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Showing posts with label Tennessee sex trafficking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tennessee sex trafficking. Show all posts

Sunday, April 1, 2018


I had someone send me this email she received.  I wrote this back to the Sheriff Lee:

Dear Assistant Chief Lee Tramel:
My name is Jody Williams.  You can find news clips verifying that I'm the founder of (formerly "Prostitutes Anonymous), at  Please note that I founded our hotline, and 12 step program connected to the hotline, in 1987.  

Please further note I was arrested in 1984 supposedly for running a brothel with a lot of security and surveillance equipment inside of it close to the police station in 1984.  This was a misunderstanding by the police who didn't know what I had actually done at that time was create what is now known as the first safe house for adult sex trafficking victims in the USA.  

They didn't realize I was keeping victims there for safety because they were being denied access to any victim services back in 1984 because they were being viewed as "criminals" only by law enforcement.  Not really their fault as we had no laws on the books at that time granting federal recognition of the concept of a "sex trafficking victim", i.e., someone who was being forced into prostitution not at the hands of a PIMP, but at the hands of ORGANIZED CRIME.  Much like how we had laws against crime before the RICO act passed in the 1970's acknowledging the difference between simple crime and organized crime in general.  

I spent $400,000 and 13 years of my life to see the Trafficking Act of 2000 pass finally granting this federal recognition that American men, women and even children, could be forced into the sex industry through organized crime, and not just at the hands of a street pimp.  

So in relative terms, I'm like Bill Wilson who founded Alcoholics Anonymous, only to the world of sex trafficking.  We started the first hotline for those needing help in 1987 with the formation of our 12 step group and hotline.  Only in our public service announcements, and outreach projects, we don't call out for just "sex trafficking victims" to call us as the National Trafficking Hotline does.  Let me put it this way as to why - if you were to insist that the only time someone could attend an AA meeting is AFTER they've admitted they were an "alcoholic", you'd have a lot of empty rooms.  It often takes months, sometimes years, of exposure to the message before an addict of any kind will break out of their denial and admit they have a disease.  That's why the system has set up drug courts and even meetings in jail for them, knowing that they often have to be exposed to the message for some time before they'll even admit they have a problem, let alone reach out for help.

Ask most American sex trafficking victims what they identify as and you will not hear them answer as a "trafficking victim".  In fact, most will strongly deny they are.  However, ALL will identify as a sex worker with a "desire to leave the industry".  As to the specifics of their situation, everyone is different and we can tend to that ONCE WE GET THEM IN THE DOORS.  

That's why for years the National Trafficking Hotline was spending millions of dollars to post billboards all across the country that was not yielding ONE SINGLE CALL FROM A VICTIM.  By Polaris' own admission, up until at least 2015 (the last time I checked), they admitted not one single real sex trafficking victim had called them for help off any of those billboards asking for "trafficking victims" to call them.  

However, our hotline gets calls daily.  We hear from each of those callers the universal "I want help to get out of the business".  As to whether or not they're actually a trafficking victim, we can sort all that out in their recovery process once we get them out of the business, and into a safe new life.  

We have many ways we do outreach and make contact with those who might potentially need us.  As for true sex trafficking victims, this means getting past their pimp.  If their pimp sees the message "hey this is the phone number to call if you want help to get out of sex work", then he's not going to let her call that number is he?  In fact, most cell phones these days can even block them from calling our number, or us calling them back.  Since most pimps relay all outgoing calls to their phone for monitoring, it's important we get past this speed bump in the road to be able to make contact with those who need our help the most.

Which means sometimes we do creative campaigns where we'll post "help wanted ads" for escorts.  Sometimes we launch a website and say we're "setting up a new site" like a new The Erotic Review.  Sometimes we say we're opening up a new massage parlor or strip club and are looking to hire.  Running ads like this will allow us to make contact with the women directly.  This way we can assess if they're in need of help and want any to change their situation.  

Considering we're now over 30 years old, and we've taken in five times more calls than the National Trafficking Hotline, we must be doing something right.  In fact, we've been studied more than once and came out with glowing reviews.  One such was a 10 year study into the effectiveness of our program published in "Leaving Prostitution" by professor Sharon Oselin.  She wrote that we not only were the best in the country of what she studied, but we're also the only group she studied still operating today and growing.  

Which is why I'm reaching out to contact you.  It's come to my attention that emails are going out onto escort websites threatening these women "not to come to your town".  Now I don't know if that is you sending these emails, but if it is, I find the presumption that these women are criminals something I devoted my life to dispelling that myth.  Most are either chained by invisible bonds of some kind, or outright brainwashing.  Something I should know about since the FBI certified me as an expert in pimp brainwashing techniques so I could serve as an expert witness in one of the first international sex trafficking trials ever held in the states.  

So I"m contacting you to see if we can talk.  Either someone's impersonating you to escorts, which means most likely it's a pimp using your name, or if that is you sending out those emails, you're actually creating an impression among potential victims that the police are not someone they can turn to for help.  An attitude that actually hinders shutting down actual sex trafficking which I don't think is your intent.  

I'd appreciate it if you can contact me at (702) 488-1127 sometime.  Please remember I'm on Pacific Standard Time.  Thank you.

Jody Williams

When I sent the email to the address given for Sheriff Lee, it came back.  It was a hoax.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


People think that what I'm talking about doesn't affect THEM.  They think "well that's just a couple of prostitutes so why should I care?"

You should care because if the system is broken, then we're just the ones they go after FIRST.  Then once they've worked out the kinks - it's game on.

Tennessee is named as one of the top states who have parents in jail.

What I don't see discussed is ON WHAT CHARGES?  Because if someone is locked up on prostitution charges - guess what happens to the kids?

Foster care.

Tennessee is where the biggest trafficking case in history was faked.

Up to this case, when someone was arrested for prostitution - we'd then ask the court to consider giving a woman with children "alternative sentencing" to come to our program instead of going to jail.

Only someone realized the private jails were losing money this way, as did criminal attorney's who weren't needed.  We would send a SWA member to the court with them and ask for this consideration.  It worked.  We'd then show up a year later to discuss how well they were doing, and in two years we'd be talking record expungement.

When this case hit, I tried reaching everyone in the system from the prosecutor, to the public defender, the social workers, etc., trying to reach the "victims".  I got these cracks about how they had been "sent to a professional" in a tone that made it sound like they felt they were better than our program for these women.   Only I'm the one who has been training those "professionals" in Tennessee working with real victim.

So I called the local "professionals" and asked if they'd gotten a new client when this went down only to hear "no".

Meaning this couldn't have happened without us being shoved out of the way so people could be fooled.

Now when I started piping up about being shut out of the system up there I got a lot of "who cares"?  I mean the prosecutor here was getting a lot of awards, a lot of speaking engagements, a lot of press so people were like "what do we care what you think"?

THAT attitude is why all these parents are now behind bars.  I also would bet cash money many of these parents are there on prostitution charges.

We need to talk.