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Monday, February 20, 2017

WHY YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY IS IMPORTANT AS A SURVIVOR

Please note what this article says - http://www.biospace.com/News/merck-kgaa-release-company-and-palantir-launch-new/444170/company_profile.aspx?CompanyID=1530

It states that Palantir Technologies is now working with Merck Pharmaceuticals.  If any of you follow my blog - you'll note I've told you I'm receiving a lot of phone calls from survivors who are being put into experimental research studies - some of which are considered "off label".  

Palantir Technologies is a company that essentially is the CIA today.   https://www.palantir.com/about/  They crunch data for them anyway.  Same thing.

Palantir has provided Polaris with a large grant.  https://www.fastcompany.com/3008097/where-are-they-now/google-palantir-salesforce-fight-human-traffickers  This article talks about how Google and Palantir are now considered "partners" of Polaris.  

Polaris runs the National Trafficking Hotline.  Please note their privacy policy with respect to people who contact them, or any of their "partners" with respect to information they gather.  https://humantraffickinghotline.org/privacy-policy  There are also a whole slew of websites up in the sex trafficking field which state they "share policies with our partners" who include Polaris who then shares with their "partners" and so on and so on.  

Please note further what it says here about what happens when you simply go to their website for information - 

Use of Website
Our web servers automatically collect non-personal information such as the domain name of the Internet access provider, the Internet protocol address used to connect the computer to the Internet, the average time spent on our website, pages viewed, information searched for, access times and other relevant statistics. 
With your IP address, they can track all of your online activity by the way.  I know because I've had private investigators following me using my IP address before when stalking me.  I'm sorry but if partners with Google, then having your IP address information means they can track every single thing you do online if you have Google or Google Chrome as your browser.
Note further what it says about their "policy" with respect to your privacy -
Notification of Policy Changes
We reserve the right to change, modify or add to our privacy practices and tips policy to protect the ethical standards provided or to meet the changing demands of digital advocacy. Notification of any changes to the National Hotline privacy policy will be posted to the National Hotline website or other appropriate location so as to adequately inform digital service users of these revisions. We encourage you to please review it frequently.

I have told many people that purpose for the website up at www.sexworkersanonymous.org is NOT what it appears.  I'll explain why.  This site has no privacy policy and I've been told it not only grab's your IP address, but it further attaches "cookies" which follow you.  Meaning you're sitting at home thinking about calling the Sex Workers Anonymous hotline.  You want to do a little research into us so you go onto that site.

WHAM - they got your IP address.

What that does is create a mirror of our traffic.  I've told people close to me and readers to this blog I have turned down substantial offers of money for the information on who calls our hotline.  It is because I have turned down those offers, and I've further refused to give anyone any information as to who calls our hotline, who emails us, or who reaches out to us for help in any way, that this is being done in order to try and either block people from calling us, or to then try and get an idea who is contacting us.  An IP address tells a lot more than a name by the way.  It can tell your address, it can even follow your movements, it may contain your billing information, identify all of your social media, and trace all of your online activity of who you speak to.  If you've seen Snowden - you've seen how deep that can go as to how far into your life these people can dig just from knowing an IP address.

Now this confirms there IS a partnership between Polaris and Merck Pharmaceuticals.  This might have something to do with why I'm being told by survivors not only are they being used in experimental drug research, but I've had more than one tell me they are being FORCED into this research.  You want to know how they know WHO they can force?

We've just shown you there is a connection here.  Any proof?  How about proof in the Bill Cosby rape cases?  Can one always obtain "proof"?

But we can show a legal relationship and access.  




Friday, February 10, 2017

PHYLLISHA ANNE AND "ILLEGAL RECORDINGS"

Dear APAG Guild:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Shame on you.

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

LETTER TO BRADLEY MYLES RE: BACKPAGE ARREST OF CARL FERRER

Jody Williams, Founder & Director
Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly Prostitutes Anonymous)
www.sexworkersanonymous.com
(702) 488-1127 or (888) 666-1782

October 11, 2016

Bradley Myles c/o
Polaris Via Email & Fax

Re: Backpage Arrest

Dear Mr. Myles:

I'm sure an educated man such as yourself has probably heard of the poem popularized by John Godfrey Saxe entitled “The Blind Men & the Elephant”. This poem if you remember was based on a story that's been repeated in many cultures about the blind men called upon to describe an elephant. However, each one of them was feeling a different part of the animal – thus one was feeling the tail vs. the other feeling the tusk. While each was “correct” at the part they were describing - they were still “disagreeing” with each other about what it was simply because of having a different perspective.

I'm writing to you today because I believe we may be looking at the same “animal” from “different perspectives” called the “sex industry”. Neither one of us “right” or “wrong” but certainly it would provide a better description of the beast if we were communicating with each other. I'm writing you this long letter because I'd like to know I've at least attempted to open up a dialogue about this “elephant” even though my previous attempts to have us engage in a dialogue with each other have been rebuffed. I assure you while I'm being treated in this manner, it's not exactly encouraging our other members to try and speak to you openly either. Remember, our members are very real, just most of them choosing to remain “anonymous”.I am a “survivor” also of many different types of sex trafficking – so whatever you think of me a survivor I am. Meaning how others see you treat me – is how they perceive you to treat “survivors” when they're not being of direct use to you when you're trying to get a grant approved or an agenda pushed through.

So I've not spoken to you directly about my arrest in 1984 but you can read it with the clips I've posted at www.hightechmadam.com Contrary to what the story appears to be about - this warehouse I was arrested in connection with was not a “brothel” I was operating. As a matter of fact, at the time of my arrest I had completely “retired” out of the sex industry. After buying my way out of a generational family of people involved in prostitution who were related to Richard Pryor's family (who he's been open about his mother working in his grandmother's brothel so I'm not violating a confidence here) who had lured me into the sex industry, then “turned me out” and pimped me using fear as their tool for a few years - word soon spread on the “streets” I was now an “independent” prostitute. This is actually when the real problems started for me.

With this “family” no longer acting as “protection” for me, I was approached first by LAPD officers who were running an escort service known as “Talk of the Town” back then (they were later arrested but claimed it was an “undercover operation” no one knew about so nothing was done to them). They doubled as a casting and modeling agency so prostitutes could literally be written into the budgets of films and modeling projects and thus paid for using credit cards or company checks. Paramount Studios had this scandal break about just this sort of practice in the 1990's. Their escorts were supplied to the “Hollywood elite”. The clients, or “johns” were assured none of “their” escorts would have a disease, would steal from anyone, nor would anything which transpired leak to the press. They were assured these women were “under the control and management” of LAPD” and thus their discretion with the press, and wives, was guaranteed.

To further prove their point, any actor caught picking up an “independent” such as when Eddie Murphy picked up Devine Brown off the streets was soon blasted all over the media. News of this sort was used to make sure other “johns” knew if they didn't want to wind up a public laughing stock – they needed to stick with using “Talk of the Town” to supply their needs. To recruit women to work for them, basically anyone not working with them was arrested. Shortly after I initially refused to work for them I was arrested for prostitution myself to prove their point they could give me a record if they wanted to. So I saw firsthand back then how the corrupt police work in conjunction with the media to “advertise” their “black market” services in the way it's done when you're talking about an illegal service such as illegal prostitution. When one can't take out an ad in the yellow pages – well then one gets a little creative in spreading the word.

Looking back, you'll notice it was only when actors such as Eddie Murphy, Hugh Grant, or Danny Bonaduce picked up “street” prostitutes were these stories blasted all over the press. These was a noticeable absence of such stories coming out of the services ran by Alex Adams, better known as the Beverly Hills Madam, who was not only working with these LAPD, but also the FBI as an “informant” back then. This was all done to encourage men of power and prestige to frequent only “the right” services or “else”.

These officers of course insisted upon sex for free upon demand in exchange for their “protection” as well as access to these “well paying clients”. Which any way you slice it - it's a form of rape. There's no point in even saying “no” to this where it's the word of a “whore” over a Beverly Hills police officer. Especially when they can shoot you so easily as men like Paul Tanaka have done. I ask you if even in cases like the Rodney King case where there's been horrible abuse, even the murder of someone wrongfully, by the police – what's done to them? For that matter, what's been done in the Sandra Bland case? In situations like this, you view giving them sex free is better than winding up dead. It's just “understood”.

My relationship with them soon had me seeing politicians, celebrities, and making all kinds of business deals above and beyond that of just prostitution. This was an organized criminal operation. These cops were literally taking drugs off drug dealers, then giving them to us to carry on their drug deals. That way if anyone got stopped or arrested it would be one of “us” charged for it - not one of them. Remember, this was a time before Google, cell phones, internet, etc. existed. I certainly had no way of taping any of these threats back then. It also meant “madams” did more than just send out escorts back then. If you wanted to know where or how to get just about anything on the “streets”– the “madams” of that day was your source.

Through these cops I found myself, under threat of false arrest or even worse (keep in mind prostitutes were winding up dead in alleys all over LA then and this was attributed to the many serial killers operating then with no one investigating these cases at all. Even mothers of dead prostitutes in the streets were going completely unresponded to by LAPD when the body count started seriously mounting.), being asked to arrange all kinds of deals. I soon found myself being asked to arrange anything from connecting up a money counterfeiter to a guy who made unmarked guns in his garage as a madam. Our escorts were also used to pump some “johns” for “inside information” which was then relayed back to these same cops.

One of these requests included recruiting women to audition for the hit show back then “The Dating Game”. At first, we were told it would be “good exposure” for a working girl to “be on TV”. As an enticement, we were then assured “our girls” would be set up to win “lavish vacations”. However, we started noticing some of these locations weren't exactly in “tourist” spots. Then some of them weren't coming back. Mind you this was before Chuck Barris had confessed about being a CIA operative in his book “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”. Through Chuck, we started being asked to do stranger and stranger things.

Until I was then introduced to another man identifying himself to be a CIA agent. This man asked for my “help” in all sorts of drug deals which I later learned had been called “Iran Contra”. You know what this was I'm sure – the CIA bringing cocaine into this country to raise “off the books” cash to buy guns for the Contra's. Back then however all this young woman in her 20's knew was that I was seeing crates of cocaine being unloaded off planes and boats, then processed by south central gang members (also being threatened with arrest if they didn't cooperate), with my “girls” being asked to transport the drug from these crack houses to Bel Air homes. Places where a “Blood” or a “Crypt” would stick out like a sore thumb but we blended in just fine. So us prostitutes and madams were the glue between the gangs and Bel Air.
Once I was in deep – I was then asked to supply them with women “who had no family”. When I asked why, I was shown an operation involved diplomat's planes taking these women out of the country never to be seen or heard from again. To prove this was not a joke – I watched as women I knew were loaded onto one of these planes like cattle and there was nothing I could do to stop that plane from taking off.

This is when I set my foot down and decided it was time for me to get the hell out of this whole thing. Especially before I was one of the women loaded onto that plane. Even more so when I learned there wasn't even a law about it on the books. If you've seen the first ten minutes of “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee dated 1973 – the whole opening is on just how American women were being trafficked and there wasn't one law on the books to do a damn thing to stop it. After having the head of the Hillside Strangler Task Force throw me and a woman they'd stabbed 51 times out of their office claiming they couldn't even “get a warrant based on the world of a whore” - this is when I realized there was no safety for us anywhere while we were clearly being hunted like game.

I moved, changed my number, got some phony ID, and did just that – got the hell out of all of this. Something I was able to do back prior to 1984 in a way which would be impossible to do today between technology and the Patriot Act I need to add. But other women wanted my help to get “out of there” also once they saw I'd gotten out alive. I had six months left on my lease at this warehouse in Van Nuys I had once used as an adult theater, so I converted it into what I later learned was the first safe house for adult sex trafficking victims anywhere in the USA.

One night, the police literally did try and storm the place to retrieve two women I'd stashed there. This is when they learned our security was holding but for that reason then became the target that I did. These men weren't used to losing anyone. They were used to places like shelters either refusing to accept us, or if they did take us, it was some shelter who they could flash their badge, say they wanted to “ask us a few questions” and then this person was never heard from again.

NO ONE followed up when we disappeared back then – especially if we were over 18 years of age. Which back then the people I was involved with pretty much stuck to adults for that reason – you couldn't even file a missing persons report for 24 hours when one of us went missing. Then if we did go missing – we were written off as “just a whore”. I never saw a search team organized for one of us back then ever.

I later learned 1984 was when a lot of us “madams” balked at the requests given to us by the CIA. If you look back in your history books, you'll see I wasn't the only one arrested that year, nor was it about the Olympics either. Sure I was arrested that year, as was Cheri Woods and Alex Adams in California, but Sydney Biddle Barrows was also arrested in New York this same year. When I later questioned each of them about their arrest – I was told the same story by each. They each also had been asked to supply “women with no family” to be sold like cattle overseas and had refused. Even madams believe it or not have their limits you see. We “earned” our money yes illegally. But we had balked at the idea of being involved in the sale of another human being which might even have meant their death for all we knew.

Like each of them also that year, I was “framed” for my arrest. I had a young woman call me up for help who I didn't know had been sent to me by police offering to drop her probation if she set me up. She'd told me her pimp had broken her arm and nose, as well as blacked both of her eyes and she asked me if I would help her get away from him. I put her up in the warehouse I'd converted into a safe house to rest and heal. I also told her I had cut off all my phones, stopped running my ads, and was no longer “in the game”. The next thing I know I'm being arrested on “pimping” charges supposedly of her.

Of course there wasn't a shred of evidence against me because I wasn't “pimping” her or anyone. So to make things stick they even arrested my mother charging her with pimping me. To ensure the press printed “their” story of what was going down and not mine – I had my bail jacked up to over $50,000 with no 10 % taken. This prevented any reporter from talking to me as I had been sent to the main jail. While I was being held – the police confiscated all of my money and belongings as well as guaranteed I wouldn't be able to go out and get any “job” anywhere outside of the sex industry. The point was to “break” me financially, as well as cut me off from my support, so that I'd come back “to the streets” and do what they wanted me to do under their promise they'd drop the case. This experience also taught me things aren't always as they appear to be when stories are being manufactured by “sex traffickers”. So I've learned how to tell from my own experiences when someone is also being railroaded by others who have an agenda.

I'm telling you all of this for a reason. If you remember last year when the show “8 Minutes” was airing on A&E – you had released a statement you had not given Kevin Brown, not the producers of the show, permission to air your hotline in connection with it. If he was running a “legit” rescue, and was what he was pretending to be on that show, then he would have clearly obtained your consent to use, and be using, your hotline number as I even am. I have a listing on your site. But I'm actually running a program. So one has to ask then what was the purpose behind a show I read had cost over $1,000,000 just to produce the pilot alone in that series. For a “fake” rescue? I mean what's up here? Plus what does “8 Minutes” have to do with the recent arrest of Carl Ferrer, CEO of Backpage?

You have to realize your hotline by nature of what it does is going to get a different set of calls than our hotline receives. You limit your calls to that of being from the victims themselves who self-identify as “victims of sex trafficking”. That and “other's” who report to you of suspected “sex trafficking”. So from what I know about your hotline – you only, and solely, take calls from someone who calls you up themselves about themselves who says to you “I'm being trafficked and I want out?” In other words, that's your end of the elephant you're going to be seeing.

However, your advertising for those to call you who “suspect sex trafficking” or “tip” calls bear honestly more resemblance to that of an illegal prostitute, or even someone who is being “pimped” instead of someone who I would classify as a “sex trafficking” victim. Mind you when I started our hotline in 1987 after I got my case from this 1984 arrest cleaned out of the way, and established the men who had been involved in my situation were gone out of the way, we couldn't afford to make any distinction to turn anyone away because we were the only hotline out there for adults to call for help. So we've always encouraged anyone who for any reason wanted help to leave any part of the sex industry for any reason to call us. This has included the “independent” sex worker, those who were being “pimped” and those who were trying to escape a sex trafficking operation. Meaning we've been getting calls from all factions from 1987 on.

I also invite you to be aware of who you would refer people to in both Texas where the show was filmed, as well as California where Kevin Brown is from, in light of what you now know about with respect to Joohon David Lee, Celeste Guap, Chief Lee Baca, the OC and San Diego prosecutors' office scandal, and other things which came to light after the show aired in May of 2015, which were happening during, and before, it's filming. In other words, you are aware anyone calling in the LA area for example back then would have most likely have been referred back to either Joohon David Lee, or someone who knew him. Since he was with Homeland Security, ICE and the sex trafficking task forces in both California and Nevada – it's pretty much a given he would have been notified of such a call just as he was when I complained to LAX about his very operation. Even possibly now as the man who “bribed” him hasn't been arrested yet.

I say that you're going to get a different type of call then we do most of the time because in our experience most sex trafficking victims fall into two categories. Either that of being in denial about being a “victim” for one reason or another which may include being brainwashed into not realizing they're being forced or controlled against their will, or those who may be like I was back in my day. I say that because I had a very sharp prosecutor on my case. He knew I was being railroaded and he BEGGED me to “come clean” and tell him the “truth” about what in the hell was going on with me. So I mean those like me who are well aware they're being “trafficked”, but who are too afraid to speak up to the authorities because of fear.

In my case I refused to tell this prosecutor anything about what I knew back then because I had seen what these people could do. I'd seen their power to kill people even in jail and also knew they were connected to the highest levels of government. That once the domino's started falling if I “talked” - that some man in a suit and a briefcase would show up saying the words “national security” and my defense would be shut down on the spot. IF I even made it alive that far.

I also wasn't stupid. I knew that if I started talking about things like “Chuck Barris is working for the CIA” then all I'd be doing is qualifying myself to be carted off to the nut ward. Remember, I'd just witnessed Linda Lovelace trying emphatically to convince America she'd been forced to film “Deep Throat” by a gun pointed at her from off camera while no one stepped up to help her because this was a mob financed film, i.e., she was a victim of what we now call “sex trafficking” just a few years earlier in 1980. If no one believed her – then why would I think they'd believe me?

I'd seen that despite the bruises clearly visible on her in the film, I had witnessed our legal system powerless to do a thing. There wasn't even a law on the books to help her. Well meaning law enforcement tried charging everyone else on the film but her with “obscenity” as it was the closest thing they could find to try and hold these men responsible for their crimes. Because they were using Marilyn Chambers to call Linda a “liar” and write off her accusations as “petty jealously” - no one was held accountable for the crimes committed against Linda. I didn't even see Marilyn in a Narcotics Anonymous meeting admitting Chuck (their pimp) had been drugging her during the time she was countering Linda's accusations until 1984. By that time, the world had pretty much believed anyone who spoke about things like “organized crime” or “forced prostitution” let alone “white slavery” was “crazy” as they'd painted Linda out to be. I bring up Marilyn because I believe Maxine Doogan is the “Marilyn Chambers” of today. Everything about what I went through in the 1980's in fact I'm watching repeating itself today – just with different faces and names.

Knowing men and women coming from situations like Linda and I had been in, are coming out of fantastic situations that most of the world would put on the level as they would someone talking about “little green aliens” because of how “crazy” these things sound, as well that what is now term “sex trafficking” always involves corrupt law enforcement on some level, combined with how the media was portraying my case as well as Linda's (which was connected through Meyer Lansky back then) – we've always promoted our hotline in such a manner as to encourage calls from THAT type of victim. Someone who can't call 911 for help for one. As well as maybe they know their story might sound “crazy”. But mostly also knowing there's not a chance in hell they'll ever get a conviction against their traffickers for one reason or another. That reason could be there is not even a law on the books for what's being done to them yet which is still sadly the case as with the victims of Joohon David Lee as but one example. Look at the Cincinnati case or even what those DEA agents were doing to those Columbian women. Have they been held accountable?

Which is what set off the whole house of cards with that show “8 Minutes”. Up until Robin Few's death in 2012, I had a very good relationship with SWOP, Desiree Alliance, Red Umbrella Foundation, and basically any group who worked with either “harm reduction” for sex workers, or unions such as SWEAT. The reason is obvious – our program isn't one strictly to help sex trafficking victims as your hotline is. Our program is to help ANYONE who for ANY reason wants to leave ANY part of the sex industry. We've been, and still are in some locations, being used for diversion, alternative sentencing, early release, re-entry and jail programs designed to help people quit the sex industry. A true “sex trafficking” call for us accounts for maybe 10 % of the calls we receive overall. The rest fall into either the “independent” or “pimped” category.

But I ask you, who else better to help those leaving the industry who are trafficked, pimped, etc., than another ex-sex worker? Also, who else is on the “front lines” to identify where people are being trafficked than someone in the industry? Especially when it's illegal? Especially when witnesses to sex trafficking know to call the cops they're incriminating themselves. So when groups like PACE, HIPS, or SWOP would be doing their outreach prior to 2012, and they would come across someone saying they wanted help to leave the industry including those who were being pimped and/or trafficked – they would call us. They knew the sex industry is a very very small world and the only way to get these completely out, and keep them out, was to call upon us. They also know after deaths of people like Margo Compton, that our legal system, even the so called “rescue” programs, are still not set up to address helping those who are trying to leave organized crime which in almost every case again does involve some form of corruption. If you look at the “safe houses” now in the USA – I don't know of but one who accepts males or transgenders.

So we get different types of calls on our hotline than you would. Thus we are given a different perspective on things than you might be. Especially now since Robin's death, this group of “influencers” have arisen who we believe are working as “recruiters” as well as “influencers” now within the sex industry. Not at all different from when large corporations hire an “influencer” and “recruiter” to make sure their company grows larger while not forming a union. Anyone who knows me knows I haven't stopped the brothels expansion because I'm against prostitution – but because I'm against the way they treat their workers.

I say that because the legal brothels out of Nevada have tried three times now to expand their operations outside of those small counties. Each time they've tried before to do this, my efforts have been directly responsible for their failure. In fact, the Mob Museum wouldn't be open today had they won the last round to put a legal brothel where it now operates, as well as the new Arts District which is there now too. Since Robin's death, these “influencers” who include women like Maxine Doogan and Domina Elle have risen up. They're done this to not only make sure a “union” doesn't form among sex workers, but to further create a “counter” influence to scare sex workers off trusting us the way they were prior to Robin's death. I also want you to note their connection to not only the show “8 Minutes” but “50 Shades of Grey” and the “Girlfriend Experience” as well. The videogame industry is not the only one hiring “online influencers”.

The Nevada legal brothels have had more problems with me than just these three campaigns they lost. Big ones I should add. With the first one in 1988, Joe Conforte had put up a $1,000,000 into a PR firm to win a proposition to bring legal brothels into California. He had also paid about that much to a university to do a HIV/AIDS study which was completely “rigged” in his favor. It was to make it appear no one at his brothel ever contracted the virus to try and use the fear then as a marketing tool as well as to push to expand. So when he lost that year, he lost a lot of money and put a whole other ball into motion. That was of us coming to the rescue of the women working within these legal brothels.

After taping a Sally Jesse Raphael talk show in 1988, one of the women he'd brought onto the show came running up to me after taping was done. She reported she had been drugged, then forced at gunpoint onto a private plane where she had been “told” to rehearse scripted lines for the show talking about how “wonderful” working conditions were there. This woman then begged me to get her out of there – telling me if she even tried to leave the place on foot she'd be arrested. I never heard of such a thing, but went ahead and got her out of there in a staged stunt making it appear an ambulance took her out of the studio. Once we got her safely into a program up there which had Brenda Myers-Powell there who I was working with at the time too, Genesis House, word spread back to Nevada one could call me for help and get it.

It turns out she was telling the truth – it literally was against the law for her to walk out of there on foot. Walking being the operative word because none of these brothels were in cities where there was a cab service, nor was there any bus line which would take one from where the brothels were to any of the major cities where there was an airport to get out of the state entirely. Without their money which was held from them – they can't even hire a limo to come down to pick them up. Considering how the police, and the laws, in the state of Nevada favor the brothel owners, these women wanted out of the state entirely. Combine this with the relatively few cops in these cities, who then made most of their money from Joe, well these women couldn't turn to the police to get out of there either. Not when a call to them usually wound up with them being the ones arrested under these unconstitutional laws barring them from leaving on foot. A cop also isn't going to drive them to the nearest airport either – even if they did arrest someone.

After this first “rescue” in Nevada, I started getting more and more calls to help these women leave out of there. Being the only program who would do this, when a woman would go “awol” the brothel owners knew it was us helping these women. Since the only way I've known to stop the kind of abuse I'm having these women as young as 16 years old are telling me is going on up there “legally” (or in ways we can't get them arrested for anyway), we've had an “unofficial” war going on between us and the legal brothels. We'd set about to get as many of them shut down as possible for a while there. A campaign which was also very successful. We had gotten quite a few of them shut down for a while there. So many it even hit the news.

That was until Sheldon Adelson decided he wanted to not only oppose Obama, but also he wanted to expand legal prostitution through the USA, all while opposing unions of any kind. This is when he started bank rolling these efforts. For every brothel we started getting shut down about then, we found Dennis would then go and buy them out. We really got on their “shit list” when one woman came to us with enough witnesses, and evidence to test out these new “sex trafficking” laws. She was going to be the first person ever to prosecute a “sex trafficker” within a “legal brothel”. Only before we could get the case pulled together, it was sold to Dennis, all the witnesses threatened and scattered, as well as this woman's life threatened. To find her to make these threats - they spared no expense. Hiring another “catfish” pretending to be a photojournalist from Finland supposedly working on a magazine project. To make it all look “real” they even flew a woman over from Finland – fake portfolio of her work and all.

When we exposed this for the fraud it was and alerted those who she'd been lying to what her real mission was – that's when the threats against us escalated to being more serious. We'd had some hand by this point in time for exposing Samoly Mam as a “fraud”, as well as Stella Marr, Chong Kim, William Hilliar, and now also this “photojournalist”. So finding there have been “fake” victims, fake “rescuers” and even fake “photojournalists”, who knew there would soon come “fake” reality series and even fake “sex workers advocates” as again Maxine Doogan and Domina Elle are turning out to be. Yes we have attacked these “fakes” and done so with good reason – because they've been covering up what the REAL traffickers in this country are doing, how they're doing it, who is doing it, and also diverting resources to fight them.

We had exposed “Cat House” as being staged and called out produced by Dennis Hof. Our efforts resulted in the show being taken off the air briefly, and then “relabeled” along with the producer finally admitting actors had been paid to stage this so called “reality” show about the sex industry. This show had been produced as a marketing and recruiting tool bearing no resemblance to the reality others coming out of there were reporting to us. Now why did we raise such a stink about it using actors and scripts? Because again people were walking around talking about the “legal brothels” based upon thinking this show was “reality”. Therefore, it was important for us to reveal it had been in fact staged and scripted with paid actors so people knew it wasn't what “really” goes on within those places.

But the others to follow which were faked were all done by Relativity Media. This included “Gigolo's” about male prostitution and “G Sting Diva's” about strippers. Relativity Media I also need to add films “Jail”, “OC Jail”, “Intervention” and “Catfish” - giving them a lot of access within these operations. Before starting filming on “8 Minutes” Relativity Media received a lot of money from another film company who was owned by the Chinese government. This was before Liang Yaohui, and at least 50 other men who were part of the Chinese government, were arrested for trafficking and corruption who were also connected to the same film company who invested over $12 million dollars in Relativity Media.

One of the founders of Relativity Media also bought PBS shortly before producing “A Path Appears”. Another show many feel was “staged” because of the connection to Nicholas Kristof – the man who was partially behind Samoly Mam talking her into her fake campaign and that whole sham which defrauded people out of millions of dollars as well as created a very false impression of what “real” American sex trafficking victims are like once rescued. The stories she told like even her daughter was “beheaded” being a lie were completely outrageous as well as misleading. I'd be “bright and cheery” to people too if I was out shaking hands asking for millions of dollars. All con artists do. Most true survivors however I've found, not even myself, can physically keep up the campaign trail she embarked upon – a sign that gave her away. But realize while she was sucking up the press with her false stories about sex trafficking – real stories from real victims about real trafficking, especially in America, in need of American support, was being diverted. No differently than when I went to MTV for help about Snoop Dogg's “RV pimp revival tour” in 2003 he confessed to in Rolling Stone. I did that because they were in the middle of producing a documentary about our work along with a PSA series. But the minute I talked about working on this case – suddenly the producer I was talking to was fired. No one there left knew who I was. The project was clearly canceled about our work. Then all of the money and talk they'd at first been putting into dealing with American sex trafficking happening right then and there – completely transformed into a launch of MTV Exit in Swenden. Which is great for Swedon – but what about the fact of the victims right here who had whole states refusing to help them because no one wanted “to be another OJ case” on the news? THIS is the danger when using other countries as a way of “smoke screening” what's going on right here right now.

With respect to “8 Minutes”, we had started getting strange calls about Kevin Brown, Greg Reese, and the show long before it aired. In fact, they had called us up asking to send women to a motel so they could “rescue” them in California before moving the shoot to Texas. They had said they “couldn't get anyone to send a woman to a motel” in Los Angeles. We explained to them this was “because sex traffickers won't send a woman to your hotel room in that manner”. Then I asked them if they didn't know this then what kind of “rescue” were they running? I asked to see this operation for myself and never heard from them again as a matter of fact. This was clearly one of the reasons why they changed the shoot to Houston.

So we had caught the first episode when it aired very curious about what was going on in connection with it. I don't know if you watched the show, but it immediately made no sense to me based on what I'm seeing coming into our hotline with respect to not only Backpage, but also sex trafficking itself. Since we have a chapter in Houston also, and were “friends” at one point with the Houston SWOP chapter, it really didn't make sense what we saw on that first show. Not when it was saying it was a “trafficking rescue”.

I say that based on the whole premise. What I saw on that first episode was them calling up ads on Backpage, that women were just showing up at their room, women who were all Hispanic, where every two minutes the narrator, or the host, was repeating the term “victim” without even knowing this woman's story first. (I mention this because if you watch Derrin Brown's videos on Youtube about how you can convince an innocent man he's guilty – these are the same techniques I was seeing being employed in “8 Minutes” right on down the line. Brainwashing the audience pure and simple. Since I was certified by the FBI as an expert witness in how brainwashing is done – then I know what I'm talking about. Which had me wondering why they would be wanting to “brainwash” the audience “sex trafficking victims” were found on Backpage” to be perfectly honest. I found it even stranger they named Backpage. I mean who says “oh you can find drugs on this corner” on the news like it's an ad you're running if you're trying to stop it.)

Then they were offered a chance to “just leave” with them within an eight minute time frame. I'm sorry but rescuing a REAL victim of sex trafficking takes a lot more time to plan and execute than eight minutes. Especially since most of them require their whole family relocated to safety before you can extract the direct victim because the first place the traffickers are going to show up when they go missing is their relative's house. Something which wasn't even being addressed in the episode I saw. Now you might be able to get a “prostitute” to agree to run off to get help with a strange man in 8 Minutes – but NOT a “real” sex trafficking victim”. In that case, a whole series of events would go into operation when they didn't return back to the appointed place at the appointed time, or when their GPS device was cut off or moved.

So I scratched my head and then turned the channel because it didn't really effect me I thought. Until my phone started ringing right after the show with people wanting my help to start staging “hotel stings”. Okay now I'm mad. I'm now answering my phone that I pay for which I receive no salary and for which I can't just go out and hire someone to help me with it either - for which is now ringing off the hook with fools who saw this show and now are thinking you execute a “sex trafficking rescue” with something like this nonsense. I'm now spending hours out of my day talking fools down off this ridiculous “hotel sting” set up people are seeing on this show and wanting my help with even. Something I wasn't even prepared for beforehand.

This is when I started trying to reach the producers directly because now the show is directly affecting me. To my surprise, they weren't answering my calls. Which didn't make sense to me. If you're going to be helping alcoholics – wouldn't you take a call from Bill Wilson or Alcoholics Anonymous? This further alerted me there was something very very fishy here and they were not running the operation they were claiming.
Then came the woman who told me she had been filmed for this show. She's been called “Kamylla” online. This woman told me she had been paid to speak scripted lines, and she was engaged in a play where Backpage was the named source of where she came from. She even told me her husband was paid to pretend to be her pimp. Not they “breached their promise” to “rescue” her but to not show her face.

What was upsetting her was she had been told their faces would be blurred out when the show aired, but that the faces she was seeing on the shows airing weren't blurred. This was scaring her people would think what they acted out on camera was “real”. Since she said she had three kids, and was not a legal citizen because she was from Brazil, she was scared this “branding” would get her deported, possibly cost her custody of her children. Maybe even get her husband arrested.

She asked for my help in stopping the episode with their faces from airing. I agreed to help her with this, and typed up a letter notifying the producer's, and A&E, I was going to be filing a request for an emergency temporary injunction against the show from airing because of her concerns about her face showing and the danger this could pose for her children. I further had found two things quite disturbing about the show – the fact only Hispanic women had been portrayed as “victims” for one. The other was their portrayal of what a “sex trafficking” victim is including they can be just ordered up into a hotel room like a pizza off Backpage. What I'd found especially offensive was that I had contacted their show during the taping about situations going on in pockets such as California, Nevada, Arizona, etc., which can now be openly discussed such as what was going on with Joohon David Lee and Celeste Guap just to name two public cases connected to the trafficking ring I've been dealing with for some years now.

I was seeing no mention at all in this so called “reality” show of the fact a sex trafficking victim COULDN'T just up and leave with them in “8 Minutes” because of this type of corruption. If anything, this show was making that sort of thing seem to not even exist. Much as how magicians will distract you with their left hand so you don't see what they're doing with their right. So when I'm seeing something labeled as a “reality show” making it appear that when you start calling up ads on Backpage in the adult section, you're going to get nothing but Hispanic women reporting to the camera they're “only doing this because they have kids to feed” and agreeing that quickly, and that simply, to walk off with these people into a recovery program, well I found it to be absolutely outrageously misleading about both illegal prostitution, as well as someone who is being pimped and some who is being trafficked in this country.

Look, things labeled as “real” when aired which aren't can be very damaging. I point you to the ACORN video about Obama, as well as the Planned Parenthood video tape – both staged as “reality” when in fact they were “staged”. One making Obama's people appear to be supporting sex trafficking, while the other was making Planned Parenthood appear to be forcing abortions upon women just so they can sell body parts. Now, was exposing these tapes for the frauds they were “attacking people” or “defending” the innocent, while also wanting to try and ensure that those truly guilty of such things are then exposed.

Things like this are important to me because I have yet to see a trafficking operation for one use a Planned Parenthood. Why would they when they leave records and cost money or health insurance? Neither of which sex traffickers are going to want to use in a situation with a victim. The sex traffickers I've known PREFER their victims pregnant and to give birth because it not only brings in more money from the “fetish” johns who like pregnant women – but also gives them an 18 year “leash” on their victims so they can't run from them without giving up their address or they can call in a “kidnapping” report. Meaning in reality the only way many victims who have children by their traffickers is to run to a country like Canada who doesn't extradite over things like child custody or visitation orders. Issues by the way I've yet to see discussed with Congress yet when talking about how to break away victims from their traffickers such as child custody.

Now, in reality, the traffickers I'm aware of don't just send out a woman to a hotel room in the manner portrayed in this show. While a prostitute might just up and come out to some room in that manner, a person who is being trafficked or even pimped seriously will not. They're not sending out anyone to any room unless they've screened this person for their real name, where they work, where they're from, and have some idea who this person is and where they work or what company they own. They're going to want to see an airplane ticket, a drivers' license, a credit card, and some other type of information so that if their victim goes missing – they know where to go looking to get her back. Even then, most of the time you have to have someone the traffickers trust “vouch” for you before they'll send anyone out to your place – especially if you're calling from a hotel. In those cases, you probably wouldn't even get an appointment unless you also showed them an airplane ticket or car rental which matched your drivers license, and even then you'd have to get someone to “vouch” for you who they do business with regularly.

So I found the whole thing very misleading. Especially since the “johns” I've been speaking to for a while now have been reporting the traffickers have been using this information they get on them to do things like hack into their bank accounts, blackmail them, even steal real estate equity right out from under them. Many report they're being drugged even and robbed. Then when they threaten to “go to the cops” they find they're being threatened by the cops to “back off” the whole matter “or else” their wife and boss might find out. You witnessed exactly this scenario when Lamar Odom overdosed in Nevada. He “ate” that $75,000 cash which was in his pocket and got the hell out of Nevada before the cops changed their minds about charging him for the drug possession for which there's no proof he put any of those in his system himself.

Something if you were showing REAL sex trafficking – then you'd be showing them putting the clients through these hoops traffickers do. Not showing them the procedure for what appears to be that of an “independent prostitute” who is simply on Backpage because they have free ads trying to get up money to buy food for her kids because she's out of work and so desperate this was all she could think of to do. But yet that's what I'm feeling I'm seeing portrayed and if you're going to be scripting and staging this – then why would you script and stage what is “independent sex work” and label it “sex trafficking”? Why mislead the public about the type of ads found on Backpage?

But I still didn't get involved in this whole show until again “Kamylla” asked for my help in stopping the episode with her, and her husband, from airing which was supposed to be that next week. She further said she was being evicted in two days and needed help with this because she was too broke to pay her rent. I agreed to help her on both accounts. The next morning I served upon A&E and Relativity Media the notice I was going to file for a “temporary emergency injunction” to stop the show from airing based on the safety of her children being endangered if the show aired showing their parents faces labeled as “prostitute” and “pimp” unblurred. Literally within four hours of my serving everyone with this notice, the website connected to the show was taken down completely. Within eight hours, news was going out the show had been “canceled”. I also need to add this woman who told me the day before she “couldn't afford an attorney” suddenly had THREE attorney's calling me every hour on the hour the next day trying to stop me from doing anything about her situation telling me “they were going to help her” yet not a one of them was HER attorney hired by her for her needs. These were attorney's acting on behalf of the producers & the show.

I further informed them I would be suing for what's called a “defamacast”. Not only was this show making it appear Hispanic women resorted to prostitution the minute they were having economic problems, nor could they take care of their children legally, but it was also slamming Backpage as the vehicle sex traffickers were using. I'm sorry but that's not where I'm seeing the hard core sex trafficking in this country being advertised. ANY hard core sex trafficker is WELL AWARE the police, the press, the groups such as the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and THORN, are monitoring the ads on this site, as well as records of their phone and bank records are being turned over to the cops upon receipt of a warrant.

Any organized hard core real sex trafficker is therefore NOT going to use Backpage for exactly those reasons. I'm not alone in this knowledge either. Not when men like Chris Hanson are walking away from NBC and seeking crowdfunding so they can film a TRUE “reality” series showing where hard core sex traffickers are advertising, and how they operate, as he did when he left NBC. NBC who is another one who is filming these completely faked staged so called “reality” shows about sex trafficking also supposedly coming out of Backpage too I need to add where I've already filed complaints about them with the FCC. 'm still considering legal action against NBC for the way they've even faked shows about our group!
Let me tell you what I'm seeing from my end of the “elephant”. So we can speak a common language, I want to refer you back to the days of Prohibition. These were the days when organized crime, connected to such men as Al Capone, were so well “connected” as to be deemed “untouchable”. Not only had they connections with the police, the press, even the church, and politicians - but further they had the fact most people didn't even believe there even WAS a “cosa nostra”, or organized crime ring operating within the USA going for them. So when these guys wanted to shut down an “independent” bootlegger – it was easy. They turned him over to the cops, and everyone got to take a bunch of press for “shutting down a bootlegger”. The politicians got some good press, the local cops picked up some money, the court's got their fines – and organized crime got their point across not to make illegal booze unless you were a part of THEIR operation. If you wanted to make gin in your bathtub – then you'd be the one busted – not them.

Now when a bathtub gin bootlegger was arrested did this mean they weren't “arresting a bootlegger”? Sure they were. But that arrest was actually SERVING the “organized crime” ring in this country we now refer to as “the mob”. I say that because “the mob” wasn't even officially recognized until the 1960's when Joe Valachi stepped up with his confession about being a part of this “mob”. We didn't even have the “racketeering” laws back then which were written to address the fact there was a “difference” between a guy making moonshine in the Appalachian mountains to feed his kids vs. someone like Al Capone whose money went to fuel a very large, organized criminal operation. These guys were so “untouchable” a special team had to be organized popularized in the series “The Untouchable's”.
From our perspective on this end of the elephant – that's what I'm seeing is playing out here. A repeat of history itself. Especially considering this country didn't even recognize domestic sex trafficking as “real” until the Trafficking Act of 2000 was passed. So no I don't think we're at a point yet where as a country we understand the difference between an “independent sex worker” vs. a “trafficking victim” in terms like we now understand with respect to alcohol and Prohibition.

I'm sure you're aware the Mann Act of 1910 was what we had on the books before. That despite this talking about sending Chinese women who were being brought over here to be forced into prostitution back to China as “victims”, not “criminals”, using taxpayer money – only two people were ever arrested under the Mann Act before the year 2000. This was two black men who married white women – Chuck Berry and Joe Johnson. The reason for this is because most politicians, heck most people in this country, weren't being taught what sex trafficking even looked like over the years in between 1910 and 2000. In fact, I remember the 1968 popular film “Thoroughly Modern Millie” starring Julie Andrews actually making a musical comedy out of the very “idea” of Chinese sex trafficking of American women into opium dens. This laughter wouldn't have been so loud had it not been most people truly believed that sort of thing “didn't exist any longer” having left us with the days of the Barbary Coast and sailors being hijacked onto ships.

If you think about it, the most popular people we've had talking in major media since the year 2000 gave this issue federal recognition have all been complete and utter FRAUDS. Go down the list – Samoly Mam, Chong Kim, Stella Marr, William Hillar, etc. Out of those who are not frauds telling stories – how many are AMERICAN'S talking about AMERICAN sex trafficking?

Then out of those who are AMERICAN, how many are speaking about ORGANIZED SEX TRAFFICKING within the modern USA framework? Now you yourself only recently brought in Jessa Willow-Crisp to speak to the Colorado legislature about how the police were involved in trafficking her from Canada into this country. I found her story to ring true with the other stories I'm hearing again not about illegal prostitution, not about someone who is being pimped, but as to someone who is being TRAFFICKED.
Yet I did NOT hear even Jessa speaking about her traffickers using Backpage as their method of operating.

For another, I failed to hear her, or anyone connected to her, addressing the fact the current system we have in this country is STILL not set up to address just this very fact. Joohon David Lee, after me spending years trying to get anyone I could to listen to me to do something about not just that man, but the whole trafficking operation he was only but a part of like a spoke on a wheel, was only charged with bribery after I finally got someone at the Office of Professional Responsibility to open up an investigation into him.

The reason? Because we don't have laws on the books to arrest him for what he actually did to – which included not only placing a completely fake case on an innocent family in Las Vegas, but further he was physically going to pick up victims in China, and then Korea (once I tipped off LAX and the Dept. of Transportation about his activity in China), and not only flying them over here on taxpayer money, but he was also physically walking the victims past LAX security. Now I ask you – where is a person who has just been flown to the states, and walked past LAX security using a Homeland Security badge and ICE credentials, who you know is also on the trafficking task force, to call for help in this country?

Your hotline? Knowing you're going to do what now exactly? In the mind of this victim all you're going to do is refer them right back to him so frankly they aren't going to call you. I'm willing to bet you even a cash bet not one victim of Joohon's did call your hotline in fact to prove my point. I know they called mine. They called mine because we promote you can call us for any reason and that we're not connected to such offices in any way – that all calls to us are completely “confidential”.

I'd also like to point out that training prepared by your office for LAX security did not anywhere in the training materials I was able to get ahold and review mention ANYTHING, not one word, about what airport personnel is supposed to do when they suspect someone in his offices is doing what he did – walking victims right past them into this country. To further prove my point, Celeste Guap has stated she was warned when trafficking “raids” were going to be executed in order that she stay away from them. Now, if they were doing this to keep her away from raids, then why would she advertise on Backpage knowing it's being watched by as many as it is for sex trafficking? I've seen how she advertised her services – and it was NOT on Backpage. If anything, it was advertised on Facebook and Google. Two sites I've seen with respect to sex trafficking, as well as other sites like Youtube, Grinder, Snapchat, etc., But yet I've not seen one word about them in all this Backpage witch hunting. Nope, if you look at all of the arrests in the last couple of years such as Backpage, The Erotic Review, Redpage, Rentboy – what they share in common is that INDEPENDENT sex workers use them NOT sex traffickers. I can can point to the site which was the focus of the Seattle arrests this year – this website, nor their victims, were advertised on Backpage.

But I will tell you this – it's also spreading fast now “on the streets” (thanks to these “influencers” who have been recruited by the real sex industry in this country, who by the way now include Google thanks to Oculus,and Facebook, thanks to their app who directs “johns” to their closest massage parlor, strip clubs, or even escort services, who some might even say view Backpage as a “competitor” to advertising sexual services for hire), when someone does call our hotline for help we going to now be ignored completely if we try and reach out to a group like yours for help – because you have ignored us when we have tried to talk to you about such situations to date.

Why? I don't know other than I get told to “have the victim call themselves” and then I'm cut off. Well again if that was the case then they'd be calling you then instead of me wouldn't they? Thus leaving both our calls essentially unanswered when I've tried to come talk to your group about their situations. By your group refusing to hear from this back end of the elephant that the tail I'm looking at looks a lot different than the ears you've got a hold of – then I don't think you've got as clear of a picture of what this American elephant really looks like anymore than I have a clear idea what things look like outside the reach of what our program can offer by and of itself.

So I'm just reaching out to you right now to let you know what I believe we're witnessing here with the arrest of Carl Ferrer is not what it appears to be on the surface. I know your intent, as well as the intent of those others connected to this whole thing, is to not just to shut down real sex traffickers, but to also help the victims escape this type of operation, as well as to try and just shut down the whole process itself.

However, I can't be more clear that this subject needs to be viewed much again like that of alcohol. Not everyone who drinks alcohol is an alcoholic. Nor is everyone who makes alcohol a “bootlegger”. Keep in mind that to reach an alcoholic, even they are in denial about just that fact sometimes for years into even going to AA meetings they “have a problem”. Very few alcoholics will readily even admit to themselves, or other people, they are in fact one without sometimes hitting a very hard “bottom”. The same sadly applies to “sex trafficking victims” in many cases. Very few who are “victims” will often readily admit they are. Not only have I seen many take sometimes years into recovery to come to grips with that fact, but I myself even didn't even begin to grasp how much of what I went through was forced upon me until I also had years clean and in recovery to be distanced enough from it to truly see things for what they were.

Also, to the guy working at the local “drunk tank” rounding up drunks on a Friday night, it may appear to them everyone who drinks is an alcoholic. The same for someone who was working at a “wet farm” where many went to die from “wet brain”. You may not realize this, but until Alcoholics Anonymous was formed, the diagnosed alcoholic was often treated as if they were mentally ill – some even had lobotomies forced upon them by those who thought they “must be insane” because of the way they wouldn't “stop drinking”. Meaning a proper “diagnosis” of a situation is important to find the proper solution.

The last count I saw of your hotline was you'd answered about 100,000 calls. I want you to know we did a calculation based off phone bills and we counted our hotline has answered over 500,000 calls as of 2013. I think you should also know I've been the one person answering about 98 % of all of those calls myself over the years since 1987 when we launched the hotline and 12 step program.

So I've developed a pretty good view not only of the sex industry worldwide, and others around the world since our hotline is international, but also over time these 30 or so years. I should add with a community of people who aren't calling your hotline nor really having anything to do with your organization. I don't know of ANYONE who has been around this field longer, or with more people, nor a wider variety of those involved in this subject, than myself with respect to adults. The only other person I believe with more time than me has more experience with juveniles than myself – Lois Lee from Children of the Night. Meaning I think my opinion on things involving this issue are valuable. You might know a lot of “survivors” but I doubt you know anyone other than myself who has a broader range of experiences in this field than myself being I've seen it from the very beginning over a span of three decades now from all different types of views.

The show “8 Minutes” wasn't the only time I saw someone creating “fake” media to make it appear “sex trafficking” was happening mostly on Craigslist or Backpage. What I found even more interesting was how MUCH media went into covering that fact up. Why CNN did a whole hour called “The Truth about 8 Minutes” which was just as faked as the show about why it was supposedly canceled. Showing a lot of people went to a lot of trouble to try and cover up the show was “faked”. Now why do that? I mean your group I'm sure has even wondered why they would use your hotline against your permission – so haven't you wondered about this yourself what was going on with respect to that show?

8 Minutes” was not the first time I've seen false ads being placed on Backpage to make it also appear sex trafficking is happening on the site. I find it even more interesting my IP address is blocked from placing any ad for SWA on Backpage or Craigslist. I've tested both and the ads are not “flagged” but actually programmed to not run ads from our IP address. So I'm not doubting the truth of your statement when you say you've “had 2000 calls reporting sex trafficking activity on Backpage”. I am however questioning whether or not those calls might have been faked also. I mean if someone went to all the trouble and expense to fake a whole series to make it appear this way, to put an hour show on CNN about it further covering up this was faked, and then send in paid “influencers” to try and shut me from talking about it – then it's not beyond reasonable to think they might have used these “influencers” to stage fake calls to you.

I want to again point out Joohon David Lee had put a whole innocent family under arrest to deflect from what he was really doing. So I'll put it this way – what proof have you looked at which would show you the accusations against Backpage are being staged in the same manner as what Joohon did to that family? Because again this is not being done just to deflect attention – but to further try and pressure the “independents” into going to work for them by making it impossible to operate otherwise. Just identical to how I had it done to me back in the day to try and force me to work under them then (not the same people obviously but the same system), and to also shut down avenues of escape as was also done to me back in 1984 when they came after me to shut down the safe house. Which is why I brought up to you about my own past experience personally – because I've seen this exact thing before in my own life, as well as I've been watching it unfold over three decades. I also see the direct connections between the patterns I'm seeing now and what was going on “back in the day” with respect to alcohol, Prohibition, bootleggers, and the difference between the alcohol industry vs. the criminals using bootlegging to build an empire.

For that matter, I'm even watching what appears to be a repeat of when Pablo Escobar was in the Mexican Congress, and the Columbian Cartel had reached such a point of power in the 1990's a “faceless justice committee” had to be put together because one couldn't even report drug trafficking back then without being automatically whacked no different than when Pablo's opponents were dealt with much the same. I don't know if you know this – but many are saying Celeste Guap's mother was involved in her trafficking. That she was a 911 operator who was placed in that job to further execute the operations of the sex trafficking ring which has publicly identified at least 30 officers to date involved. Again I ask you – HOW can a victim of such a operation knowing this system is in place call anyone in authority for help? All the more reason again why we get calls you don't over there at Polaris.

The sex industry IS an industry – no different than any other such as alcohol, tobacco, gambling, farming, mining, or any other “industry” where labor is short and exceeds demand. When you combine it with a “black market' by making something illegal as prostitution is, some pornography is, and slap “shame” on it as much of the sex industry is also tied to – and we are witnessing something no different than the days of Al Capone or even Iran Contra when cocaine was flooded into this country by our own government's hand. A government which uses sex to make it's deals just as much as it does cash. If that wasn't true, the House Ethics Committee would not have ruled prostitutes don't have to be accounted for when noting “politician donations”.

So I don't know if you realize you're supporting what essentially is Al Capone trying to stamp out someone who isn't part of “their” operation, trying to force “independents” to “come on board” - but from where I'm sitting at the back end of this elephant – that's what I'm seeing is going on. Now if you have a different perspective, I'd love to hear about it.

In fact, I'd love to be able to have your people hear from our whole side of the fence which when I checked my database last month numbered at 190,000 active members worldwide. But again I can't get you talking to “them” if you aren't willing to talk to “me”. People who are trying to maintain their “anonymity” because some people tend to look down on us as “beneath” being treated with respect as any other human being are kind of funny that way. You know what that's like don't you? When you walk into a room back at high school and you've got the “soshie” kids acting like you don't even warrant recognition you entered the room? That kind of treatment doesn't really encourage them to really want to step out outside of our group to talk about their experiences.

I'm not going to apologize for the length of this letter. Had we been afforded an open line of communication previous to this, I wouldn't feel the need to try and sum up 30 years in a letter to you today. But I've been getting quite a few phone calls lately from members saying “don't they realize that . . . “ to where I realized “No I don't know if they realize that . . . . “. so this is why I'm attempting to try and convey our view on this elephant to you and hope maybe we can open up a dialogue. Because if I were you, I wouldn't want to think I was knowingly, or unknowingly, supporting organized sex traffickers in any manner.

Would you?


Jody Williams