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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TALK TO BRIAN JOSEPH

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

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

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

You don't know WHAT to believe.  

So what do you do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I don't.

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

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

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

Brian Joseph on Muck Rack


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I believe Brian Joseph can do that.  

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

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

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

Call Brian.  Tell him your story.  



HERE'S HOW THEY OPERATE


Check out this screen shot.  It says that the "DOJ is trying to get the IP addresses of people who visited a Trump protest site".  

They refused.  

That's how these people operate.  Only in some cases they get creative at how they get the information they want.  But I posted this screen shot to show you THEY WANT YOUR IP ADDRESS.

In 2007, I was approached and asked if I would accept money monthly in exchange for "sharing information" on what I hear operating the hotline for www.sexworkersanonymous.com

I refused.  

I take great pains to make sure the phone calls into our hotline are protected from being "tapped" also.  If you've heard of devices like this one https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/184597-stingray-the-fake-cell-phone-tower-cops-and-providers-use-to-track-your-every-move  - you know that it's easy to have someone overhear your phone calls.  I began to suspect they were using this on my phone because it kept going dead.  One "tale tell sign" that this device is being used on you - is the battery will suddenly be drained on your phone.  I was charging my phone and then literally five minutes later, my phone would be dead.  I thought it was the phone, but the phone guy said "nope it's fine".  He's the one who then gave me an article about this "sting ray" and told me it was probably being used on me as to the mysterious battery drain.  

So for reasons like this "stingray" that people can use to over hear phone calls illegally - our hotline is tied to a land line.  That means that you have to get a federal warrant in order to listen to, or record, any phone call to our hotline that's signed by a judge.  Which means you have to have "probably cause".  Which you're not going to get that on a 12 step hotline like ours.  

So even if calls to our hotline are illegally listened in on - they can't be used in court against anyone who calls our hotline for help.

Which is why they offered me money to become an "informant" on the people who call us for help.  I refused.  Other operators of other hotlines haven't refused - but that's their problem.  We however refused money to relay information about the callers to our hotline to ANYONE.  

So these  people did a few things - one included creating "fake groups" where you're supposed to get help to get out of sex work.  They advertise "oh come here and we'll give you money" and other such lures.  They get you to talk to them about what's going on and the whole time they're gathering evidence to use against YOU.  

Now some people have reported to me that these same people, once they found out that they had evidence against their trafficker, that they got "visits" from these people to "help" - only to find out that their evidence from stolen from them!

Or they then they tell you that "if you help them" meaning "become an informant" THEN you get the help.  It's very simple - they tell you  IF you put your pimp behind bars - THEN they'll give you a college degree. pay your rent, give you a lawyer, yada yada yada - but again that's IF you agree to help them testify like Margo Compton did in her trafficking case.    

But what you get in reality is a whole other story.  

And trust me - if the person who was involved in trafficking you was involved with our own government or law enforcement, you're not getting squat.

But you all caught on to that.  

Those of you who know you are actually involved in a true trafficking situation KNOW you aren't going to get the help you need just as I knew that back in 1984 from these people - not when it means going up against their "own"!  

You got a black pimp?  Sure.  They'll lock him up.  But then again only if he's small potatoes.  

If he's someone like Mally Mall - then no - you won't get help.  If you doubt that - check out the latest story from George Knapp.  Then ask yourself has Mally Mall been charged, or even arrested for ANYTHING to date?  http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/i-team-former-cop-suspected-pimp-linked-together-in-fbi-investigation/607916728

So what did these cops, FBI, CIA and other governmental people who wanted information on who calls us do when I refused to allow them into our program and our hotline?

Take a look at the above article that shows you the DOJ has asked for the IP addresses of people who visited that site so they can identify them.   

Okay, now what if, and I mean WHAT IF the very people you're running from are "partners" with a company that you would visit IF you were trying to report a trafficking situation OR if you were trying to get help to get away from such a situation?  

Which is why these people are so hot to get ahold of who it is that calls our hotline - because they're trying to seal up all the exit avenues one would call for help if in that situation.  They want to know where you go, who you talk to, where you're hiding, etc.  But if I'm not releasing the information to these people - then how would they get it?

Think for a moment how you use the internet when you're thinking about getting help for anything - even if it's a carpet cleaning service or a mechanic.  What do you do?  You check them out online right?  

You go to their site and you talk to them.  Then you go and check out their reviews.  You look up maybe who their customers have been.  You try and see what other people say about that company right?

But we all know that can be manipulated.  You've probably heard about the lawsuit against YELP not long ago because they were supposedly posting bad reviews against any company who didn't buy advertising from them, and then promising to remove them only if the company bought ads.  So they know that people who are thinking about using your service or business or buying your product are going to check you out online.

So if someone is thinking about contacting US - then what do they do?  

They "check us out" right?

Meaning if you go on Google and then you'll find a site at www.sexworkersanonymous.org  

On this site you'll see a photo of the mail box address I use for mail at 3395 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146.  Here's a screen shot from that site of my mail box address.  Meaning these people went to that address physically to take that photo.



You can see the url for their website in the browser window - so you can see these photos are from that site.  

Meaning someone went over to that address to not only check out if I lived there, but then they took photos and posted them online.

But I'm not being stalked by these people now am I?

Let's just think logically for a moment now - WHY would I put my home address online KNOWING that THIS is EXACTLY what pimps do the minute one of their victims goes missing?

A victim, male or female, calls me for help to get the hell out of Dodge and then she's gone.  The pimp knows she last called us for help so what's going to be HIS FIRST MOVE?

To go to my site, take my address down and come pay me a visit.  That's what his first move is going to be.

So knowing this, and believe me after learning this the hard way after a pimp put a gun to my ribs asking me "where's my bitch at?", why on earth would I post my home address up online?  Doing what I do and knowing what I know why on earth would I put my home address online?

Now let me ask you a second question - if you were a victim wanting to get away from a pimp and you knew that he was just going to follow you, and you knew that if you went somewhere that he could find you, he'd kill you - don't you think you'd want to know how well that person, or group, could help to hide you from this pimp?

These people behind this site tried for MONTHS to find out where I lived physically.  They went through legal records.  They went online asking people where I lived.  They tried phony accusations of me supposedly "stalking and threatening" them to get the police to help them find out where I lived so they could arrest me (which was a ruse to find out where I lived using the police to help them),  they hired private investigators (as you can see by the pics), and they tried EVERYTHING they think of and THAT is all they came up with?  

A photo of my mail box.

Now just think logically for a minute here - how could I help someone disappear from a pimp if I myself was so easy to find as these people tried to do and FAILED?

What they did dear readers is prove to anyone out there wondering if I can help THEM to disappear - is that YES I CAN.  Because how could I honestly be able to look a victim in the eye and tell them that I can help hide them from JUST THESE PEOPLE who play games like posting up fake ass websites, with fake complaints, and doctored up records, and lies upon lies, all to try and do one thing which is what?  

Find out where you are.

But to find out who is calling me if I won't release that information - where does that leave them?

It's leaves them trying to get you to go onto their website so they can grab your IP address.  From that, they can get your address and who you're staying with, and even your device information.  If you're on a smart phone - they can even track your movements.  I've been looking at technology that shows they can even send fake "spoofed" text messages to your phone without knowing your phone number!

Now go to a library computer or some place safe that's not your computer, go to a commercial computer at a Fed Ex store, or a library, or some other place THAT'S NOT YOUR COMPUTER OR YOUR PHONE (because they can track the devices you use), and from a public computer at a public internet address so they can't trace it back to you - I want you to then go back to that site at www.sexworkersanonymous.org and look for a "privacy policy".  

You won't find one.  

I state very clearly on all of our media, website, flyers, etc., that "we are not connected with law enforcement in any way".  I am very open that we are protected under the same laws that protect anyone in Alcoholics Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous, because of the laws governing "anonymity" at 12 step groups.  I have gone one step further and got myself ordained, so anything you tell us when you call is either going to me as an ordained minister, or I have any of our other volunteers who answer the phone are also ordained, that way anything you say to us is just as protected legally as if you were to be speaking to your doctor or lawyer.   

Do they?  Do the people who operate that website identify what they're doing with your IP address once you visit that site to "check us out"?  

Who is really behind that site?  Why don't you go and check out who took our other IP address at www.sexworkersanonymous.net  

Again, please use a commercial computer, because what you'll find there is a porn site.  

That site trying to organize a Trump protest is new.  They haven't been around as long as me - so when the DOJ comes at them trying to get the IP information of the people who visited their site - it's going to make news.  

But if  they were to keep that site up over time, they might find themselves in the same position as myself, or in a position I've also heard done - whereas Trump's people themselves might just set up a "protest Trump" site and then see who comes.  It's a lot easier that way - pose as protestors, and gather up information.  They've been doing it since the Black Panthers, Martin Luther King, etc.  If you don't believe me - check out the film "Cointelpro 101" about how these people have been informants for years and years that's just now coming to light.  

Only I won't inform.  So what's left?  They're gathering up the IP addresses of people thinking about coming to us for help off that site - that gives you no answer as to who is behind that site.  

Because that's what's being done on that site at www.sexworkersanonymous.org and us - the "opposition" is trying to do everything they can to make sure you don't call us.  Those who do decide to call us, and then go and try and check out information on us before calling us - these people want to know who you are and that site is how they're gathering that information.

How do you think I found out about it?  I had a "friendly white hacker" contact me to tell me how that site was rigged and what was going on.  They're the ones who showed me how it's being used to gather information on who contacts us for their own purposes.  I don't know if it's still there - but at that time they showed me how a "cookie" was attached to your site the minute you landed on their page that then traced your every move.  

And then they claim I'm "crazy and paranoid" when I say that I'm being stalked and threatened because we do help people get out that want out.  

Really?  

Take another look at that picture of my mail box and then ask youself - how did they get the pictures of that box and why?  If someone wasn't trying to drive by and find out where I lived - then why are the photos up there?  I mean what would have happened if I'd been home and that was my home address?  

But they didn't find my home did they?  

Which means if I can hide myself so  I can probably hide you too.  

That's what they confirmed - is that if I can hide myself from them then I sure as hell can hide you too.  






Friday, August 12, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

WORKING ON SEX TRAFFICKING CASES IN NEVADA

First of all, let's clarify one thing.  The sex industry is just that - an INDUSTRY.  An INDUSTRY just like any other BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY.   An industry like farming, hospitality, mining, fishing, meat packing, fashion, manufacturing, etc.

How is the "sex industry" an "industry"?  Well let's break it down.  Let's take illegal street prostitution.  The men and women standing on that street corner usually wear certain clothing, shoes, and make-up that tells you this is what they're doing out there.  Not the same clothing one would wear to church or an office job.  Most prostitutes have cell phones, so that's a necessity.  Many have tazer's, pepper spray, and other protection devices.  Let's not forget condoms and adult toys.  Meaning there are a lot of products and services purchased in connection with the sex industry and it's operations.

Some prostitutes also work as strippers, or in the porn industry.  Can one do pornography without being a prostitute?  Sure.  Just as someone can be a stripper without being a prostitute.  They are not always one in the same - but each is a part of the sex industry.  Porn and strip clubs also rely upon advertising, marketing, and even hire accountants usually to do their taxes.  Strip clubs purchase food, alcohol, seating, sound systems, security, furniture, etc.  They may also employ DJ's, cooks, bartenders, service staff, even a cleaning crew usually.  The same for many legal brothels who also hire cleaning staff, bartenders, cooks, security, managers, and other staff related to the operation of the brothel.  Meaning the sex INDUSTRY employs a lot of people within it OTHER than just "prostitutes".

All of which can be operating legally or illegally.  There are illegal strip clubs just as there are people who are filming pornography in regions where it's illegal to be filming pornography.  Meaning just like any other "industry" - the sex industry can also have CHEAP KNOCK-OFF'S as well as people operating in an ILLEGAL manner.   This includes forced labor and people who are ignoring the laws regarding how they treat their help or even their "stock" if they work with animals.  Just as there are illegal underground gambling parlors, or places where bookies take bets - there are also illegal brothels, strip clubs, porn production studios, etc.

There's not only how the customers treat the providers at issue.   How the "employers" treat them is also an issue.  For example, you might have farmers who are treating their animals abusively.  You might have employers who aren't paying their help the proper legal wage.  You have companies operating who are not properly licensed, or maybe aren't hiring licensed help.  This concept applies not just to the sex industry BUT ANY industry.

Meaning that when I get a call on our hotline from someone who needs help to leave the sex industry, which by the way is not just comprised of people working as prostitutes, I have to also keep in mind professionals or resources I might be referring them to also need to be checked out carefully also.  I say this because the sex industry includes people who are working as legal or illegal prostitutes, as well as people who may be madams, pimps, screeners, club owners, massage parlor owners, strippers, porn performers, porn agents, porn producers/publishers, etc.  So someone leaving the sex industry may not even be working as a prostitute in other words.

This is why our program is called "Sex Workers Anonymous".  Because we may be getting a call from someone who has been a madam or stripper for 20 years who has not worked as a prostitute at all - that still needs help to exit the industry and who may also have been a trafficking victim.  Yes there are people who are forced to operate in some positions within the sex industry other than "prostitute".  Again, this is why our program is open to anyone, from any part of the sex industry, legal or illegal, who has a desire to exit the industry - not just prostitution.

Now because things that are illegal, unethical, immoral, etc. can happen in ANY industry - that doesn't mean we can just refer someone who calls us for help who may need more services than we offer to just anyone in the yellow pages.  Criminals, exploiters, predators, abusers, etc., can be ANYWHERE  - not just in the sex industry in other words.  In other words, just because someone hangs out a shingle saying they're a "therapist" doesn't mean I'm going to not scrutinize this person carefully before I would refer anyone from our hotline to them for help.

Let me give you an example of what I mean.  Walking into the Las Vegas Rawson Neal Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital - you would imagine this is a properly licensed facility correct?  I mean take a look at the place:

web1_rawson-neal.jpg

 http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas-psychiatric-clinic-closes-under-federal-pressure

Only in November of 2013, I received a call from a woman who was telling me she was seeing counselors, and getting psychiatric medication, from this same hospital WHILE IT WAS OPERATING WITHOUT A LICENSE.  I outlined this episode more here.  http://sexworkersanonymousmeeting.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-case-of-lady-j.html

Now from the outside, this looked like a perfectly fine legitimate psychiatric hospital and outpatient clinic.  Until I started seeing how they were treating this woman.  For one thing, they had told her there "were not beds for drug treatment" which I knew to be untrue.  They then offered to put her into an apartment "for free" while they were "waiting for her a bed".  A "nurse" would then come by her apartment twice a day to administer her medications.   She was never given a prescription bottle and when I asked her what she was taking even she had no idea.  To me, this timed medication sounded more like someone had put her in some kind of research experiment then her receiving treatment.   Keep in mind I've seen this happening a lot when it comes to women labeled as "trafficking victims" or "prostitutes" within the system which she was.

I'm not joking one bit when I say within literally HOURS after me reaching out to the director of this program to speak to them about her treatment this place was shut down.  One thing NOT noted in the article was then someone also came by and told her she had to leave the apartment within 24 hours.   They claimed she had no lease and therefore they could then claim she was a "trespasser" and have her arrested.  This was a blatant lie.  She was receiving mail there, had a key, and therefore as a legal tenant of that apartment, lease or not, they had to give her a legal eviction notice.  But they did not do this because someone clearly didn't want any record of her stay there which was coming out of the state's pocket into the landlord's.

Why?  Probably for the same reason the hospital wasn't "reaching federal standards".  Now in her case, she was lucky and I was able to just come pick her up and get her situated into another apartment.  But what of the other women I didn't know about who were being treated just like her?  These women were coming out of prostitution, some away from a pimp, who had been given psychiatric medications twice a day, promised housing, and then suddenly someone just shows up at their door and throws them into the street.

Clearly this means they are not being treated even in a legal, let alone ethical, manner, while being led to believe they're getting proper treatment from a mental health facility.   It's for reasons like this I don't just accept the statement "oh we referred them to the proper resources" when I read a news article that a person who was arrested for prostitution, or a rescued trafficking victim, was "referred to the proper resources".  It's for things just like this why I will push further and ask "to WHO" was this person referred so that we can make sure they're getting the proper care they need.   I say this because the Las Vegas news was reporting "victims were referred to counseling".  Only in this case, the center wasn't licensed and the whole thing was shady.  To be blunt, these women were clearly being experimented upon even by unlicensed facilities.

What's worse is these medications were not only cut off suddenly which is dangerous and medical negligent, but that we couldn't even help her continue on them by taking her to another doctor because we didn't know what she had been taking.  With them shut down and no one answering the phone - we couldn't ask anyone either.  Since her medications hadn't been filled at a pharmacy - we also couldn't ask for more of the pills.

Meaning she was just cut off these medications suddenly with no weaning off period of time.  You might find it an interesting note that almost every major shooting has happened when a person was suddenly off their anti-depressants by the way including Columbine.  I also had this woman freaking out mentally at 1:00 a.m. and no idea quite how to help other than taking her to ER for more care.  Something we could do for her because I had a car.  This was a woman with no job, no money, no car, no bus pass, etc.  A woman that if not for my help would have been evicted into the street in this condition with no way to even get to an ER - all at the hands of a mental health facility supposedly operated by the state of Nevada.

It was wrong how this woman was treated.  This wasn't some back alley.  This was a hospital and outpatient clinic where most people who are on Medicaid go.  It's where people are referred to go when getting out of jail/prison.  It's where those who are coming out of hospitalization and drug treatment programs are referred.  Yet despite the facade - this was a facility operating without a license and treating it's patients beyond badly, but downright endangering their lives.

Which means one of the things we do before referring anyone to someone in the mental health field is to first of all SEE IF THEY'RE LICENSED.  I don't care how nice looking or how official sounding their office or name appears.  I'm going to first of all verify if this facility, or professional is licensed, before recommending them to anyone else.

Because it goes beyond just the clinic obviously.  Because this isn't just happening to prostitutes, or trafficking victims.  This kind of thing is happening to ANYONE.   The clinic or center might be licensed - but what about the specific therapist, doctor, psychiatrist, etc.?  Let's take a look at a Dr. Reinstein.  This "doctor" was found guilty of prescribing medications to mental health patients and in return getting "kickback''s".  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-reinstein-kickback-plea-20150213-story.html

Did this kind of thing happen in Nevada?  Sure it did.  Check out these lawsuits about how Nevada was a state where the pharmaceutical companies gave doctors money to prescribe medications which were not medically necessary for patients.  http://www.pbmwatch.com/pbm-litigation-overview.html

The psychiatrist who goes to the jails and prisons in southern Nevada are most commonly Dr. Yaron Zedek (or Ron Zedek as he changed his name to).  The other one who goes up to the jails in Tonopah and Pahrump is Dr. Agapito Racoma.   You'll also notice they're listed as one of the "top prescribers" in this letter  by Senator Charles Grassley who is expressing his concern over the high number of prescriptions for drugs which may also be giving "kickbacks" to these doctors.
https://archive.org/stream/406691-nevada-top-prescribers/406691-nevada-top-prescribers_djvu.txt  Now by itself that doesn't mean anything.  Maybe they're "high prescribers" because they see a lot of patients.  Of course every person who has been calling us for a while now wanting help to exit and recover from the sex industry has been reporting to us they're on at least three, or more, of these types of medications.

Now one of the ways to see if the prescribing is "ethical" is to see if they're taking any kickbacks from the pharmaceutical companies.  Which you can see just how much money "on the books" has been given to these doctors by which pharmaceutical companies here.  https://projects.propublica.org/d4d-archive/search?term=YARON+HELLMAN&state%5Bid%5D=&services%5B%5D=&period%5B%5D=  Which it does appear these two psychiatrists who do see those in jail and prison for prostitution do accept money, or "kickbacks" from the pharmaceutical companies.

Does this mean they're bad doctors however?  Dr. Ron Zedek used to be called Dr. Yaron Zedek when he was working in Nebraska.  Seems he left Nebraska and came to Nevada after a lawsuit brought about by a woman who reported Dr. Zedek did not believe her when she told him she was sexually assaulted while in the hospital by an employee of the hospital.  http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ne-supreme-court/1224361.html  The lawsuit further said Dr. Zedek didn't believe the patient's claim "because no black men worked at the hospital".  It later was proven there was a black man who worked there who was charged with her sexual assault.  Yet even after a man was charged with the assault - this woman STILL didn't receive treatment for the assault.

I bring up Dr. Zedek's name specifically in Nevada because I took my daughter to him for care when we thought she was bipolar.  He appeared by his reviews to seem to appear to be a good psychiatrist.  After writing her out about six different prescriptions, he suggested I sign her up to a new program he was starting up for young people like her.  

It was called the "Home of Possibilities".  The domain for this program used to be at http://www.homeofpossibilities.com/  He told me this program was designed to help young women like her, and also me to help care for her, again when I thought she was bipolar (it later turned out to be a 26 pound tumor on her ovary pumping her full of massive hormones which was the cause of her hallucinations and mood swings).

Note I said "when we thought she was bipolar".  I took her to see Dr. Zedek who then wrote her out six different psychiatric medications based on her symptoms described, and then referred us to this "Home of Possibilities" for further support.  I was told this was a group of licensed therapists who would come out to the house and provide her with therapy "at home".  I needed this for her because getting her out of the house, into the paratransit, to the doctor's office for an hour, and then home again was impossible when I couldn't get her out of bed, get her dressed, and taking her out of the house made her hallucinations more severe.  So this group was supposed to be sending out a therapist to come work with her at the house at least once a week.  Since I couldn't leave her alone during this time - they also were supposed to send a therapist out to work with me to provide me with support.

At no time was it suggested that we do things like an MRI, cat scan, or other diagnostics to find out what was causing her hallucinations and mood swings.   Her blood work had revealed her hormones were off balance but I was told "oh that's normal for a teenager" and it was blown off.  If not for the car accident she had a few years later where they did a full body MRI on her - we would never have known it was a tumor.  Instead we would have continued to be having her on all these pills which means she probably would have died by now if we'd left her in Dr. Zedek's care, as well as the "Home of Possibilities".

They did send out two people they represented to be licensed therapists to us from "Home of Possibilities".  Now I've been working on my degree in psychology so I have some training in this science myself.  I've worked with people in mental health for decades, and I have friends who are psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, etc.  So I have a good idea what the training is like when you are a licensed therapist or counselor.  Especially since I've also been doing continuing education for this profession on how to work effectively with men and women coming out of the sex industry, as well as sex trafficking victims.

I found what they were doing to be "suspect" from the first visit.  For example, the female therapist who was coming out to see us told me that after her session with my daughter she was going to her "second job as a cocktail waitress".  When I asked why - she told me her job with this company "didn't pay her very much".  She then sat down on the floor cross-legged instead of sitting in a chair.  I found it to be a little "informal" to say the least.  Then she offered to work with both my daughter and myself at the same time which is an absolute "no no" for any therapist - you never use the same person for family members living in the same house.  The fact she didn't know that really raised my alarms.

So I asked her point blank "are you a licensed counselor?"  She told me "yes".  When I asked "as what?" she started stuttering and getting defensive.   Then she acted like I had asked her something "personal" and told me "where I've gone to school is a personal question" and got huffy and hostile about my line of questioning which really raised my alarm bells.   After she left, I went on the website for the program which claimed she was a licensed therapist.  But then I went to the state licensing board and couldn't find her name listed.

In fact, I couldn't find ANYONE'S name from this program listed as licensed.   When I then contacted the program directly and demanded to know who this person was I'd just let into my home - they admitted she was not licensed in anything at all.  In fact, she was still working on her BA degree.  I found the fact I was lied to about their credentials alarming so I dug deeper to find that the program ITSELF wasn't licensed in Nevada.  Their program director was a licensed therapist in FLORIDA.  She lived in Florida also.  So the director of the program was a woman who lived in Florida which to my knowledge it's not legal to operate a program of this type in Nevada without someone in Nevada in charge.  Which is where I found out Dr. Zedek came into his relationship with this program.  Essentially it appeared to be a program set up under his license for billing purpose's.

But for what?  When I had gone onto their website it said it was set up to send out therapists to juveniles in need of this type of help to their house when they were too ill to go into an office for counseling.  Okay fine.  But then where were the licensed therapists?  I then contacted the people at the office of this program and I demanded to know WHO EXACTLY was coming out to my house to provide my daughter with therapy?

I was then told these people were "psychosocial rehabilitation" workers or PSR's.  Would you like to know what their requirements were for the job?  A driver's license, a GED, and no arrests within the last seven years.  Here's a site showing this requirement for the job - http://www.newbeginningslasvegas.com/psychosocial_rehabilitation_workers.shtml  You'll see their average pay is about $20 an hour.  Seems Dr. Zedek was charging Medicaid $175 an hour for the work with my daughter and myself, then "supervising" the execution of this work with the "PSR" who he'd then pay $20 an hour to actually come out and talk to us.  Pocketing the other $155 he was being paid.   While LYING  to us that the people who were PSR's coming out were "licensed therapists".

Once I understood how this deal was operating, and of course his monthly visit to prescribe all these medications that added up to $3000 a month's worth to her which weren't even what she needed, seems a pretty good racket for Dr. Zedek.  But what about my daughter?  I asked these people what exactly was the plan here to get my daughter WELL.  I wanted my daughter back in school, back in society, and a functional person again.  Not stuck in the house every day with me because she was too sick to go anywhere.

I was proposed that she could be helped by "attending a group meeting weekly".   What was this I asked? I was told that she would come into the office along with about six other girls like her and they would "talk".  I pointed out if she was capable of doing this - then I wouldn't be there in the first place asking for a therapist who could come out to the house because I was having trouble getting her to go anywhere out of the house safely.   I then asked what these meetings would consist of that would help her so greatly and there was no logical answer.  The real answer was this was a great way to get six kids together to bill Medicaid for six patients while only paying one PSR $20 an hour - meaning even more money to Dr. Zedek.

And I thought pimps were bad.

What made me mad was wondering how many other mothers were getting the same song and dance whose kid's weren't getting any proper care while Dr. Zedek was cashing these big fat checks who maybe didn't know that these people were not what they were claiming to be.  How many were having this cocktail waitress come sit on their floor and violate all kinds of boundaries and trusting this was going to help their child who were then going to be getting nothing of value in return?  So I made an appointment with Dr. Zedek and ASKED him - how was any of this exactly going to help my daughter?  I wanted an explanation.  His response to me was that I needed to "trust the process and give it time".

Okay.

Then later that day I received an email that both my daughter and I were being discharged from their care.  The next day I found their website had been taken down.   Here's a Facebook page on them.  https://www.facebook.com/thehomeofpossibilities/   So it appears they took "some teens out for a hike" in November of 2015.  But their website is still down.

Now if I get a call from a parent who has a teenage daughter who is coming out of prostitution, or who has been pimped or trafficked - would I recommend them to see Dr. Zedek or to Home of Possibilities?

No.

Now does that mean I am "discrediting" Dr. Zedek?  No.

Does that mean I'm being "negative" or "judgmental" or "critical" even.

No.

It means I acknowledge predators can come in all kinds of forms.  It means that if I refer someone to a professional of some kind - I need to do some homework on that person or program before doing so.   I'm also not attacking Dr. Zedek as a person.  I don't know anything about him as a person.  I just know that I would not trust someone in his care to get the proper care.  Not when he's getting all these kickbacks, prescribing medications so freely, and then downright lying about the credentials and programs he's referring us to use that are clearly set up to be making money for him and not much else from what I saw.

The same for the mental health hospital even if they do get licensed in the future.  I'm still going to verify that before sending someone there, and further whoever they see as a counselor there - I'm going to verify their license.

Because I saw the same thing with Beth Jacobs in Arizona.  For the longest time, she was online telling people she was not only a "licensed social worker" but that "Willow Way was a 501c3 nonprofit".  Only she was not a licensed social worker or counselor - nor is she now.  The program Willow Way was not even incorporated until YEARS after she'd been online talking like the program was actually incorporated at that time.

Further, she was supposedly working with clients of "Project Rose" through the Mojave Counseling Center which I looked up and found they weren't licensed at that time either for the same reasons the one in Las Vegas wasn't - they weren't meeting federal standards at that time.  In fact, the state of Arizona came out and shut them down when they found out about what was going on.  Now the Mojave Counseling Center has since obtained a license and reopened - but that doesn't alter that for a long time clients of "Project Rose" were being told if they didn't go there for help to exit prostitution they'd go to jail instead.

Let me put it another way - would you invite your family, and your children, and your grandparents, to come eat at a restaurant who had failed a health inspection and wasn't licensed to be even open?  You might if the food was really good and you knew the chef well and you knew there was a legitimate reason for all of that.   I would invite people over to a private home for dinner if I know the person who is cooking and know they'll serve a meal that won't kill someone from food poisoning.

In other words, taking measures to make sure that someone you give a referral to for something is going to be treated well or not does not mean you're being "negative" or "judgmental" or even "critical" - but that you are instead caring about the people you work with, that you take your referrals seriously, and if you feel someone is a threat of some kind you will do your best to warn people you care about in order to protect them.   Using the restaurant example, if you personally knew of five people who had been poisoned at this unlicensed restaurant then you would not hesitate to warn people you know to think twice about eating at this place.  It doesn't mean you're being "negative" but in fact quite responsible and caring.

How does all of this apply to working with helping people exit sex work and/or escape and recover from sex trafficking in Nevada?  It means that I don't care about what the press is about someone.  I am going to do some "due diligence" to make sure that this person or program is what they are supposed to be, and even if that, they are safe to refer someone to.

Take the Andre Agassi Academy in Las Vegas.  They're a licensed school.  They have great reviews.  But they also had a female coach who was pimping out some of the students.  http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/06/09/cheerleading-coach-at-school-founded-by-andre-agassi-busted-for-prostitution.html

The official story on this didn't break until June of 2007.  I can assure you I had heard people talking about this LONG before the arrest or the news broke through the "grapevine". I've got men and women coming in and out of our program, calling our hotline, and talking to me and each other all the time.  So I had heard there was this coach doing this LONG before her actual arrest.   Now would it have done a bit of good to go to the school with what I was "hearing through the grapevine".

Nope.

They would deny it.  They would call in the coach and ask her about it.  She'd deny it.  Then nothing.  Nothing would change at all.

Have one of the girl's step up and say this coach had "tried to talk her into prostitution"?  Again, more denials.  Solves nothing.

Now before the arrest hit the news - would I say something to anyone about this in print or otherwise?  Absolutely not because then I'd be liable for a defamation lawsuit for one thing.  For another, how do I know if what I'm hearing isn't just wagging tongues?  What if it was a completely unwarranted rumor I was hearing with no base in reality?  It could have been.

So would I tell people "don't send your kid there because they've got a pimp for a coach".  Absolutely not.  I might however suggest other schools I've checked out a little better and am pretty confident that kind of thing isn't happening.  I might suggest the parents not leave their kids alone in class unsupervised with that teacher.  But before this news hit - I wouldn't say anything to anyone about what I was hearing on the grapevine about this coach.

Now if I do happen to hear about another class being given by this same coach - I would not hesitate to whip out that news clip and suggest the person might want to rethink taking this class.  Does that mean I'm "attacking" this person?  I think I'm doing the best I can to protect people from being exploited or preyed upon.

Does this mean this person is a mean awful person?  Let's get one thing straight - ALL predators, exploiters, abusers, pimps, etc. are CHARMING.  Convincing even.  Let's take a look at Bernie Madoff - he had convinced a lot of people to give him their life savings.  He had a lot of friends.  He donated a lot of money.   In fact he had so many friends and supporters that warnings had been going out for TEN YEARS which were being shot down.

Take a look  Harry Markopolos.  He tried to warn people about Madoff for some time.  Was he being "negative" or "critical"?  Not at all.  In fact, if more people had listened to his warnings - more people might have been saved.   Now should he have "kept silent" about what he knew?  I think those who might have listened to him and saved their money would argue he should not have remained silent and he did the right thing.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124208012

I'm bringing this up because there ARE A LOT OF CON ARTISTS in the anti-trafficking field.  Not everyone is as they appear.  I mean let's take a look at a Homeland Security agent who was a trafficker in disguise for some time before being caught.   http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/las-vegas-restaurateur-says-former-fed-manufactured-criminal-case-against-him

Joohoon was caught supposedly because of a "complaint sent to the Office of Professional Responsibility" which triggered the investigation which led to his arrest.  Now I didn't know Mr. Lee's name specifically.  But I did know I had victims telling me they had been threatened by men as high up as this office who had connections in Immigration.

Clearly there were immigration connections who let 24 victims turn around and go back home in 20 minutes without having their visa's cleared first as is required by law when a non-American is arrested on suspicion of being a victim of trafficking, or prostitution.  Especially when bags of drugs and two cops were caught right along with those 24 women in "Operation Dollhouse" in Las Vegas.  It was pretty clear to me SOMEONE had Immigration connections for those women to have been released prior to having their visa's checked, and to be questioned by ICE, as is required by law in cases like that.   http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SAN-MATEO-COUNTY-Two-lawmen-caught-in-raid-of-2563465.php

"Operation Dollhouse" came about because I had tried speaking to Chief Gillispie about this trafficking operation to no avail.  So in frustration I went and asked a reporter to get involved which prompted the raid in the first place.  Meaning that neither "Operation Dollhouse" nor Joohoon's arrest might possibly have even happened if I had not been "complaining" to people about what I had victims' telling me was going on in an attempt to HELP others.  I wasn't trying to hurt anyone.  I was however trying to get women out of there who didn't want to be there but who couldn't because men with badges and in offices of authority were telling them they "had no way out".

Now I ask you - how would you get someone who is being trafficked away from a Homeland Security officer?  Especially one who can "manufacture" a case against an innocent person?  I don't think you can.  Meaning the ONLY way to get a victim out from under a person like this is to get that person ARRESTED.

Only now we see that a man like Joohoon is only being charged with "bribery".  Why?  Because we have no laws on the books STILL in 2016 that would hold him accountable for trafficking.  The news said his "case was closed".  Only I didn't see one word about the guy who bribed him being caught yet anywhere.   I also know he didn't do this alone.  Not when his boss told this poor man who was being falsely accused there was "nothing he could do to stop Joohoon" when he called complaining to him about what was happening to him and his wife.    He wasn't lying because without any laws on the books allowing him to be charged for trafficking - then how could he?

So I've clearly got some MORE complaining to do.  That's what "protesting" is all about.  Which is why I don't understand why I keep hearing from people about how they have a problem with how "negative" I can be.

Okay here's a challenge for you.  YOU TELL ME how on earth I would have gotten someone like Joohoon arrested, and stopped from what he was doing to traffick women, if I WAS NOT NEGATIVE?

How would you handle someone you know who might be wanting professional drug treatment NOT go to a program run by Chris Bathum?  http://www.laweekly.com/news/a-drug-rehab-mogul-built-an-empire-that-s-now-being-probed-by-the-fbi-da-and-state-of-california-6390686  ESPECIALLY if that person was a female coming out of prostitution or sex work?  Let's say before, or after, ABC did their show and this article came out revealing what he was doing, and the woman who died behind his negligence and exploitation of women sexually.

Seriously - you hear of a woman coming out of prostitution say to you "I think I'm going to go check into Community Recovery".  If we're not going to be "negative" then how would you handle protecting that woman to the best of your ability?

One step further - if I meet this man in person am I supposed to be "nice" to the man?   I'm not saying I'm going to like hit him or anything but would I invite him over for dinner?  Would you?

I'm just pointing out that a lot of people say I'm "negative" or "critical".  Well isn't that in a sense what started all of this?  If I wasn't unhappy and "critical" of the way we were being treated back in the 1970's and 1980's - then I wouldn't have started our hotline and program as well as this movement for change in the first place then would I?

So please understand if I advise you not to be sending in donations to someone because I know they have a warrant out for conning someone else (I have a copy of the warrant also or I wouldn't say anything), then I'm not "discrediting" that person.  If anything, I work with teaching our members how not to be played by pimps - so why wouldn't I be also showing others how to identify con artists of any kind?

But I'm open to suggestion.   If you have an idea how I can do things like this without being "negative" then by all means I'd love to hear your ideas.  But silent I can't remain or we wouldn't even be hear talking about this subject because remember they said the same thing to me back in 1987 - to "shut up" and "no one wants to hear that" and "that subject is too dark to talk about" and "wow that's really negative" and other such comments people would throw up at me to shut me up from talking about sex trafficking being in fact real in the USA in modern times and that we further as a country needed to start doing something about it rather than denying it existed and telling it's victims to "shut up" basically.












Friday, January 1, 2016

LETTER TO THE BELOW PEOPLE ABOUT SOUTHERN NEVADA TASK FORCE

contact@nhfinternational.org contact@congojustice.com Thecupcakegirls Info Hannah Dreier pwgirls@purplewings.org Hookersforjesus Info Awakenreno Info StreetTeens@Earthlink.net Stacey Cramer penny_matheson@usn.salvationarmy.org Kat Jaramillo NevadaWatch Dog john@aaprintinglasvegas.com Aaron Ford John Hambrick Jennifer Reed john_9528@msn.com John Hambrick robert.hoo.lv@gmail.com Tom Ragan Alexis Kennedy Not For Sale susan.gaither@sen.state.nv.us  mccouch@lasvegasnevada.gov   info@polarisproject.org


On Friday, January 1, 2016 11:19 AM, Jody Williams <sexworkrecovery@yahoo.com> wrote:


Dear New Hope Foundation, Congo Justice, Cupcake Girls, Purple Wings, Awaken Reno, and Hookers for Jesus, Street Teens, Salvation Army:

I'm writing you about the situation concerning people who go online looking for help for themselves, or for someone they care about.  

When I type in the following key words in Google which when I ask callers what are the key words they  used to find us these appear to be the most typical:

help to leave prostitution Las Vegas or Nevada
help to stop stripping in Las Vegas or Nevada
help to leave porn industry in Las Vegas or Nevada
recovery groups from prostitution in Las Vegas and Nevada
recovery from sex trafficking in Las Vegas and Nevada
escape from sex trafficking in Las Vegas and Nevada

These are pretty much the key words that people who are looking for help online who are in some part of Nevada usually type in.  While granted they may type in the names of your respective groups - not everyone looking for help does this.  

Also, many people report to me when they reach our hotline that they did in fact tried to reach your group first.  It was after trying to reach out to your group, then getting no answer, that they then started going on Google to search for alternatives. That's when they'll type in those keywords.  
When people type in those keywords - that's when they find contact information for our hotline.  

Now when googling for the Southern Nevada Sex Trafficking Task Force one comes upon:



http://congojusticelv.org/th_event/snhttf-annual-conference/ where the contact information is Congo Justice.  Then there's the conference in October but I was told that was postponed.  I have not been told when a new date has been set yet either.

We were in the Polaris directory for Las Vegas - but I threw them with the move to Los Angeles.  I think they got confused but I'm sure they'll fix the listing shortly.   Meaning that our program will show back up in there soon.  In the meantime however, the only program showing up for Las Vegas is the Hookers for Jesus Program.  The problem with that however is I keep getting calls from people telling me they're not always answering all their calls or emails. 

I don't answer every call immediately either - but I return calls I miss within 24 hours and I answer all emails within 48 hours.

I can't answer every call immediately because we have no answering service.  To ensure that only a survivor answer the phone - sometimes that means I'm answering the phone overnight.  This means sometimes I'm sleeping on the phone!  It would be nice to get more survivors to help out with the hotline but the majority of our members who can answer the phone (not worried about their voices being recognized) are working and therefore either are at work or are also sleeping. 

Here's some problems we're running into when people are looking for help in Nevada:

1.  Awaken Reno:  All I know is what I'm told by people who call our hotline.  Whenever I go onto the site I see a lot of information on fund raisers.  I've had women needing help tell me they've left messages asking for help and have received no answers.  Aubrey is the woman who testified at the legislature in 2013 who actually defeated the brothel's push to expand into Las Vegas by telling them her experience working in the brothels.  She went in by herself after all the other 45 "abolition" groups had gone home after the AB67 hearing was done.   She was a little shook up by the whole thing - especially when she went home to find her power, TV, internet, phone and cable cut off for three days as mine had been after my press conference I gave in 2007 about sex trafficking in the brothels.  Awaken Reno advertises counseling and they are close to her so I called and asked that she please receive counseling.   She was promised counseling and she reported to me that she received a return phone call but no one called her back with an appointment.  

About a week after she left that message, she came home to find everything she owned stolen, and a death threat against her family by the brothel owners who were already angry about the brothel expansion and wanted to make sure she dropped the ground breaking case she was about to file against her pimp for trafficking her while she was working at the Shady Lady.  She wanted to pursue him anyway - but when they sold the Shady Lady we knew they'd scattered the witnesses and evidence so i would be very hard to do so once the club had closed.

Since then I've had four other women say they've left message with AR asking for services to get no answer.  I've left message for 10 women needing services and never got a return phone call or email.  

I've received calls from four people who received volunteer training to do outreach but then never got to do any outreach.  

I've received calls from other ex-prostitutes who wanted to hold SWA meetings but needed help finding a meeting hall.  I suggested they contact AR to ask if they had a meeting space and they've reported back that no one answered their calls either.  I see the site changing so it appears that AR is an active site.  

2.  Carson City, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Pahrump, Las Vegas, Henderson, and Sparks Police - I've left emails with flyers with the police departments for these cities letting them know if they have any prostitutes, or family members, or even police officers, who need help with someone wanting help to leave the sex industry, or to escape trafficking - they can reach us for assistance.  I've also let them know that www.childrenofthenight.org will fly out anyone under 18 years of age to them free and they've been around 18 years of age.  Metro has called a few times to Children of the Night - however, one time they called the girl a "whore".  Another time they called about a child abuse victim and said "isn't that the same thing?" 

Now that these officers are no longer with the force - I will let you know of my experiences with them briefly.  

Chief Gillispie - I tried to go to him with stories the women were telling me about being trafficked only to be ignored and rebuffed.  One of these agencies was one called "Pretty Maids".   They were sending out women who were then telling their "johns" they were being trafficked and the johns could "buy their contracts for $120,000".  Some of the johns were buying these contracts - only to then have the women laugh in their faces.  When two of the johns tried to go to the Chief about this - he refused to look at any of the evidence.  

In the Chris Butler Case, I had information I'd spent a year gathering and witnesses who wanted to testify.  I knew of the locations of the brothels, and the bondage parlors.   I also knew they were having "valets" park the men's more expensive cars, only to then have mechanics take out the very expensive parts and replace them with cheap generics.   Then when they'd fail - the men would have no idea what happened.  They would then take the guns, drugs, stolen parts, and the women and transport them in police cars from Mexico, up through San Diego, through San Mateo, then to Vegas.  From Vegas, they would go in a straight line to Kentucky where they're rest a few days and then go back again.  The good parts were then resold through Auto Zone stores in Califonia through a connection at about $30,000 a week in parts.  They were also doing this to trucks at Bikefest and other concerts.  One of the men was doing sound at the concerts down on Fremont Street.

When I handed all of this information with names, addresses, routes, etc., to Chief Gillispie - within 24 hours everything was cleared out and shut down to the point where the houses had been scrubbed with bleach.  i know because one of the pregnant 13 year old girls showed up at my mother's house because they had kicked her out and she had nowhere to go.   They didn't want to get caught with her - so they just cast her out.  I got her into Children of the Night.  Clearly the Chief could not be trusted so I waited until the police were having an event and I figured they would be doing a drop.

I had a reporter friend arrange to do a "ride along" that weekend. He did. Like we did with Chris Butler when we couldn't get the police to take action, we got one of his agents to go to the media and "shamed" the authorities into taking action.  The reporter did this ride along and then said 'let's do a surprise raid".  That surprise was Operation Dollhouse.  Despite the fact 24 women and baggies of drugs were found in those private homes with mattresses on the floor - they didn't take the women into custody and refused to question them and let them go before ATLAS could question them.  The case against the cops was dropped.  So much for Chief Gillispie.  Granted he later stepped down.

Vic Vigna was head of Vice.  I had seven prostitutes who said he raped them.  I was trying to press charges.  The FBI agent threatened me with locking me up or psychiatric observation if I pushed and Terri Miller refused to open a file into their complaints.  No one at Washington would speak to me about their charges.  Vic of course started spreading the rumor that I was "crazy" but I kept pushing anyway on behalf of these women who said that Vic would threaten to arrest them if they didn't put out to him. I got into a heated argument with his supervisor and Karen Hughes, who was a dispatcher, was made head of Vice.  

There was no Internal Affairs then.  The only IA then was Chief Gillispie.   Karen was friendly to me during the interview for the report Melissa Farley did on sex trafficking.  The day after the press conference however, she stopped speaking to me.  

I had a woman call the hotline who had fresh information on the Jessie Foster case.  The detective on the case wouldn't return my calls while the information was fresh.  She said she knew where Jessie was and was going to have her call me in three days.  When the Detective wouldn't speak to me - i tried to get Karen to speak to me.  She refused.  I again went to everyone- FBI, Washington, everyone - and got nowhere.  This was when Karen was made head of Internal Affairs.  I then went to file a complaint about the detective who wouldn't look at the information I have coming in while it was fresh.  Her response was to tell me to "stop speaking to her" and she cut me off at that point and never spoke to me again.

I had documented cases where I was having 13 year old girls calling me up talking about being pimped out of cars lots over on Boulder Highway so I would of course contact Metro and get no response.  I'd contact Karen and get no response.  I would contact Lou Pascoe and got no response.  I saved all my documentation of trying to reach everyone in Nevada when getting these types of calls and getting nowhere.  Then with the 13 year old girls - I just went and picked them up myself and took them to Children of the Night. I wasn't comfortable driving teenage prostitutes by myself - but it's not like Metro really gave me any choice.  I wasn't going to leave them out there.  With the 13 year olds - I also would leave messages with Hookers for Jesus and get no response as well as Purple Wings and Salvation Army.   When I finally did get a call back from Internal Affairs last month - I was told that since Vic, Gillispie, and Karen are no longer officers at Metro there's "nothing they can do.

When Aubrey told me she was being raped weekly by the officer coming to pick up the HIV test results, I went to check who to complain to and learned that he was the Chief and the website said all complaints had to be filed with the Chief.  She wasn't going to do that. 

3.  Salvation Army - I get no response to my calls or emails.  Whenever I have a victim in Nevada in need of housing over 18 I contact them to ask about housing.  I keep records documenting these attempts to reach out for help and the lack of response.  I've had as many as four women sitting on my couch at a time that I've had to figure out housing for that I've gotten no call back or response to email about.  I've emailed the main emails, the private emails, every email I can and left messages on every phone number that I have.  There's no way these women are going to stand outside the Shade Tree to get assistance there. I've also done the same with Lou Pascoe, and the task force when I've had victims needing help as well as Hookers for Jesus and ATLAS.  With ATLAS I documented over 30 attempts to get help for victims they refused to even discuss with me because they were "not referred by Metro".

4.  Congo Justice - in all your talk about sex trafficking what I've never had anyone report back to me at your events that you've mentioned one word about is the fact that's very crucial with respect to NEVADA victims of trafficking:

a.    The legal age of consent in this state is 16 years of age.  In fact, one can get a license to work at a brothel or a strip club at 16.  A man can have sex with a 16 year old and it's legal.  There have been cases where a girl has runaway in one state and then she's "legal" in Nevada.   A 16 year old girl can't vote, drink, smoke, or drive legally in this state yet she's being driven down to the licensing board and her virginity is being auctioned off for $1,000,000.   When these 16 year old girls arrive at the legal brothels, not driven by themselves, they're told they can't leave the property for 48 hours or they'll be arrested. 

 If they left anyway - there's no payphones, no cabs, no buses, no homes or businesses to go into and call for help. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/limo-ceo-aides-plead-guilty-las-vegas-racketeering-conspiracy  Do you see that?  For years we had a deal with cab drivers to go in and pick these girls up for free.  The brothel owners saw this and bought the cabs.  Then told the drivers they'd fire them if they drove any woman to us.  When a man set up a "gypsy" cab service - they ran him out of service.  When I had an RV - they put a bomb in it.  I'm lucky it broke down before it went off.  They also trashed our car.  I finally have another one.  

 If they call the National Trafficking Hotline - there's no crime.  Even if there was - the hotline would then tell them what?  Hookers for Jesus is the only one listed on their site and you don't transport.  No resource on the Nevada Attorney General site transports.  The Salvation Army doesn't transport.  OUR PROGRAM IS THE ONLY ONE THAT TRANSPORTS - but not one of your programs is in any open communication with us for some reason.  They threatened off our volunteers who would pick up women but we have a car again SO we are back to being the only program I'm aware of that transports women from the clubs, the brothels, etc., to a safe house or the airport or wherever they need to go to get out of there.

I'd like to see that change.  But it's hard to do when Congo Justice is holding the events and not discussing the fact that the domestic violence shelters, and the safe houses and trafficking programs in Nevada, drug treatment programs in Nevada, aren't transporting or paying for cabs to transport the women to them.

b.  Congo Justice isn't discussing the fact SWA offers alternative sentencing.  Why is this important?  Couple of reasons:

    1.       When a woman is released from jail and she has nowhere to go, no home, etc., the pimps can scoop her up.  However, if instead of jail she's in our program this isn't going to happen.

    2.        When a woman thinks all she has to face is jail - you would think she has a public defender that would tell her she can go to SWA right?  Wrong.  The jail gets $75 a day for each inmate meaning UNLESS SHE ASKS to attend a SWA meeting they're going to keep her and keep the money.  Now if she asks - there's law on the books that allows her to not only do this but to even get bailed out to do this. It's all in the judge's discretion.   Now if she can come to us instead of jail - she's not going to lose her home, her kids, her pets, her job, or possibly even violate her probation in another state. So it's important that woman charged with prostitution KNOW they can ask for SWA as an alternative to sentencing.  

        Now certainly criminal defense lawyers would want the women to know about this right? Not.  As a matter of fact, the Cupcake Girls has a lobbyist who also is the lobbyist for the Nevada Defense Attorney's Association.  Why would they care?  Because we've been helping women expunge their records without hiring an attorney for a minimum of $2500 and up.  Most women who "go straight' don't have that kind of money and I don't know how can "prove trafficking".  I can't.  But we get their rent receipts for a year, proof of working for a year, proof of attending our meetings for a year, along with school and volunteer records and so far the judges have allowed our members to do this.  Another issue is if a woman thinks she's facing jail - she's likely to be scared enough to cough up $2500 and up for a retainer for a criminal lawyer to try and save them from jail.  Only if Congo Justice worked with Nevada prostitutes - they'd know that every criminal lawyer in Vegas and Carson City has asked for sexual favors along with cash in exchange for defending prostitutes.  Meaning that going to retain an attorney for a prostitute usually means sexual harassment.  Which is why I started helping them out in the first place - so they didn't have to have sex with someone to get legal assistance if they didn't want to.  Am I wrong?  Go ask one.  I know what I'm told and that's what they tell me.  Is it true?  No idea.  I encourage them to file a complaint but if they don't want to I can't force them.  All I can do is offer that if arrested for prostitution they can come to our meetings instead of jail and to expunge their records - I can try and help them.  

    Which is another way that these women are "pimped".  The attorney's make payment arrangements with them and then the women make these payments, along with sexual favors. Meaning essentually their attorney's are their pimps.  You want to reduce the pimping?  Then we need to get more of them in alternative sentencing.  Something I'm not able to discuss at any of Congo Justice's meetings because I keep not being invited.  

c.      You want to reduce pimping in Nevada?  Do something about the fact these women can't get their own money from the brothels.  Their "managers" are getting it and that means they can't leave because they don't have any money.  Also meaning that when they finally want to really leave with us - we can't get any of their money.   The brothel owners will not let it go.  We've had to take every woman out of the brothels without a dime - really hard.  You want to reduce their control?  Stop their control over the money.  Something again they don't talk about with respect to Nevada victims!

d.    You want to reduce pimping in Nevada?  Then create an orientation at the licensing board about trafficking and make sure they get the numbers for the trafficking hotline.  BUT REMEMBER it's NOT "trafficking" at the brothels - so please be sure they get OUR phone number as our phone number is for those who "want to leave the sex industry".  Which by the way is why we cover BOTH.  In a trafficking situation there's a crime.  There has to be a crime in order for the police to come out to file a report.   You're a stripper at a strip club and you want out of there?  You call the National Trafficking Hotline and guess what?  No crime.  You call the police and guess what?  No crime.  They can't help you because there's no crime.   MEANING if you "want help to leave the sex industry you call Sex Workers Anonymous".    Why do you think Kemp Shiffer got away with what he did for 12 years?  BECAUSE IT WAS LEGAL.  He was driving 16 year old girls from California to Nevada to work in the brothels and it was LEGAL.
5.     Cupcake Girls:  We have a few issues to discuss here.  First of of all:

    a.    There is no problem for strippers to get work in Nevada if they have a criminal record. Go into any employment agency or HR Dept. at a large casino and you will get a sheet of paper with a list of crimes they will and will not hire for.  Basically as long as it's not fraud or violence - you can get hired.   The problem with their PR stunt is that now we are hearing of strippers who believe this nonsense and now aren't thinking of even trying to look for jobs.   So how are we now going to get the word out to every stripper in Nevada that isn't true?  

    b.    They're fund raisers are not only NOT helping anyone leave the sex industry I have phone calls verifying they've been used for drugs.  The $5000 that they gave to "Kamylla" not only was a scam because she didn't owe rent and she had a free attorney and she wasn't even on the show in th first place, but we got two phone calls in saying the money was used on a drug binge.  Who in their right mind hands $5000 cash to a prostitute with a history of drug use I have no idea!

    The money raised for Heather - we were told she used so many drugs she almost died and is now in rehab because she almost died.  We were called by a friend of the woman asking us "why did they give her so much money?"  I mean people know not to give homeless people that much money - why would you give a working girl that's probably using that much cash you don't know?  The phone calls we got said this almost killed her.

    Raising money for active prostitutes that's going towards drugs - well that's just not helping anyone.  These women are capable of making money.  That's not what they need from us when they come to us - they come to JOHNS for that.  I don't know about you but I AM NOT JOHN and I don't pay a hookers rent.  I think she's perfectly capable of that.   What she's not capable of when she comes to us is STOPPING.  

    This is NOT Christian.  When Jesus saved Mary HE DID NOT TELL HER "you go on doing what you were doing".  He also did NOT put her in a house and pay her bills either!   He told her "go and sin no more".   Then he brought her on a teaching journey.  That's what Jesus did.

    We're in the middle of an HIV epidemic - and I see no free HIV home test kits being given out - just cupcakes.  I don't see the trafficking hotline on the wrappers.   Offering to teach a stripper how to bake is insulting. In their mind if you're doing so well at it - why are you asking them for money?

    Now I want to talk about the ex-strippers that she's blocking them from working.  Women who own salons in Vegas, and who sell make-up and make-up artistry in Vegas who get their clients by going in and doing make-overs who are telling me they're now having to compete with Joy giving free makeovers.  She's now taking clients and business away from women trying to make a living outside of sex work with these free make-overs and it's got to stop.  There is another woman in Vegas also who owns a bakery that she's competing with.  She doesn't want to break her anonymity either - she shouldn't have to.   If she was doing this as outreach - that's one thing - but she's sitting in bars getting tips and she's not shaking her ass for it which has the strippers now upset.  A bartender has now started a fundraiser against her because she's right - Joy's coming into her business and putting her down and interfering with her job.  That bartender is not taking anything off and Joy's interfering in her tips. You don't see AA going into bars - it's not outreach.  It's undercutting other make-up artists and salon owners and another bake shop owner.   I had offered to sit down and help and work with her when she swept into town and she didn't want to talk to me for this reason.  Keep it up Joy and you might find a restraining order like some of the club owners are doing against women like you in other cities.  It doesn't work.   I did research on "faith based" outreach when I started SWA 30 years ago and IT DOESN'T WORK.  Look back behind you - and for sex workers the odds are against it working. You want to evangalize - evangalize.  You want to promote your business - promote your business.   But stop ceiling it "trafficking" because you want a grant when you don't know what you're doing!  Now you got women thinking they can't get jobs outside of stripping and they aren't even trying?  Do you know how hard that's going to be to undo?

I see your group's fund raising.  What I don't see if a hotline that these women can call and get help they can't get for themselves.  What I don't see is help for those who need help.  What i don't see is help for those who can't get it elsewhere.  

I want you to think about the typical types of calls I get - about every Friday night I get a call like this:  a woman has told her pimp she's pregnant and she wants to quit.  He's thrown her out of a moving car at 75 mph on the highway.  She has nothing and one shoe left on her foot from the fall. She's calling me collect from a payphone.   She's going to have to be checked out by a doctor and then a place to sleep for th night.   It's now 1:00 a.m.  Everyone is closed and closed for the weekend.  She no money and no ID and no family.   She's over past Lake Mead meaning there's not even a bus she can try and talk her way onto.   If she wanted to testify against the pimp she doesn't know where he's at now. 

That's the kind of call I get every Friday and frankly I'm tired of handling these calls alone.  They get onto their smart phones and they call until someone answers.  I answer.

I usually get her a place to sleep for the night and then on Saturday morning everyone is out at fund raisers, walkathons, showing a film, or who knows because I can't reach anyone.  From what I've seen all of you have raised a nice chunk of money.  

You know what I've raised this year, and last year?  Nothing.   

Now I imagine you talk to a lot of people.  The name of the game is HOW MANY ARE YOU GETTING OUT.  That's what I want to know. 

And when I get a woman telling me a cop is pimping her - I want to know where to report that.  

Now these are points I wanted to bring up at the October meeting but I got told it was "postponed".  It's now January and I haven't heard of a new meeting.  Okay, Congo Justice, please forward this to anyone else running groups now in Nevada please.

Because each time the money runs out or the bill gets passed - a whole bunch of you leave.  Only I'm still here, still answering the phone, and still working with these men and women.    

And right now there's an even harder problem because I've been getting calls from cops for about two years now advising me they want to help the prostitute but each time they've tried to give them my phone number - they get their job threatened.  Why?  

Because they've been trying to cover this up that's why.   http://lasvegastribune.net/clark-county-court-patricia-doninger-youre-fire/ Okay here's the catch-22.  They tell everyone from the staff, to the clerks, to the probation officers, the cops, the social workers, etc. they tell them "don't refer anyone to Sex Workers Anonymous - don't do anything".  Then when they "don't do anything" they still get fired.

Do you know another reaso why they tell them "don't refer them to SWA?"  http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas-psychiatric-clinic-closes-under-federal-pressure  Because this center was not licensed for months.  Why?  Because they had an apartment building full of prostitutes they were giving experimental medications to that were "off label" that Medicaid was refusing to pay for.  When I went to ask why someone with PTSD was on an epileptic medication - not only was the clinic shut down the next day but everyone was thrown out of the apartment on th next day.  So the prostitutes in the jail and the mental health system were being experimented on and used like lab rents.  That wasn't the first time I found them doing this either.

So when someone is scared and shutting us out because we're trying to take care of these women - then maybe it's because they're hiding something - http://www.laweekly.com/news/a-drug-rehab-mogul-built-an-empire-that-s-now-being-probed-by-the-fbi-da-and-state-of-california-6390686  

Trust me - there's a lot of ways that men prey upon these women. And pimps aren't the only ones.  They're coming to us for help to get out - meaning sometimes we have to protect them from cops, doctors, therapists costs, etc.

The task force is receiving money to create a TASK FORCE not to arrest pimps - but to find help for these women. Now arresting two pimps last year was great - but it's not good enough.  I haven't run the numbers yet - but off hand I think we processed over 400 calls from Nevada and 200 calls from Californiia.  I haven't figured out the rest.  I know I got about 20 from from Miami and another 50 from Atlanta.    When I figure out how many we helped to get out from sex work.

Now if we can't get it together enough to sit down and figure out a system to help these women - then what are the people who are giving you money getting for their buck?  The Son of God taught us to be servants when He washed His disciples feet.  So you tell me - what can I do to get something going to where I can get more help to these men and women in Nevada?

Jody Williams
(702) 468-4529