victim services even being completely wrong. This woman at no time was provided with access to ANYONE who understood that the police force was going to be against her from the gate. Including a series of events which happened which I believe was her being framed by these same men trying to cover their ass, and also a system trying to protect itself from her lawsuits, who were not putting her best interests FIRST.
Which is another reason why I believe our program was cut out of the Victim Services loop because otherwise there's no way she would have been allowed to be put on that plane as she was to Florida otherwise. I would have stopped it immediately, and I would have put her instead into a local treatment program we use on our members we have come to know and trust over the years as having the services, staff, etc., who know how to properly treat someone in her situation as to her best interests.
I also think we need to open up a dialogue about what we're going to do in order to start training police officers about what to do when they see someone like Chris Butler in front of them not only involved in crime himself - but also then trying to suck them up into the whole thing as Chris did also. I can show you grown active duty cops he had terrified of him - and then I ask you what you think prostitutes were feeling about the guy if grown active cops were scared to death of his power? I can assure you that because there was no safe system in place for witnesses to what he was doing - that's why someone went to the press first about him to get something done to shut him down.
Again things have to change. Just replacing people isn't changing anything as I think Mayor Libby might have learned after the 3rd guy she made Police Chief who had involvement with Celeste. Things STILL aren't changing either. I know my phone's not ringing about it. I know that when we tried doing our own outreach campaign into the Oakland, Redding, etc., areas back in 2011 - we got so many threats by active duty police officers to myself and our members I had to call off the whole operation. The problem with that is also this - would you like to know how many young women have gone missing in that region who are suspected sex trafficking victims now?
Women who I might have been able to find if not for the threats and interference. I say that because BEFORE, when we were actively working WITH law enforcement we used to find young victims in HOURS. Routinely. Not once in a blue moon. We in fact had found so many juvenile victims through our hotline and our connections that a film was made about one of those case histories called "Fighting for my Daughter" with Lindsey Wagner playing a mother who had called me for help finding her daughter being held against her will by a pimp up in Canada. A film made in 1995. So yes there was a time when "working together" WAS WORKING.
So I'm writing you today to find out what can we do to open up a dialogue here? I'd like to open up a dialogue about coming in preparing some trainings for these various offices on what we know about modern day domestic sex trafficking, not just "pimping" but actual organized sex trafficking operations. The difference to us being the difference between that of a lone criminal who hangs out with other criminals vs. that of organized crime hence why the RICO Act changed things.
The Trafficking Act of 2000 also changed things but because this was like alcohol in that it was something the system/officers also partook in and were involved in also themselves - it's been a challenge for us to create a system where instead of looking only to the "outside" for the criminals in this issue we have to look at EVERYONE. Including men with badges and offices as public defenders and on the bench even.
Which won't be accomplished by victims/survivors who are being put out there by groups trying to get federal grants I can assure you. They won't want to risk the kind of "displeasure" talking about these issues 100 % honestly is going to bring down on them. They won't risk their jobs nor their grants by being as honest as we need them to be in other words.
I'm not trying to get promoted. I'm not trying to get a grant. I'm not trying to organize a fund raiser. I'm not trying to get a job. The ONLY thing I'm concerned about right now is to make sure things like what happened to Celeste Guap, and others like Margo Compton, do not happen again. That victims start knowing they can call the police for help - and not think their only options to find help is to go to the press like Celeste Guap did, as did the victims involved with Eliot Spitzer when his tape was leaked to the press for that reason. I mean how does one get help when the person you have to get to help you is the prosecutor himself? That's why those tapes were leaked about Spitzer starting his press attack - the victims didn't know they could reach out to us in other words and get help that way by bypassing him entirely.
You need more good cops. Which you're losing I can assure you because many are seeing this type of corruption and abuse and feeling they have no recourse to do anything about it, and to protect themselves, they leave the force entirely. I can point you as one example to a man like Claude Arnold. That man was making amazing, good, solid, powerful arrests into powerful trafficking figures in this region of southern California and then WHAM! Suddenly he's out working for an auction house? I can't speak for this man personally - but I can read those news clips and I can see what happened there plain as day.
So I'm writing to your offices again hoping now with time you've started to see why we need to start talking to each other for one thing. I'd like to set up some kind of workshop or conference where we can all sit down and talk about these issues together as a team about what can be done to change things.