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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

LETTER TO GLENDALE CHIEF OF POLICE

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: LEAVING THE LIFE <msjodywilliams@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 2:28 PM
Subject: FYI
To: rcastro@glendaleca.gov

Dear Chief of Police:




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/public/1982/eirv09n43-19821109/eirv09n43-19821109_058-how_the_us_film_industry_was_sub.pdf  There were three madams back then - myself, Alex Adams and Cheri Woods.  We were the "google" of the 1980's.  



You may have also heard of the Rampart lawsuits LAPD was dealing with.  The reason for this is the CIA operation had some cops helping out who could pretty much do whatever they wanted.  I was asked for sex by 1/2 of the police force for free upon demand and if I didn't deliver then I would be beaten, robbed, raped, and even arrested when I'd done nothing but say "no" to the demand for sex by these officers.  I mean who am I going to call when being raped by a cop?

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.  

No one believed this sort of thing was happening back then.  Nor that Chuck Barris, producer of the Gong Show and the Newlywed Show was a CIA operative.  The "Dating Game" was used to scout for sexy women, with their audition tapes being shipped out to wealthy men all over the world.  I mean who would think to double-check who came back from those exotic "dates" Chuck chaperoned on?  He was a top Hollywood producer after all.

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 went to see if these charges were in fact faked or real, I started receiving threats from Pasadena cops,  When I went to complain to the chief, those threats escalated to coming now from private investigators.  You know PI's like Greg Reese was with Kevin Brown who staged a completely fake rescue operation for the TV show "8 Minutes".  

Produced by Relativity Media who had just partnered with a Chinese government owned film company, who also films "OC Jails", "Intervention", "Catfish" and "Gigolo's" in Nevada.  Their cameras by the way can be seen going into any jail, and any treatment program, without signed HIPPA releases or anyone waiving their right to an attorney.  I've also seen cops on their show forcibly dragging women off on 5150 charges - just like they threatened to do to me if I continued to try and help this woman, and the others complaining about they way they'd treated.  Kevin Brown had just retired as an OC sheriff after 20 years of service when he was now claiming to be running a "rescue" operation in southern California.  No one seemed to wonder why he never mentioned Sex Workers Anonymous for adults, nor the Children of the Night hotline - two groups who started the sex trafficking movement itself.

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.  

When I went to the Dept. of Transportation and the LAX security, it brought back memories of when I'd seen women sold and put onto diplomat's planes.  I thought warning them to keep an eye out for these Chinese women would suffice.   I was wrong.   Seems Joohon David Lee, a Homeland Security, ICE and the trafficking office head was now walking women from Korea physically through the airport to ensure they'd make it past everyone who had been trained to be on the lookout for what is a "rogue" pimp - not a true trafficker who looks just like Joohon.

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".  


How many more FAKE victims, rescuers, and so called task force members are going to have to be exposed before someone realizes that when you want to help an alcoholic you call Alcoholics Anonymous, and when you want to help a sex workers, you call Sex Workers Anonymous? I'd appreciate it if someone would realize we're the only group out here not trying to get a federal grant, nor a piece Swanee Hunt's grant money, nor are we running a Kickstarter campaign, and we certainly don't have dirty laundry we're covering up like forcing local prostitutes to have sex with us.  I guess I have to become a neighborhood watch captain to get our complaints heard because when we were saying it was happening no one returned our calls.  But the minute a "watch captain" called - suddenly it comes to light that yes women were being forced to prostitute and have sex with LAPD officers.  

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.



--
Jody Williams
(702) 488-1127 Cell Phone
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Saturday, October 10, 2015

HOW TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER USING VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING - EXPLOITING THE EXPLOITED

What do sex traffickers do?  They exploit their victims, make money off their pain and work, then after they're used up and broken, they go out and get a new fresh victim to exploit - casting aside the used up broken down one because their usefulness is gone.  Right?  Isn't that the difference between a "sex worker" and a "trafficking victim"?

I want to point you to the career of Gypsy Rose Lee.  This was a woman who had a mentally ill mother.  Her sister was known in films as "Baby June".  She was the "ugly duckling" that the mom would dress up as a back-up dancer on Vaudeville when they'd tour to do shows which advanced Baby June's career.  Their mom was getting all the money also.  The whole story was turned into a film with Nataliee Wood playing her, and then later redone with Bette Midler playing the mother.

They were desperate financially at one point as Vaudeville was dying.  There was always the cash cow of stripping - but Gypsy felt she was tall, ugly, not sexy at all.  What she did know was the audience.  So instead of "stripping" - she focused on the "tease" in "strip tease".  She also knew about marketing, packaging, press, and that men always want what they can't have and turned on by the "forbidden" and "unseen".  So Gypsy embarked upon a tour where the audience would talk for days about whether or not they actually "saw" anything with her hiding behind curtains, feathers, and bodysuits.

Then she wrote a book about her life.  She started giving workshops to wives about "how to strip for your husband" and classes in the "tease of strip tease" to strippers.  This led to a Broadway play, a film with Natalie Wood playing her, etc.   She used stripping to become wealthy and famous.  Meaning Gypsy Rose Lee was a stripper - but she was not a "trafficking victim" nor did anyone exploit her but her.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_Rose_Lee

Meaning that there's a difference between a "sex worker" or someone in some part of the sex industry - and a "trafficking victim".  Victims are exploited, used, and cast off.  Something that I witnessed happen to Linda Lovelace in the 1980's by the anti-porn people.   Before I started our movement to help us, and empower us, and to change how society responded to the plight of victims - I watched Linda step up to speak about how she had been forced to film "Deep Throat" by her pimp, Chuck Traynor.  The film was financed by the mob and while it cost a few thousand to make - the film made millions for the mob.

Now when Linda stepped up to tell the world about how when this gun was pointed at her on the set no one stepped up to help her - her story was picked up by these anti-porn people.  The "religious right wing pro-life people" scooped her up to do all these lectures, fund raisers, events, etc. calling out to stamp our pornography.  NOTHING was done to set up a system whereby future victims on sets who were having guns pointed at them would have a way to call for help.

The closest I've seen to anything being done to change THIS - is when Polaris got a law passed requiring signs with the National Trafficking Hotline be posted in offices like the porn agencies. https://oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking/sb1193   Granted, no one is following up on the law from what I can see.  I've now called the top five porn agencies in Los Angeles asking if they have this sign posted in their lobby.  They had no idea what I was talking about.  I have had a few of them agree to meet with me to talk about posting the signs in their lobby - but I have to get my car repaired first in order to get to these meetings.  But this is another blog post -

I watched these "feminists" and religious people exploit Linda in the SAME IDENTICAL MANNER CHUCK HAD.  They made press for their cause and money for their pockets but I didn't see anyone setting up Linda in her own foundation, paying for her a college degree, or even giving her a job for that matter.  These advanced their careers.  They got on TV.  They set up nonprofits.  Politicians used Linda to get voted into office.  The press was used to advance their companies like Ms. Magazine to name one.

Linda had been forced to use drugs by Chuck, and kicked in the kidneys a lot during beatings.  The stress of this public speaking and travel to speak out against pornography caused her health strains.  She didn't have a job so she didn't have health insurance.  When she needed a transplant and $10,000 for the surgery - I watched her ask these same people for help who turned on her and abandoned her.  I watched as Linda had to make another XXX film to make the money to pay for her medical care.  The film didn't make money because the porn people felt she'd turned on them when she let these people use her to try and stamp them out of work.  I remember watching the porn industry shout out "no one forced her to make this film" and basically they used Linda's film return as a "denial" about her stories about what happened with her and Chuck.

Shunned by both sides of the issue - she wound up using and drinking again.  Dying from wrapping her car around a pole while drunk driving.  So do you know what happened here to Linda Lovelace?  After she left Chuck, like an alcoholic who stays sober but doesn't work on their recovery and thus becomes a "dry drunk" - she found a new kind of pimp.  She found a whole group of people more than willing to exploit her, use her up, and cast her off - just as Chuck and the mob had done.   Now I ask you - did it have one bit of impact on porn?  If anything - porn is now MORE common and in more homes than in 1980 when Linda first released her book "Ordeal".

So keep in mind that when I stepped up in 1987 to announce our hotline, our program, and what WE were doing - I swore I wasn't going to let us be used and exploited like I'd watched them do with Linda.  It's one reason I liked the 12 step philosophy - I wasn't going to get sucked into the same arenas as Linda by either side.  The only thing I wanted to focus on was getting help to those who needed help.  Then to show these victims how to not be exploited by ANYONE.

Because keep in mind I saw how Linda had turned around to be pimped by the feminists (supposedly) and the religious faction because she didn't have a chance to work on her "recovery" from being a "victim".  Which as you can see by her case - if these women don't - then they just get scooped up by another type of pimp.  The first big case we worked on were women who were being exploited by the Church of God cult.  I had been hearing that this church was getting all these women out of prostitution - so I went to interview them before opening our program.  What I found was shocking - this cult leader had these women out prostituting for him.  There was no difference other than he was calling himself a "pastor' instead of a "pimp".  That was the only difference in the Children of God case.  So actually our first biggest case wasn't getting women off a street corner or away from a trafficker - but away from the leader of the Children of God cult who had the women doing what he called "flirty fishing" to bring donors into the fold.

So these "anti" people have this down to a system now.  Just as pedophiles and rapists look for someone who has already been "broken in" or "groomed" - so too do these people know how to find someone like Linda and exploit them for their ends also.  End result?  Linda is dead and the porn industry is even bigger.  A system I'm now seeing crank them out like an assembly line.  Look at Annie Lobert for example.  When I met her - she wasn't working a job.  She was out shilling money for Pastor Benny Perez who then after raising millions to open "Destiny House" filed bankruptcy, pocketed the money, and then started to walk away.  They're back working together now - but that's because Annie married a relative of Benny's.  I can't remember if he's a brother or cousin - but again isn't that how pimps work?  Most pimps get their victims knocked up so they can't leave.  In Annie's case - Benny had her marry a relative so she couldn't bail when she learned the truth.

It's a system that I'm seeing being duplicated all over this country now  - let me show you.  This article speaks about two politicians who got a lot of press off writing a letter to Backpage because of a woman who was murdered.  How easy this is to write a letter to Backpage - and turn it into press for yourself -   http://wpri.com/2015/07/09/attorney-general-calls-for-crackdown-on-online-sex-ads/

Now let me ask you - does Backpage get upset at this type of media?  They charge on average (until recently) about $25 per ad.  When they see these articles that say "hey people are promoting prostitution over here" that's free advertising for them.  Then they get a whole slew of new customers buying ads at $25 a shot.  So they could care less.  As PT Barnum would say "just spell my name right".

Maybe they don't charge for the adult ads anymore.  So what?  You know what?  If these "career climbers" had spoken to me - I would have kept BP charging for the ads.  You know why?  Because in future cases of other murders or maybe if there is a pimp involved - that payment on that ad ties back to a real person, bank information, and details that could be used to stop predators from abusing these victims.

Now with a free ad?  Anyone can run an ad now and so what?  If a woman is murdered now - so what?  There's no bank information on the payment for the ad.  I'm pointing this out to you to show why if people really do care about this issue and really do want to make an impact on trafficking THEN THEY NEED TO INVOLVE US.  I mean Sex Workers Anonymous has now been dealing with this issue for 30 years now.  I think we might know a few things.  But no one wants to hear that when these people started cracking down on Craigslist - I lost the ability to easily find a lot of missing kids.

Did anyone care?  Nope.  I told these people I could show them case after case after case where our hotline would get a call about a missing son or daughter.  I'd ask for a photo.  Then in about two hours online - I could find their kid.  Then I'd call up a SWA member in that city and ask them to set up a "fake appointment" to flush the kid out.  Problem solved.

Now?  Now the traffickers are mostly off line.  They're in the strip clubs and massage parlors (google Chris Butler or the DEA owned strip club in New Jersey to see what I mean).  Those who advertise online now pretty much use stolen or stock photos - not real pictures anymore.  But this is my point.  If they cared about these kids - they would have come talk to me about how our system the way it was - was finding kids in two hours and bringing them home.

Now?  Everyone who attacked Backpage has advanced their career - and now I find that the traffickers have been driven so far off the internet that it requires now "boots on the ground" investigation which is almost impossible to do.  I can get someone to help me look for pictures of a missing girl online easily.  What's almost impossible to get is someone who will walk into the strip clubs, the massage parlors, etc., and look around the rooms or the street corners at 2:00 a.m. for these kids physically.

This article is two Attorney General's.  One is Peter Kilmartin from Rhode Island and the other is Maura Healey.   What I don't understand is why THIS case is being used to attack Backpage on the claim it's "promoting sex trafficking".  Because here's what happened in this very case they're grand standing on - http://wpri.com/2015/07/07/man-indicted-in-providence-murder-already-in-federal-custody/  It says that 24 year old Ashley Masi was advertising for escorting on Backpage when Daniel Tejeda answered her ad.  It says that Ashley's two minor children were in the home when Daniel murdered her.  The children are now in the state's custody - meaning she had no family to turn to (obviously or she might not have been hooking off Backpage).

Excuse me - but where's the "trafficking" in this case?  They think shutting down Backpage is going to somehow have prevented her murder?  Here's what I see that's been left OUT of this story.  The fact that I wonder if they might have only caught Daniel because of the ad he responded to.  That left a trail for police to follow in her murder.  I wonder if she'd been hooking on a street corner and brought this guy home - would police have been able to catch him?  They shut down Backpage - and then what would Ashley do?

I'll tell you what Ashley would do.  She'd go out on a street corner where the TRAFFICKERS ARE.  She'll go out on a street corner where there's no bread crumbs or trails to follow when the customers murder the prostitutes in an alley and leave their body there like trash.   In every case these people use to cite about some murder connected supposedly to Backpage - I think that's marketing.  Because the way I see it - is that they're able to find out who murdered these prostitutes because of those sites.  If those same women were working on a corner and turning tricks in an alley or hotel - there would be no trace.  Their bodies would be found with the police having no clue to follow up on to find out who murdered them then.

OR they go to work for traffickers and when her body is found dead - they tell the john to give them some more money to clean up the mess.  They then sell the prostitutes' body for parts on the black market, blackmail the murderer maybe for some extra cash - and I assure you the traffickers are not going to go to the police and identify who murdered one of their prostitutes.

So who is behind this attack on Backpage claiming that the murder of a prostitute warrants attacking Backpage to "end trafficking" (is anyone else confused here?).  Anyway, Maura Healey is an Attorney General with her eye on way more than just being an Attorney General.  She's now used the press and her position to become a "campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton".  https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/10/01/maura-healey-doesn-like-lose/70oImi0CqhdMhyor9o25WK/story.html So she's a political climber on the rise.  The article even says she "didn't meet a camera she didn't like".

Peter Kilmartin was running for his second term as Attorney General in Rhode Island.  He started out as a cop, then a DA, and now is on his second term as AG.  This article here states that despite his platform of "going against anyone who does crime" - he's not prosecuted one felony case.   The article also accuses him of being a "climber" career wise also.  http://www.coalitionradio.us/david-fisher/an-indictment-against-ri-attorney-general-peter-kilmartin

Now the fact he's from Rhode Island caught my eye.  I thought to myself "isn't prostitution legal in RI?"  So I went to look it up on Google.  http://www.businessinsider.com/how-rhode-island-accidentally-legalized-prostitution-2014-7  Yes - it WAS legal it appears from 2004 to 2009 to engage in "indoor prostitution".  So in reality Mr. Kilmartin - Ashley's death is not because of Backpage - but because your state made prostitution ILLEGAL again causing her to advertise on Backpage.  An ad that again I wonder if you would have been able to catch her killer if not for that ad leaving bread crumbs to him.

Now am I saying that Peter and Maurey are bad people?  Not at all.  But how easy is this?  Get some press about writing letters and going after Backpage like that has anything to do with sex trafficking.  It goes over well with the voters who generally think this is actually having some kind of impact.  Here's the impact it has - if you give a lot of press to busting a bootlegger who "operates a still right outside of town" - guess what happens?  Anyone who wants booze is going to now know where to find it.

I watched a documentary once about bootleggers who would actually PAY politicians to do campaigns to attack alcohol, support prohibition ,and even of course arrest their COMPETITOR bootleggers.  Because every time they would arrest and shut down one of their competitors - guess what?  You got it - they got their customers and made more money.

Here's the reality of the sex industry - "independents" or "rogues" or "outlaws" or whatever word you want to call someone who is NOT being trafficked by traffickers advertise on Backpage.  Who advertises on Backpage are single moms, transgenders doing sex work to raise money for their sex change, runaways who can't get a job because they're too young, or don't have an ID, drug addicts trying to use prostitution to support their habit, or lure in a "john" so they can roll him for his wallet, etc.

Now - let's look at a real case of sex trafficking.  This is a ring I've been trying to have some impact on for some time now.  This case here has three of the pimps being sentenced.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/24/gary-kidgell-yan-zhang-sex-trafficking-kansas_n_3647993.html   These people did not advertise on Backpage.  This ring operates a string of massage parlors all over this country.  The women who are being trafficked by men like Liang Yaohui from the age of 8 years old on - hit 40.  When they hit 40 years old - they're then sent to America.  If you google photos of the women who are being arrested in these parlors - you'll see they're all over 40 years of age.

The reason is because once they get here - they then have their family back in China they can threaten.  That's one reason they do this.  The women freed when these 9 parlors were shut down thanked the court for their freedom.  They're very lucky actually the police and courts and judge did their job there in Wichita.  I learned that they had received a grant the year before this operation started to do something about corruption - and I know that's why this case happened.

Why?  Because the officer who made the arrests has said in interviews that he tried going after this ring back in 2005 originally when he was a cop.  Only he kept getting threatened by other cops on the force to "back off".  He tried to get an arrest against them in 2009 - but it was shot out of court for a "lack of evidence".  Then Officer Jim Stewart realized while he was a cop - he's never be able to shut this operation down in Wichita.  So he waited until he retired and then got a job in the zoning department.  While there - he was able to nose around until he got enough evidence for this arrest in 2013.  Arrests which now got him, and the judge, death threats.

I can't speak for Jim Stewart - but I'd be willing to say that shutting down Backpage in his opinion would not help "fight trafficking".  I think he'd say what would "help fight trafficking" is doing something about the police corruption that forced him to have to bid his time from 2005 until 2013, have to wait until he retired, got a job with the zoning department, and THEN he was able to get these 9 parlors shut down.   So if you would ask him about what would help - I think he'd agree with me that doing something about police corruption would help.  Because again I wondered why he was successful at getting the case in front of a judge while this same ring isn't getting any cases against them in these other cities - and that's what I found was different.  http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article1268462.html  It appears that a grant was issued to investigate corruption with respect to ACORN - http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/20100218followthemoneyacornseiuandtheirpoliticalallies.pdf of which a committee was set up in Wichita, Kansas for a while that appears to be why this case made it through the courts - whereas in cities like Pasadena, Long Beach, San Diego, etc. I can't get so much as a return phone call!

Now - note there are other parlors owned by these people spoken about in this article that confirms this ring has parlors in other cities besides Wichita - which if you google it - you'll see no one else is talking about anywhere!  Maybe because the HEAD of this whole operation resides in Pasadena.  I have paperwork tying Gary Kidgell to property in Pasadena, and yada yada yada.

This is the case I got called into a few years ago when one of the women related to some of the people at the top of this ring decided she wanted to retire.  She told them she was now in her 50's and wanted to quit - and she was then carted off out of her home by two Pasadena cops and slapped with two fake prostitution cases.  She was further told if she didn't stop giving them a hard time - she'd get a third charge and deported back to China where she would then face Liang Yaohui.  Mind you this man wasn't arrested until a few months ago - and is a part of the Chinese government.  Here's more on this case I can't get anyone to even talk to me about while 1/2 of the country is "suing Backpage" - http://sanitytodayonline.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-sound-of-music-and-pasadena.html

Now - as for Peter Kilmartin or Maura Healey - before you took on this platform I would have liked to see you get onto Google like I did just now about Rhode Island laws with respect to prostitution, see that I'm the founder of this movement, and leader of the largest and oldest program for adult survivors like Ashley was, and give me a call to ask me what we think would help the situation before you went off on this whole Backpage campaign.  That's what I would have liked to have seen you do before using this movement to advance your careers - because I'm sure as hell not seeing how we get anything out of you suing Backpage.

Because what I would like the most right now is for someone, anyone, to talk to me about this trafficking ring that's operating right now all over this country.  Has been since at least 2004 from what I can document and my own experiences with them.  Now I've seen cases like Wichita - where a few people in the machine are thrown in for good measure - but the whole operation just continues rolling along without even a hiccup.  I want to see the whole thing shut down.  I have enough witnesses, and information, and evidence to do that also right now in hand.  Have for a while - only I can't get anyone in offices like yours to talk to me about the case.

I've heard all the excuses.  One being that "there aren't the right laws in place yet that allow us to take this ring on".  Wrong.   I've spoken to the author of the RICO act itself who told me that I have enough evidence to go after the heads of this operation under the existing RICO laws.  No new laws have to be written.  No task forces need to be funded.  No grants need to be written.  Meaning if I can get someone to look at the information I have right now today - we could do something to shut this whole thing down.

In the meantime Mr. Kilmartin and Ms. Healey - would you like to see what Backpage is actually doing to help fight trafficking? SWA runs ads in their adult sections like this one - http://lasvegas.backpage.com/FemaleEscorts/want-out/17591107   Meaning if you shut this down - I lose a means to reach out to offer help to adults in the sex industry to leave.

As for teens -  http://lasvegas.backpage.com/FemaleEscorts/want-out-national-free-help-247-1-800-551-1300/8920108  They run ads for Children of the Night.  They help teens get out of the sex industry.  www.childrenofthnight.org opened their doors in 1979 - when programs like Covenant House were refusing to admit prostitutes into their programs.  I know because I used to get the calls from their shelters to try and place the kids because they didn't want to admit them.    Of course that was before we got federal recognition, cough cough - money.

Exploiting the exploited is when politicians use this issue to advance their careers and do nothing to actually help us help these victims or change the situation.  So which are these two?  No idea.  I've written them today, October 10, 2015, and we'll see if they answer.  I do hope they won't join the ever growing list of people I'm building who are using this issue to advance their careers - and then when I call and say I'd actually like some real help on this issue I can't even get a return phone call.  I'll keep you posted on their response.

By the way - does anyone know if these two Attorney General's who are using Ashley's death to advance their careers helped to pay for her funeral or are they looking in on her kids to see how they're doing in the care of the state?   Because if they are going to win any money in this case against Backpage - I think it should go into the care of Ashley's kids.  I also think the state needs to examine what NOT involving groups like ours in their anti-trafficking work is costing them.  Ashley's life aside - these two kids are now being care for by the state.

That's expensive.  Honestly - if we'd been called in to get involved more in this issue there before her death - I would have liked to have think we could have prevented her death.  You don't care about her or her kids?  Multiple the cost of these kids' care by how many kids are in the system - and then come back and tell me you're being even "cost effective" by not involving us in your planning on these issues?