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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

THE GOOD GUYS

People I think misunderstand me when I point out things like the NY cop who was caught pimping over 10 women while not only a cop himself, but married to another cop!   When I do this I am NOT saying "NY cops are pimps" or "NY cops are corrupt".

What I'm saying when I point this out is the women who were pimped by him are AFRAID.  They're afraid to call another cop for help because it might be his wife!  They're afraid they might call a buddy of his who backs him up.  They're afraid they're going to get another cop who tells them to "shut up" or doesn't believe them or worse arrests them for coming forward on some bogus charge.  Even worse is they don't know who to trust.  It's not like he's going to introduce them to another cop and say to her "he's a good guy so don't call him".

What I'm pointing out is if they call Polaris and get referred to a local task force in NY to call that's headed by these same cops when what does she do?  What's the back-up plan here when the cops are who you're trying to blow your whistle on?

Which is a situation I get in many times.   In Las Vegas in 2007 I had SEVEN juvenile women telling me they were forced into sex by a local detective in charge of vice.   They wanted to testify but didn't know who they could trust or how the court could keep them alive until the hearing.   So I contacted the police for them and asked them to show me HOW they would keep them alive.  I told him "you show me and I show them" and the plan was for them to come forward and press charges against him and their pimp.

Only in that case the cop who met with me, Vic Vigna, refused to show me how these women could be kept safe until trial if they stepped up and in fact refused to do anything to assure them they could safely come forward.  So I went to look for Internal Affairs for Vegas to find none.  Then I went to ATLAS who was headed by Terri Miller then who refused to talk to me about the issue.  When I went over her to her boss, then I got threatened by an FBI agent.   When I went to the Attorney General's office they refused to talk to me about it.  When I went to the prosecutor's office they refused to talk to me about the issue.

So I had SEVEN women wanting to come forward about a bad cop - and no help provided me to assure these women they wouldn't wind up like Margo Compton.  Meaning they didn't come forward against this cop because I couldn't find anyone at that time willing to show me how they could.

Does that mean all Vegas cops are bad apples?  Hell no.  There's a great cop in Las Vegas.  I really really good cop.  Christopher Baughman is a fantastic cop.  http://www.amazon.com/Off-Street-Christopher-Baughman/dp/1933016930  This guy is the "real deal" and has to fight not only pimps but other bad cops.  His cases are real and he's no "catfish" putting on he fights pimps when he doesn't.  This guy really puts his money where his mouth is and risks his life for these women and their children.

Now one of the reasons why I don't brag more about specific cops is because it can get them hurt and/or targeted.  If you don't know what I mean watch "Serpico".  When he was coming forward about bad cops he got shot in the face.  When Officer Jim Stewart was getting nine massage parlors shut down in 2013 in Wichita, Kansas, he had to fight other cops to get that case done.  He also got death threats from the traffickers along with the judge.

I have many a cop tell me if word gets out they even know me - they'll be targeted by the bad cops.  I've had good cops tell me they've gotten fired, set-up, smeared, and run off the force simply for giving a man or woman our phone number to call.  When Oscar Goodman was mayor - he literally told every cop, FBI agent, and probation officer "if you read this report or speak to that woman you'll be fired" when we came out with our report on "Trafficking in Nevada - Making the Connections" about what was going on there in 2007.

Now in 2013 I had a woman come speak to me about a situation where she said she told her traffickers she wanted to retire.  In response, she says she was drug out of her home in front of her mother and son in handcuffs and charged with two false counts of prostitution.  She was further threatened with a 3rd case and deportation back to China if she refused to go back to work as a prostitute for this operation.

Okay what do we do?  Who can she speak to?  I tried to speak to the Chief of the police where this happened and he initially refused to speak to me.  Then what?

In asking around, I'm having people in other cities tell me they're having the same thing where they're either ignored or threatened by a cop in their city.  So where do we go for help?  I've been calling people since 2013 asking that question and getting crazy answers.  One FBI agent told me literally "if the operation was Muslim I could help you".

Now this woman can't leave if these cops are going to come after her.  The only way out IS to do something about these cops.  What do we do?

I did some homework and this name kept coming up - Claude Arnold.  http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Child-Predators-275-Arrests-Pedophiles-Operation-Broken-Heart-SoCal-264817521.html  I mean check out this article with his name in there.   275 predators arrested?  Wow!

How about 26 gang members?   http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20150408/26-long-beach-gang-members-arrested-in-ice-sweep

Seven arrested here http://www.scpr.org/news/2015/08/14/53800/7-fugitives-captured-in-socal-for-human-rights-vio/

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/arnold-285315-illegal-immigration.html  Here he is in Orange County.

But is he willing to go up against the Triad?  http://ktla.com/2015/03/03/feds-raid-20-socal-locations-in-alleged-chinese-birthing-house-maternity-tourism-schemes/  Seems so.

What about celebrities?  Is he willing to let a case slide if the guy is famous?  http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/07/15/teacher-pro-skater-among-12-socal-men-arrested-in-online-sex-predator-sting/  Nope.  He'll go after someone famous.

Is he afraid of the cartel?  https://www.apparelnews.net/news/2014/sep/10/breaking-feds-raid-la-garment-companies-mexican-dr/

What about a complicated case?  https://www.studentnewsdaily.com/daily-news-article/federal-agents-raid-suspected-fake-schools/

Now we know from Kevin Brown the media might just be planting stories about this guy because he sounds like he should be wearing a cape from these arrests under his name.   So I had to go talk to some of these reporters and find out if this guy was for real.  Sure they might lie to me - but I can tell if someone is lying by their voice.  The reporters all check out with this guy.

Has any victim of these criminals who testified been hurt?  Again like the Margo Compton case where they couldn't protect her?  http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/When-Jailbirds-Sing-It-was-the-pure-savagery-of-3018647.php

We found this but this wasn't a witness of Claude's who got shot.  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/02/witness-describes-finding-immigration-officials-shot-in-office.html

So guess what?  When we finally found his name out as a good source of someone who might help deal with this situation of these bad apples out of Pasadena - he's retired from Homeland Security.  He works for Propertyroom.com now it appears.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/claudearnold

But he might know someone we could trust.  So we put a call into him and got one back!  He said he does know some good people we could speak to and said cases like Joohoon David Lee are "rare" and he was "just one bad apple".  https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/former-hsi-special-agent-pleads-guilty-taking-bribes-korean-businessman-being

Claude assured us the force itself is not corrupt, it's really good men and women, and that Joohoon was just a really rare case.   Now from his perspective corruption is rare.  Also because corrupt officer will try and avoid someone like him at all costs!

But from a victim of trafficking's perspective that's all he or she sees.  We don't see the good cops, Homeland Security, Immigration, prosecutors, etc., because they don't normally go out like politicians door to door shaking hands, kissing babies, and making sure you know you can come to them for help.

He told me they have a problem with getting witnesses to come forward and testify.  You know why?  Because when they're meeting with one of them it's usually when they've been arrested and they're terrified.  They don't know who to trust.  So they shut down.

This is where our program comes in handy.  I'm seeking out men like Claude - they're not coming to us.  I'm given a chance to get to know these guys, check them out, speak to other witnesses they've worked with, and really know they can be trusted with telling them someone that can get them murdered.

I can then relay information to the police from the victim in a way which won't break their anonymity.  I don't have to tell the cops who gave me the information - but I can get them the information if the victim wants me to give them this information.

I in turn can also assure a victim they can trust this guy or that guy and help get them out of the trafficking situation by knowing who they can trust to speak to where it won't backfire on them and get them killed.

So Claude has told me he'll line up some introductions and then I can check back with the victims I've been speaking to and we can see what can be done about shutting down some traffickers.

Now SWA is not about law enforcement.  But when in a situation where a victim CAN'T be freed without putting their trafficker's behind bars - this is where we can help as a "go between" or "liaison".

But also notice that a really good cop - returned my phone calls.

Thank you Mr. Arnold and thank you for assuring me corruption is a rare thing in Homeland Security.

I myself wouldn't be alive if not for a cop who built a task force to come after me and yank me out of the sex industry.  I wasn't happy about it at the time - but he did save my life.   Sometimes the police are the only way out for us.

So thank God for the good guys!




Monday, April 18, 2016

WHOOP - THERE IS IS - PROOF OF WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/las-vegas-restaurateur-says-former-fed-manufactured-criminal-case-against-him  First, read this article to understand what I'm about to say.

Now, what have I been saying since 2013?  I've been saying the trafficking task forces, the police, Homeland Security, and other agencies that we're supposed to be able to turn to for help with REAL trafficking cases has been:

1.     Refusing to take the reports.

2.     Immediately after trying to make the reports - we've been threatened by either/or a police officer, a private investigator, or an attorney to essentially "back off".

3.     When we have refused to back off, then when we've continued to talk to real victims we're then threatened with a restraining order, an arrest, or a 5150 psychiatric cart off to who knows where.

This has been happening to not just me, but other people who have come to me saying they had the same thing happen to them.

Then what?  They have to come up with cases to make it appear they're actually doing something - so they're coming up with either completely fake cases, or they're going after the "competitors" to the larger criminal operation.

http://reason.com/blog/2016/03/04/the-somali-sex-slave-ring-that-wasnt  This case is NOT an isolated incident.  As you can read by the above article, it's also happening in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.  I've been encountering this in every region where there's a trafficking task force including Arizona and Texas.  A trafficking officer was found dead before he could testify in a corruption hearing.  http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/a-deputys-death-opens-the-door-onto-a-world-corruption-in-sheriff-joes-mcso-6462478

Since 1987, victims of sex trafficking have been able to come to www.sexworkersanonymous.com for help.  In cases where those victims have wanted to press charges against their traffickers, we've helped support them coming forward to do just that.  However, starting in 2007, was when we first started seeing the authorities covering up information with "Operation Dollhouse" in Las Vegas.  We had sought out the media to report on this after I'd taken information on a national network of traffickers to Vic Vigna, head of Vice, and ATLAS, led by Terri Miller, only to be ignored.

I then went to Chief Gillispie, and found all evidence disappeared overnight EXCEPT the Asian houses featured in the press.  We had found a reporter to come in on that case thinking the publicity would force arrests.  Instead, we stood by and watched as 24 victims were sent right back with their pimps despite bags of drugs being found on the property.  The victims visas' were not clarified before their release which in itself is against the law. http://talkaboutwidget.hmbreview.com/topic.php?t=460

An officer who was caught in Operation Dollhouse, is now involved in the case involving Paul Tanaka here in Los Angeles.  https://www.facebook.com/SanMateoCountyNews/

You heard what the boss said when Mr. Lee contacted him with a complaint about how his agent was acting.  That he could "do whatever he wanted".

Well that does seem to be the case.  When I'm afraid to go near an officer right now for fear of being falsely arrested, or even carted off on fake accusations of being "crazy" - the traffickers have won haven't they?


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

OPEN LETTER REGARDING MASS INCARCERATION

First of all - I'm trying to talk about 30 years of work in the area of sex trafficking in this letter so it's going to be long.  If you care about Prop 47 working, and also reducing the number of inmates being incarcerated who don't have to be - then I assure you reading this letter to the end will be worth your time.  If you're on a phone instead of a computer - please switch to a computer or print this out to read.

Complex problems such as sex trafficking aren't solved in 140 characters on twitter, five minute conversations, or hashtags.  So please read this letter to hear from the oldest and largest program of sex trafficking survivors on the issue of mass incarceration - as well as from the group who founded the first alternative to sentencing program for prostitutes in Los Angeles.  Our members are wanting to maintain their "personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films" so to hear from them I've prepared this letter.

Who am I?  If you look at the clips here at www.hightechmadam.com you'll find I was arrested for supposedly running a "brothel".  The reality was that warehouse was the first "safe house" for adult sex trafficking victims I'd installed next to the Van Nuys police station for safety's sake thinking traffickers, bandits, serial killers, pimps, dealers, etc., would be reluctant to shoot off a gun so close to the police.  That's why there was so much "surveillance and security" equipment and it was even a warehouse in the industrial district.  I put it in the industrial area so that if there was shooting children would be less likely to be harmed.  The cameras were in case we were murdered at least there would be evidence who did such a thing.

A woman had called me saying her pimp had broken her arm and nose.  I put her in the warehouse to rest and heal.  The pimp was angry, especially when he couldn't force his way in or threaten me into returning her.  So he called the police to report it was a "brothel" at midnight.  When the police knocked on the door of course she was in her PJ's.  She was on probation for prostitution so in the cop's mind - answering the door at a warehouse in her PJ's at midnight must have meant I was operating a brothel.  They didn't believe it was a "safe house" because in 1984 the world didn't believe sex trafficking even existed anymore in the modern world or the USA.

With the cast on her arm, two black eyes and a bandage on her nose - she testified to them about her pimp and the matter was resolved.  However, the police then charged my mother with pimping me because of a photo of me handing her a $20 bill for a bucket of KFC chicken.  This took a little longer to straighten out.

But I learned my lesson - if I was going to keep rescuing these victims I would have to (1) do so with the cooperation and knowledge of what I was doing by the police, and (2) that I was going to have to raise public awareness about what was going on so I wouldn't be misunderstood again.  Realizing we needed  a different model I consulted with Attorney General Edwin Reese who had written the Meese Report.  He informed me that until we could change the laws to stop treating these victims like criminals by arresting them for prostitution - we could start a 12 step program which could be used as an "alternative to sentencing" like AA does for the alcoholic, NA does for the addict, and GA does for the compulsive gambler.

So in 1987, I launched the hotline and 12 step program.  This year was a huge year because just before there had been a proposition to isolate prostitutes on an island in fear of HIV/AIDS.  The cost of incarcerating them who were positive was tremendous and the jails, and budget, of the county of Los Angeles was collapsing under the strain.   

To put together the first ever "alternative to sentencing" program in Los Angeles in 1987 - Mayor Tom Bradley, Chief Gates and Sheriff Block banded together to help.  We had to first estimate how much the county was spending on prostitution by treating it like a crime instead of these men and women as potential victims.  Victims of trafficking, as well as poverty, mental illness and HIV/AIDS.  Back then medication for the virus was $10,000 a month.  When you were ill, you were too sick to work and spent your days in clinics.  Meaning you were almost forced to work in the sex industry while infected - so this was a huge crisis at the time.  

To create the estimate of how much the county was spending, and was impacted, by the current system, they allowed me to go into the Sybil Brand Institute, as well as the men's jail which included where the transgenders were kept.  Out of approximately 2,000 inmates - we identified 1800 approximately who were working in the sex industry - prostitution, porn, stripping, phone sex, etc.  Out of the men, we included male prostitutes, porn actors, male strippers and pimps as members of the sex industry.  We found 2/3 of the men were involved in sex work.  Many men "combined" crimes - such as dressing up as a prostitute and then rolling the john for his wallet once they got him alone in a dark alley or motel.  There were also 400 transgender prostitutes in the system at that time.  
The guards were refusing to work with prostitutes at all in fear of HIV/AIDS.  The mens' jail was at a complete standstill in fear because the men were threatening to bite guards.  A board was formed with a member of each office on the board - the public defender, prosecutor, police, sheriff, health department, mental health, social services, probation, etc.   The judges were trained in how to identify which prostitutes were being forced to do what they were charged with and needed special "alternative sentencing".  

The transgenders were sleeping on the cafeteria floor or isolation.  They wanted us to work with them first.  A house was found and almost all transgender prostitutes were court ordered to be released but to attend Prostitutes Anonymous meetings (as we were called then).  HUD paid for the house for those who were HIV/AIDS positive so we could get them to stop hooking.  A grant was organized to hire ex-sex workers who were HIV/AIDS positive as "outreach workers".  Special testing sites and mobile testing in massage parlors, strip clubs, bath houses, even nightclubs was set up.  A moratorium was put on considering condoms "evidence of prostitution" to encourage the sex worker to practice sex safe.  Those who were tested were assured it was not going to be held against them or incriminate them in any way.  Those being forced to prostitute by their pimps/traffickers were given special assistance to be able to just leave the control of their "handler". 

Taking the female prostitutes who were HIV/AIDS positive, pregnant, and/or had children at home were taken first.  Via Avanta was a treatment program that had just shut down and was vacant.  Tom got it opened up and those who were pregnant, HIV/AIDS positive, and had small children were put into this residential program paid for by social services as an "alternative to counseling".  Our numbers came up the county was spending $150 a day for approximately 2,000 people PER DAY in one way or another - whether it was investigating them for the crime of prostitution, arresting them, processing them, holding them for court, medical care, public defenders, and paying for their children they were being separated from when arrested and/or serving time.  

There was a shortage of foster parents then just as there is now.  There's only about 1000 foster parents while the need at the moment is over 9000 according to the estimates I've looked at.  Children of the Night could only hold 14 juveniles, Covenant House held maybe 20, while the Mary Magdalene Project housed maybe 7 women.  The Via Avanta House allowed them to house over 120 women and their children.  The house for men allowed them to house over 50 transgenders and gays who were HIV/AIDS positive.  

The rest were allowed to leave the jail in exchange for serving out their time in our program while working out their community service hours helping us do outreach.  In other words, we took people who were once just inmates and not only got them working on their own recovery  - but put them to use in the field doing outreach in a way no other person can do.   No one could do better outreach for HIV/AIDS education, testing, prevention, etc., as well as to find trafficking victims than another ex-sex worker who was now clean and working off their jail time through community services hours.  Those community service hours allowed us to get a lot of people out in the field doing more outreach to further reduce the inpact.

I lost my paperwork in the 1994 Sherman Oaks earthquake - but I know that when we first started the prostitutes had an 80 percent HIV/AIDS infection rate among sex workers.  This was among sex workers and porn starts -  not just street walkers.  Street prostitution compromises maybe 7 to 10 percent tops of the sex industry.  In the 1980's, escorts who worked off services, the yellow pages, print advertising, massage parlors, nightclubs, sex clubs, etc., comprised about 90 percent of the industry which was unseen really to outsiders who only saw a few women standing on corners or the male hustlers down on Sant Monica.

At the end of the year of doing this project/outreach - we had that rate below 8 percent.  A figure which was lower than that of "non-prostitutes".  This included the male and LGBT sex workers as well as the straight females.  

I remember they said we slashed the costs to the system "over half" and we had "free'd up $3,00,000".   That money was put into even more services to help the sex worker who found they were infected to be able to leave sex work immediately.   Something that couldn't be done by arresting them and forcing them because again street prostitution accounts for maybe 10 percent of the industry.  When you have someone working as a porn performer, a stripper, in a peep show, or even in a sex club - this is "legal" work.  Meaning the county couldn't FORCE them to stop.

When you focus only on street prostitutes you can arrest - you only reach a tiny portion of the active sex industry.  By us taking those who had community service hours to work off we got free outreach workers out in the industry.  Then by us reaching out into the sex industry as a whole - legal and illegal as well as men, women and transgenders - we were able to have a huge impact proved by the numbers plunging from over 80 percent to below ten in only a year.  Making our outreach workers and projects even more vital because we could reach that other 90 percent that had to be "persuaded" to leave the industry rather than "forcing" them which is what happens.  By us focusing on the adults, and Children of the Night focusing on the teens - we were also able to cover all age groups.  

We still had some in the industry who were very reclusive and thus hard to reach - especially the transgenders who didn't want to go to the county testing sites for fear they'd be laughed at.  (You have to remember they looked like men in dresses back then.)  Which is why it was truly ground breaking also when Tom found a way for an ex-porn performer, Sharon Mitchell, to get a special medical degree.  This allowed her to set up AIM - which was a clinic that focused entirely on the sex industry.  While AIM operated - many outbreaks were contained.  Sex workers voluntarily got tested there because Sharon was an ex-performer - especially the transgenders who came out to support Dr. Mitchell - the first ex-porn performer to open such a clinic for the sex industry exclusively.  They felt comfortable with her and also knew it wasn't  going to be used against them criminally.  Everyone in the sex industry went to get their testing done at the AIM clinic when it opened.

Things started to change when it was shut down ten years ago.  The AHF has refused to consult with ANYONE with ANY history of effective outreach campaigns into the porn industry with their outreach and frankly has resulted in the sex industry retreating right back into the dark ages when it comes to HIV/AIDS.  Walk into any random strip club in Los Angeles county and you will not see strippers carrying condoms in their garters which would be fine if the dancers were on the vaccine.  Which they don't even know about existing either if you ask them about it.

When the TVRA of 2003 put outreach into the hands of "faith based" groups who HAVE NO IDEA HOW THE INDUSTRY WORKS - their campaigns have focused right back again on street corners trying to "cherry pick" for "victims of trafficking" rather than approaching the industry as a whole organism.  In fact, I'm seeing the most laughable of "outreach" campaigns.  I mean law enforcement, and outreach workers are being told to "ask the victim if they're being exploited"?  Are you kidding me?  That's about as effective as walking into the corner bar and asking the patrons "anyone in here an alcoholic?"  You'll get the same response.

The only outreach I'm hearing about is bus signs and billboards WHICH HAVE NEVER PRODUCED RESULTS EVER.  Or I'm hearing about today is women being arrested, and then ticketed.  A few say they MIGHT get asked gruffly "are you being exploited" for statistical purposes - not like they're being offered any help.  There's an obsessional focus on Backpage and Craiglist where mostly "independent" prostitutes work who are mostly drug addicts - whereas the trafficking victims are in massage parlors, strip clubs, and even sex clubs.

Doubt me?  Look at the Chris Butler case where he owned massage parlors here in California.  Not only were the prostitutes in his parlors being trafficked, and forced to sell drugs, as well as blackmail his patrons - but he even "shook down" other escort services and madams. In other words, it was his "competition" who was finding themselves arrested.  Which is what I'm seeing right now with these so called "trafficking campaigns".  I point your attention to this completely BOGUS "outreach" campaign that was being led by Kevin Brown and Greg Reese in 2014-15.

These men were running around posing for the cameras and the grant sources as doing "outreach" while in reality they were staging the whole thing for the series "8 Minutes" sponsored by General Foods?  They were saying there was "no resources" to the prostitutes because they were staging the whole thing to get grant money to create those resources.  While the reality was resources already existed they were ignoring because to acknowledge would mean no fund raising.  Teens were being told in front of reporters "there are no beds" for them because the people being interviewed were applying for grants and money was being spent on creating hotlines - while hotlines and beds already existed and were available through programs like www.childrenofthenight.org

I'm also hearing prostitutes being told "there are no beds" and there "are no resources" by people who refuse to call our hotline.  Our hotline has been getting these men and women off the streets for 30 years.  When I get a call from a woman who tells me she is calling me from a payphone because she had told her pimp she was pregnant and wanted to quit so he threw her out of his car at 65 mph on the highway and drove off so all she has is the clothes on her back and she's all banged up and there's no pimp to have arrested to call her a "victim" and she's over 18 years of age - I can get her into a program that day.  But I can't do anything when we're not being called by programs who based their fund raising and grant writing on "having a large waiting list" of those who believe there's no beds. 

Look I rented and created that warehouse in 1984 because there were "no beds" then.  There were "no beds" in 1987 when the world didn't even believe we were victims.  Which is why we learned how to find beds in a way that happens when necessity is the mother of all invention.  I'll call hotels if I have to until I find one that will donate a room for these victims until they are on their feet.  I'll call churches, landlords, or even recovery programs who might have a bed open.  When I was doing outreach for the county in the 1980's - people's lives DEPENDED upon us getting them out of sex work ON THE SPOT.  Meaning we FOUND beds, and found programs, and found what we needed for them to "shut down shop" immediately.  

We had to be resourceful because back in the 1980's because no domestic violence or homeless shelter would accept a prostitute no matter how banged up he or she was.  No drug treatment program would accept prostitutes either.   Churches wouldn't even allow us to have a meeting space because essentially we were asking them for a place for criminals to gather together.  With the conspiracy laws in a grey area about "two or more gathering" while on probation for prostitutes - we had to find resources when none existed back then so I can assure you we now have resources when we get calls to our hotline.  We have 30 years of members all over the county even who can offer housing, jobs, free drug treatment, free counseling, etc. to those who call our hotline.  But we can't offer help when we're not called.  And your boards are being mislead by people trying to get grants approved and fund raisers organized that there "are no resources" when in fact there are.  THIS is contributing to the overcrowded jails/prisons and the HIV/AIDS epidemic we're right in the middle of now we're having to pay the piper for today. 

So you have to understand I'm confused when I am not hearing our hotline ring, my letters are going unanswered - and I'm hearing that we "need to build new jails" because of a shortage of beds and also hearing about Prop 47 being passed because of a desire to "stop mass incarceration" and to get people out of jail/prison.   What happened?  We had a good working system going by the early 1990's.  When I moved out of Los Angeles in 1994 - we had a functioning "alternative sentencing" program and rescue system in place.  

Recently, I spoke to the chaplain at the womans' jail here in Los Angeles and she told me there's 5,000 inmates now there - double what Sybil Brand had in the 80's.  To try and figure out if there were just as many prostitutes incarcerated there now as they were in the 1989's I asked her if she knew how many were "prostitutes".  She then told me "we aren't identifying anyone as prostitutes" and asked me if I meant "trafficking victims".   

I asked how many "trafficking victims" and she said "none at the moment".  Now I assure you out of 5,000 female inmates while there may not be one "trafficking victim" I can pretty confidently state that it has always averaged the majority of female inmates have engaged in prostitution.   So I think the numbers may be misleading.  While you may have zero "trafficking victims" - I can assure you probably 4,000 of those 5,000 inmates have been working within the sex industry. 

In listening to all the discussion about Prop 47 - I wasn't hearing one word about the number of inmates who could be helped by attending Sex Workers Anonymous meetings.  The reason why we were formed was BECAUSE our community does NOT respond well to drug treatment, therapy, or faith based programs.  In fact, we're notorious for leaving usually within 24 hours if not forced to stay with a locked door.  

I know this to be true because of what happened in the early 90's.  At that time California's governor was angry at paying for drug treatment that showed a 98 percent failure rate.  He had it up to his eyeballs with the "it's a chronic disease" excuse and he said he was going to cut funding 95 percent if these programs didn't "improve their numbers" for success.   The first thing the program directors did was survey who was their biggest "relapser" or most "resistant" to treatment and it was the prostitutes.  Now part of that was because trafficking wasn't being acknowledged as real - let alone were they offering treatment for this issue nor the specialized PTSD our kind get.  

Our program however was cranking out recovery.  Many were going on from coming into recovery through our program to found their own programs like Kathleen Mitchell and Brenda Myers-Powell to name two of our public members.   So when now having their budgets threatened if they didn't start producing better results - suddenly my phone rings from these programs asking me to come in and consult with them about what could be changed to bring their numbers up.  I spent from 1990 to 1992 doing these trainings from San Diego to Ventura to Orange County.  I then watched as those who changed their systems, and their staff, improved their numbers and survived.  Those who didn't - didn't.  

But this was because they started making funding dependent upon results number one NOT on a contract or "per diem" basis such as those billing Medi-Cal, or those with federal grants, are under   Number two - they acknowledged this was a difficult community that required a different approach (those who had been working in the sex industry - trafficked or not).

To prove my point is still true - I direct you to the Dr. Drew Celebrity Rehab series as well as the show "Intervention".  Every SINGLE sex worker on the Dr. Drew show who was treated as "just like any other addict" didn't stay clean and is still in sex work.  Mary Carey for example works for Playboy and has said on her social media she's not stayed clean except for spurts.   Heidi is growing pot, raising parrots, and pimping women to the Bunny Ranch in Nevada while also getting arrested for buying pills AFTER she's been on Dr. Drew's show where she was "treated like an addict".  To show the contrast in philosophy - if we had been called in as a consultant on the show then there's no way we would have Heidi being in the same treatment program at the same time as her ex-lover, Tom Sizemore.

Also, not one single word was uttered during the show about getting rid of the 400 parrots she was caring for.  Caring for 400 parrots not only is hugely expensive for someone in a small town with only a laundromat for an income outside of sex work, but it ties one to the house.  Meaning how else is she going to care for that many parrots other than sex work while also living in such a small town as Pahrump.  Yet no one word was uttered to Heidi during the show/treatment about getting another home for the  parrots, relocating to a larger city, nor finding more stable legit work.   Meaning she left treatment to go back to caring for 400 parrots while being housebound and living in a tiny rural community.  So of course she's going to go back to sex work, which means going back to drugs, and the cycle continues as it is now for her.  

Now Dr. Drew saw these failures and rather than bring us in as consultants, or acknowledge maybe they're "different" than just the "addict" working a 9 to 5 job - he tried to address it from a sexual addiction view which is a common rookie mistake.  Those who don't understand the sex industry always turn to sex addiction first which is actually the "johns" problem - not ours.  He put the sex workers into sex addiction programs thinking this issue is about sex.  These same sex workers in "Sex Rehab" also failed to recover of course.  Heidi Fleiss actually was so stoned driving home from the show that she had a horrible accident and wrecked her car on the highway before even reaching home.  

Not to know just Dr. Drew, but to show how those who try and treat this like it's just the same for all addicts, instead of acknowledging sex workers require a different approach - if you watch the show "Intervention" - you'll find each time they try the same techniques on the prostitutes as they do the addicts - all that happens is they run.  That's it.  I have not seen one single prostitute accept the offer of intervention/treatment because it's too easy for them to just walk away, catch another "trick" and have a place to hide/stay in five minutes.  

I'm writing you because of Prop 47.  With so many of those inmates in the system also being in the sex industry, and with me seeing not one single word of discussion or consideration coming out of anyone to do with this project about incorporating our program into helping them to find recovery - you're looking at creating a repeat of failures I've seen repeated over and over and over again for these last 30 years, across the USA, and even into Canada, by programs who attempted to address prostitutes and/or trafficking victims, coming out of jail, and into recovery, who simply want to approach this from only a drug treatment and mental health aspect while neglecting to incorporate us into the program.

Professor Sharon Oselin, of USC, spent 10 years working on a research project with prostitutes in three programs in different states.  Only one of those programs incorporated our program into their approach.  Her findings were released in the book "Leaving Prostitution" last year.  In this report, the two programs who DID NOT incorporate our program had such a huge failure rate they DON'T EXIST ANYMORE.  The one program however who did incorporate us into their program, had the highest recovery rate in the country, they continued to operate, and the prostitutes she interviewed gave direct quotes that our program was "what turned them around".  http://nyupress.org/books/9780814770375/



I stood back and watched the "system" even try and use our literature, without incorporating our members and program behind the literature from about 2007 to 2013 with 11 projects across the USA ranging from Project Rose, to Second Chance, to Division 17, etc.  They took counselors and social workers who took our literature and tried to run meetings "their way" without our members and without doing things "our" way - and the results were disastrous.  That's why they also are shut down now with no recovery rates.  I have also watched the NY Trafficking Network try and offer trafficking victims "yoga classes" since they launched with a program who completely excluded our 12 step approach and program.  The end result is again NO recovery, and program directors back knocking on the system's door demanding "more money to make it work".  Dr. Thomas Neylan, the doctor for the veterans who works with their PTSD also has come out with a report this year confirming the best treatment for PTSD is "exposure therapy" which is exactly how our program is structured and allows our members to speak for outreach purposes - not just as fund raisers.

So the ironic thing is that our program not only works, not only produces recovery, not only has proven to produce results and get these men and women out of the sex industry, off drugs, away from their pimps, and working legal jobs where they contribute to society, as evidenced by the independent research of more than one professor and more than one reputable investigative reporter, BUT THAT WE DO IT AT NO COST.   Our workers are not paid, we don't apply for grants, we don't hold fund raisers and we don't cut off our services midway through saying we "need more money to keep things operating" like has been done in NY currently and further when we get someone into recovery we also get them out there helping still more others.

Which is all the more reason we don't understand why our calls and letters are not being returned to be included in this process of changing the system re: Prop 47 nor with any of the trafficking task forces.  Especially since I've relocated back here to become more involved again in California and that incorporating us costs not one dime of money nor takes away any work from anyone.  It's even more confusing when we have a PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF EFFECTIVENESS.  Something you're going to need with a new program you're launching.

Also, if you want to do something to reduce the number of inmates, and to increase the recovery rates of these Los Angeles residents - one has to acknowledge some hard facts about Los Angeles in order to understand why you need to be including us in these projects.  First, 80 percent of the world's porn is filmed right here.  So most of the porn performers live here.  Not New York.  Not Seattle.  Here in Los Angeles.  Second, we have the film industry here.  Look at the recent scandal with Charlie Sheen who has admitted he's HIV/AIDS positive while sleeping with porn stars, escorts and even madams like Heidi Fleiss.   In a town where most actors don't work in films - they pay the rent through stripping, porn and prostitution.  Many out of work actors and musicians used to wait tables - but many restaurants don't even have servers anymore.  I can assure you web cam performing is the new waitress job for out of work starving actors and musicians and these sex workers are not standing on street corners with a pimp on their arm.  

Third, we're next to the border of Mexico.  The Mexican Cartel trafficks in drugs and prostitutes.  They use the prostitutes as mules and to carry the dope for them so they get arrested - not us.   The cartel will do things like put the drugs in prostitutes' inplants or vaginas and then transport the drugs across the border that way.  They further use them to transport the drugs into the Beverly Hills Hotel, the homes of the Hollywood and corporte elite.  

Long Beach has a HUGE Asian gang problem.  Combine that with the Mexican cartel using prostitutes coming in from San Diego and everything else and Los Angeles has a unique position of probably having more sex workers in this area than anywhere else in the country.   It is a mistake to not include the issue of sex trafficking with drug trafficking, money laundering and other "white collar" crimes.

Look at how the Chris Butler ring operated as one example of what I mean.  This man was a retired cop so he had a lot of police connections.  He opened up a private investigative agency upon retirement where he then hired women who had said they wanted to retire from sex work to be wives and mothers as his "decoys".  These "decoys" were used to do "stings" for wealthy women who wanted to know if their husbands were cheating on them.  So he's got female private investigators who are also actresses as the story he gets all kinds of press over as his "cover" story.  He even goes on the Dr. Phil show promoting his "Charlie's Angel's" squad of female investigators.

He then opens up a string of massage parlors and escort/outcall services which he then is able to staff with women he "knows" are prostitutes, not undercover cops, not only from his days as a cop, and his cop friends' giving him the number, as well.  He's got active duty well respected cop friends - one of who is the head of a drug task force meaning no one will suspect any "funny business" going on with this guy around.  This cop then takes drugs out of the evidence rooms, transports the drugs in his cop cars so as to not be stopped with the drugs, and if they are stopped - they're in evidence bags.

The drugs are then sold through the prostitutes to the "johns" so they don't worry about them getting busted on any drug charges.  Besides, how are they going to be busted for drug sales when the drugs are being sold to a naked man in bed?  The women hired to work for him are mostly on probation meaning if they don't cooperate with this scheme - they'll be violated and carted off to jail.  So these women ARE NOT going to report any of this - the drug sales or the trafficking - to anyone.  Besides, who would believe them?  Who would believe a prostitute telling such a story about Chris, or these well-respected officers?

Others who are their "competition" who don't pay Chris a cut of their money are the ones arrested and then paraded around to show they are "cracking down on sex trafficking".  The reason they WANT the media saying "there are no beds for these victims" is because they want the prostitutes under their thumb to think there's "no where to go for help".  The LAST thing Chris and his trafficking team wanted these women to know about was either Sex Workers Anonymous or Children of the Night for those under 18 years old.  You know why?

Because we get them out and they stay out.  But when we take a victim out of this ring do we have pimps like "Hubby Bear" coming after us?  No.  We have COPS and private investigators coming after us.

Now look again at the Donald Burns case.  The man orders a male prostitute who was also in some porn to come play with him thinking he's getting a "high class escort" - not some street walking "victim" like the media portrays trafficking victims.  Do you know how Chris Butler would do his "stings" to see if a husband was cheating on his wife?  His pretty investigators would hang out at conventions, bars, business functions, and then invite the guy for a drink at the bar.  They're then pass him a roofie.  After the roofie - they'd ask to meet him back at the hotel where he has to drive to get there.  Getting into his car while under the influence - one of Chris's friends on the force would pull him over for drunk driving.  Then while pulled over - there's video of him in the car with a pretty lady.  The cop then says "if this goes to court - you're going to have this video leak out in court and your wife will find out and leave you and take the kids and you'll probably be fired.   Now I can make this go away for $200,000 or whatever the amount was".

Let's say the guy decides to fight the case.  He's going to be fighting all of Chris Butler's "friends" from the other cops to the district attorney to the judge who is going to remember Chris from the Dr. Phil show.   He doesn't stand a chance.  So he pays . Only now this crime ring also knows where this guy works, what he's afraid of leaking out, and what they can milk him for.  The CEO of Hearst Media was being blackmailed by a trafficker out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  He refused to pay and the pimp went to the legal department with his text messages and got him fired.  With Donald Banks, he was blackmailed out of $500,000 and a car.  When he decided to go to the police to try and stop the blackmail - guess what happens?

If the blackmailers had posted any photos of Donald with men online - Donald could have obtained and injunction immediately.  The only thing Donald can't stop is public record.  So the police convince him that he can file under a fake name.  At the arrest, the cop finds a gun in the prostitute's car.  Making this a bigger case.  Donald files under the fake name - only the judge releases his full name in the public record which reaches the press.  Now the whole story is "public record" and he can't do a thing to put the genie back in the bottle.  Now any other man thinking of going to the police will be reminded by the traffickers of "look what happened to Donald Burns - and now these "johns" will gladly pay any extortion.  Not to mention trade secret espionage and even manipulate stock prices.  Look at the CEO of Glaxo Pharmaceuticals and his manipulation by "Chinese prostitutes".  Chinese prostitutes don't have the knowledge to have a pharmaceutical company "fix rates" which in turn affect the stock prices.  They're but pawns in the trafficking ring that I'm talking about where the traffickers are involved with, or are, law enforcement.

Now I ask you - could any of Chris Butler's victims just to name one name you might know of call 911 for help?  Could they contact the trafficking task force for help?  Could they go into a shelter somewhere for help and be safe?  Do you think simply going into a drug treatment program or getting a therapist is going to help these victims?  Do you think anti-depressants are going to be able to help such victims deal with this?  Sorry but no.  Which is why the victims came to us for help.  We were able to relocate them where they couldn't be found where they are now getting those things treated safely and securely.

Leaving Chris Butler, and his cop friends, and a lot of nervous people, coming after us trying to shut us down and retrieve those victims.  Because each minute one victim is out from under their control is a minute for all they know she's talking to some reporter or some prosecutor who might be building a case against them.  To make sure people aren't listening to anything we have to say on behalf of these victims - they tell anyone who will listen "Oh Jody is crazy and makes up stuff" so that anything we say against them isn't taken seriously.  Also, so the victims will think they won't get help from us also.  But some are smart enough to see through this and call anyway.  These are women I assure you are not going to go on the news telling their story also.  They're not going to come down to your board of supervisor's meeting talking about how we helped them either.

Leaving us to get him arrested with what we did.  We convinced one of his own male investigators he had to go to the press to tell the story.  Look, not one of their victims is going to file a case against them directly with the police.  She'll wind up just another dead hooker found hung in her backyard like Jeane Palfrey.  Protective custody?  Tell that to the witness against Paul Tanaka who got lost for days in our jail.  Go to the FBI?  The FBI who was threatened by cops in the Tanaka case?  No - the ONLY WAY to shut him down is what we did.  We convinced a male investigator to go to the press.  The press ran a story and then charges were brought.  Now I can assure you if an officer were to ask one of these women during an arrest "are you being exploited?" she's going to be thinking about her safety in jail, and the safety of her children back at home and she's going to say "no" which is what most "real" victims say when asked in such a manner.

Some of the victims in the Chris Butler ring have tried traditional drug treatment, counseling at the mental health center, medications to deal with their anxiety, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, church, etc.  They are not properly equipped to help these women to not only get out from under such a ring - but also to "recover" and/or stay clean and therefore out of jail.

Now I've spoken to undercover police who confirm the trafficking here is more ruthless and larger than anywhere else in this country because of men like Chris Butler.  I can assure you while he and another cop were arrested - the ring itself is still operating.   Right now as we speak - women are being moved through this network in cop and sheriff's cars, along with the drugs, guns, stolen items, counterfeit checks, and stolen ID information, also moved in these cars to avoid being stopped.  I know for a fact anyone who tries to report these people to the police is met with threats from other officers and then attorney's where they're threatened with restraining orders, gag orders, etc.

When I went to the Pasadena Chief of Police with information on the ring involving Gary Kidgell who was sentenced for pimping in Wichita, but owns property in Pasadena, and this woman was threatened, and tried to report one of the victims of this ring was drug out of her home by two cops and slapped with fake prostitution charges to stop her from leaving - I was threatened by an attorney, a police officer, and then finally a 5150 campaign to make me drop the case.  Other people right now are in the same situation and they aren't even BELIEVED, let alone are they able to find help through some intern at the mental health center nor by being put into a drug treatment center.  They even have paid informants encouraging them to not stop engaging in crime or drugs because they want off the hook.

These are all men and women coming into your criminal justice system that granted has been receiving a lot of training recently in sex trafficking BUT NOT in how the sex industry works as I'm explaining to you now are cases we see and how that impacts not only your criminal justice system but also your mental health system, social services, drug counseling, domestic violence, etc.  I've seen the way these systems are set up, and I've seen their training materials on sex trafficking and I can assure you I already have survivors reporting to me they not only are not being helped - but they think the whole thing is a complete joke.

What you're doing by not incorporating us into these projects is about the same as trying to help an addict while totally excluding Narcotics Anonymous and recovering addicts.  Meaning it won't work.  For example, are you aware that out of every five incidents of sexual violence in an ER about three of those incidents are sex workers?  These are victims of sexual violence, domestic violence, rape, and/or other abuse who are not receiving any help through these other programs because they're denying help to sex workers or just ill-equipped.  

Look to the case of Christy Mack as one example.  This woman IS NOT a "trafficking victim".  She is not a "criminal" either.  But she was the victim of a horrific attack by "War Machine".  A man who has not only worked in martial arts - but also in the porn industry.  He's now in jail for that assault and I can assure you the treatment he's receiving in jail right now is not giving him any type of mental health care designed to treat male sex workers within the criminal justice system.  

However, if your'e going to get him out of jail and "rehabilitate" him - you're going to have to address his past in the porn industry.  Just as some of the other pimps who are within your criminal justice system.  Because our program works with ALL sex workers, including trafficking victims.  Not JUST trafficking victims.  Sex workers include trafficking victims.  But again only focusing on trafficking victims is leaving 90 percent of sex workers' needs unaddressed.

Go back to Christy.  She said after the attack she is "not going to quit porn".  I ask you "how could she?"  Who would hire her?  Would you hire a known porn star to be your receptionist?  In the programs you are working with right now - do they have a list of reputable companies who would hire someone like her for a well paying job that one can live on at say something like $25 an hour?  We do.  Would she go into a domestic violence shelter in downtown Los Angeles - leaving her pets, her home, to share a room with four other street walking junkies?  I doubt it.  Can she get help through the trafficking victim's programs being that she's a porn performer with no pimp?  Nope.  

This town is repeating mistakes already made in the 1970's and 80's.  I watched the county spend $120,000 in 1986 to "reach out to prostitutes" through billboards and bus signs.  Women like Christy Mack don't rise buses.  Nor do the women who were infected with HIV/AIDS by Charlie Sheen nor the women who were being trafficked by Chris Butler.  Those signs netted zero results.

Yet in the last two years - I've seen this county spend over TWO MILLION DOLLARS on bus signs and billboards that when I've followed up on the results I've been told they are ZERO.   We made those mistakes in the past and that's why Tom Bradley incorporated our program's involvement into the issue of the public's health and safety with respect to HIV/AIDS, the criminal justice system, AND the mental health and social services arenas'.  

Once we did that and WE were involved in creating and executing outreach campaigns - we had amazing results.  Again, I can show you how for example AIM stopped HIV/AIDS epidemics right in their tracks.  Now they've been shut down for 10 years - guess what?  We're in another epidemic.  It's registered in Mexico, Nashville, Durham, Chicago, China, Indiana and also Los Angeles (again as we've seen proved with Charlie's positive status).  Based on Charlie's history with sex workers - I can assure you we're now in another epidemic.  Our hotline is now receiving as many calls with those HIV/AIDS positive as we did in the 1980's.

This epidemic I blame on AIM being shut down and on the AHF.  Not only is the AHF not run another an ex-sex worker or survivor who understands how to get access to the workers, but they've also refused to even return my phone calls with respect to their outreach campaigns into the sex industry.  They've tried to bring in a "faith based" outreach to porn performers as he did with Shelley Lubben who approaches this as a Christian "faith based" issue.  Our studies had shown faith based outreaches ALWAYS failed.   Just as churches trying to get alcoholics to sign "pledges" didn't work.  
In the early 90's I was regularly training drug treatment counselors and helping to design programs.  Programs which went up and worked back east and in Canada.  However, for the last two years I've been in Los Angeles now I've also been refused to even offer free training to local drug treatment programs.  Why?  

Two reasons.  The first being that most education today is sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies.  For our community, who have the highest levels of PTSD to deal with because of years and years of abuse growing up usually - they are over 4000 % more likely to be addicts.  Meaning they can't take the same types of drugs the non-addicts can.   Now the last thing that these pharmaceutical companies want to hear is that our community I work with usually have things like low thyroids because of the overloading of stress on the adrenals.  A low thyroid will mimic almost identically bipolar disorder.  We also tend to have a high degree of poly-cystic ovarian syndrome or insulin resistance.  Meaning we have severe mood swings on sugar and lactose.   Meaning that sometimes we need to modify our diets rather than being put on mood stabilizing pills.   So these trainings sponsored by pharmaceutical companies don't want to hear us talking about things like a change in diet,  or full medical screenings BEFORE they're just put on a bunch of pills.  

Pills that make it almost impossible during the early stages to go to things like vocational training that our community is having to do in early recovery.  The addict/alcoholic has a job usually.  However, we have to go out and get a job meaning train for a job and if you're in the first month of being on three or four different medications -  you're not going to be able to study in that condition.  If you read Suzy Favor-Hamilton's book "Fast Girl" she confirms the early days of her going on medications had her a zombie.  Had it not been for a rich husband - she would have relapsed or not made it out at ll.  So no the pharmaceutical companies don't invite me to speak at their trainings.  

The other is look at drug treatment centers in Los Angeles not covered by Medi-cal.  Some are $10,000 a week.  Now where is the money for that going to come from?  Why sugar daddy - that how.  This town has porn performers, strippers, and high level escorts who have people wanting them off drugs - but DON'T want them hearing someone like me telling them they have to "refuse to be taken care of financially like a child and to become fully self-supporting through a job sourced income" because that threatens a lot of "sugar babies" in town.

We screen programs who work with children for pedophiles.  Peophiles drawn to work with children.  However, there are traffickers drawn to work with prostitutes they can exploit that we do NOT have  a screening in place to address.  I can't tell you how many sex workers have told me the counselors, program directors, therapists, etc., have been sexually inappropriate with them because who is going to believe the prostitute over them?

Look in the news - traffickers are social workers, foster parents, teachers, counselors, probation officers, even police.  There is no screening in place for that type of predator.  I point you to the Adult Protection Advocacy Council which was being directed by James Deen for a long time.  While he was in charge - he refused to allow us to address the performers in his council.  Now it's come out he's possibly raped more than one performer and more are coming forward daily reporting he was abusive to them.   

So yes, we're going to be shut out of organizers who may have people working within them who exploit this community and until we change the structure - the only way we have to make sure that the sex workers, the trafficking victims, and anyone who has been in any type of commercialized sex, whether legal or illegal, is if we're included by the organizers such as the city council, board of supervisors, legislators, etc.

Last June I tried to organize an outreach campaign to go out to the sex industry to get signs posted with SB1193.  I was promptly shut down by CASTLA who was wanting to instead of going into the sex industry and pulling men and women out - instead they wanted to "build a bigger waiting list for help. When I asked why they wanted a longer waiting list of names on their waiting list for help rather than to start pulling some people out to safety - they said "we're preparing for a fund raising where we're asking for $50,00 a plate".   I received no help at all with the project from local law enforcement, CASTLA, nor even the media and you know why?  Because Jim McDonnell was "waiting on a grant for $4.5 million dollars" for Long Beach, and your board was in the process of approving $7 million dollars for services.

So the last thing anyone wanted to talk to me about was a couple of SWA members going into the strip clubs, massage parlors, webcam studios, porn sets, porn modeling agencies, and hanging up the signs as per SB1193 and introducing the sex workers we encountered to Sex Workers Anonymous and Children of the Night for those under 18 years of age.  I don't do campaigns like that unless the local police is aware of what we're doing in case a pimp at one of these sites decides to get aggressive with us.  Each station I spoke to refused to back us up and you know why?  Because Jim was telling everyone to "hold up on doing anything" until he could get his grants approved.

When I would try and open up a dialogue with women like Jackie Lacey during this time, I've be blown off by her staff who "found the name of our program offensive".  To me that's like saying one finds the program of "Narcotics Anonymous" offensive because the name "legitimizes drug use".  That's about how ridiculous this sounded to me when I heard it.  Especially to refuse to talk to us about 

Now we don't "legitimize" sex work by the name of our program.  We identify by the terms our members identify with when they come in the door.  As I've explained we cast a much wider net this way which includes the industry as a whole - which has to be addressed as a whole if you can to stop these men and women from going back to jail in the future.  No different than Narcotics Anonymous calling someone an "addict" does not condone drug use - but also includes those on prescription as well as street drugs to include any manifestation.  

There was a break within the system we set up in the 80's and 90's when the TVRA of 2003 came out backed by Bush who essentially gave federal money to ONLY faith based programs.  Any program who did not come out "against" the sex industry was shunned and excluded - which included us.  However, we can't "have an opinion" against or for the industry because of the  traditions anymore than Narcotics Anonymous can get involved in the medical marijuana issue in the legislature.  Excluding has has led to an explosion in trafficking as well as HIV/AIDS now rampant - as well as your jails and prisons now overflowing with men and women who are not going to be considered "victim" but who could be released into our care.

Professor Sharon Oselin did a ten year study on three programs working with prostitutes.  One of three programs incorporated our 12 step program into theirs.  Out of the three - that one is the only one still operating.  The results were the record for the highest recovery rates in the country, and in history, was the program that incorporated our program into theirs.  Just as how an alcohol treatment program that incorporates AA is more effective than one without.

Our "sponsors" also provide "glue" for the cracks in any system. We can follow our "sponsees" to any program they go to.  If they move - we move.  If they turn over 18 - we don't "age out" with them like some juvenile programs.  We aren't limited to only women.  We work with the LGBT community as well as those who are Jewish, Buddhist or even atheist.  Many of the programs I'm seeing incorporated in Prop 47 are Christian based which I agree are great for the addict but will exclude the prostitutes who have an almost 100 percent failure rate in Christian based programs. 

Let me point to the problems at the Welcome Center by the Staple Center where a 12 year old girl was trafficked supposedly.  Where there's not enough beds or foster homes for these kids who aren't being properly supervised.   I assure you it's going to take time and money to solve that problem there and in the system.  

However, right now today - if those kids who were trying to stay out of prostitution, or away from a pimp, were provided our phone number then we could at least assign them a "sponsor".  The sponsor would then be keeping track of that kid.  If you can't find them a bed - then at least our sponsors would be keeping an eye on them to make sure they're okay.  That's without a law being passed, or a committee formed, or a study done, or money raised.  That's right now today - if we were allowed to give our number to those kids we can provide some help to watch over them.   

We can also speak for those who can't speak publicly in fear.  For example, an inmate who might find themselves afraid to report a guard being sexually inappropriate with them - however we can file  a report on their behavior on their behalf.  

If this board wants to do something to reduce the numbers of people being incarcerated, and to stop the revolving door - then they need to start recognizing our program, and incorporating us into this process because many of these inmates are also involved in prostitution, sex trafficking, the sex industry, and therefore even if not charged with prostitution are a community we can help.

I am writing you these long emails and letters because for one thing - we are repeatedly excluded from trafficking events and panels.  I've asked repeatedly to be notified of when these events are held so we can attend, and I've offered to speak, or send in members/survivors to speak - only to keep finding we're excluded.  We're not even told when the events are being held so we can attend in the audience.  I've offered to speak at HEAT and denied.  I asked to attend the training workshop for SB1193 only to find no one returning my calls because I was "not a member of their church".  I've left I don't know how many messages to speak to people such as Don Knabe, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Jim McDonnell - only to receive no response at all.

We are not federally funded nor do we hold fund raisers.  I don't have the financial means to come down to your board meetings, sit for 8 hours on a hard bench, nor am I willing to go put my face on camera and identify as a survivor to come to your board meetings.  We are an "anonymous" program because many people don't respond well to our past.  My daughter has a brain tumor and I can't afford to alienate her doctors by putting my face on camera and alerting them her mother used to be a prostitute 30 years ago.  

The same for our members.  They're WORKING during the day of your board meetings.  Many are working in fields where if they're past came out they'd be fired or maybe lost their marriages.  Look at the news - there are teachers being fired over  porn shoot coming out from 10 years before they became teachers.  We recently had a member working as a counselor at the jail who was fired because one of the inmates saw one of her old porn shoots from 20 years ago.  That was it  - she was fired.

So no - our members aren't in positions to come down to your board meetings or public events to introduce themselves to you.  But they're in our meetings for the members coming in the door.  

I appreciate your listening to my request to have our program, and members, included in this move of the county towards not only reducing the inmate population - but also in trying to get the services out there needed by this community in a way we can't do because of having to remain "anonymous" and because of being "non-professional".  

Thank you.

Jody Williams
www.sexworkersanonymous.com
www.leavingtheliferadio.com
(702) 468-4529

Saturday, November 28, 2015

OPEN LETTER TO NURY MARTINEZ - LA CITY COUNCIL

Dear Ms. Martinez:

I appreciate your wanting to get involved to do something about the prostitution issue in Los Angeles. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/11/26/la-city-council-considers-sending-dear-john-letters-to-homes-of-men-who-solicit-prostitutes/   But please - if you're going to try and take on helping an alcoholic - it would be advisable to include Bill Wilson and Alcoholics Anonymous who made treatment for alcoholics available.  Prior to AA's founding by Bill Wilson - the world viewed it as a vice and a lack of moral fiber.

It was also a disease that had a 100 percent fatality rate.  There was no treatment or recovery before AA.  The alcoholic used to be put into wet farms or sanitariums until they died from liver failure or wet brain.  No therapist, church, prohibition, etc. made a single dent in the issue until Bill Wilson stepped up.  Yes they tried "pledges" where men would promise not to drink again, and even prohibition.  It wasn't working and just made the bootleggers rich like Al Capone.

Now was Bill Wilson a "perfect" person?  No one is.  In fact, catch this letter someone wrote about him back then.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCkPahJ0z8Q  But a woman named Marty achieved sobriety in AA and founded the National Council on Alcoholism.  They proved it was a disease and well now we have a whole different view on this issue.  Especially when the First Lady, Betty Ford stepped up to make the world realize it could affect anyone - even her.

That said - please allow me to introduce myself.  I"m the Bill Wilson of the sex trafficking movement.  If you look at clips I have up at www.hightechmadam.com you'll see what the media called a "brothel" I was arrested for in 1984.  The truth is that this was the first safe house for adults in the USA.  I had put a woman there whose pimp had just broken her arm and nose.  When he found he couldn't get her past our security and couldn't break in or shoot his way in because we were next to the police station - he reported it as a "brothel" to retaliate.

The victim testified against him and I realized I needed to raise public awareness if I was going to keep helping this population in a world that responded to the issue then as if I were to call up the authorities today saying I needed help to rescue women being kidnapped by little green aliens from Mars.  That's exactly how they viewed us then when we would try and speak out that some of us were not out there by choice.

Obviously I needed to approach the issue differently once I got my legal issues from this addressed.  In consulting with Edwin Meese, our Attorney General at the time for California, I founded the first hotline for adults to call who needed help for ANY reason to leave sex work not connected to the police because our experience is that most trafficking is connected to the authorities as the Chris Butler case proved - and the first 12 step program for recovery.

We started the first alternative to sentencing program, and outreach programs in Los Angeles in the late 1980's through the assistance of the visionary mayor Tom Bradley who opened up the red carpet for us.  He allowed us to have whatever help we needed to address an issue that's like a table with four legs.  Prostitution also involves sex trafficking, drug trafficking, corruption and HIV.   You can't even begin to make a dent in this unless you address all the legs of the table.  We were so effective in the programs we put together - I was asked to duplicate it back east in 1989.  So I went back there for a while and we created a very successful program back there also.

We were told that once we got federal recognition this was "real" - then government money could be made available to do what we were doing for free.  So we helped to get the Trafficking Act of 2000 passed.  Which we then saw the movement hijacked right out from under us with the TVRA of 2003.
That's why you don't even know my name now Ms. Martinez.  Because people looking for a cash cow stampeded the field I led the creation of in modern America for adults, and Lois Lee crafted for the underage victims looking for a payday and other politicians who wanted to use this to advance their careers.

I kept my focus on the members.  We have some testimonials up at www.leavingheliferadio.com   But a few years ago I started getting a large number of phone calls from Los Angeles from our members asking me to move back.  Seems we have quite a crisis on our hands right now with respect to what I believe is an HIV epidemic that parties like Charlie Sheen have been trying to silence - as well as other diseases such as HPV, Hep C, TB and HPV.

We knew that the "fox was guarding the chicken coop" as my grandma used to say when we started finding ourselves being blocked from accessing the very victims we had started this movement to serve.  This is being evidenced by articles such as http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-sex-trafficking-20151127-story.html  that is just the tip of the iceberg of what victims are telling me is happening with the so called "trafficking programs" that are being set up now by people who have no clue honestly what they're doing.  Frankly Ms. Martinez - if the "system" knew how to address this issue back in the 1970's - then Lois Lee wouldn't have had to found Children of the Night for teens and I wouldn't have had to found our program for adults.  I certainly had other plans for my life.   

This article ties into the calls I was getting from southern California hearing from trafficking victims telling me they're being trafficked and controlled and threatened by men in law enforcement.  Now in past cases like Chris Butler or Kemp Schiffer - we've been able to go to the media to write up the story and use that pressure to get something done.  Only now I'm also hearing from reporters who are being threatened also about what they write or don't write.  Some of them are even showing me people on the payroll of the traffickers at major media.

We just witnessed a whole bogus sham with the filming of "8 MInutes" and Pastor Kevin Brown which would have been impossible to pull off without the media running stories about this where no independent investigation was done.  A man supposedly a retired OC cop.  At our members' request I moved back here and started filming what they're reporting to me is happening.  Only to find myself threatened by cops and our crew threatened.

Why?  Don't want people to find out that "8 MInutes" was a complete fraud.  There was no outreach.  His "success" stories were paid actors as was the "rescues" he was supposedly doing for the camera actually staged with paid actors also.  Actors who are now suing the production company.

We actually had started an outreach campaign last year using the new law requiring that sex industry businesses hang a sign with the National Trafficking Hotline phone number on it.  Our members, and myself, started receiving threats from the traffickers and even law enforcement to have us locked up on "5150" charges.  We turned to people such as the Board of Supervisors, Mayor Garcetti, Senator John Kerry, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and even Jackie Lacey to name but a few people we called up to give some kind of support to our members going out into the field to massage parlors, strip clubs, and adult modeling agencies with the free signs we had donated who were then started to get stalked and threatened - and we received no support whatsoever.  This left us with no choice but to abandon doing an outreach campaign we've known to work for three decades now in many different cities until we can get some type of support behind us when we start antagonizing these pimps with outreach.

Ms. Martinez - I read about your desire to start sending out these letters to "johns" and I assure you that this is going to create a lot of damage.  It will get men fired, evicted, and possibly even divorced.  It will have as much impact as prohibition had on the alcoholic.

In founding Sex Workers Anonymous - I studied other programs ESPECIALLY Sexaholics Anonymous.  SA is a program designed not just for the sex addict - but for those men who were addicted to buying prostitutes.  I assure you they have a disease no different than any addict or alcoholic.

I wouldn't dare tell you how to be a politician because that's just not what I do.  What I do know is this subject. There is NO ONE in this town, let alone the USA, that knows more about this and has been in this field longer than myself with respect to adults.  Lois Lee of course has a few years on me with respect to underage victims - which is a whole different world actually than adults.  I learned that when I tried to duplicate what she was doing for them with that warehouse - and wound up with a big mess on my hands.  I spent one solid year being mentored by Roy K., the founder of Sexaholics Anonymous, a program that is very effective with men with this addiction - and I can assure you based on my research over three decades, across the USA, and into other countries, and my own experiences with experiments and programs done over the years - this is more than a waste of time and money - but also it will make the problem worse.  It always has.

Ms. Martinez - I've spent 30 years already inventing the wheel here.  Nothing existed before us - so we've already done the experiments, and made the mistakes in order to find out what does work and what DOESN'T.  For example, I understand what people are attempting to do by not arresting juveniles for prostitution - however, the alternatives in some cases are worse. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/County-Making-Changes-to-Juvenile-Halls-After-Rosemary-Summers-Suicide-351958371.html  Also, we don't have any HIV statistics on juvenile prostitutes now for 2015 - and there isn't enough beds yet to put these kids.  All the more reason frankly why our program was so effective before when we were incorporated into the system - our "sponsors" were able to keep tabs on the newer members no matter where they went to make sure they were properly looked after without having to add one dime to the budget nor pass one law or create another committee.

That's why I say what Tom Bradley did was truly revolutionary and visionary.  When he saw the crisis we were in here in the 1980's - he just gave us an office to meet in freely.  Then he named someone from each department - police, sheriff, social services, mental health, CDC, and even us, to meet together in a committee that wasn't broadcast over the news so there was no posturing nor worry about one's career.  Everything was "informal" and basically "off the record".   He also didn't pay anyone a dime.  This removed all motive for profit or fame and allowed us to just buckle down to do the work needed.  The studies, and also I can tell you from experience, proved we were making a huge impact.  So effective - I'm going to invite you to listen to Jewell.  http://traffickingandprostitutionservices.blogspot.com/2015/10/come-listen-to-original-member-of-our.html  We also set up a system in Phoenix in the late 1980's.  Then people with a profit motive came in and started up Project Rose.  Hear for yourself the difference between a system where we were included - and where we were not.

Please allow me to offer my help so that the same mistake don't keep being repeated.  I assure you MANY have tried what you're suggesting here - very well intentioned - and it's just created more problems.  You will in reality just make these men actually act out more if you tear at their family support system like these letters would do.

I've attached some materials for you to look at on my background.  I'm at your disposal as a consultant to do anything I can to help you address these issues.  I have people who want to monetize this work trying to make sure people like you don't know we exist.  Well we do and I can show you some programs that have proven very effective over the years if you're interested.

Thank you.

Jody Williams
www.sexworkersanonymous.com
(702) 468-4529 Telephone

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

FOX GUARDING THE CHICKEN COOP

My grandma used to say "the fox can't guard the chicken coop".  I'm reading about a plan by Los Angeles to expand their services for sex trafficking victims.  Do you know why I called out for this movement?  Do you know why I had to turn that warehouse spoken of at www.hightechmadam.com into a safe house?  Why I couldn't just put the women up in an existing program or shelter?  Why we couldn't just say put them in the local domestic violence shelter?  Call the police?

We were calling out for the public to understand that sex trafficking was real AND that existing services were not safe.  That an ALTERNATIVE system had to be set up.  I didn't tell people to call 911 for help - I had them call an 800 number I set up and I ALWAYS said "we are not connected with any law enforcement".  Why would I do that?

Because in most cases the system itself was involved.  One of our early board members was a man named Michael.  Michael told me his social worker "sold" him back to his pimp after he'd run away from the pimp to go to the police for help.  They assigned him a social worker who then sold him right back from where he'd run off from.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2167590/Social-worker-arrested-major-investigation-Florida-foster-care-child-prostitution-ring.html

We had another board member whose teacher was pimping her out - http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/dc/2015/07/11/child-trafficking-dc-abuse/30003179/ so teachers can be involved in trafficking.

Here's a case of two cops trafficking children - http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/33667842-story  Do you know what happens when a child is sex trafficked?  I do.  I was a victim of police trafficking when I was in sex work.  I had them assure me I would not be arrested if I "worked for them".  I refused.  To prove their point they arrested me.  To get away from these men, I said I would work for them.  My attorney went in an got the case dismissed.  I then moved and changed my phone number.  However, that was in the early 1980's.  It's not the same today.   I know what we had to go through with the Chris Butler case where this is a private investigator working with cops who is running massage parlors.

Meaning they can find anywhere you rent a room.  They can find them through phone logs.  They can show up at any shelter with a badge and demand to speak to the victim, throw them into the back of a police car, and then tell the shelter workers they are "wanted for questioning".  Then what?  What is the shelter worker going to do?  Refuse?  Do they even know to refuse or question?  Do they know for example to call the station, ask to speak to the chief, and ask if this person is being legally removed or questioned?

What do you do when the foster parents are involved?  http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120418/underage-sex-trafficking-victims-are-treated-criminals-us

What do you do when the parents are involved?  http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/18/domestic.child.trafficking/index.html?eref=onion

One of the advantages of our hotline at www.sexworkersanonymous.com is that if the person is being trafficked by the authorities, or someone in power over them, then they can safely call us to let us know there's a problem.  We can then locate someone that can be trusted to help them.  We have a list of people in just about every city of people other members have worked with in the past that we KNOW are "cool".  For example, if there's a problem with a local cop - we know a cop in that same town that we've worked with in the past that we can speak to about helping this person.  We've been around since 1987.  We have a long list of trusted people we've worked with in the past.  If we don't know - we can speak to a member in the area who might know a name.  Either way, we can get a name of someone they can trust.

Another advantage of us is follow-up.  If they get moved to another worker or another facility or another program or get another counselor - we're with them the whole way.  We know if we don't hear from them after a while where to go asking questions.

Most important if they tell us there's a problem - we can step in to do something in ways they can't.  For example, if a juvenile for example tells us their social worker has tried to exploit or molest or abuse them in any way we can then find out who that workers' supervisor is.  We can then go report what we were told to the supervisor WITHOUT naming the child.

The reason is simple - if they know it's that child complaining they will retaliate.  The same for "anonymous" tips.  They still record a voice.  If a victim is scared their voice recording can be identified by someone who can gain access to the records - we can make that phone call.   This is to protect the victim from retaliation in a system they can't get out of.

If the trafficker is a cop or a social worker or someone with "friends" then they can't get out of that system.  If it's known they complained - they can be targeted.  So we not only can keep tabs on someone in case they "disappear' - but we can also make reports about what's going on in ways the victim might be reluctant to do.  We don't "age out" (meaning we don't stop working with them once they turn 18 years old).  We don't get fired.  We can't be threatened with being fired.  Our only concern is our members' well-being.

But if a child is in a shelter or house on day and disappears the next - we can follow-up on that in ways others might be scared to do so.

Example - we got a call once from a teen shelter.  The director of said program was molesting the teen prostitutes in his care.  I told them "call the police".  They said "if we call the police, the news gets out and then we don't get donations.  So we're not going to call the police."  I said "what do you want me to do?"  I was told "if we ask to have the child transferred to another program we get fired.  You however can ask to have the child moved and no one gets in trouble."  Okay and that's what we did.






Thursday, October 8, 2015

WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE LOS ANGELES SYSTEM TO HELP CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS?

The movement itself for modern day sex trafficking was founded not only by myself - but in Los Angeles, California in 1987.  If you'd like proof of that - look at the new clippings at www.hightechmadam.com   You'll see there I was not only stating this was real, happening today, happening in the USA to Americans, but also I'd set up the first international hotline for adults to call for help, along with the first program for adults to find recovery.

The reasons were simple.  If you called 911 back then for help - the police would laugh and then hang up the phone.  If you called back - they're threaten to come out and arrest you for wasting their time.  So the police didn't believe us.  If you were a victim and tried to get counseling - they would not believe your stories and if you persisted they were "real" they'd try and lock you up for "observation".  How do I know this?

From experience.  I was witnessing Iran Contra - where our CIA was bringing the cocaine into the USA to sell for cash to buy guns for the Contra's.  If you don't know what I'm talking about watch the films "Cocaine Cowboys", or "Charlies's War" or even "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" or google Gary Webb.  Then check the dates on those films.  You'll see why when I was talking about the "Dating Game" being a cover for an international sex trafficking scheme - the counselors threatened me with a straight jacket in the early 1980's.

The so called "brothel two blocks from the Van Nuys police station" was a "safe house".  I put it there as a safe guard thinking we wouldn't be attacked so close to the police station.  The reason I was dubbed the "High Tech Madam" was because of all the security and surveillance systems.  Now I ask you - why would a brothel have hidden cameras going to a video recorder off site?  Why would it be on the 2nd floor with iron bars and bullet proof glass in a warehouse - rather than a house?  The only "safe houses" for trafficking victims other than mine was the one for those under 18 years of age at Children of the Night.  Sex trafficking victims weren't safe at places like Covenant House or other places where runaway kids were placed.  But there was no safe place for adults we'd retrieve from these traffickers and the police wouldn't help us - so we had to help ourselves in those days.

You have to realize when I stood up in 1987 and said that this was real and that our country needed to help these victims - I was received in the same identical manner as if someone stood up today saying that aliens from mars were kidnapping people for sexual slavery and the police, our courts, and our mental health system had to do something to save these victims, and then offer them counseling to treat their trauma after their ordeal.

So I'm used to being called "crazy" believe me.  However, back in 1987 I had some big things in my favor.  One was our Mayor Tom Bradley - a true visionary.  Cutting all red tape he put together a board that had myself on it, and Rev. Ann Hayman.  She was the executive director for the Mary Magdalene Project.  While they had the only house in this country to help rehabilitate adult female prostitutes - they were not designed for trafficking victims nor did they take males and transgenders.   Also on this board was a representative from the Los Angeles probation department, the police, social services, mental health, etc.  We also had the Sheriff's backing, the CDC and a UCLA professor which for the life of me I can't remember his name.  (I lost all my paperwork in the 1994 Sherman Oaks earthquake.)

With that board - we created the first everything.  The first alternative sentencing program, the first residential home for trafficking victims, the first home for transgender prostitutes, a diversion program, and we even started clearing out the jails.  Through that board - we took 400 transgender prostitutes that were being forced to sleep in the day room at the mens jail and got them into alternative sentencing.  HUD got them a house.  We created jobs for them through a special program doing HIV outreach to the sex industry.  Mayor Bradley even set up a special testing site where if a prostitute or sex worker was told they were in fact HIV, or not even, but they wanted help to leave their pimp, or being trafficked, they were able to go out a back door to safety while security escorted their pimp out the front door.  It was the first program of it's kind.  Out of that the AIM clinic was developed that did testing for the porn industry for years directed by a doctor who had once been a porn performer, Dr. Sharon Mitchell.

So when I left Los Angeles in 1994 - I left it I thought in good hands.  In June of 1994 in fact when I left there was a meeting of Prostitutes Anonymous (as we were called back then) in W. Hollywood, Tarzana, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, and San Diego, as well as a meeting that was being held in the Mary Magdalene Project.  I moved to Nebraska where I could buy a house in the middle of the midwest far from the traffickers network for $5,000 to $10,000.  This way I could take victims from either the east or west coast and relocate them out to the midwest to start over again.  We really had set up the first "underground railroad" for victims then.

Meaning when I moved back to Los Angeles last year - I thought I'd be welcomed back with open arms by the county officials here.  Especially since we received federal recognition for sex trafficking with the Trafficking Act of 2000 - and because I'm hearing from the prostitutes and sex workers out here there's another HIV epidemic breaking out again.

One of the first things I did was to start writing the people I was reading about were involved in the issue of "sex trafficking".  Only no one was calling or writing back.  Now since I was also writing not only to say "hello" but to also report that I needed someone to look into a case I have where a victim in Pasadena says she was carted out of her home by two police officers when she told her traffickers she wanted to quit - yes I thought someone would answer me at least to look at the information on the case.  Especially since when I started trying to help her I GOT THREATENED by a Pasadena officer myself.  Then when I tried to speak to the Chief about it - he wasn't responding at all - at first anyway.

Thinking maybe I'm "out of the loop" I watched the July 14, 2015, meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  A transcript of that meeting is here - http://www.mediafire.com/view/0n5lrly1ppzym1z/07-14-15_Board_Meeting_Transcript_%28C%29.pdf

There's a couple of things I'd like to point out to you I witnessed.  The first is on page 106.  It's speaking about how the meeting to decide upon who is going to be head of the Child Protective Services is being held "behind closed doors".  That's an alarm bell to me.

I'm also going to point to page 116.  On this page a man named John Walsh who has the blog at www.hollywoodhighlands.org is telling the board that he is aware of sex trafficking going on where a foster care home run by a "friend of Mark Ridley-Thomas" has pimps targeting the kids in this home.  I'm going to work on getting a clip of this segment because what I saw was John pointed his finger right at Mark when he said "and Mark Ridley-Thomas knows about it".  I then saw him cut off with the remark his "time was up" and off camera I'd swear I heard what sounded like this man carted off physically.

Then Mark Ridley-Thomas says he's "having to restrain himself" from a response.

My point however is that I don't care if the Pope was being accused of "knowing about it" SOMEONE should have found out the name of this foster home and checked this report of trafficking out.  I don't care if the man was a raving lunatic - what I've heard from every child protective officer I've ever known is that even if they have every reason to believe a claim is completely false - there is STILL a legal obligation to check out all claims of child abuse of which trafficking is child abuse.

Why am I bringing this up?  Because money doesn't fix a system that's broken.  A system that's working means that when someone says that there is sex trafficking going on - then I don't care who is "offended" then the powers that be have a legal obligation to investigate this claim.  I don't care how "crazy" they think someone is - they have a legal obligation to investigate this claim.

I know for a fact that traffickers will drug their victims, and then brainwash them SPECIFICALLY so if they do go to the police for help they SOUND CRAZY.  That's one of their tactics.  I know that when I tried to report what I saw going on - I got phones slammed down on me and thrown out of cops' offices with them thinking I was "crazy".

So I then contacted everyone on the board of supervisors asking them (1) did they know who this guy was, and (2) did anyone follow up on his accusation about sex trafficking going on in the foster care system that was connected to Mark Ridley-Thomas?

I also asked if the woman, Astrid, who was talking about her child being taken from her wrongfully in a child custody battle that she also was trying to tell the board "no one was looking into her claims" about the case being falsified because her husband was "a wealthy actor" was being looked into that's on page 114.

The first answer I got was from Sheila Kuehl's office.  She told me she would have her "assistant look into the matter".  After a month - I got back the response that they "had no idea who either of these people were".

In September, two months after my first email to each member of the board - I got a call from a woman who said she was Mayor Antonovich's assistant.   She told me that (1) there was someone who was following up on the woman's claim made to the board, and (2) that she had "no idea who that man was who made the claim about sex trafficking going on in Los Angeles that Mark Ridley Thomas knew about going on" and also that no one had stopped him to question him as to what house he was speaking about in his accusation.

Funny - their names are right in this transcript.

So what am I to make out of this.  A man got up at the Board meeting and said that there was a "foster home that had African American pimps trafficking children that Mark Ridley-Thomas not only knew about - but that was run by a friend of his".

No one stopped him after this claim to ask him what house he was referring to.

And I got no response from anyone on the board when I asked about this accusation except from two people who told me they "had no idea" who made these claims yet once I got the transcript that was uploaded online I find out their names were identifiable.

So again what am I to make out of this?  I do know that no amount of money is going to fix a system that hasn't built into it investigating any, and all, claims about sex trafficking no matter who is "offended" by the accusation.

Because guess what?  ALL CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING INVOLVES ADULTS IN CHARGE OF THEM.  And anyone who knows anything about pedophiles knows they hide behind positions of power- priests, teachers, professors, doctors, deacons, etc.  The BTK killer for God's sake was a deacon at his church.  John Wayne Gacy was a clown for children's parties and a COP.   We can all readily now identify Bill Cosby.

So now what?  I've located this man's website.  I've emailed him asking if he can tell me the name of the house he's referring to.  But then what?  If the traffickers are being protected by Mark Ridley-Thomas we got a problem.  I do know he says he "cares about sex trafficking" but unlike Tom Bradley - I can't get a return call even from the man.  Including when I told him that a billboard campaign he's spent $1,000,000 on supposedly directing people to go to a website at www.protectlakids.org for six months after the launch went to a website that only had a bus schedule on it.

I kept a screen shot of this by the way to show that despite my writing and calling him for six months to inform him this site was going nowhere - that the situation wasn't repaired until six months later.  Now for the life of me I don't know why he didn't just use the www.childrenofthenight.org website which was already up and functional.  I mean they do run the oldest program for child trafficking victims in this country so why not use their site?

Certainly it would have been better than six months of a bus schedule up when victims were looking for help.  I take that back actually because I've studied "billboard campaigns" since the 1980's and not ONE of them have resulted in a victim calling for help.  Complete waste of money if you're trying to get help to a victim.

But then again I wasn't asked.  My calls aren't returned.  So am I supposed to vouch that Mark Ridley-Thomas CAN'T be possibly involved in something funny like this man is suggesting?  I don't know the man and THAT makes me suspicious.  Again, if you want to truly help an alcoholic - wouldn't you at least return phone calls from Bill Wilson?  Actually, if he was involved in child sex trafficking then it would explain why a million dollars was spent on a billboard project that the link did NOT go anywhere where someone would have found help, and the problem was not repaired until I spent six months complaining about it on social media and bringing it to people's attention, and honestly it might explain why he's spending another million dollars on "housing" for these victims that reports are telling me are being left empty - again instead of using www.childrenofthenight.org to just let the kids know if they're in trouble to call them for help.

Then again I'm just "jaded".  Remember, I was abused by my father who owned a chain of law firms in Idaho who would get "morally outraged" when I'd go on TV speaking about my sexual abuse as a kid, and I also knew Iran Contra worked because the CIA knew that no one would believe back then in a million years they were doing what they were doing.  People barely believe it now what happened!  But if to me Mark's behavior just looks too darn suspicious - especially combined with the fact they are having the discussions about who to pick for the CPS director "behind closed doors" despite the person in the transcript stating flat out that this is bordering on "racketeering".

Again, if he was involved in sex trafficking then he would be making very sure whoever was in charge of CPS was one of his "friends".  So Mark Ridley-Thomas - if you want me to believe you're completely "innocent" here - then you tell me why you've been refusing my phone calls and emails not just to speak to me about the subject, but to take a look at the evidence I have about sex trafficking going on, and why if you care so much those billboards went to a bus schedule FOR SIX MONTHS after I brought it to your attention?  Why aren't you referring victims to Children of the Night?  Mostly - why didn't you put your outrage aside and ask John Walsh the name of the house he was referring to and open an investigation if you want me to believe you care about this issue so much?

I already know I can't get anyone to talk to me about what's going on at the Pasadena police.  Oh I finally did get someone to talk to me about Lt. Karen Hughes at Metro in Nevada.  I refer to my other post where I say Internal Affairs called me after she left to tell me "there's nothing we can do now she's quit" without any mention to how many YEARS I had been complaining about her while she was working at Metro.

So I'll repeat - now what?

UPDATE
On October 12, 2015, I got a call from John Walsh.  He writes the blog John Walsh Confidential (not the one on TV).  He told me that THIS is the house that he was talking about at the 7/14/15 meeting of the Board of Supervisors - http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-welcome-center-20150622-story.html  The reporter, Garrett Therolf, did a very brave job writing about this.  Especially when it appears that some people didn't want the story coming out.  According to John - when Sheila first came into office on the Board of Supervisors - she asked an investigator to go out and check on these kids.  They found some pretty awful stuff.  John says some people got pretty upset with her and threatened to get her off the board if she didn't "back off" the issue.  But it had already become an article in a May issue of the Times written by Garrett.  So put on the spot, supposedly Mark Ridley-Thomas promised that a "report would be done in 90 days".  That was May.  I went onto Google to see if there was a report anywhere online and I'm not seeing it.  So I've written to Garrett asking if maybe he can put me in touch with whoever is overseeing these kids.  If they are being targeted by pimps - then I need to get down there to offer some kind of training to these kids on how to deflect this type of thing.  Locked doors - no locked doors - this is not an issue about doors.  I'll keep you posted on how this develops.