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Showing posts with label Seattle Against Slavery and Trafficking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seattle Against Slavery and Trafficking. Show all posts
I'm writing to weigh in on HB2668. I
doubt any one person or group has had more experience with this issue
than myself to be perfectly honest. I say that because I was a
victim of sex trafficking on different levels at different times. I
was first lured into the sex industry by men who came from a famous
family of pimps. Richard Pryor has been open that his mother was a
prostitute who worked for his grandmother, the madam. This family
had been involved with prostitution for generations dating back to
the slave days. The man in charge of this operation, Weldon, told me
it was linked to the days when they were freed slaves, but couldn't
find work. The women worked as prostitutes while young, and became
madams when older. The men were pimps and drug dealers. They bought
a nightclub in the valley which they used to lure in new victims,
entertain clients, and it served to launder the criminal money from
their enterprise that involved both drugs, prostitution, and other
When I bought my way out of this
“family”, word spread on the streets that I was no longer under
their protection. That's when I fell into people involved with Iran
Contra. For those too young to remember this, it's when our own
government was smuggling cocaine into this country in order to raise
cash to buy guns for the Contra's. The drugs were then given to the
African American gangs for distribution. However, to get the drug
from Compton to the Beverly Hills Hilton – it did so in the purses
of high class escorts. That's where I came in. During the 1980's,
there were three madams in southern California. Myself, dubbed the
“High Tech Madam”, Alex Adams who was called the “Beverly Hills
Madam” and Cheri Woods who was called the “Hollywood Madam”.
It was during this time that I was
connected to Chuck Barris. Yes the producer of the “Dating Game”
and the “Gong Show”. The “Dating Game” was a great cover to
lure out beautiful women to the studios to be filmed as an “audition”
for the show. The tapes were then shopped around. To get these
women into foreign countries with the right papers – they were sent
on “dates”. Who ever thought to check who came back and who
didn't when Chuck was the chaparone? If you've seen the film
“Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” then you have an idea what I
was dealing with back then. Especially when I learned some of those
women were sold outright to wealthy oil men who liked “white women”
as trophies like some drug dealers had caged tigers.
There were no safe houses for adults
back in the early 1980's. The only one in the country was for minors
opened in 1979 by Lois Lee who founded Children of the Night. But
what about us adults? Where do we go when we were being denied
admittance in even drug treatment centers, homeless and domestic
violence shelters when we'd run for help? The police refused to do
anything because in their eyes we were just criminals then. No
different than a bank robber in their eyes. So they felt like we
“got what we deserved”. To change this, I took a warehouse I had
once used as an incall place and turned it into the first safe house
for adults. One day I took in a woman who had her arm and nose
broken by this pimp who also had blacked both her eyes. He found the
warehouse because it had used to be where we ran an incall service,
and was quite angry when he couldn't break in to get her back.
So he called the police and told them I
was “running a brothel” there. The police came out to the
warehouse at midnight and knocked. She answered in her PJ's because
she was asleep there. They arrested her for prostitution and charged
me with pimping because the lease was in my name. Thankfully she
testified against the pimp and the charges against me for pimping
Only the DA wasn't going to let things
go with that. He wanted me to testify against what I knew about the
others. I knew if I did – I'd just have our government step in and
claim “national security” and I'd be dead. To try and force me
to testify the police arrested my mother and charged her with pimping
me. They took a photo of me handing her a $20 bill for a bucket of
KFC chicken outside of the warehouse. Technically that's “receiving
money from the earnings of a prostitute”, i.e., pimping. Now
granted, I could have fought this because it was ridiculous.
However, the police further threatened to arrest my grandmother for
the washer and dryer I'd bought her with a check of mine. I didn't
want to see my 70 year old grandmother arrested but I also wasn't
going to be a snitch and wind up dead. So my mother and I agreed to
take a plea bargain instead.
I was fortunate in that the judge
allowed for my record to go under another name because they knew the
whole thing was simply to try and force me to testify – not that
I'd done anything wrong. I assure you had I had my record appear
under my real name – I never would have been able to get any type
of work. Almost every job I've ever had has done a background check
on me, including when I worked with NASA on the space shuttle as a
secretary. I worked as a mortgage banker in Nevada for some years.
I can assure you if my record were to have shown up under my real
name – I would have had no ability to leave the sex industry and
stay out of trouble since 1984 as I have. I've not even had so much
as a jaywalking ticket since I went straight in 1984. But that was
because I could find not only work, but also could rent a place to
live, because I had no record showing.
Now could I go back and PROVE I was a
trafficking victim to expunge my records? Heck no. Neither could
someone like Jeane Palfrey, the DC Madam. The reason why she
released her “Black Book” to the public was she was trying to
show SHE was a trafficking victim. She had wanted to quit back in
1991 after her first arrest. But men from our own government were
having her supply women for certain “special” people who didn't
want the average street walker who could cause scenes like the street
walkers in Columbia did with our Secret Service Agents.
No, women who worked with Jeane were
women like Brandy Britton who was a professor at a university as one
example. On top of these men wanting women of class and discretion
for “entertainment” for their business dealings, they also had
Jeanne pumping these men for information that was relayed back to
them, and her supplying them with information they wanted them to
have. Jeane wasn't allowed to retire and this was proven by her
arrest. She had finally decided she was going to retire as a madam,
buy a home in Germany, and just quit. As she went to the airport to
leave the country and retire – she was arrested. Her defense was
trying to explain to the court she had wanted to quit many times, but
these men kept using her to supply their needs. She refused a plea
bargain so that the “Black Book” could be public record instead
of quashed. She tried to defend herself that she was a trafficking
victim. The end result was her attorney was disbarred and had his
life threatened. He had to leave the state to stay alive. Jeane,
and Brandy Britton, were not so lucky. In other words, they tried to
prove they were trafficking victims and are now both dead. I however
did not, and I'm still alive.
What I'm trying to tell you is there's
a big problem with this Bill 2668. I didn't try and expunge my
records because I knew it would be pointless and I'd be dead if I
tried. Jeane however did try and defend her record on her second
arrest as a trafficking victim because she said she was forced to be
operating as a madam by these men in our government. As a result of
trying to defend herself – she's now dead. I spoke to Jeane the
day before she was found dead and there's not a doubt in my mind she
was murdered for trying to expose the truth about her case. Brandy
Britton by the way is another. Her trial was coming up and certain
powerful men were also afraid of what she'd say. She was found dead
in her living room also before she had a chance to defend herself.
Here's what I'm trying to say – you
send in a bunch of people trying to expunge their records and you may
be creating a huge problem. Take a look at the Margo Compton case.
This is a woman who was also forced into prostitution by a Hell's
Angel gang. By the way, in cases of sex trafficking you will almost
always find reports of domestic violence. Many times these pimps
will attack their victims, and then when the police arrive the victim
is the one who takes the blame to protect herself and her children.
So I'm also concerned about this Bill excluding those with domestic
violence charges because in my experience almost every victim of sex
trafficking also has a domestic violence charge against them as well.
Anyway, Margo wasn't adequately protected. There were no “safe
houses” for adults when she testified back in the 1970's. The
prosecutor left her in her home during her testimony and it resulted
in both her and her six year old twin daughters horribly slaughtered.
You may also have cases where the
prosecutor doesn't want to turn over that rock either. Think along
the lines of Bill Cosby to see my point. In 2003, Snoop Dogg has
confessed to traveling the USA in an RV and trafficking women across
this country. He has not been charged and you know why? No one
wants to touch that case with a 10 foot pole. I received a call from
Joe Heck, a Nevada senator saying he had a friend whose daughter was
being trafficked by a pimp who was operating in connection with
Snoop's “pimp revival tour”. This woman was pregnant and after
Snoop cast her off, another pimp with a long violent record was now
holding her hostage in an apartment while pimping her. He said if
the police came to rescue her, they'd have to arrest him. If they
arrested him, he'd point to Snoop.
Now this was before Snoop's confession
meaning he would just counter with a defamation charge or false
arrest or some other defense, bringing in a legal team certainly that
would make OJ drool. No one would want to testify against him, and
with most of this taking place in the RV, there would hardly be any
evidence either. So Joe asked me to go in and help this woman
because the state of Nevada didn't want to get involved in charging
Snoop with trafficking. Especially since the “johns” in this
operation were mostly NFL players. It was just a PR and legal can of
worms Nevada didn't want to open. They refused to even pay my
expenses in this rescue because they “didn't want to leave any
trail” and wanted to be able to “denialability plausibility”
that they knew “nothing” about this whole thing.
Now let me ask you something – if any
of the women who were involved in that year long RV tour were
arrested for prostitution, this Bill 2668 means they can go in and
“prove” they were trafficked and have their records expunged.
Only I can assure you it would never happen. There is no state right
now that would want to identify this woman was a victim of the Snoop
operation because then they'd have to go in and charge him, and
possibly charge some of these NFL players, and maybe even other
famous musicians who were involved. It's not like they were checking
ID's at the door either to see what age these women were. So tell me
what court would allow this woman to expunge her records if it
involved this operation? I doubt any court would rule in her favor
in a situation like this.
After I got arrested for having the
first safe house in the country – I realized I needed to go about
this a little differently. So I launched our 800 # hotline and our
program as a 12 step program so it could be used as an “alternative
to sentencing” program under the laws grandfathered in by AA and
NA. Meaning right now many prostitutes are not having to go to jail,
and some are even released from jail, so they can attend our meetings
and our program. In fact, Michigan right now won't even allow you to
get off probation without attending a year of our meetings. I've
set up formal alternative sentencing programs in Los Angeles,
Allentown, and Reno. But mostly it's a matter of the prostitute
asking the judge anywhere in the USA if she can attend our program
instead of jail – and the judge decides.
Because of them being in alternative
sentencing with us- many judges have also expunged records. We've
been asked to go in at the end of their probation and testify to the
court as to what we've seen with this person. If we've seen them
have problems finding work because of their record – we tell the
court. Many large companies don't care like Walmart, Target,
Walgreen's, Olive Garden, etc. But when the person has to get jobs
like to be licensed to sell real estate, or get a license to be a
nurse, then yes it has been a blockage. When we've explained to the
court this person is no longer involved in prostitution, that they
are free of the influence of the pimp, and that they're being blocked
from advancing because of their criminal record – we've always seen
the court agree to expunge.
We've had the court grant exceptions.
In Las Vegas for example, one can't even cut food to work in a fast
food restaurant without a work permit. A past record for
prostitution will show up. We've gone down to the licensing hearings
and explained what happened – and we've seen them get their work
permit even with their record standing.
Very very few survivors can afford an
attorney. For this reason, I've been a paralegal since I went
“straight” back in 1985. For those who want to expunge their
records, but can't afford an attorney, I've been able to help them.
We wait until they have the legally required time depending on what
state they're in. Two years for example in Nevada. Then we gather
together things like their rent receipts to show they've been paying
their rent on time, we get a letter from their employer, and pay
stubs, to show they've been working at a “legit” job for that
time, letters from their pastor or rabbi, we get letters from
volunteer work they've been doing, community service, their
therapists, and also we have their sponsor vouching for how hard
they've been working on their recovery, staying clean, etc. We've
then made a motion to the court to hear us and upon presenting to
them how this person has changed – we've seen the court expunge the
records so they can get licensing they may need for work, and be free
In other words, we've been able to
expunge their records by showing how their life has changed NOT by
digging up the past. Which in many cases is way too dangerous to dig
up. Also, not only may it be dangerous to drag up, but this person
may not even be able to afford an attorney, an investigator, and all
that goes into what it would take to prove to the court they were a
victim. Beyond this, the process could actually endanger them in
If you look at my news clip for my
arrest you'll see I was charged as “Rene Le Blanc” not “Jody
Williams”. The reason for that is because many many men were
afraid of what I would say to the prosecutor or even the press during
my arrest. They had reliable information that I had a contract out
on my head. It's standard to list all hearings as “public record”
meaning my court dates are published as public record. Now with
people trying to kill me, and the court requiring me to be in court
on a certain date and time, and with the court calendar listing my
name as to me having to be there at that date and time – we argued
that the court would then be liable if I was murdered coming in and
out of my court dates. To protect my life, the court then allowed me
to be put under an “alias” of Rene Le Blanc so that the men
looking to murder me wouldn't know when I was coming. Court
calendars these days are all online. Meaning I can type in a few
clicks and I can know if someone is going to be at the court on a
certain date and time – even to expunge records.
For those who still have pimps out
there looking for these victims – that's painting a bulls eye on
them. It's asking them to possibly endanger their lives simply to
get their records expunged so that they can not have problems finding
work or housing because of their records. Because if the Bill is set
up this way, that to expunge their records they have to prove they
were trafficked, then you're asking them to endanger themselves.
These pimps hold grudges for years. They have relatives who hold
grudges. Many today also use technology and if a victim were to
start a court date to expunge her records, her name would show up,
and trigger the pimp realizing where this victim was going to be.
Yes this can happen even years down the road after a victim has been
freed. This can happen even if their pimp is in jail because they
have “networks” on the outside. The first case we worked on
taught us a valuable lesson.
We had helped a woman named Denise
escape her pimp in Los Angeles who was horribly violent. She had
more than one domestic violence charge from protecting herself from
him. When I came to get her she was black and blue from head to toe
from this guy. She had to knock him out to get away call us. We got
her out and a year later she's walking down the street to go see a
movie in Westwood. This pimp sees her and runs her over with his car
in broad daylight in front of 100's of people. As the police were
dragging him off to jail he's shouting “I taught that bitch no one
leaves me”. Ever since then we urge our survivors to relocate as
far away from the pimp, his family, his friends, others in his
network, etc., and to change their appearance, because of stories
like this that are sadly common.
I'm not saying that all survivors who
want to expunge their records shouldn't do so by proving they were
trafficked. I am saying there should be an alternative for those who
can't, or maybe think it's too risky, and/or who can't afford an
attorney, nor want one. Because believe it or not, many of us are
not safe with the local attorney's either. Meaning there should be
a process for us to get help without involving an attorney like I've
seen done with our program because I've heard a lot of horror stories
about women being also abused by their attorney's.
Right now in Las Vegas, I've got
members who report to me there's not one attorney they've gone to for
help on their case that hasn't asked them for sex on top of a cash
payment to help them. Some of them in fact insist upon it. Many
don't have a lot of cash upfront so they have to make payments. The
attorney's then demand sex as “interest”. Others say that it's
difficult to find an attorney willing to defend hookers and therefore
they want something “extra” for their trouble. Others in other
cities where there's maybe only one or two attorney's in the whole
town tell me either the attorney won't defend them, or if they do,
they insist upon sexual favors.
So where does that leave a survivor who
is in a town where there's one or two attorney's in the whole region
and they won't defend a prostitute because they don't want to be
“known as a whore's attorney”? Or they refuse to do it unless sex
is involved. Yes I've had attorney's tell me they don't want to be
known as a “whore's attorney” and I've had women tell me their
attorney's have refused to help them without sex involved. I've
also had attorney's tell me they won't defend a prostitute because it
could subject them to possible harassment and even cost them their
license. Montgomery Sibley for example defended Jeane Palfrey. He
was disbarred while doing so and many felt he was disbarred to
prevent him from helping her in court. I can show you a very long
list of attorney's who have helped prostitutes defend their cases,
only to find their license threatened, their reputation, and even in
some cases their actual life if they're going up against the
traffickers to defend their client.
You have to realize that traffickers
have attorney's also. Especially if they're men like Kemp Shiffer,
Chris Butler, or those DEA agents in New Jersey who owned a strip
club while also partying with Columbian drug lords. Now I asked you
– what about those women in the DEA owned strip club who were
working in that club and who got arrested before the news came out
about them? I can assure you from what I've seen that if this woman
had hired an attorney to expunge her records, that this attorney
would have then found his license in jeopardy, and maybe their lives
threatened. They do this because they know that if the victim has to
get another lawyer, it's usually money they don't have. My attorney
who defended me had his life threatened, his license threatened, and
even the IRS came in to audit him. All because the traffickers in my
case didn't want me to have an attorney. I can show you a lot of
attorney's who for these reasons won't help us. Then those who do
sometimes want sexual favors. It can be a very big can of worms here
in other words for one of us to expunge records based on proving we
were trafficked. In other words, this isn't like a traffic ticket.
It can be very hard to find an attorney willing to take the case, and
then able to see it all the way through if the traffickers fight
Which is why I'd like to talk more
about the way we've been doing things which is much safer for the
prostitute. That being that we've been able to show the court this
person has changed, their life has changed, and that the record is
just a hindrance for them to advance. This is something the person
can do themselves without having to hire an attorney who usually
wants at least a $1500 retainer, but they also can get an attorney to
help as well. Either way they want to go – but it gives them a way
to expunge their records without having to hire an attorney.
There's another thing I'd like to bring
up here about “our” way we've been doing things. History if
anything has shown us that very powerful men can often be involved in
trafficking. Look at the “G Sting Arrests” for example in Nevada
that involved city councilmen, judges, prosecutors, mayors, and other
powerful people. Sometimes a record of prostitution can save a
survivor and let me explain how. First of all, one can't get a
license to work in a legal brothel if there is a past conviction for
prostitution. Also, to be a stripper in most clubs one has to get an
entertainers' license. Also which can't be done if there's a past
prostitution record. So in cases like this, the traffickers know
that this person can't work in the legal brothel, or the strip clubs,
which require a license if they have a past conviction.
Now, if you have to prove you've been
“legit' for the last year or two – that's impossible to fake.
One can't fake rent receipts, pay stubs, letters from the pastor,
testimony from local community groups this person has done volunteer
work, neighbors, friends, members of a group like Sex Workers
Anonymous, or other groups that are out there, Narcotics Anonymous
sponsors, etc. Also school records showing for example if they want
to sell real estate that they've taken the classes. One can't fake
all that evidence to go into a court asking to expunge records.
However, with these traffickers, all it
takes is for one judge to sign the papers saying “yes I believe
this person was trafficked” and then their records are expunged
which in turn then allow that victim to be further victimized and
exploited because they can then be forced to obtain a license to work
in a legal brothel, or even as a stripper with an entertainers'
license. Remember, we held the press conference we did in 2007 to
show the public that a victim can be forced to work in sex work and
be trafficked EVEN IN LEGAL SEX WORK. Not all trafficking involves
illegal prostitution. I worked on a case for a year where the
victims were forced to be in the same room 24/7 and they were
trafficked via a webcam. They were totally trafficked – but not in
an illegal setting nor even were they forced to have intercourse.
Many traffickers are moving towards
this – legal prostitution such as porn, stripping, webcam studios
and even the legal brothels. To do some of this requires a license,
and it would be a piece of cake for them to get some judge to just
wipe away their record which would then allow them to be trafficked.
I say that because there is not a clear criteria here for what
constitutes “proof” of this person having been forced. That can
cut both ways. That can make it so no amount of evidence would be
accepted by a court that has reasons to not find that person
not-guilty say in a Snoop case or a case like that DEA owned club.
Or it can go the reverse and the judge might just take anything at
all to expunge a record because that's also what it wants. Without a
clear cut criteria of what the process is – this whole thing is in
way too early of a stage to adopt HB2668.
There needs to be more discussion on
this issue involving people like myself who have seen many sides of
this issue over 30 years, and who also has no dog in this race. I'm
not trying to advance my career by this Bill. I'm not trying to
expose my name more because I'm holding a fund raiser, or applying
for a grant, or running for office, etc. I in now way benefit by any
of this, or even by writing you. My only stake here is what's best
for these survivors. Which I can assure you there is danger in
waking up sleeping dogs, and also there's problems in some cases with
these survivors having no option but to hire an attorney, which may
or may not be wiling to help them.
If I can be of any more assistance with
input on this Bill – please call me anytime. Our program is the
largest, and oldest, program of survivors in this country. Since our
members are the ones who are choosing to remain “anonymous” we're
the ones who are impacted the most when our records are following us.
Thank you for your time.
PS - such "sisterhood". Below is a response we got to this letter.
So I wrote this in response:
If you look at any research put out on the subject, as well as speak to anyone working in the field with the victims of sex trafficking, including many interviews I can show you in the media of victims of sex trafficking - you'll find that the victims DON'T identify by the term "sex trafficking" or "trafficking victim" or "human trafficking victim" or other such words. Because they don't self-identify by this word - things using those words go right over their heads. They think "this doesn't apply to me.
If I put up a billboard asking that everyone wearing a yellow dress call this number, but in my mind I'm wearing a red dress, then I'm not going to call that number. I'm going to think "that's not me".
The term "trafficking" was not coined until after the passing of the Trafficking Act of 2000. Before the passing of this act, this issue was not recognized as "real". Meaning it had the same significance as if I were to call the police saying "help I'm being forced to have sex with aliens". That's the response one would get from both the legal and medical profession when one tried to speak about being trafficked.
Because prostitution is illegal - we were branded "criminals" across the board. Both the police, social workers, therapists, landlords, employers, anyone else viewed us as "criminals" for that reason . There was no "extenuating circumstances" like being "forced". To show you the public reaction - in 1980 Linda Lovelace came forward with her book "Ordeal" speaking about how her pimp and husband, Chuck Traynor, had forced her to film "Deep Throat" with a gun pointed at her off camera. The movie was made with mob money and her pimp forced her not only to make the film, but to also prostitute. If you watch the bathtub scene, or her at the pool, in the film you will see the bruises on her legs. Despite these bruises being visible, the public refused to believe her. Think Bill Cosby and you have an idea how people just couldn't believe no one on that set stepped up to help her. Of course they wouldn't. It was a mob financed film and Chuck was known for guns. In fact, he opened the Gun Store in Las Vegas after he left pimping.
When billboards go up for the National Trafficking Hotline - it says "if you want help to escape trafficking". Many billboards and signs up talk about "if you're a trafficking victim".
Most victims don't identify with that word. However, all of them without exception DO relate to "do you want to leave the sex industry? Call Sex Workers Anonymous then" AND they especially respond to "we are not connected with law enforcement". Why? Because most trafficking victims also have local corrupt police on their payroll if not the traffickers themselves. Look up Chris Butler for example, or retired cop Kemp Shiffer, Margo Compton, or even think about that DEA owned strip club. Those dancers in that DEA owned strip club would no more call the police than fly - especially since they were illegal aliens. Even more so because if they went to the police their family back in Columbia would be dead before they could hang up the phone.
Meaning our hotline averages about five times more calls than Polaris. They've taken about 100,000 phone calls from everyone whereas we've taken over 500,000 calls from victims directly. Many who say when they call "I'm not a trafficking victim but I need help". We get the calls that the caller doesn't identify as a "trafficking victim" as well as the calls who feel they can't call the police. Like the 14 year old girl in Chicago who was being trafficked by two local respected cops. In her case, who is she going to call BUT someone who advertises "we're not connected to enforcement. Sometimes law enforcement doesn't want the call like in the Snoop Dogg operation he confessed to in Rolling Stone. What DA wants to prosecute a case like that for a victim before he made that confession in 2013?
We were getting calls about a trafficking ring now nicknamed the "League" back in 2009. There was a cop in Wichita, Kansas who reported he couldn't get anyone to arrest anyone in the chain of massage parlors locally because other cops kept blocking him and threatening him. He finally got some arrests in 2009 - but no one would back him up and he lost the cases. So he waited until he retired and then went to work for the Zoning Dept. From there, he got enough evidence to make an arrest in 2013. This time three men got convicted. The judge and this officer received death threats. There is documentation however linking one of these convicted pimps back to Pasadena, California where the heads of this ring reside. They only received five years and this was in 2013. In this ring, women from China were imported in under work contracts. They then had to "buy" their way out. Some married men in America for money, while others were put to work in the massage parlors.
One of these women who is related to the head of the ring has been forced to work as a prostitute since she was 8. She's now in her 50's and her son was about to go to UCLA. When she told the family she wanted to "retire" she was carted out of her own home by two Pasadena cops. Then slapped with two fake prostitution charges. Then she was told that if she didn't get back to work that she'd be deported where their contact would see that she got arrested a third time which would get her the death penalty in China. This was 2013. In 2015, Liang Yaohui was arrested who had 3000 massage parlors in China, and was a member of the Chinese government as well as the CEO of a Five Star hotel there.
When we went to clear her records, our attorney was threatened as were we. Then the trafficking ring had this attorney lie to her and say they had expunged her record when they had not. We came to her with her records to show they had not been cleared and they lied to her. I was then threatened by a Pasadena cop to "back up" or I'd have a stalking charge. The attorney threatened me with a stalking TRO if I tried to speak to her again. She has tried to quit by obtaining a real estate license to sell houses which is in jeopardy should they report her fake prostitution charges.
Under HB 2668, they could expunge her records if she can "prove" she was trafficked. Now I ask you - how is she supposed to do this when the charges are fake? When I went to the Pasadena Chief to make a report about the officers who threatened us, he ignored me. I went to his superiors who forced him to call me. The minute I called him an ex-prostitute started claiming falsely I was "stalking" her. I have records of our conversations to prove I never did such a thing. But they were timed so that if I walked into the Pasadena station to file a compliant - I would be hauled out of there on a stalking or 5150 charge. After Sandra Bland - no thank you.
The ring knew it was being watched clearly and to let things die down they stopped using women from China, and instead started using Korean women. They started moving their women around more on the circuit, and started opening more massage parlors. While everyone is cracking down on Backpage, they open more parlors and set up separate websites. There is a confirmed HIV epidemic in China, and the women were having up to 10 contacts a day unprotected without any HIV testing by the way. Condoms are not kept in the massage parlor because that would be "evidence" of prostitution.
I don't care how "crazy" people think I am - I have black and white documentation about this ring, how they operate, where they operate, who is involved, where they own real estate, marriage licensing, phone records, and also records tying them to Pasadena that can be looked at and should be. I have contacted every task force in every city this ring is operating and I've been ignored. Including Seattle. Now I understand because a woman was murdered, and a young boy kidnapped -an undercover officer was assigned to the case and there was some arrests a few weeks ago against the "League". However, all roads lead back to the heads of this operation who reside in Pasadena. That's why we have the RICO laws.
Now - how is this woman supposed to expunge her prostitution records when they were faked? By the way, a Pasadena Detective was caught on tape bragging about being able to "frame someone for murder". Certainly prostitution then is a peace of cake. I have the fake prostitution records -but I ask you how is this woman supposed to expunge the records under something like HB 2668 when she would not only have to testify against her own family, but she would have to expose what these officers, and judges, did to her?
I could however do what I suggested in my letter to the Office of Public Safety, and show she's been paying her mortgage payments, working at her real estate sales job, and attending SWA meetings. The way we've been doing things - I should be able to get a judge to grant her a record expungment under these terms.
If she were to try and go up against her family, and these officers, to "prove" she was trafficked and framed, I shudder to think what might happen to her as a victim of the "League". One woman went up against them and they murdered her and torched her apartment. I was poisoned during a meeting that almost killed me. These are not people to play with in other words. She's lucky that Liang has been arrested back in China, but there could be other people behind him who haven't been arrested.
IF the task forces in major cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and other cities would answer my calls or emails, I might be able to discuss with them more the types of calls coming into our hotline and also find solutions for women like I'm describing. This is a woman who isn't going to parade around in front of Congress, or at some trafficking luncheon talking about being a "survivor". Some of us have to remain "anonymous" but that doesn't mean they don't exist. If anything, because they have to remain hidden, all the more reason why they need to be heard.
Which is why I try and do this as best as I can. It doesn't help however when I try and I find women like Amber Pauline Walker telling me that I was "not invited" to the discussion here of HB 2668. She however doesn't get to tell survivors who she thinks should and should not be heard. We all need to respect ALL voices and viewpoints here. And that includes having the task forces, and other NGO'S, in this movement to also respect when I'm reaching out on behalf of someone who can't.