If you were to talk about an "organized group of men who network with each other all over the world in order to maintain control over the women they manage/own" they would look at you no different than you saying you had been abducted by aliens.
Then to say you wanted to have a system set up where someone who is dealing with this can get help to get away from them and get to safety and that it further has to be set up so these guys can't come find you and drag you back or murder you so that you don't testify against them was received then the same way as if I said to you now that I'm being abducted by aliens nightly and I need a number I can call where someone will come out and protect me from them and stop them from taking me.
THAT'S literally how the world reacted to you talking about sex trafficking back then. If you'd like to see what I mean - let's take one of the first women to step up and talk about what was going on in the sex industry to the public. This was Linda Lovelace. She had been in "Deep Throat" which was not just any adult film. Back in the 1970's adult XXX films were ONLY shown in "adult" theaters. These were sleazy tiny dirty places in bad parts of town where you had to go in order to watch an XXX film. People used to make jokes about the "sticky seats" in the theaters!
"Deep Throat" was however the first XXX film which was aired in "regular" theaters. It was a comedy about a woman who could only have an orgasm by giving deep throat. Films were not cheap to make back then, nor was it easy to get ANY film booked into a regular film theater back then.
So this film was financed with mob money, and the mob made a LOT of money off the ticket sales. These were cash sales and the theater owners reported these guys used to come in and grab a bunch of cash out of the til and not report it because that's how the mob did things back then.
Linda was married to Chuck Traynor. She says he forced her to become a prostitute and then held a gun to her off camera on the set to make her do the film. Linda also said NO ONE stepped up to help her either. To prove her story - Linda tells the public "you can see the bruises on my legs at the pool and bathtub scenes. Her bruises are clearly visible when you look for them. When Linda got away from him, she had nothing. The book "Ordeal" was published in 1980.
The thing is - instead of he experiences being used to change the way adult films were made, to use it to create safety measures for the performers - it was instead snatched up by the anti-porn people. You can see what I mean about the reaction to Linda's story here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hKunfk2G5k
The womens' groups, church groups, anti-porn groups all made Linda their "poster child" in their crusade to shut down porn entirely. Now Chuck himself didn't do very much denying what Linda said himself. Instead, he got ahold of Marilyn Chambers and started promoting HER. MARILYN then started saying things like "Linda's just saying that because she can't cut it anymore in the industry" and "she's just angry Chuck left her for me" and things like that.
To get Marilyn's denials heard with the widest audience possible - she embarked on a nationwide country western tour believe it or not. The purpose of that was so the local news would cover Marilyn's arrival in town. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoRHZgFKgVc Of course it also allowed Marilyn to further put down Linda's claims as "just jealous because of all the attention I'm getting now that I'm with Chuck" and "look how well he treats me".
Chuck later opened the Gun Store in Nevada where he made promotional videos of his guns using topless models. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EJz79sVg4U
The problem was there were NO LAWS which addressed what happened to Linda on the set. To have her be raped on film at gunpoint and then the film sold - there just wasn't the right laws to address what she said happened. So the government did try and file for "obscenity" charges against everyone on the film but Linda. But the jury didn't understand either what was going on either as the whole thing was being portrayed as more of a "domestic violence" issue if anything.
I'm bringing this up because I want you to understand that up until 1987 the only thing you could do in situations like this was call 911. That was IT. Now if Linda could have reached a phone to call 911 back then what would she have said to them "oh my husband is making me do an adult film?" Wouldn't work because even if he let her near the phone, which she said he didn't, and even if the cops would come out to the set - then what? The cops would ask Chuck "are you forcing this woman to do this film?" and he'd say "no". They'd ask the crew "did you see anything?" The crew would say "no" because this is their job they want to get paid for. Then the cops would turn around and go back - leaving Linda now on the set with a very pissed off pimp on her hands.
One of the first things someone like Linda has to do is to GET AWAY from the situation. Only back in the 70's and 80's homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, etc. REFUSED to accept prostitutes and especially PORN PERFORMERS. Drug treatment programs would refuse prostitutes. Anyone who they even suspected of being a prostitute back then was refused help because not only were we "criminals" in their eyes, but we also were in the middle of an AIDS epidemic.
So in 1984, I took a warehouse I had yes once used as a brothel and turned it into the first adult safe house in the country. I got a few women out of the industry, and away from their pimps, in this warehouse. It was close to the police station to scare away trouble. It had the security and the barbed wire for protection. When I was arrested however the police gave me a $50,000 bail. That took a little time to arrange. During that time the police made sure the media portrayed me as "running a brothel" as to why I was arrested only I wasn't even on the property when I got arrested. I was set up by some very corrupt cops who didn't like the idea I was providing safety from them to women with this warehouse. You can read about my 1984 arrest at www.hightechmadam.com
I relate to Jennifer O'Kane when she says "I wanted a safe place for women to go" because that's what my warehouse was. You were safe there from harm and could heal. While they were healing, it gave them time to think about what they wanted to do next. Most wanted to leave the industry. Some wanted to keep working in the industry but without their exploitation and terror. But because the warehouse was providing these women with options - it had to be shut down.
Clearly that idea didn't work. After I shut down the warehouse, I was still getting calls from women needing it. I wasn't going to go that route again. But I couldn't turn away either and refuse to help them. So in 1987 I launched "Prostitutes Anonymous" and the hotline. This hotline was one where you could call no matter what part of the sex industry you were in - stripping, porn, prostitution - and get help to get out no matter what the situation - even if you were being forced. Here is me and some of our early members on the Donahue show promoting the hotline and program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeG_CO06O2o&t=1386s
A lot of sex workers watched Donahue - so that was one of the reasons why we went on that show. Anywhere we could make contact with men and women in the sex industry - we let them know to call our hotline first. Not all wanted help to quit - some were just in an immediate crisis. That's why we always say "whatever your reasons are just call".
If you were an adult in the sex industry wanting help to get out of a bad situation, or just to help you quit - then from 1987 until 2002 WE were the only hotline for adults to call. I specify "adults" because juveniles could call www.childrenofthenight.org and get help immediately also. Children of the Night had founded their hotline and program for juveniles in 1979.
Then we helped to get the Trafficking Act of 2000 passed. What this did was give us official federal recognition as "victims" instead of "criminals". Understand prostitution is ILLEGAL. Making us CRIMINALS in the eyes of the law when calling 911. So when we would go to victim services after being raped, beaten, kidnapped, etc., and we were "prostitutes" then they would refuse to help us because the government does not help CRIMINALS.
Prior to the 2000 Act - the only thing on the books about this was the Mann Act. This only gave Chinese women the status needed for our government to help them get out of prostitution and back to China. If you were a juvenile transported across state lines to be prostituted - you could prosecute the guy under the Mann Act of 1910. However, up until the 1970's the only TWO people ever charged under the Mann Act were two African American men. Chuck Berry the musician and Joe Johnson, the boxer. They had married white women and then went across state lines. Clearly our police did not understand what sex trafficking was with the Mann Act or there would have been better prosecutions than that!
But there wasn't because when we'd call the police for help they would view us as CRIMINALS and pretty much hang up on us. Nicholas Cage was in a great film "Frozen Ground" which really depicted how the police treated us back then very realistically. If you've seen it you'd know why most of us didn't even bother to call the cops when someone was coming after us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs6fcLney6c
Once the Trafficking Act passed in 2000 - this meant basically that our government would not spend money to help us be "rescued and restored" on an official level. From 1987 until 2000 when we'd get calls from someone needing to get some kind of help we had to arrange to get it through networking because there were no trafficking grants, no trafficking fund raisers, and it was like trying to help people who were calling up saying they needed help to get way from "little green men from mars". I'm not kidding either - most people didn't even believe our stories back then just as they didn't believe Linda's.
In 2002, Polaris opened up the National Trafficking Hotline. In one of Jennifer O'Kane's tapes, she says to "call Awaken". Well Awaken never answers their phone. Not in the years that I've called and others have called. We always get a voicemail when we've called. But if you feel you were "trafficked" or forced into the sex industry or even intimidated into some part of the sex industry - yes you can call the National Trafficking Hotline.
Under the resources for Nevada I want to show you that we are really the only emergency hotline to call. Let me show you a screen shot of Nevada resources for the Polaris National Trafficking Hotline
I want you first to look up in the upper right hand corner of the screen shot. I want you to see a pop up that will ask you for your location. Now if you are in a dangerous situation - understand something here - if you are inside of the Bunny Ranch and you go onto the Polaris site and this pops up then they will capture your IP address showing not only you're at the Bunny Ranch, but even what computer you're on.
Now let's be grown-ups here - criminals have spies and informants. Look at Whitey Bulger and how many informants he had to tip him off if someone was going to move against him. Don't think for a minute that IF Dennis was some really bad dude that he couldn't hire someone to get a job on that hotline or hack into their files or in 100 ways be able to tell if someone at his brothel is going onto the Polaris website because it happens. The same for your phone. If you have a pimp who is monitoring your phone then potentially he might be alerted that your phone is going onto their site. So really carefully consider if you would be endangering yourself in any way by going onto that site.
What if you are in a criminal situation? We have a 5th amendment in this country which allows you not to incriminate yourself. If you are in a drug house for example where the IP address would direct law enforcement to you sitting on a shitload of drugs - then you need to consider if you're incriminating yourself here in any way before clicking on that popup or moving forward.
NONE of these things by the way happen if you reach out to our hotline for help at www.sexworkersanonymous.com You will not see any pop-up when you go there. NO ONE has access to our computer records but myself. If anyone tries to hack into our records I will be alerted. I have been threatened, bribed, hit with a subpena and a warrant to try and obtain information on who contacts us and they get nothing.
Now when you go down the list of people to contact in Nevada for help the first name you see is the Alameda Prosecutor. DO NOT call that number first until I explain something.
But first, notice Sex Workers Anonymous IS listed under Nevada resources of who to call for help when trafficked in Nevada.
Now I'm going to tell you WHY I do not recommend you call the Alameda Prosecutors Office HEAT nor Nancy O'Malley for help when being trafficked or trying to leave the sex industry. I first heard of them when they were organizing a trafficking conference in Los Angeles. I offered to come share my experience with them in this field being it's 30 years now and 500,000 calls on the hotline. I myself have been in recovery since 1985. I was told I could "send them some flyers they'd leave on the literature table" but that they "did not have time for me to present anything". I was not even invited to come as a guest to the event. I know a blow-off when I hear one. If you're holding a conference on alcoholism and Bill Wilson offers to come speak - if you really CARE about alcoholism then you'll respond.
So clearly they don't. And they DON'T. I got a google that over $1,000,000 was being spent on a billboard campaign in Alameda County for sex trafficking victims to get help. The url which was being plastered all over Alameda was www.protectourkids.org Well I went to that address and found a BUS SCHEDULE. That was it. So I tried to contact Nancy and alert her there was a problem and didn't get a call-back. I went to the Board of Supervisors and told them this went nowhere and got no response. FOR SIX MONTHS I hounded these people this link went nowhere and finally, after six months of hounding them by email, it now goes to a lovely site that doesn't do jack shit.
Go on - take a look at it. Now imagine you're a trafficking victim needing help to get away to help. Do you see anything on there that helps you do this? Let's say you see a kid right there in trouble - do you see anything on there that tells you what to do with that kid? Slick million bucks in the pocket - good one Nancy! Now THAT'S a "trick"!
I then started getting some calls from women in her area needing help. Now when our hotline gets a call we ALWAYS try and use the local resources first before doing anything on our own to assist. It is only when we fail to get assistance for them that we personally then respond. Now let me know you something about what is going on in Alameda - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oakland-police-sex_us_58094a1fe4b02444efa28c08
Now before I go further, let me say that when these people called me for help it was because they had tried other methods first. I am not the first call usually. One woman had told me she called 911. She was told that "unless you have an emergency where we can call police, fire, or ambulance - then we need to ask you to call the non-emergency line".
You see where www.protectlakids.org takes you to. But remember the name Celeste Guap. Because her mother is a 911 operator. Keep that in mind. Meaning when you would call 911 in this region you would then possibly be getting her mother, or someone who works with her mother. You will note from the Huffington Post article it states that "Celeste was being tipped how to avoid trafficking raids and outreach". I can assure you she was not the only person alerted to such things. But remember "alert" is an interesting word because what if you WANT HELP? Only this uniformed active duty police officer or prosecutor is TELLING YOU NOT TO BE THERE at such and such a time where you could GET HELP?
I mean is "alert" the right choice of words here? How about "order"? How about if I'm being trafficked by over 30 cops in this area, and my mother is fielding 911 calls and I want to get the hell out from under this situation but don't know where to turn because when I go to the Polaris site it tells me to call the very people who are trafficking me - and then when there's an outreach or raid going on they're "ordering" me not to go there where I might get help. So you know what do you do?
You call me. Only I tried then contacting Nancy O'Malley myself directly. I told her the truth - that I had women who had reached out to me because they couldn't reach out to the traditional authorities and I wanted to talk to her about it. I got told "I'll call you in a few days" and never ever got a call back. I tried to reach her a few times after that - and just got no response. THAT'S when I got hostile - not before by the way. I got hostile because this woman got an $80,000 grant from Swanee Hunt to be someone to help these women. Not only was she pulling stunts like this billboard campaign, but she was refusing to talk to me about the calls my hotline's getting? I mean don't you think that's a form of fraud against Swanee Hunt?
When the news broke about Celeste Guap in the press - I reached out to try and make contact with her because I was very scared for her safety. I've been in her shoes and I've had cops scared I was going to prosecute them for having sex with me and I've had cops try and kill me literally for being afraid I would reveal we'd had sex so I was very very scared for her life. I say that because when I was arrested I did have a tape of four cops having sex with me and some of my girlfriends, as well as getting high. They realized they were on Candid Camera when raiding the warehouse they found the hidden cable wires and the VCR. I had the tape elsewhere. I'm not going to go into the whole story but yes these cops were so worried what I was going to do with those tapes I had more than one attempt made on my life back then. My attorney finally negotiated with them the tapes would only be released IF I was harmed and we got the attacks to stop.
But Nancy responded back "I've got this". Okay Celeste is then taken in a police car to a Florida treatment program. I'm not asked for a recommendation on a good place to send someone like Celeste. Suddenly, she's arrested for assault on a guard at the facility and given a $300,000 bail. Her talking to the press stops. I've been there done that too - this is where you get threatened into shutting your mouth to the press. Which her interviews did stop after she was released when this happened.
Is Celeste out of sex work and safe? Her Facebook appears to be actively hooking so I'd say "no". Now can I help her? I know we can do more for her than I see Nancy doing. Oh yes Nancy's announced 7 cops will be prosecuted for having sex with her. I'm not hearing anything about sex trafficking though. I also know that since there's no DNA or semen that this boils down to her testimony. I know no prostitute has ever won a rape case - let alone against a cop. So if she lives long enough to testify, and does, then what is going to happen? What's happening right now to cops who are shooting people dead? So I'm not holding my breath here.
Celeste illustrates why WE STILL don't have a system set up yet to help these men and women. I would also like to know what Nancy did with the $80,000 Swanee gave her? She's impounding cars off johns right and left so that's a lot of money. We have very good treatment programs right here in southern California. In fact, with 80 percent of the porn industry here in the valley we have some very good treatment programs who could help Celeste get clean and out of the industry. But she's sent to Florida? What treatment program has a uniformed guard? What treatment program would have a client in early detox arrested for assault? I'm sorry but most addicts ARE combative in early recovery. It's their job to MANAGE those emotions. To have her arrested because of their employee I think is the height of negligence. Either that or it was staged and deliberate. I've never had something like that happen to anyone we've gotten into treatment and over 30 years - that's a lot of people.
Now, Jennifer is telling people to "call the US Attorney's Office to report Dennis Hof raped you". That is NOT what the US Attorney's office would tell you to do. They would tell you to first call Crimestoppers. http://www.crimestoppersusa.org/
You should not EVER just call up an office like this blindly. Criminals have informants everywhere. In Columbia, it is well known if you reach out to the police to report on the Cartel, they are tapped right into the phone company and you will get a visit from very unhappy people if you do that. What if there are informants there? What if the phones are tapped by the criminals? Do you think criminals don't do counter-surveillance on the cops who might be watching them? Think again - we just had a Chinese spy popped out of our FBI.
We had another one poped out of Homeland Security, ICE and the trafficking task forces - Joohon David Lee. https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/former-hsi-special-agent-pleads-guilty-taking-bribes-korean-businessman-being
I could go on. My point being DO NOT just call up somewhere and start blabling about what happened to you. For one thing, how do you know you're not incriminating yourself? If there is a chance you might - then I'd advise YOU seek an attorney FIRST before shooting off your mouth about someone else.
I made a bad mistake once. I had been "recruited" by some organized traffickers who had heard I'd gotten divorced and I was broke. They sent a man in to convince me to come to work for them again as a madam. I actually considered it until I saw what they were doing to the Chinese and Latina women. Yes the "white girls" were being treated well. But the Chinese women were being worked in houses with mattresses on the floor and not allowed to leave. The Latina women were being treated like dogs. It brought back memories of why I left the industry in the first place. I was very worried about these Chinese and Latina women and there was no way to get them out of there myself. They were literally being kept locked up on private property.
I made the mistake of going to Chief Gillispie in Las Vegas with the information. I gave him the addresses where the women were being held, where the chop shop was, where the drugs were packed into the cars, where the brothels were, and the whole 9 yards. I gave him phone numbers, addresses, names on bank accounts and leases, and the whole 9 yards.
At 2:00 a.m. the next morning I had a knock on my door. It was one of the women. She told me that the Chief had come in telling everyone to "clear out of there now". She told me to go with her in the car to the brothel address and I'd see. The whole house had been gutted and when we went inside I could even smell the bleach. They had cleaned and scrubbed the whole operation down to nothing. This woman was 8 months pregnant and they didn't want to worry about transporting her so they just told her to "split". Luckily she had remembered where I lived and walked there to get help.
Now if I just had the Chief of Police clean up the evidence this woman was being trafficked who do you think I'm going to call to help this woman? https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/fifteen-members-of-las-vegas-sheriff-douglas-gillespies-organization-have-been-served-with-a-federal-complaint/I'm not going to tell you what we did with her but she's fine now. The baby is great. Chief Gillispie has been dealt with. So Jennifer - I think I know what I'm doing in this area. I do not believe Awaken properly advised you what to do in this situation because I wouldn't be having you make a video up talking about calling the Polaris hotline about Dennis and I'll tell you why.
A couple of years ago, California passed SB1193. This is a law requiring their hotline be posted at all sex industry outlets. http://www.castla.org/senator-steinberg-s-sb-1193-hotline-posting-factsheet
Polaris came into California and got that law passed pretty much putting up that hotline everywhere in California. In fact, Polaris got that hotline law passed in a lot of states.
Here it is in Connecticut - https://polarisproject.org/blog/2016/08/05/connecticut-moves-toward-eradicating-human-trafficking-hotels-and-motels-new-law
In fact, Katherine Chon, co-founder of Polaris got decriminalized prostitution OUTLAWED in Rhode Island in 2007. http://www.browndailyherald.com/2007/02/15/local-activists-work-to-end-ri-human-trafficking/ Her and Derek Ellerman, who "has a career thanks to Ron Paul" he says. Ron Paul gets regular donations from Dennis Hof by the way. Rhode Island was Nevada's legal brothels' ONLY competitor in the USA and now they're not thanks to Ms. Chon's work. Here is an article showing Hof's very outspoken support of Ron http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/secret-service-prostitutes-dennis-hof-american-hookers_n_1432210.html
Well he certainly got Dennis his money's worth! Shot down a whole state of competitors to the guy! Use some common sense here. If Polaris was going to do jack shit against Dennis Hof - then why (1) is one of the first things Katherine Chon do was to shut down Dennis' competitor?, (2) why have all these other states been ordered to post up signs with the National Trafficking Hotline on it but NEVADA HAS NOT, and (3) why does the Polaris resource listing for Nevada have like 100 other names on top of ours that aren't even for Nevada which essentially BURIES our information?
Is it because they're "great resources" for Nevada? Remember, this is NOT who to call if you've been RAPED. This is who to call if you've been TRAFFICKED. You don't call them if you want help to exit sex work. To exit sex work you have to contact us (if you're over 18 years old otherwise www.childrenofthenight.org).
Well let's see how good these resources are if you're trying to escape a sex trafficking situation. Since most calls come in after 5 pm to our hotline - I called those numbers starting at 5:15 pm on 11/18/16. I recorded each call to verify what happened.