Why 12 step programs? Because before Alcoholics Anonymous was founded, there was no such concept as there could be person with a disease. Alcohol was viewed simply as alcohol and you either could drink or not. It was viewed as a choice, and choice only, back before AA. Only when AA came out, suddenly a person was being recognized who didn't have a choice, and for them to drink was not good.
Also, AA had their opponents. Opponents who still exist today. Not just the alcohol industry, but there's also the church. Before AA the church made a lot of money off sweeping into towns and having people sign "pledges" about sobriety. There were politicians whose whole platforms were based on the issue of Prohibition. I even read about one group who would pledge a lot of money to any politician who would support Prohibition. Then of course you had therapists who called drinking excessively a "poor coping mechanism" who believed that if you taught someone better "coping skills" then they wouldn't drink so much.
AA however was not designed to replace any of those things. They were designed for those for whom the church, therapists, or even pledges of sobriety weren't sufficient for them. For people who needed something "different" or even "more" depending upon your viewpoint.
I found an interview with Bill Wilson even talking about how people who were once supporters of his program started pulling away from this position once they realized it wasn't something that could be explained nor bottled for mass consumption. In other words, no one but another sober alcoholic can lead an AA meeting or sponsor. Not a therapist, not a priest, not even a "normie" who is sober - can lead an AA meeting or work with newcomers. Kind of a problem if you're trying to run a shelter or a treatment program for alcoholics if you can't also add in an AA meeting until you find another sober member of AA willing to be the secretary of that meeting.
Which is also the same problem posed by Sex Workers Anonymous. While there may be a recovering member of SWA living in a certain town, that doesn't mean they're willing to break their anonymity by going to a local shelter or treatment program and offering to run a meeting in their facility. Nor with the courts, prosecutor, or local police by letting them know about a local SWA meeting for the purposes of alternative sentencing. We might have a huge meeting in one of those cities - but members who have been in situations, or currently in situations, where they don't want to let the local authorities know what their name is, who they are, or that they were once in the sex industry for any reason - trafficked or not.
If you go online today you'll find quite a large stack of people who aren't thrilled with Bill Wilson. In fact, some are quite hostile. The same for Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Malcolm X, etc. There is no such thing as any revolutionary person of their time who was universally loved and accepted. The same honestly goes if I even mention a politician's name. If I speak for example of how much Obama has done to help the trafficking movement - I will be swooped down upon by a horde of people who will tell me about all the horrible things Obama has done.
So a universal law happens to prove true - if you're standing behind someone who doesn't have opposition against them - then you're standing in the wrong line.
Are these people "love and light"? I watched this documentary on how much this Grace Lee Boggs contributed to the civil rights movement, and stood behind Martin Luther King even after many preachers started excluding him, and how she was so abrupt that she "sometimes made people cry". Changing views isn't always an easy thing to do. I also found her words here to be what we as survivors of the sex industry need to take note of as to where we need to be going now we have recognition what is happening to us is in fact real. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzeezIsTZ_o
Neither is trying to change a system that considers Joohoon David Lee is ONLY guilty of bribery. http://mynewsla.com/crime/2015/12/18/ex-la-agent-for-ice-admits-taking-bribes-in-sex-slave-case/
I went to the person in this case listed as someone responsible for bringing him in to face charges to ask them about where the arrest is of the man who PAID the bribes. Joe Jeronimo it appears has now been made a "trainer" for FLETA.
So no I don't agree with "case closed" as the court files say. I find it even more interesting that his entire case has disappeared right off the Clark County database. ALL files that have had court dates are normally stored on their database. But yet I run a search now after his May 23rd sentencing to find out what sentence he got - and I can't now find that information out. https://www.clarkcountycourts.us/Anonymous/Search.aspx?ID=400
Isn't that public record? Where did the case go?
Now if you get a call from someone "warning", I mean "threatening" you to "stay away from Jody" because she's "negative" or whatever other name calling they have for me, I just want you to note that person isn't a survivor I'm sure for one thing. For another, I'm willing to bet they've never even met me in person. Nor are they going to attack my work because they can't.
All they can do is attack me as a person.
Of which am I a perfect person?
Never said I was.
But that's not the point is it? There are people who CLEARLY want this Joohoon issue, among other issues, to be forgotten. I'm not going to let it go. I wasn't going to let it go when I wrote the Office of Professional Responsibility that I understand was behind his investigation. Nor when I wrote to the Dept. of Transportation at LAX that this ring was importing in Chinese women who were clearly on guard for that as to why Joohoon then had to personally escort women past them from Korea who the ring switched to trafficking BECAUSE of the exposure I was putting on this case since "Operation Dollhouse".
I'm not going to let it go because the fact remains that we do not have a system yet in place where a victim of someone like Joohoon can call for, and get help. I want you to notice his arrest did not happen because his victim was able to call 911 and get help to stop what he was doing.
However, victims like her ARE calling our hotline. And then we have people trying to talk others in the field not to take my calls.
Gee I wonder why?
So again, if you're not standing behind someone in support of their work who doesn't have opposition against them coming as a backlash of them doing things like this - then baby you're not in the right line.