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Showing posts with label Review Journal. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TALK TO BRIAN JOSEPH

Okay you've read the "trash Jody" site up at www.sexworkersanonymous.org and you don't know what to think.  

(again don't visit that site from your computer - go to a public internet cafe or library and use a public computer on a public internet to visit that site.)

I've told you everything on there is a lie, and that certain people behind it are using that site to try and capture the IP address of everyone who comes to our site.  I say I can show you PROOF that the two women who claim to be behind that website were "snitches".  Plain and simple.  That's what that website is - that site is being used to relay information on who is reaching out to us for help in order to capture information I won't give to the police, the FBI, CIA, or anyone else in law enforcement.

You don't know WHAT to believe.  

So what do you do?

I know this - for TEN YEARS I've not found a reporter who was willing to tell the truth, even if it cost him his job.  Even if it meant he was going to have his life threatened.  Because for 10 years I've had reporters tell me they can't publish the stories I've brought them because either they would "be fired" or they were being threatened into silence if they tried.  

I've found a lot of "fake" reporters who say they want to tell your story, who use that to get you to sign releases that then are used by lawyers to shut you up.  

I've found reporters who say they'll print your story and then they chicken out the minute their job, or their lives, are threatened.  

I've found reporters who tell you they're going to tell your story to get at your evidence which then disappears overnight.  

So since about 2007 - I haven't been able to find ONE reporter that I believe would tell the truth if he heard it.  Not one that COULD anyway, because for ten years I've had a lot of reporters tell me they "can't" because again either they'd be "fired" or they've been threatened with harm if they tried.  

It doesn't matter much if you tell your story to a reporter that no one listens to. 

I met a man today that's changed my mind and given me hope again in the press.  After talking to him I realized I might have even been wrong about Sheldon Adelson.  I'm not sure yet on that point - but I might be wrong.  

I say that because for a few years - every time I got told by someone they were either fired, or threatened, because of a connection to us - the name Sheldon Adelson kept coming up time after time after time.  Sheldon hired them, or gave them grant money, or donated to them or owned their company - but that name just kept coming up time and time again.  

I even had someone deliver me a message right to my face that "Sheldon Adelson says you're blacklisted with any of his media for life and it doesn't matter how many victims die because they didn't know how to reach you for help".  

Tom Ragan, and the reporter who was with him, who tried to do a story on us in May of 2013, was fired for trying not only to publish that story, but for trying to expose the fraud that was going on in Nevada with respect to the trafficking grant money.  Grant money that wasn't making it to the victim.   Both he and the photographer told me it was because of "Sheldon Adelson" so that tends to make me believe the lady who told me Sheldon had "blacklisted me" from all press he was connected to.

Only there's been a real house cleaning over at the Review Journal.  When I met with Brian tonight, he told me that he was told that Sheldon himself had said he "wanted to build the best investigative team in the country", and that's why he, and the new editor over at the RJ, were hired.  

Now in a all fairness, did Sheldon do all of that stuff, or is it possible that other people used his name to blame him?  I don't know - so I wrote him a letter a few years ago asking him to agree to meet with me in person to address just that question.  I also asked him for that because I'd had quite a few people lie about me.  The lies on www.sexworkersanonymous.org are a good example.  I had someone impersonating me and doing some of the things spoken about on that site.  It wasn't me - but it was someone CLAIMING to be me.  

So in all fairness to Sheldon, how did I know if these things WERE him, or just using his name?  How do I know the threat came from Sheldon himself, or someone SAYING it came from him?

I don't.

Which is why I wrote him a few years ago and asked for a meeting so we could talk over what really was him and what was really me.  Because if people are lying about me - they're probably lying about him also.  The only way I thought I could figure this out was to meet with him and ask him.  I told him how all these reporters were telling me it was because of HIM they were afraid to publish any stories on our work with real victims - not phony victims made up to get grant money, not people trying to plug some picture, but REAL sex workers with REAL STORIES TO TELL that reporters were telling me they "couldn't publish" and blaming Sheldon.

Brian tells me that about the same time as I sent that letter to Sheldon asking to meet with me and tell me to my face if in fact he was blacklisting us, was when Brian had said was about when Sheldon  had started saying he "wanted to build the best investigative team in the country" at the Review Journal, and hired people like him, to counter which admittedly had been a bad reputation for printing false stories at the RJ at that point.  

I mean Tom being fired  when he tried to expose some of those fake stories didn't help the reputation  at the RJ either.  

Brian Joseph on Muck Rack


So you know what?  Logically I don't think someone who was doing these sorts of things would try and assemble the "best investigative team in the country".  

I looked at Brian's history and it's impressive.  So are the histories of some of the other NEW people over at the RJ now.  Again, I don't think if Sheldon was in fact trying to hide something he'd bring in a team that could expose that.  That's not how predators act.  

But maybe Brian was another shill and believe me I've seen those over the years.  They come in asking to "speak to one of your victims" and in reality it's been a ruse to find out where they are - having nothing to do with printing their story!  

The only way to tell if someone is a "shill" or for "real" is to meet someone face to face and watch their eyes carefully when you talk to them.  

So I went to meet with Brian and I'm convinced.  Now I'm printing his photo because not only have I been impersonated online, I've had people showing up at events claiming to be me that weren't me.  I've talked to other people who have had the same thing happen in this field.  

So if the guy you're talking to or meeting ISN'T the guy in this picture - then that's not Brian Joseph.

Now if you don't want to call me about your situation because you don't know what to believe - then call Brian. 

 https://muckrack.com/brian-joseph   He's over at the Review Journal now in Nevada.

Tell HIM your story.  Because it's been a while since I met a reporter who would really stick by a story and get the story PRINTED.  And PRINTED WHERE IT COUNTS.  

I believe Brian Joseph can do that.  

I asked him if he can break these confidentiality contracts many of you are being threatened with into silence.

He has lawyers and he can.   I believe that also.

So if you don't want to call me - fine.

Call Brian.  Tell him your story.  



HOW THEY OPERATE

FINALLY!!!

FINALLY the truth comes out about how people like Sheldon operate!  Read this article carefully because it's a handbook in how people like him operate to get what they want, and how they attack their enemies!

http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/how-the-las-vegas-review-journal-unmasked-its-owners

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

END ANONYMOUS COMPANIES

Well of course that title was going to catch our attention being that I founded an "anonymous" program.  I then went to email these people to ask them if this movement of theirs applied only to corporations for profit - or if it would apply to groups that were comprised of trafficking survivors who had good reason to hide their identities from the general public.

I also wanted to commend on the Review Journal expose' in that I already knew about Adelson being the real owner of the Review Journal years ago.  I knew that in 2007 when a reporter from the RJ came out to promise me a cover story on our work.  I gave her a two hour interview and then she tried to schedule me a photo shoot.  I balked.  I'm not putting my face on the front page of the RJ and it's not necessary to do so in order to talk about an "anonymous" program.  The reporter than turned to me, laughed, and said "smart girl".  There was no cover story.  Her job had been to try and get a clear face shot of Jody Williams so my undercover work infiltrating brothels, strip clubs, massage parlors, etc., to get victims away from their pimps safely could be blocked by entering my photo into facial recognition software.

The reporter then told me there was a "life time ban" on the RJ writing any article on Sex Workers Anonymous which was backed up when Tom Ragan, a reporter who had worked there for 12 years, went to his editor and insisted they publish a story not only on our work, but on the fact that every group he'd investigated in Nevada other than ours claiming to be actually doing something for these victims was a sham.  In response for his push - both he and the photographer working with him were fired.  I have this story in writing.  Now Tom managed to talk his way back onto the paper but promised me he would get my name in print past the publisher's nose - which he did.

He got a quote from me published in an article the RJ published about a reality show on how "empowering" stripping was that never made it to air.   I knew about Adelson when I got a call from one of the Cashman's basically telling me to "leave town if I knew what was good for me".  He then informed me how almost everyone with money in Nevada wanted our organization to leave because they liked their prostitutes and this included Adelson.

Anyway, I went to ask this "ban anonymous companies" if they were going to apply this to actual "anonymous companies" and I found my email to them was blocked.  My comments on their facebook page was blocked.  Only thing is I don't know these people and have never talked to them so I'm wondering why I would be blocked?

I then  went into an anonymous account I have that appears to be someone in the sex industry I keep on hand for scouting missions like this one.  Guess what?  That account wasn't blocked.  Here's the proof below.  Meaning that whoever is behind Global Witness - sure doesn't like Sex Workers Anonymous for some reason but does like prostitutes.  Hmmm.  You can see where I posted "testing" on the account that wasn't blocked by these people.

Here's what happened when I tried to comment and email them from the Sex Workers Anonymous facebook account:


Email blocked


Comment on wall blocked - even reply


This is who is behind "end anonymous companies"


Note - "testing" worked when I was coming from another account that appears to be from a prostitute.


Note - my email also came through when it came from an account set up to look like it came from an active prostitute.

I went to ask Charmain Gooch is she was aware of our being blocked - and I was BLOCKED AGAIN!  I went to make a comment on https://www.facebook.com/RecodeDotNet/?fref=nf


Seems "Re/Code" is also "Vox Media" who is also "Revere Digital" and a bunch of other companies also.  http://www.voxmedia.com/terms-of-use

There is much more to this campaign than meets the eye if these people have gone to all the trouble to block Sex Workers Anonymous while starting a campaign to "ban anonymous companies".   Ever since the Tea Party and Occupy - I've learned that things aren't always what the soundbites say they are.  Including when we learned "8 Minutes" was also a completely faked rescue program and faked reality show as well.

Why would a company pushing for "transparency" block someone like little old us?  Despite the RJ's ban on us - we fought back the brothels from expanding into California in the 1980's.  There is now a Mob Museum where many men had tried for years to expand the legal brothels.   I already know that Vivid has partnered with a fantasy football sports betting company in Nevada with the intention of expanding legal brothels to every spot where there's a medical marijuana dispensary.   Why would a big money campaign be starting up to end not "shell" companies but to "ban anonymous" companies and just so happen to have a block on Sex Workers Anonymous - the ONLY program I'm aware of that helps trafficking victims escape their captors without allowing corrupt law enforcement to get access to our files?

If they're so interested in "protecting the poor" then why block a survivor site, but not block a site clearly made to look like it belongs to an active sex worker?

Ask questions people.

Update:  A little more digging, Global Witness' Executive Director is Gillian Caldwell.  Seems they're active in fighting sex trafficking also.  Why would someone who is also fighting sex trafficking in India block Sex Workers Anonymous'?


A little more digging and why am I not surprised?  Why does everything that attacks us lead ALWAYS back to Melissa Farley?  Gillian Caldwell produced "Bought & Sold".  https://endchildsexslavery.wordpress.com/movies/  
and the organizations listed with the film also include Melissa Farley's.   https://endchildsexslavery.wordpress.com/organizations/

Now we're getting to the bottom of why someone with all that money and media pull would be starting up a campaign to "ban anonymous companies".  The extent these people go to in order to attack actual REAL survivors simply because we won't spout the lies they put up their shills like Samoly Mam or Rachel Moran to spout.   Especially when the premise of this campaign is about corporations who hide who they really are behind shell companies.  My my my look what we found when we started digging into them.  But for some reason it always can be traced back to the same people time after time.  You know if they put 1/2 of this energy into the real traffickers in the world instead of survivors - wow what could be accomplished.
 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CIA & Las Vegas - Ken Waither, Steve Schorr and Tom Ragan

Early May of 2015 I got a phone call from a man who said his name was Ken Waither.  Here's an article on him.  http://lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/22/spies-valley/  On the phone he sounded friendly and said since he's retired he's gotten very interested in sex trafficking in Nevada.  He said he wanted to meet for coffee.  I was driving from Vegas to Los Angeles at the time and said I would be back in a few days and we could talk then.  However, I tried to get him to talk to me on the phone and he was unresponsive pretty much.  In my experience when someone wants to "meet you for coffee" but doesn't want to talk too much on the phone - there's something they want to say to you they want to be careful it's not recorded.


As we were talking, he commented on how I had over 1500 "friends" on my Linkedin profile.  So clearly this guy has done his homework on me before calling.  Homework meaning that certainly he must know I co-wrote "Trafficking in Nevada - Making the Connections" released to international press in 2007.  http://www.apatraumadivision.org/program/2007_trafficking/farley_slides.pd   fCertainly then he must know I was the ONLY group doing rescues out of the legal Nevada brothels starting in 1988 when we did our first rescue of a woman who Joe Conforte had brought onto a Sally Jesse Raphael show with him.  After taping the show - she ran up to me begging to get her "out of there" saying Joe had drugged her, then forced her at gunpoint onto a private plane to bring her to the show to say what she had said.  We did get her out of there and the word spread from there.  The women aren't allowed to walk out on foot, they can't order a cab, and the police won't help them.  So I moved to Nevada specifically so I could physically go and pick these women up from the brothels when they'd call.


Nevada also has the WORST sex trafficking in the USA, and I'll tell you why.  The legal age is 15 contrary to the 18 years of age most people take for granted in other states.   Which means technically a 16 year old can strip as long as alcohol is not served in the bar.   It's also why Dennis Hof advertises in cities like Oakland.  Why Kemp Schieff used to traffick girls in from Oakland into Nevada.   Now they can't work legally at the brothel until 18 years old - so many work the streets up in Carson City, Reno area until they're of legal age.  Which means you can't just pick up a 16 or 17 year old in Nevada because they're of legal age and put them into juvenile services or drag them back home unless there's a warrant.


Anyway, I digress.  As we talk on the phone - I try to get him to "talk" to me but I'm not getting anywhere.  However, he starts telling me that they're putting together an event in Las Vegas in April and he invites me to "give him some flyers" that he can "put out on the tables".  Okay sounds good - what event?  He starts telling me that they are spending a fortune bringing "in speakers from all over the country".   Okay I'm waiting for my invite - and I hear nothing.  Now mind you I've spoken at events like the National Council on Sexual Addiction, Sexaholics Anonymous, even a Narcotics Anonymous world convention to standing applause - and again I've been working with the local Nevada victims and prostitutes since 1995.  I'm not hearing an invite.   But I am hearing money being spent to bring in out of state speakers.


However, answering our national hotline I can assure you that Nevada is a whole other animal when it comes to sex trafficking than anywhere in the USA, or even Canada.  Which is why it likes to bring in out of state speakers so that locals don't know what's going on in NEVADA.  During the 2013 Bill that was being passed on trafficking - over 45 groups came in from OUT OF STATE.  Congo Justice for one . What on earth does trafficking in the Congo have to do with Nevada?  They showed films on trafficking IN THE CONGO.  They raised money for trafficking in THE CONGO.


After our press conference in 2007 - Shared Hope came in to do trainings for Metro.  However, Shared Hopes doesn't do any "direct services" and doesn't even work with trafficking in the USA.  So please please please tell me what on earth they were teaching?  I do know that when we released the report Oscar Goodman threatened Metro officers, anyone in juvenile services, and anyone who worked with any state offices -  they would be fired if they "even read the report".  Which is a shame because Andrea Swanson's daughter got trafficked that next year.  Andrea Swanson's husband is an FBI officer from what this article says - .http://lasvegassun.com/news/2012/nov/01/sex-trafficking-children/  Maybe they shouldn't have worried so much about his job - and more about their daughter.


The cops that I speak to in Nevada that want to help tell me that they're afraid to.  They tell me anyone they see stepping up to do anything is either fired, or smeared and run right off the force.  The one cop that I have been doing good work with for a few years now - we can't speak directly to each other because I'm sure if the force finds out who he is - he'd be fired also.  I had terrible problems with Chief Gilliespie.  https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/fifteen-members-of-las-vegas-sheriff-douglas-gillespies-organization-have-been-served-with-a-federal-complaint/


I went to him once with iron clad black and white information on a trafficking ring operating throughout the whole USA that did a pit stop in Vegas with a few brothels here - and I gave him everything on the operation.  Names, addresses, car plates, phone numbers, how they operated, etc.  What happened?  Within 24 hours everyone was cleared out.   The brothels were cleaned out, the chop shop shut down, everything became a ghost town.  It wasn't a phone tap either because I handed him the information by hand.   (I did wait until they regrouped and tried another tactic to help those women - and here's what happened.  http://talkaboutwidget.hmbreview.com/topic.php?t=460  They were sent right back to their traffickers and that house.)

So I go to Internal Affairs - and there is none.   So I complain about a lack of Internal Affairs to the press and the White House.  What do I get?  Not much better.  Lt. Karen Hughes is a Vice Officer at Metro now.  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/karen-d-hughes/45/550/57a  She used to be a typist and answer 911 calls by the way for the police before becoming Vice.  Notice she's also head of North Internal Affairs - north being where most street level  prostitution is by the way.  http://www.lvmpd.com/Sections/InternalAffairs/tabid/176/Default.aspx AND she's on the Southern Nevada Sex Trafficking Task Force.  https://courageworldwide.org/people/karen-hughes/  Oh and one other note - she refused all calls and emails from me.  I guess the fact I have victims calling me for help escaped her attention when she blocked me.


Now let me ask you something - how would I be able to make a report against another police officer for being a trafficker?  Or for raping a prostitute?  Of for the task force not doing a very good job with the grant money?  I say that because I wrote Lou Pascoe once about an underage trafficking ring operating out of a used car lot in Las Vegas I wanted some help with - and I got absolutely no response.  I have this documented by the way.  Now - who would I complain to about that if Karen is on IA as well as the task force?   As my grandma used to say "a fox can't guard the chicken coop".


Maybe that's why Vegas handles things like police misbehaving like this - http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/battery-over-prostitution-fee-leads-arrest-metro-detective  That arrest happened because battery is another officer.  Or this http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-glendale-officer-prostitution-sting-paid-leave-20140926-story.html  or this http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120879/can-police-legally-have-sex-prostitutes-only-michigan Shall i go on?


As I'm waiting for Ken to invite me to come speak about sex trafficking IN NEVADA - I'm not hearing it.  Then I go into a group I belong to on Linkedin for private investigators who work on human trafficking cases.  I mentioned something about the corruption and the brothels in Nevada and Ken pops up with his comment "oh yes that USED to happen - but that's long in the past".


What?  He's not asking me if this was current - because what I was talking about WAS current.  He's in the room TELLING people that "oh that's in the past".  You know what?  I watched the 2013 legislature hearings as they rail roaded that Bill through with fake survivors in the rooms, and 45 groups no one ever heard of before or after that piled onto a bus, got up at the microphone, the news cameras all pointed at them - and then everyone denied that our members were even there.  I had to remind Assembyman John Hambrick that he was speaking to one of our members on that camera as the hearings are televised because he started to deny it flatly.  When I reminded him we had the tape of him speaking to her - he blocked us on facebook.


MTV did the same thing.  When we were scheduled to be filmed for a "Real Life" documentary and I went to talk to them about Snoop's 2003 "pimp revival" tour that he confessed to in Rolling Stone - they dropped our project entirely, fired the producer, and then made the project about trafficking in Europe - opening in Sweden.   It's real easy to talk about it some place else - but oh not here.


So why is the CIA trying to stack up speakers from outside of Nevada - but at the same time wanting my flyers on the table?  Because people are starting to notice my absence.  It's kind of hard to hold a conference on alcoholism without Bill Wilson there.  I am the founder of the movement, and the oldest and largest program of survivors in the world that's all.  That's why one conference in Chicago advertised my speaking at it for six months - until the day before the event when they pulled the plug on my speaking and then moved forward without me.   They were making it appear I was coming but then made sure I didn't get up to the microphone.


Ken then spoke about how he "was with a survivor as she was getting onto the plane with a Metro cop" only isn't that sort of thing supposed to be confidential?  He's not a metro officer and according to him he's a "retired" CIA agent.  So please tell me what the heck he's doing anywhere near a victim and a Metro officer?


When I asked him that question he stopped speaking to me.  Why?  No idea.

His wife is the  President of the World Affairs Council.  http://www.waclv.org/our-board.html  It looks like Stephen Schorr is on that Council also.


Stephen Schorr who owns the Review Journal.  Now it makes more sense.  I was told by a reporter on the Review Journal I had a "life time ban" on my name ever even appearing in the RJ after the 2007 press conference.  I asked her "you mean if people die because they don't find help because they don't know about us - that doesn't change?" and she said "right". BTW - no other sex trafficking program, nor shelter or domestic violence shelter or even the rape center transports victims to them.  Since they usually have to leave the pimp on foot with no money and often no shoes or ID - please tell me how they're going to get to help without calling SWA for a ride?


I got a call in 2013 from Tom Ragan, a writer for the RJ.  He was assigned to do a spread on Sex Trafficking in Nevada.  I told him I didn't want to waste my time being interviewed because my name would never appear in the piece.  He told me I was being "completely paranoid" and asked me for the interview.  I gave it to him just so he could see for himself what would happen.  http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/nevada-movement-draws-line-human-trafficking


Do you see my name anywhere?  After he interviewed me - he said he was impressed.  Then he went out to interview other people.  He called me back about a week later and asked me for a photo.  I told him it was a waste of time.  He insisted that he was going to "make me the cover story" on the piece.  When I asked why - he said "because you're the only group out here actually doing anything for these women that's why".


Then I read that piece.  I asked him "what happened?"  He grumbled a bit about how I was right  and gave me some information I won't repeat.   A while after that - I found a photo of me online during my weekly google.  It was the photo taken by the RJ photographer only she was in Kentucky now.  I asked her what was up.  She said that her and Tom "demanded that they run the story on Sex Workers Anonymous" and well they both got fired she said.  She told me she "wanted to do something" so she at least posted the photo.  I asked her to please take it down but thank you because I don't want people seeing what I look like unless they know me.  She understood and did.


A bit after that I saw Tom back on the paper.  He must have worked things out.   He called me again in August for a quote.  I said "why bother?"  He says "trust me".  http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/tv-producers-ogle-strip-joint-reality-show  He got my name in the RJ!!!


So Mr. Schorr, if you and the World Affairs Council and the CIA don't want my name to appear in your paper or to speak at your event - that's fine.  Because people who I am helping and people who see my work are beginning to notice the loud glare of my absence.


As for other groups working with sex trafficking who aren't based in Las Vegas - do you see this kind of thing going on anywhere else?


Now you know why I live in California to do my Vegas rescue work.  Now you know why I say that sex trafficking in my opinion is at it's WORST in Nevada because the very "powers that be" are trying to cover everything up.  In early recovery they used to tell me "you can't cover your ass and your face at the same time".  Who is more important here?  Young 16 year old girls being trafficked and helping them - or cover up what's going on by men in uniform, judges, city council, etc.  http://articles.latimes.com/2003/dec/21/nation/na-strippers21


Now you know why I say a trafficking victim is not safe in a Salvation Army shelter.  Look at the kind of people they're having to run from?  This CIA man is with a Metro officer speaking to a trafficking victim, while his wife is on the World Affairs Council, who hob nobs with Steve Schorr - I mean mean can you imagine if you had something they wanted to cover up where are you going to run?  Not like the press will print about it after Bob Herbert of the NY Times did and ex-mayor Oscar Goodman threatens him with a "baseball bat to the head" for talking about sex trafficking IN Las Vegas - not Wisconsin or the Congo.  http://www.alternet.org/story/61859/vegas_mayor_threatens_to_kill_n.y._times_columnist_after_anti-sex-trade_column


Follow-up - The Salvation Army Seeds program that was listed in the Ragan piece has folded.  Annie Lobert?  Pastor Benny Perez filed bankruptcy and ran off with over $1,000,000 in cash raised to open Destiny House.  Annie ran off to Africa for six months to let things blow over.   Her A&E show got yanked after one episode because it turned out there was no house.  I got left getting the women jobs, housing and support.  I could go down the list of groups that folded after the bill got passed but I need to go do laundry instead of being here another hour.