Date: Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 2:28 PM
If it is, then please allow me to bring in a speaker from our program, www.sexworkersanonymous.com to talk to your officers about the realities as WE face them out there in the sex industry. Especially in southern California over the last 10 years.
No, dating back farther. I myself had men from the CIA during what's now known as Iran Contra approach me to assist them in bringing cocaine into this country to raise cash to buy guns for the Contra's. They would have the African American gangs process and cut the drug, while asking the escorts through the three madams who oversaw Los Angeles at the time to transport the drug to big Hollywood parties in their purses. To pay for these large amounts of drugs, I helped to write the women and drugs into the budget of films. If you've heard about the scandal in the 1980's connected to Paramount Studios - that was what I was involved in. http://larouchepub.com/eiw/
The drugs were also transported by the police, or with a police escort. When you mix in that kind of power, with heavy drugs, well after a while some of those cops feel like they can do whatever they want and that's what they did. Some even set up their own escort service called "Talk of the Town". If you were a wealthy, famous or powerful man in Hollywood - you either used their service, or you got busted for "solicitation". The women who refused to work for them and pay them 1/2 of their money got busted for "prostitution". Handy thing that law - the bad cops can ask you for whatever they want and if you said no - you're the "criminal" and it's over.
I really started to say "no" however when I was being asked to find women who could be sold outright to the wealthy Saudi's coming over here invading Los Angeles back then with their oil money. When they found a girl they wanted, they'd drug her, put her on a diplomat's plane and she'd never be heard from again. If you've seen the opening of Bruce Lee's "Enter The Dragon" I believe he was planning on saying something about this but he died three weeks before the film opened in 1973.
Say anything to anyone about this and they'd lock you up for psychiatric observation. I know as I tried and almost got locked up myself by a doctor who thought I was hallucinating. I recanted and realized the world wasn't going to believe the "word of a whore" as they told us when we also tried to tell the Hillside Strangler Task Force the address and names of the two pimps who were attacking, raping, and trafficking ordinary women and turning them into prostitutes so the police wouldn't follow up on their stories. It worked.
I decided to turn an old brothel into the first "safe house" in this country for adults in 1984. I had the cops who were angry I refused to sell them women, carry their drugs, and give them sex upon demand for free - decide to set me up with a woman who would claim I had pimped her out of this empty warehouse. There was no evidence I was doing this as I wasn't - so the LAPD arrested my mother and charged her with pimping me in order to make something stick.
Of course the "dirty" cops were scared that I'd talk to the prosecutor who figured out something was fishy, so then they tried to murder me a few times. They did to me what is being done to Celeste Guap - they raised my bail up to $50,000 thinking I'd never make bail and then try and "Sandra Bland" me in jail. They then threatened every bailbondsman in town not to take my cash. So I had a trick of mine put up his house to get me out to safety or I think I'd be dead now. When they realized I was going to beat the case because I wasn't doing anything illegal - they arrested my mother and charged her with pimping me.
Enough was enough and in 1987 I launched the first hotline for those wanting to leave the sex industry to call in. We also launched the first "alternative sentencing" program in the USA right here in Los Angeles. It was so successful, I was asked to duplicate it back east. After that, we were asked to do another in the midwest, then Canada, then Nevada. A ten year study was done on us in fact published in "Leaving Prostitution" about how effective our work has been. To date, we've answered over 500,000 calls - five times more than Polaris has taken today. We're now the oldest, and largest, group of male, female and transgenders who have left the sex industry in the world.
I moved back to Los Angeles in 2013 after hearing many complaints about how the police are treating sex workers, and victims of sex trafficking, again. In Wichita, Kansas, in 2013, nine massage parlors were shut down and three pimps arrested. One of those pimps was Gary Kidgell. Gary had married a women who now lives in Pasadena in order for her to get her passport into the states. Gary also threatened to kill the judge, the arresting officer and the prosecutor in the Wichita, Kansas case.
When his ex-wife said she wanted to stop prostituting for the Triad as she's done since she was eight years old and she's now in her 50's, two Pasadena officers drug her out of her home and put two fake prostitution convictions on her record. When she tried to complain, they threatened to do it a third time, then deport her to China, where their man with the Chinese government would see to it she got the death penalty for the porn photos they had drugged and posed her in with her sister. A year after this, Liang Yaohui was arrested who was with the Chinese government while running over 3,000 escorts and a five star hotel.
When I tried making a complaint to ICE and Homeland Security, I was further threatened. Not even the Chief of Police would listen to my complaints about this trafficking operation, and the threats I'm now receiving for talking to victims calling our hotline talking about also being forced to prostitute by police officers just as I was 30 years ago. So I filed a complaint with the Office of Professional Responsibility. I guess the Chief had his hands full with the Paul Tanaka case.
I was refused to input the training for the airport security about what trafficking looks like. Instead they were taught about "pimps" - not men like Joohon or what to do when they see something like this: Just as my calls to the trafficking task forces in Long Beach, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, San Mateo, and of course Pasadena, and Orange County's trafficking task forces about what the victims are telling me calling our hotline. See the Polaris National Trafficking Hotline just refers victims back to the local police. Now if you're CALLING about the "local police" - then who do you call? If you're calling about a pimp - you can get him arrested by calling 911 in two minutes. But when you're calling about the police - well we've seen with Celeste Guap they aren't going to let you get help that easy now are they? Not when they have too much they're worried about what you'll say if you get that help.
That's why instead of calling us when Celeste needed help and protection, nor allowed us to put her where we know she'll be treated well, they put her on a Florida flight where we're also getting calls from cops who are running a brothel down there masquerading itself as a "safe house for trafficking victims" while they sit in on the anti-trafficking meetings they threaten our members away from attending because God forbid they speak about the cops threatening sex workers to the others on the task force who think we don't exist because our members aren't there.
Just as when we tried to launch an outreach campaign last year and the year before, we started receiving threats from local officers, while Internal Affairs, and the Chief of Police refused to listen to the recordings of the threats we were receiving coming right out of the police stations to "back off" or find ourselves carted off for 72 hour "observations". Since we've seen the police do just this falsely to a few people on Relativity Media's shows such as "intervention" - we believed the threats to be serious.
So I'd love to be out there offering to help those women in Glendale, especially when we're in the middle of an HIV epidemic that Charlie Sheen was so busy keeping under wraps about his status, that the fact we're now in an epidemic again like we saw in the 1980's has been validated to be infecting sex workers clear down to Mexico, and also Chinese and Korean men and women. But you wouldn't know that since they stopped arresting juveniles a year ago - so we don't have any HIV rates for LA county's juveniles. You know daughters who might be dating your sons and have no clue they're HIV positive because no one is out there doing any HIV/AIDS outreach any longer because every one's too busy looking for "trafficking victims" to realize that if they are infected, and they are being forced to prostitute - that again we're looking at another epidemic like we had in the 1980's and we need to have a serious talk about it soon.
I've got members who would love to do outreach to the local prostitutes, but we can't because of threats we're receiving again from people who are wearing badges. With all the "john stings", the clients aren't exactly wanting to step up and tell you they're also being blackmailed, robbed, etc. by these traffickers. Who not only are getting information about their bank accounts, their companies, but also about their houses. So after they're cleaning out the john's bank accounts, they're then stealing the equity out of their homes. The "johns" are too afraid to go to the police about it for fear they'll be arrested since that's all they hear about on the news anymore.
This is MADNESS. Now if you want to be like the visionary that Tom Bradley, Chief Gates, and Sheriff Block was, and talk to us about letting us put together a program that will WORK again - then you let me know. Unlike this "end demand" nonsense that APPEARS to be generating federal grant money and grants from Shawnee Hunt - it's costing you way more with respect to the damage to the health of this community, the citizens trust in the authorities, and honestly I feel like we're right where Mexico was when Pablo Escobar was in Congress, and the Colombian Cartel was running Columbia to the point where the only way they could be stopped was to create a "faceless justice committee".
Because right now I've spoken to just about every female FBI agent, Homeland Security, sheriff, city council, mayor, attorney general, and prosecutor who tells me they've been threatened and they're scared to do anything right now. I mean look at Mayor Schaaf - she's gone through THREE Chief's of Police before she just stopped looking, Kamala Harris is bailing out of here for Congress, and we had a FBI agent have her witness "get lost" for three days and the only cop who was charged was the one who brought him a phone to call her for help?
To top it off, after all that work to get Joohon arrested and exposed - I now find out he CAN'T BE CHARGED with trafficking? He's now driving a limo in Las Vegas where he now lives and will retire on his PENSION after what he did. Probably the same limo owned by Charles Horky who was exposed as using his cab and limo company to traffick women in Las Vegas while Joohon was falsely locking up an innocent family to make himself appear to be "doing something to fight sex trafficking".
Meaning don't you think this means that you can't have officers who are watching each other's backs, and prosecutors who are watching their backs, making real sure we're not even given a seat at any of these trafficking meetings - let alone are we getting any communication or assistance in just allowing us to do our normal outreach to help these women, men and transgenders?
SB1193 requires that signs be posted with the National Trafficking Hotline in all adult businesses in this state. We've got signs donated to us with those hotlines, along with ours who doesn't go right back to the police so many people aren't just ignoring that poster - only I can't get anyone to answer me as to WHO we call to get the citation issues when a business owner doesn't want to comply with the law. So if you know - that would be awesome of you to let us know so we can move forward with our outreach in this area.
You can reach us at the numbers on the enclosed flyers. Thank you.