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Sunday, April 8, 2018

LETTER TO CONGRESS ABOUT BACKPAGE AND SESTA


Jody Williams, Founder & Director
Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly “Prostitutes Anonymous”)
5516 Boulder Highway, Suite 2F378
Las Vegas, NV 89122
www.sexworkersanonymous.com
(702) 488-1127 Telephone

April 8, 2018

Dear Law Makers:

I’m writing you on behalf of the issues surrounding Backpage, the recent confiscation of the website, as well as a law being passed regarding online advertising in connection with the sex industry.  In order to understand however why my view is relevant to this issue, (as well as national security), an expert opinion, who I am and why I’m writing you about these issues, I’m sure I’m going to have to first introduce myself. 

You can verify I’m a real person, a registered voter in fact in California.  I also have news clips about my work and activism available at www.hightechmadam.com  I apologize for not being able to be there in person to speak to you, or for having reached out sooner, but realize I’m not a “professional” at this issue like the lobbyist are who are behind these campaigns I’m writing you about today.  So this letter is written to you from me personally, my own life, my own experiences, and are my own personal opinion also as a survivor of sex trafficking, an American, and also a registered voter interested in the well-being of our country.

The media dubbed me with that name “High Tech Madam” after a very high profiled arrest of myself, as well as my mother, in 1984.  The reason for the nickname they gave me was because the warehouse involved with my arrest had cutting edge security features, surveillance technology, and a sophisticated computer system. 

I used the computer to link to Telecheck, who in turn linked me into TRW so I could pull prospective clients’ credit reports in order to verify their identities.  I was being held on $50,000 bail after I was arrested by a SWAT team and task force out of my home, so I was unable to speak to the media myself to explain what all of that was about.  The police were the ones who informed the police that warehouse was a “brothel” and I was a “madam”, while the high bail was set to prevent me from speaking to the press to explain to them the truth.  (Much like what happened when “Celeste Guap” was treated the same way to silence her also I’d like to add.) 

You see, I was the “Backpage” of 1984 which is one of the reasons why I’m qualified to write you about these issues today.  I do not know the owners of that site and have been out of the sex industry for 32 years now, as well as clean that long.  I receive no salary or compensation for anything I do with respect to my activism.  I have no wealthy person behind me using a string of corporations through a maze of donation chains to be creating the hoopla I’m about to speak to you about today. 

I am what I am – a person doing this much like how Bill Wilson when he created Alcoholics Anonymous on the heels of Prohibition being repealed.  Prohibition had only been repealed two years before Bill launched AA, so his “drinking years” were during a time when our country treated the disease of alcoholism as a crime because of a lack of knowledge of the disease. 

A disease that was at that time period 100 % fatal and considered by statisticians to be a hopeless condition.  The church argued it was a form of demonic possession and used to make a lot of money going on campaigns where sufferers signed pledges they weren’t going to drink again.  Law enforcement considered it a crime, and would arrest both the buyer and manufacturer of alcohol – the proceeds of which fueled the formal organization and entrenchment of organized crime.  Medical science considered it a form of incurable insanity – sending sufferers to sanitariums to die in a hospice like setting. 

In other words, the whole world was getting it wrong until an alcoholic who had found an answer for himself started speaking out to educate us through the formation of his 12 step program.  A program through which a woman gained her sobriety named Marty Mann then formed the National Council on Alcoholism.  The NCA then started approaching the disease from a completely different perspective than before, one which looked at it from the eyes of those who had “been there”, making recovery possible today for a once hopeless condition even according to the great Carl Jung.  I’d like to point out that a sober alcoholic created the NCA, not someone from the alcohol industry or I think we’d have a much different view today of alcoholism.

Which parallels the issue of the sex industry and sex trafficking I’m going to speak to you about in this letter.  You see our government saw the consequences and devastation caused by alcoholism, but took a broad stroke approach to trying to solve the problem by outlawing all alcohol.  This was because of a fundamental misunderstanding, as well as being a situation that was deliberately taken advantage of by organized crime who saw an opportunity to make money. 

Seeing that opportunity to make money through alcohol becoming illegal, they appealed to politicians who then organized their whole platforms around the issue.  Who while voting on laws to outlaw alcohol, actually had their own personal “bootlegger” because not all people who enjoyed drinking alcohol were alcoholics and didn’t feel they should be denied the pleasure of drinking simply because of a few people who were suffering from this horrible incurable fatal disease.  Which again you can see why I’m drawing parallels here of the two. 

When truck drivers were being horribly exploited, Jimmy Hoffa didn’t step up to outlaw trucks as a solution.  What he did instead was form a union that protected the interests of drivers because they were in a very vulnerable position.  One prone to being exploited.  Organized crime of course being so unhappy about this that it’s probably why no one can find his body today.  Which many argue they then latched onto the unions, so I’m not writing you about promoting a union.  What I’m trying to explain here is that when you have a problem within an industry of a “vulnerable work force” you don’t outlaw the “tools of the trade”. 

The problem here is a lack of understanding about the differences between prostitution and the sex industry, as well as the differences between “sex trafficking”, “pimping”, and gang activity.  Not understanding these differences is like comparing what a pharmacist does with Pablo Escobar with that of someone who grows a few pot plants in their backyard to ease their chemotherapy symptoms.  Because there are differences between those things just as there are within the spectrum that makes up the issue of sex and the sex industry.

Which I tend to liken to the food industry to help people who aren’t from this world to understand.  Just look at food for a minute here.  You have people who have their own farms and raise their own food.  They don’t sell their food to other people, and they don’t buy their food from anyone else. 

However, you do have farmers who mass produce their food for sale at the grocery store, as well as the restaurant owner and the guy who has a fast food truck.  There are chefs who have four Michelin stars, and you have guys who microwave pizza at a convenience store.  There are people who grow specialty products for a niche market, as well as corporate farms who supply chains like McDonalds.  While you have some farmers who grow organic foods with love, and raise their livestock humanely – you also have farms that use chemicals, genetically modify their produce for a higher profit, and treat livestock with horrific cruelty that is truly criminal. 

Sex and the sex industry is like food and the food industry.  Do I know the differences between these?  I should being as if you check again my news clips at www.hightechmadam.com, you’ll see that I created a campaign that was launched in 1987 that was geared to create what became the Trafficking Act of 2000.  That Act wouldn’t have even passed had it not been for the 13 years of work I put into raising the public’s awareness about modern domestic sex trafficking, as well as rallying together the people who made that Act possible like Michael Horowitz.

To try and explain my point, I should start with why I was arrested in the first place.  Because that warehouse was not a “brothel”, and I was not arrested in reality for pimping, nor was my mother.  I again was being falsely portrayed as this much again like I’m seeing is being done with Backpage because of a larger agenda I was just a pawn in at that time.  Because in reality, that warehouse was actually the first safe house in the USA for adult sex trafficking victims. 

That’s why I had it placed next to the Van Nuys police station, with such high security equipment on it.  I had rented the warehouse for this purpose after stashing victims at my house, after episodes of traffickers trying to take their victims back at gunpoint.  I became concerned about innocent neighbors being shot during our rescues, so I moved the safe house to a warehouse in an industrial area where no one was around after dark for safety purposes, as well as to be close to the police station so they could come help quickly if needed.  You see I wasn’t having to defend us from anyone in the Van Nuys station back then, but I was having to from officers connected to Rampart, Beverly Hills and Compton.

To understand what was going on, I’ve had to wait until the truth has come out about Iran Contra.  If you don’t know what that is – the short version is that it was when our government was the ones responsible for the flooding of cocaine into the USA in order to raise cash “off the books” to buy guns for the Contra’s.  Since it was illegal to do so directly, this campaign was set up to raise cash to set up the black-market purchase of weapons to support fighting Russia. 

I’m talking about this because you need to understand this was going on in Los Angeles back in the late 1970’s, and early 1980’s to understand why I’d even be needing a safe house.  The media wasn’t saying back then it was our government behind the cocaine epidemic – in fact they were laying it entirely off on people who couldn’t defend themselves in the media. 

You also need to understand that back in the early 1980’s, the very act of sex trafficking an American citizen wasn’t even against the law.  If you watch the unedited opening of “Enter the Dragon”, you’ll see that even Bruce Lee was trying to raise awareness that it was not illegal to take American women, get them onto planes to other countries, hook them on drugs, and then sell them to the highest bidder.  Not only was it not illegal then, our culture viewed it as “unreal” as if you were to say we needed a law in place to protect people who were being abducted by aliens.  I say that because literally if you spoke about sex trafficking back then, you were treated in the same identical manner as those who claimed they were being abducted by aliens. 

I say that because I watched as Linda Lovelace stepped up in the late 1970’s and tried to explain to the world she had been sex trafficked.  Only we didn’t even have a word for this back then (the term “sex trafficking” wasn’t even coined until the year 2000) – that’s how “alien” of a concept this was to America then. 

So as Linda got up on the talk show circuit and revealed how she had been forced to film “Deep Throat” on a set while her husband/pimp was holding a gun on her, while the crew did nothing, on a set that was financed by the mob, where the profits enriched organized crime – the world couldn’t even comprehend what she was saying.  Many didn’t even believe her.  I watched as audiences literally tore into her because they didn’t even want to believe either that the sex industry so glamourized by people like Hugh Hefner, on a film they’d seen in a mainstream theater, was a film of her being raped for money by organized crime while the whole crew participated.  A film which was literally one of the top grossing films of that time. 

When she went to law enforcement to have the men who did that to her prosecuted, Edwin Meese was the Attorney General at that time.  There literally were no laws on the books to charge anyone on that film for anything but obscenity.  Trying to make a statement about what had been done to her, everyone but Linda was in fact charged with obscenity.  But since that wasn’t what actually transpired, of course the adult industry appealed to popular public opinion and their ignorance of the subject, and they each were acquitted.  Because we didn’t have the right laws on the books then, these men went unhindered with what they were doing. 

Edwin Meese did put together the Meese Report on the porn industry, but it didn’t do anything to change the laws.  Without laws being created, nothing changed.  The religious right came in and made Linda their “poster girl” to try and outlaw porn itself in a modern form of Prohibition.  But once again, those who enjoyed the product didn’t understand why they should suffer so actually the controversy fueled the adult industry which is 1000 times larger today than it was in Linda’s time.  Why?  Because the porn industry used their campaigns to just increase demand. 

It also meant victims of what is now called “sex trafficking” couldn’t call the police, nor receive help because the system still viewed anyone involved in the industry with a “strict liability” eye as a “criminal”.  There was no concept of the idea that one could be “forced” to be engaging in this crime.  Yes we arrest bank robbers.  But to sex, we were identical to the Taliban in that we were taking victims of sex trafficking who would come forward and arresting them, making them the criminal.  In a country where if you’re raped, you get arrested, or even stoned, how do you fight rape if the victims can’t come forward without great sacrifice?  Such is what we do to victims of the sex industry – instead of focusing on the crime – we focus on that it’s sex. 

I’m no law maker however.  Back then I was working within the sex industry as an escort, a madam, and the industry as a whole.   I didn’t care about the law then, but only about making money.  So I created the first ever live phone sex line which took credit cards instead of being charged to one’s phone bill which could be found by a man’s wife or accountant for example. 

I did this because Los Angeles was suffering from literally the most serial killers targeting prostitutes in history at that time.  On top of the women who were being sold to seal oil deals and cocaine imports, we also had the Grim Reaper, the Green River Killer, Southside Slayer, and the two pimps who were named the Hillside Strangler once they escalated up to murder all targeting street prostitutes back then while the law did nothing about it. 

But the Hillside Strangler who were also cousins/pimps truly changed the game.  While the other serial killers were targeting street prostitutes, these guys learned escort services delivered like pizza parlors.  Before they started murdering, they were pimps who would kidnap, torture and pimp out their victims for a while.  We in the industry learned the police would do nothing to protect us, so we had to start forming our own security systems.  When we realized they were using certain phone numbers, we tried sharing those phone numbers with other madams, producers, etc. on a blacklist.  Once we did that, they started changing their phone numbers.  We tried sharing the addresses they used, but they would just find another abandoned house to use. 

We learned the police would ignore our pleas for help.  In desperation, I had learned that Telecheck had a system which would allow me to tap into a man’s credit report.  This would allow me to know if I was speaking in fact to an actual real person who lived at that address – thus eliminating these maniacs from our potential clients.  It was also the first “screening” tool used by the industry which allowed me to screen out these maniacs. 

To get this system, I had to set up a phony business to fool the bank about what the charges were for.  So I’d set up a fake storefront where I claimed I was selling balloons ordered by phone for delivery to people’s houses for their birthdays.  That allowed me the ability to take a credit card by phone, and to check out their identity by phone also.  This ability to take credit cards by telephone allowed me also to set up the first live phone sex operation as I said before.  Once I set that up and was making $30,000 a week from phone sex, I didn’t need to bother with escorting.

Once other madams realized I had this ability, they started wanting to check out their potential clients also.  Realize we couldn’t call the police if one of these women disappeared.  They would refuse to lift a finger to help us because we were labeled back then as 100 % no different than a drug dealer.  So I started charging a fee to these women to run names.  If you Google this fact, you’ll see that every top-level madam in the USA was arrested in 1984.  A task force had been created by Bruce Berman, who claimed that our ability to tap into these mens’ credit profiles meant we were operating a “huge criminal operation” when in fact all we were doing was trying to protect ourselves. 

Because we also had nowhere to run.  Because of a fear of HIV/AIDS, as well as because we were viewed as “criminals’, if you were even suspected of being a “prostitute”, no domestic violence or homeless shelter would take you.  No detox or drug treatment program would take you.  No hospital would admit you even.  I know that because I once took a woman who had been stabbed 51 times by the Hillside Strangler cousins to the ER who wouldn’t even stitch her up until I threatened legal action.  They finally did stitch her up, but refused to admit her into the hospital.  As they refused to admit other women I would bring them beaten unconscious by pimps with broken bones and crushed skulls. 

To give juveniles a place to go for safety, Lois Lee created Children of the Night in 1979.  Leaving me with having to take women fleeing from pimps, as well as our own CIA who was making women disappear in connection with Chuck Barris, (the producer of “The Dating Game” which was a front for international sex trafficking, among other things Chuck did as a CIA operative back then whose cover was as a Hollywood producer – see his “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”), Iran Contra (there were drug lords who liked white women our country would bring them), and to seal oil deals (oil barons who also liked white women), to some kind of safe haven.  That was what my warehouse was – a safe house for adult sex trafficking victims.

In 1984, I was framed just like Backpage was on a local level.  I received a telephone call from a woman who told me her pimp had beaten her and she wanted help to get away from him.  I picked her up, put her into the warehouse with a few weeks of food, and left her there to reside while she healed from a broken nose, two black eyes and a broken arm she had told me her pimp did to her.   There were no phones in this warehouse, and I was not running any of my prostitution ads.  I did not send her to see any clients, nor anyone to see her. 

The woman was a “snitch” sent to frame me.  The police had offered to let her off probation if she would claim I had “pimped” her, which was a felony at that time.  One problem – no evidence.  My attorney pointed out to them I’d beat this at trial because he could prove I had not done any business of any kind with this woman. 

So LAPD arrested my mother to create “leverage”.  Then the prosecutor showed me a photo of me handing my mother a $20 bill for her handing me a bucket of KFC.  Under the pimping law, the receipt of money from a “known prostitute”, (me), was enough to charge my mother with pimping me – even for a bucket of chicken.  They did this to try and force me into taking a plea bargain.  When we refused still, they threatened to arrest my 70-year-old grandmother for pimping me for the Christmas presents I’d bought.  So, I took the plea to protect my grandmother.

The whole purpose of my arrest was to shut down my screening process.  That was made clear to me during my arrest, and when all the other madams who used this service were arrested also.  We each were blasted all over the media, our money and livelihoods taken from us, and then once we were broke, cornered and scared – that’s when the CIA stepped up and said we’d be allowed to “go back to work” as long as we agreed to be informants. 

It’s now become common knowledge that Alex, the Beverly Hills Madam, did agree to become an informant.  When Heidi Fleiss refused to become one also, that’s when she was arrested and went through her own process.  When she was asked to become an informant, she fled to Nevada to seek the protection of the men in the legal brothel industry. 

But Jeane Palfrey (the DC Madam), also initially agreed to provide information on her clients to the CIA when she came in after me to the game.  Soon the requests for information, became more.  Jeane at one point told the government she wanted to retire.  She’d purchased some land in Germany, and her mother was elderly and ill.  She’d made enough money to retire, and in fact was at the airport leaving this country to go to Germany so she could retire from being a madam when she was arrested.  She was told she’d “get a slap on the wrists” if she’d agree to go back to running her service and cooperating with the CIA. 

To her, that was sex trafficking.  She was being forced to be involved in the sex industry by the CIA who wanted to continue to pump her for information, as well as to use her escorts to manipulate her clients.  But she didn’t want to wind up like Brandy Britton.  Brandy had been sent to manipulate various politicians and corporate leaders.  In fear of what she’d reveal at her trial, Jeane believed Brandy was murdered and it was made to look like a suicide.  Fearing this would be done to her, she wanted to blow the whistle on the whole operation and then be left alone.  Only she wasn’t given that chance and I believe she was murdered before she could get out her whole story also.  Murdered by men who didn’t want to go through what Trumps’ going through now because what they’re hiding is much worse than a “quickie affair”.

Sirs, the sex industry is like any other industry.  Including the involvement of organized crime, and men who believe that knowledge is power.  Cambridge Analytica believes that or I wouldn’t have heard an undercover tape provided by Charlie Wylie where the men were overheard talking about “sending a few girls around” to create a scandal.  What isn’t understood is that those girls “being sent around” aren’t going there by choice.  There are actual traffickers being controlled not by PIMPS, not by gangs, but by corporations and other countries who are controlling these women they “send around” when they want to create pressure on someone.

The madams that used to exist to control and manage the women in the sex industry before Google, the internet, Facebook, Twitter, etc. don’t exist anymore.  All of what we did and used to note in our “Black Books” is now all online.  What does exist are men who view the INFORMATION that is generated by the sex industry as power.  That was clear when us madams, those who used to have this forbidden knowledge, when we were all coerced by our government into relaying everything we knew to them, and doing as they asked. 

But in 1984 is when we balked.  We balked because we were being asked to do more than just reveal bedtime secrets.  We were now being asked to manipulate our clients, and also to make some women “disappear”, or to become involved in the trading of humans like livestock.  We each refused.  Yes madams have ethics. 

We were arrested, and most of the madams were made to comply.  You’ll note they each had movies made about them “glamourizing” them.   That was in reality “infomercials” that drove even more girls and clients to their doors.  You’ll note I wasn’t in that list.  I however instead formed the hotline for Prostitutes Anonymous in 1987.  I invited people who wanted help to escape the whole situation entirely to call us for help to leave and recover.  I also created the first hotline for sex trafficking victims, the first alternative sentencing program, the first diversion program, and the first recovery program for men and women who wanted help to also recover from their time in the industry much like how Bill created AA – I created this structure for those coming out of the sex industry.

I have been in reality helping sex trafficking victims before the internet, before Backpage, and after.  So I am someone in the position of giving you an expert opinion here that seems to be overlooked right now.  For every case of sex trafficking you’re hearing about now where someone was trafficked on Backpage, what you’re missing here is that the arrest of those traffickers was made possible by Backpage.  The ads that were placed were used as evidence against the traffickers, who otherwise, would have gone unhindered completely.

I spoke to the head of a Vice Unit in Texas in 2015 when I was investigating the truth behind the series “8 Minutes”.  He told me that they are given zero dollars for investigations into sex trafficking.  They don’t have any manpower either.  Nor can they infiltrate the organizations doing them where to even get a meeting with them you have to be a known prostitute and/or criminal.  Many of them won’t even meet with you unless they can see you in a porn movie.  What undercover officer is going to do a porn film just to infiltrate a trafficking ring?

However, the ads that are placed are easily found as evidence.  In 1994, our hotline got a call from a mother like we had many other mothers trying to get help to find her missing teen daughter.  This was before the internet when the only way to find a missing teen was “boots on the ground” where you had to literally be on the inside to know anything.  I advised this mother to dress up like a hooker, hit the streets for a few weeks pretending to be one of them, and then she’d find her daughter.  She in fact did find her daughter, and her mother, her daughter, and our organization appeared on the Sally Jesse Raphel show to promote our hotline and work.

The producers at ABC came down and signed us to a movie contract.  That film was “Fighting for my Daughter” with Lindsey Wagner.  That movie aired for the first time in 1995 – which was the year the internet had just started to ta­­ke root.  ­­Back then, the only way to find someone who was being trafficked on the streets was physical infiltration.  In other words, we had to have people willing to take their lives into their hands to find, and rescue someone. 

But then came the internet.  For a few years, our hotline was jamming with calls like that mothers.  Only I was able to ask them for a photo of their child and then usually I could find their ad within two hours or so.  After finding their ad, it was then a simple matter of setting up a “date” where the child could then be intercepted.  We helped to find countless children back then easily, cheaply, and the ads were used as evidence against the traffickers to shut them down. 

When I first started getting calls to attack sites like Craigslist, I tried objecting with the fact we were using these sites to easily, quickly, cheaply, painlessly, find and rescue these victims by talking about real life cases.  Only the people I was talking to weren’t listening.  They were claiming to be doing this on behalf of the “victims”.  Really?  Our program was the ONLY program that had the victims among it’s membership, and we were viewing these sites as a way to help fight trafficking.  But they weren’t listening to us while claiming to represent us. 

Which is why I started wondering who these people were behind these campaigns and looking into them more myself.  One of these programs who started launching this campaign against Craigslist was Breaking Free.  Breaking Free had Chong Kim as spokeswoman for their organization when they launched.  When I first heard about this, I contacted their organization to tell them that Chong’s story wasn’t true, and I believed she was not a “real” sex trafficking victim.  They ignored me completely until a few years later when they decided to launch a campaign discrediting Chong themselves as a phony survivor.  When I went onto their Facebook site, who did I find as belonging on their board of directors?  Oliver North.  I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! 

As for Breaking Free, they claimed to care so much about fighting sex trafficking I told their founder/director about a case in Florida where I was hearing from victims they were being trafficked through a so called sex trafficking safe house where the local police on the trafficking task force were the ones threatening them, even dragging them back to the house when they’d try to escape.  When they tried to bring tapes of what was going on to the local press, they were accused of staging it.  The woman running one of the houses was sued by the way by a father who claimed she was using the identity of his murdered daughter as one of her “success stories”.

But these came after a group receiving funds from Swanee Hunt came looking for me in 2007.  Because I ran the largest, and oldest, program of sex trafficking survivors, as well as those who had exited the sex industry, I was approached by Melissa Farley, PhD, to help her prepare a report for the State Dept. she said on sex trafficking in Nevada, and it’s connections with the legal sex industry, i.e., the brothels.  Because I was the Bill Wilson of AA to this issue, she wanted me to basically lend our name to her research is what I was told at that time.

I made the mistake of allowing her to talk to our members, and understand how we did what we did.  Research that by the way I found she had monetized and then sold to Facebook to use not in helping sex trafficking victims, but to help them create apps to connect men to products such as porn, 3D interactive live porn, and local massage parlors and strip clubs.  Establishments where there is actual sex trafficking going on in settings police either can’t infiltrate, or some bad apples actually are a part of.  Like in Pasadena where my life was threatened by an officer.  

Which is why we don’t use the police to help us locate victims.  I can use the Celeste Guap case as one of my main reasons why I don’t.  The police officers involved with her made active points to exclude her from any trafficking activities in order to cover their own ass.  Just as I witnessed police officers employed by organized crime as “muscle” for their sex trafficking, drug, extortion, and other trafficking activities when I was in the industry – where I received more threats from cops than I ever did from another pimp or madam.

This is why when I started our hotline, I found the best way to identify where sex trafficking was happening was to have an open dialogue with people within the industry itself.  That’s why I had a relationship with Dave Elms who founded the Erotic Review, as well as a close friendship with Jeane Palfrey, the DC Madam.  She came up to take my place as a madam after I retired. 

Only after a few years, Jeane encountered what I had by men in our government, and she balked also.  I believe she was murdered to keep her quiet about all she’d witnessed.  You have to understand that because of technology, the sex industry has evolved just as every industry has.  It’s evolved because of the internet and digital cameras.  You can’t ignore the changes to the porn industry brought about by technology.   Those are apparent. 

As well as the fact that the use of “madams” is no longer necessary because what we used to do is now carried out online.  Now if our government thought that this kind of knowledge was important enough to take out of our hands back in 1984 and enough to frame me as a pimp to shut down our access to this kind of information – what do you think is going on today right under our noses as well with sites like TER or Backpage?

What we’re watching today is a war about data.  Backpage is not unique as I’ve been watching as each and every point of contact where the sex industry has been exchanging data has been one by one, step by step, attacked, targeted, and destroyed.  I’ve seen The Erotic Review, Redbook, Eros, the AIM Clinic, even Playboy and Hustler, targeted by staged “false flag” attacks designed to shut them down.  Just as I was set up a by a “snitch”, I’ve also seen some of these cases against Backpage being manufactured by a “snitch”, or “paid influencer” also. 

The one of Backpage has been truly exceptional however.  I mean didn’t we learn anything when we saw Hitler gaining control of the media by going after pornographers first?  I’m hearing all this talk about how the Russians were online “tampering with the election”.  Well that wasn’t all they were tampering with. 

I watched as a whole series called “8 Minutes” was financed by China, produced by Relativity Media, aired on A&E, that was advertised as a  “reality show” which was in reality staged with paid actors.  A fake survivor was even served up to speak to Obama through his home church sponsored by Shared Hope.  Shared Hope also providing a lot of the fake campaigns I’ve seen by the way with the whole show set up to make it appear they were calling in women off of Backpage who were then called “sex trafficking victims”.  Only every single person on that show was either a paid actor, or someone who was being impersonated while silenced personally by a confidentiality contract. 

Yes impersonated.  I also spoke to two people who talked to me of contracts they had signed to give away the rights to their name, likeness, etc., while also signing confidentiality agreements.  They then watched as they had people impersonating them in the press, even on TV.  One of those women, Dlita Miller, wasn’t even the woman who appeared on the “Truth about 8 Minutes” that was slapped together to try and cover up why the show was canceled so quickly, with all episodes yanked right off the internet (not a common practice for canceled shows). 

If you look at the comments going on Twitter during the CNN show, “The Truth about 8 Minutes”, you’ll see even the audience was saying the fake Dlita Miller was “flubbing her lines” in what was a manufactured cover up about what really went down.  A cover up that included yet another fake lawsuit that was filed by fake people in a campaign that is manipulating our courts, our legal system, even our political process in ways that have also evolved because of technology.  And yes, these lawsuits against Backpage are being influenced by this fake propaganda, church events, local trafficking events being held just ever so coincidentally in the same towns and times as these lawsuits are being staged by people who are lobbyists by the way.

Because when I learned this was being staged and created as propaganda not only to make it appear Backpage was somehow involved in sex trafficking,  but obviously to influence lawsuits and law makers writing laws, I sent Relativity Media and A&E  a “notice of intent to file suit”. 

Within 4 hours of receipt of my letter, the show was taken off the air, and offline entirely.  I then saw the Daily Beast and Buzzfeed completely fabricate the story.  This show on CNN was set up to present an alternative cover about the cancellation that of course kept me off the show.  It involved a lot of press lying about why the show was canceled because a lot of money had been raised fraudulently in connection with this show by people who were told it was real, as well as grant money of well over $1,000,000 had been issued to California based on people who believed that show was real also. 

To make as much evidence about this go away as possible, Relativity Media filed bankruptcy right after also to try and distance themselves, as well as to destroy evidence and records of what was going on.  Because in my opinion, as it’s horrible to think the Russians were influencing our election, it’s also just as horrible to watch what I’ve been seeing is a direct manipulation of our country’s law making process, court decisions, legal opinions, and even how we operate business.  I can also show you millions of dollars in grant money that’s just disappeared. 

Because of SESTA, and this whole Backpage attack, the industry is taking itself to Facebook and/or to servers outside this country – which might be the intended purpose.  Now I want to ask you gentlemen – do you realize what kind of data goes through a website like Backpage with respect to just one sex worker?  First of all, she has her IP address which can give her home address.  That one IP address can then show all of the activity on her computer to someone who is interested.  Meaning everyone she’s talking to – even if it’s an email or her Google phone.

If someone contacts her through the site, then his IP address goes through there.  As well as when she screens him, then his data goes through that system as well.  That includes all of his information on where he works, his financial data, his family members, his social circles, etc.  I’m sure you’ve seen the potential for abuse of this information in films like “Edward Snowden”. 

As well as when and where these women go when they leave.   Think for a moment about a woman who might advertise for sexual services on Craigslist or Backpage, who then decides she wants to leave.  She might then rent an apartment she found on these sites, even get a job she found listed there as well.  Even the car she sells off, and replaces with one her pimp won’t know about, would all most likely be data contained on those sites.  Which is why the traffickers might also want to see those sites shut down as much as they want to control the data through them.

But there’s more because I have also received a lot of calls from men who have frequented strip clubs, massage parlors, and legal brothels who report to me that they are being drugged, their financial data intercepted, and then they are robbed.  When they go to the local police, they are threatened that this will just “turn into a scandal” so many just eat the loss. 

If they push harder to have someone prosecuted, they’re blood tested to see if they have any drugs in their system.  Since they were drugged, there are things found in their system, and they’re then threatened with drug charges if they don’t just “drop it”.  What it looks like is pretty much what we witnessed with Lamar Odom – who reports he was fine, then knocked out.  When he woke up, $75,000 in cash was gone.  He was threatened with drug charges, so he’s not going to be pressing any charges against anyone as he’s just going to want to get the heck out of the situation and save his own backside.  He couldn’t speak the whole truth about this either because of his contracts he already had in place because of his reality show with the Kardashians – who are partners with Vivid Entertainment who make millions per year off their sex tape of Kim. 

Which is exactly why many of the people involved in this would love to criminalize being a client.  Because then you have a whole new “captive audience” to “roll” who also can’t go to the police about the theft, and even have to cover up the circumstances of that theft to protect themselves.   I mean ask yourself, why would Eliot Spitzer, who is a client of escort services push so hard to criminalize being a client?  Has anyone ever thought he might be being blackmailed into doing this like Steve Sassa was being when he was the CEO of Hearst Media? This is where a lot of the criminal, and even terrorist, underworld is raising their money today. 

You are being manipulated dear Sirs by very wealthy powerful entities.  If you look behind these campaigns to criminalize the clients of prostitutes, behind Backpage, behind these websites, you’ll see the same names over and over again financing these campaigns. Names like Cindi McCain, married to John McCain of the McCain Institute.  Cindi by the way was caught using a nonprofit to force doctors to write her prescriptions for the pain killers she was addicted to - so she's not above using so called "social campaigns" to serve her personal agenda. 

Thanks to the "No Such Thing" campaign funded by the McCain Institute, I'm now hearing of juveniles being sex trafficked who now are threatened that if they go to the authorities for help, instead of being arrested, getting a lawyer, having a trial, and getting help to escape the situation - instead now they will be held indefinitely in "protective custody" as a "witness", not get a phone call, not have an attorney assigned to them, have no right to a speedy trial, and some of them have reported to me they've been detained for up to 9 months - all with the for profit prisons making a nice penny for the per diem in the process. 

How is that caring about the welfare of a juvenile sex trafficking victim I ask you? In fact, I can point you to more than one outright actor who has testified to Congress, to the press, and to the legislature.  Samoly Mam was not the only “faux survivor” who was created by these powers to try and mislead this country about what domestic sex trafficking is in modern America because we are in the middle of a few “cold wars” right now with various countries, powers, as well as for control over very personal data.  And you all are just eating it up from what I’m seeing.

Which is why I’m writing you today begging you to please stop listening to only the voices of paid actors, people who have these interests behind what they’re telling you, paid lobbyists, and people who are even not American - trying to manipulate us in ways that I believe are endangering our economy, even our national security. I invite you for a moment to look up just two cases to illustrate my point. 

That of the CEO of Glaxco Pharmaceuticals and the “Chinese Prostitutes” and Joohon David Lee.  Mr. Lee was employed by Homeland Security, ICE, and was on the trafficking task forces of both California and Nevada while actively sex trafficking women into this country using our money and his badge.  He also was granted immunity for his crime because he did it on our dime while working for our country.  While trafficking himself what did he do?  Deflect attention off onto innocent people – because that’s how it’s done. 

The women Mr. Lee was bringing into this country to work as Asian massage parlors are used to pump American politicians, businessmen, etc., out of country secrets, money and also manipulated in ways that affect their corporations and even our stock market.   Men who if we criminalize what they’re doing with these women, you block them from coming forward.. 

Which is why if you look below the surface of “I am Jane Doe” you will find a lot of money fueling that campaign well illustrated by the documentary “Hot Toxic Seat” I also recommend you watch if you haven’t already to understand what I’m trying to tell you.  Why?  Poverty, Inc., was another good documentary about people who are making a lot of money out of creating problems, people who I’ve been seeing profiting a great deal since the revisions of the Trafficking Act were made in 2003 transferring control of the money to help trafficking victims to the church.  You see  there’s a reason why Jeane Palfrey was trying to reveal to you that while Randall Tobias was pushing for the “prostitution clause” in foreign aid, he was also calling her.

You are allowing these foreign and profiteering powers to manipulate you into completely eroding not only free speech in this country, but free enterprise.  Because of my activism work, no one will hire me today.  For that reason, I’ve had no choice but to find work freelancing.  I find that work through running ads for graphic design on sites like Backpage and Craigslist.  So when you shut those sites down, you’re also putting me, and 1000’s of other people, out of work.

Please reconsider what you’re doing.  Please look at where the money financing these campaigns coming to you are coming from.  Because I can point you to one after the other campaigns about sex trafficking which have been exposed as fakes whose one common denominator was that we were not involved – the very people they’re claiming to represent.  Again, you’ll note I was not involved in the fake Samoly Mam who defrauded millions of people out of millions of dollars, as well as shaped a lot of false views about this issue.  A woman who didn’t hatch that idea on her own as she reports she was approached by people who promised her “fame and fortune” to do what she did.  People who gave her Facebook’s publicist I’d like to add – someone who stands to directly benefit by you shutting down Backpage. 

There’s a lot more there than meets the eye.  People who count on you not to want to read more than 140 characters.  Only I as an American, and as a voter, am having to trust you to represent my interests.  Which is why I depend on you to be better informed and less easily manipulated.  Why I’m asking you to please consider what I have to say on these issues.  I know of no one who has been in this field longer, who has talked personally to more victims, than myself. 

Thank you for listening.

Jody Williams

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

HOW THEY OPERATE

FINALLY!!!

FINALLY the truth comes out about how people like Sheldon operate!  Read this article carefully because it's a handbook in how people like him operate to get what they want, and how they attack their enemies!

http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/how-the-las-vegas-review-journal-unmasked-its-owners

Monday, February 20, 2017

WHY YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY IS IMPORTANT AS A SURVIVOR

Please note what this article says - http://www.biospace.com/News/merck-kgaa-release-company-and-palantir-launch-new/444170/company_profile.aspx?CompanyID=1530

It states that Palantir Technologies is now working with Merck Pharmaceuticals.  If any of you follow my blog - you'll note I've told you I'm receiving a lot of phone calls from survivors who are being put into experimental research studies - some of which are considered "off label".  

Palantir Technologies is a company that essentially is the CIA today.   https://www.palantir.com/about/  They crunch data for them anyway.  Same thing.

Palantir has provided Polaris with a large grant.  https://www.fastcompany.com/3008097/where-are-they-now/google-palantir-salesforce-fight-human-traffickers  This article talks about how Google and Palantir are now considered "partners" of Polaris.  

Polaris runs the National Trafficking Hotline.  Please note their privacy policy with respect to people who contact them, or any of their "partners" with respect to information they gather.  https://humantraffickinghotline.org/privacy-policy  There are also a whole slew of websites up in the sex trafficking field which state they "share policies with our partners" who include Polaris who then shares with their "partners" and so on and so on.  

Please note further what it says here about what happens when you simply go to their website for information - 

Use of Website
Our web servers automatically collect non-personal information such as the domain name of the Internet access provider, the Internet protocol address used to connect the computer to the Internet, the average time spent on our website, pages viewed, information searched for, access times and other relevant statistics. 
With your IP address, they can track all of your online activity by the way.  I know because I've had private investigators following me using my IP address before when stalking me.  I'm sorry but if partners with Google, then having your IP address information means they can track every single thing you do online if you have Google or Google Chrome as your browser.
Note further what it says about their "policy" with respect to your privacy -
Notification of Policy Changes
We reserve the right to change, modify or add to our privacy practices and tips policy to protect the ethical standards provided or to meet the changing demands of digital advocacy. Notification of any changes to the National Hotline privacy policy will be posted to the National Hotline website or other appropriate location so as to adequately inform digital service users of these revisions. We encourage you to please review it frequently.

I have told many people that purpose for the website up at www.sexworkersanonymous.org is NOT what it appears.  I'll explain why.  This site has no privacy policy and I've been told it not only grab's your IP address, but it further attaches "cookies" which follow you.  Meaning you're sitting at home thinking about calling the Sex Workers Anonymous hotline.  You want to do a little research into us so you go onto that site.

WHAM - they got your IP address.

What that does is create a mirror of our traffic.  I've told people close to me and readers to this blog I have turned down substantial offers of money for the information on who calls our hotline.  It is because I have turned down those offers, and I've further refused to give anyone any information as to who calls our hotline, who emails us, or who reaches out to us for help in any way, that this is being done in order to try and either block people from calling us, or to then try and get an idea who is contacting us.  An IP address tells a lot more than a name by the way.  It can tell your address, it can even follow your movements, it may contain your billing information, identify all of your social media, and trace all of your online activity of who you speak to.  If you've seen Snowden - you've seen how deep that can go as to how far into your life these people can dig just from knowing an IP address.

Now this confirms there IS a partnership between Polaris and Merck Pharmaceuticals.  This might have something to do with why I'm being told by survivors not only are they being used in experimental drug research, but I've had more than one tell me they are being FORCED into this research.  You want to know how they know WHO they can force?

We've just shown you there is a connection here.  Any proof?  How about proof in the Bill Cosby rape cases?  Can one always obtain "proof"?

But we can show a legal relationship and access.  




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

COPY OF LETTER I JUST SENT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IN FLORIDA


Office of Inspector General, Florida Dept. of Corrections
Via Fax

Re:         John Meekins

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Jody Williams.  I run the group listed above, along with the hotline associated with it.  Our group, and hotline, was the first of it’s kind for adults to call when seeking help to exit the sex industry for whatever reason – sex trafficking included.  This of course was before the term “sex trafficking” was even coined mind you.  It took us 13 years of a lot of time, money, and huge sacrifices in my life to see us get federal recognition for sex trafficking being real as it did when the Trafficking Act of 2000 was passed.  A true game changer because up until that point the system viewed us only, and solely, as “criminals” and never a “victim” before that recognition was achieved.

I’m writing you because of a matter of deep concern to me.  I was told by a guard, or ex-guard, John Meekins,  he was “played a tape recording of a call and shown screen shots of our conversation” done supposedly by me of conversations John and I have had in the past.  John told me he lost his job because of this, and spoke of another trafficking program which he says will not happen because of supposedly this very thing. 

I have a real problem with this.  I want you to know that NO ONE has contacted me to verify if I said or did any of this.  I’m especially horrified that I now have this man not only quite upset at me about this, but he’s also been completely blasting me within the trafficking field telling people I had contacted the Office of the Inspector General claiming he “was a pimp” and that he “worked for Sex Workers Outreach Project”.  Two things I don’t even believe about John, let alone would I be calling up your office making such a complaint about it.

If I think someone “is a pimp” I generally don’t do a damn thing about it to be honest EXCEPT offer to help them.  Sex Workers Anonymous is a 12 step group for men, women and transgender adults who want to leave  ANY part of the sex industry for ANY reason.  I’m going to point you to my YouTube page where I have a tape of my appearance on a Donahue  located at ww.tinyurl.com/sexworkersanonymous I did in 1992.  I’d like you to note the African American man on that panel who speaks about his membership in Sex Workers Anonymous who helped him stop being a pimp.

Yes Sex Workers Anonymous welcomes in pimps as well as prostitutes.  Madams too as evidenced by Jeane Palfrey’s membership in SWA (the D.C. Madam), for about two years before her death.  I say “death” and not “suicide” because I believe she was murdered before she could testify at the Ethics Hearing about the names in her “Black Book”.  Jeane didn’t reveal names of “johns” in that book, but instead that of her traffickers.  She had been trying to prove to the public that she was being forced to work as a madam by men within our own government, just as Alex Adams had also been, as well as myself.  Meaning I believe that sometimes someone who is working as a pimp or madam can be a sex trafficking victim sometimes – coerced in some manner to be acting in that capacity. 

Which is why we don’t discriminate in SWA as to who we help or don’t help.  It’s in fact a fundamental difference between us and many of these new “trafficking” programs that have popped up now grant money has been made available to groups who will only focus on the prostitute as “victim” – completely leaving those forced into other positions within the sex industry out in the cold, or even demonized as is being done these days by these other groups against madams and pimps. 

Our very reputation is on the line here when I’m having someone come to me and tell me they have been fired over me supposedly coming to the authorities to file a complaint against someone “being a pimp”.   In other words, this goes to the very core of the confidentiality issue that I offer anyone who calls us. 

The ONLY time I have done such things has been under two conditions and two conditions only – that first of all of this person has refusing any of our help, and the second being that they are actively enslaving others who wish our help to leave.  In the whole time I’ve been running SWA, I can count on one hand the times I’ve had to do any actions against a pimp or trafficker and John Meekins isn’t one of those incidents. 

I did try and get an investigation going against Peter Todd for example.  This man murdered at least three prostitutes I’m aware of in Las Vegas in my opinion.  I had multiple other prostitutes come to me asking for my help to escape this man.  Because he was also operating as an informant for the police – these women were unable to not only get any protection from him, but in fact the police were refusing to lift one finger to help them because of his informant position, as well as do anything about the women he murdered. 

Leaving me with having to see what I could do in order to have him arrested so as to protect these other women who were not only in great reasonable fear of their lives – but also having to fight against the fact he had police protection while he was actively still trafficking women from Canada down into the states.   A man I have been so open about going after that I even set up the website www.pimpalert.com to warn others about him once I realized the police wouldn’t lift a finger to help his victims.

I CERTAINLY don’t consider John Meekins not only a pimp, but not a pimp I’d even think about going to the police about for help against!  So I have a huge problem here.  I have a huge problem in that John Meekins is running around thinking I made such a complaint, I got him fired, and this complaint is being used now as an excuse for not letting some other trafficking program get off the ground.  I especially have a problem over the fact this is making it appear I’m not offering our members the confidentiality that I do – even for those who are pimps who might be calling us for help one day.

I have been very open about the fact I’ve been impersonated many times in the past.  I’ve got at least three articles published carrying what appears to be an interview with me I never did.  I wouldn’t mind actually – but these interviews state things that are completely contrary to what I believe, and what SWA stands for.  These false interviews have been extremely harmful to me and SWA actually and if I could reach the reporter responsible for them I’d slap him with a lawsuit.  I say this because I have tried to locate him for just this purpose.  After what happened with people like Stephen Glass it’s quite well known now that sometimes writers, reporters, etc. do completely fake whole stories.   Celebrities have stories faked about them all the time. 

So I’m more than a little upset at papers like “The Fix” to name one who published two of these fake interviews with me.  I’d sue them but they’ve been bought by Sober Media and I’m sure won’t be around for me to sue over this damage.  

However, your office is still around.   I need to talk to someone about this.  Please contact me at the above information at your earliest convenience and let me know first of all if this actually happened.  If so, I want to know the agent’s name who did this to John and drug my name into this.  I also want to let you know that NO ONE  has contacted me to verify I actually spoke to anyone there.  So we have a few things to talk about.

Sincerely,

Jody Williams







Monday, November 28, 2016

Letter to the Guardian about a False Story Ran on Sex Trafficking

I'm writing to let you know of an experience which is sadly becoming a very common place thing in respect to the field of modern sex trafficking illustrated by the article you published here https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/21/i-survived-human-trafficking-exception-to-rule-survivor-prostitution-abuse-victims?CMP=share_btn_gp

I run www.sexworkersanonymous.com  Our program, and hotline, was originally launched in 1987 as "Prostitutes Anonymous".  When we launched, it was because of the fact modern sex trafficking was viewed in much the same manner as that of alien abduction is viewed then and today.  I say that because if you were to call the police and report you were being sold and/or trafficked back then into the industry against your will, and also asking for help to escape, as well as resources to help you recover physically, mentally and spiritually from what you'd just been through - they would react to you the same as if you were to call up asking for help to escape the little green men kidnapping you at night.  No resources to provide escape and/or recovery from such a thing existed because it was viewed as non-existent as the idea of needing to create an exit and restoration system for people kidnapped by aliens.

Literally no laws existed for such a thing, no other hotline, safe houses, or even any kind of training for therapists on how to help one deal with life after such an experience existed anywhere.  I know as I spent years looking for such help only to be alternatively accused of either being as "crazy" as someone who was claiming aliens were abducting them at night, or meeting with a wall of "who cares what happens to a whore" attitudes.  

Back then we had a record number of serial killers targeting prostitutes with bodies piling up like cords of wood while the police wouldn't even lift a finger to investigate any tips.  I had taken a girlfriend of mine into the HIllside Strangler Task Force offices a year before they caught the two cousins responsible who had been stabbed 51 times by them with their names, address, phone number, along with physical descriptions only to find ourselves literally thrown out of their office.  When I asked "why?" I was told by the Chief it was "because we can't get a warrant based on the word of a whore".  We were viewed not as "victims" back then - but purely and solely as "criminals" period. 

Prior to the first TV appearances we made trying to enlighten the public about the subject, and to promote our hotline, the public scoffed at the very idea.  If you look at films such as "Thoroughly Modern Millie" from 1968 - you'll see Hollywood was making musical comedies about the very idea of a boarding house ran by Asians who would drug and sell American women to opium dens as prostitutes.  Books like the "Happy Hooker" and musicals like "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" created an image to the world of prostitution being nothing but a "happy place" involving nothing more than sex for money between two consenting adults.

To convince America this problem was real enough to lead to us achieving federal recognition of it for the first time with the passing of the Trafficking Act of 2000 - I had to lay bare my life for examination so people could believe I was not only telling the truth, but I had to further turn down over a $1,000,000 in publishing and film deals in order to prove I wasn't "making up stories to sell books" as Linda Lovelace had been accused of doing when she tried to raise public awareness about this issue back in 1980 when she released her book "Ordeal".   In fact, I went onto the Joan Rivers talk show in 1992 to show the million dollars in offers and then tear up the contracts for the camera to show "getting the truth out about this problem" was "more important to me to do than make money".

Which is why I'm becoming more and more deeply disturbed by the increasing process of "fictionalizing" or "catfishing" of sex trafficking victims for various purposes.  The first one I remember was a person going by the name "Stella Marr" who was creating a supposed support group for survivors called "Survivors Connect".  Her goal was to get information for a research project and to locate whether or not any survivors existed in the USA who weren't already members of our organization who would be willing to say things politically about the subject that were counter to our beliefs.  

For example, we believe the best way to fight sex trafficking and to prosecute traffickers is to fully decriminalize prostitution.  Only by removing the fear of self-incrimination will you get those closest to the problem willing to come forward to the police to make a report, and even testify against the more dangerous sex traffickers.  We believe "johns" are the first ones to know where sex trafficking is operating and to arrest them only supports the criminal operation.  Much as how during Prohibition the alcoholic wouldn't give up their source in fear of not only themselves being arrested but also losing their source of alcohol.  
When Stella was exposed as a complete fabrication, she disappeared only to be replaced by Samoly Mam.  She reports being approached by reporters promising her "fame and fortune" if she was also willing to spout ideas on the subject counter to what many real life modern survivors commonly believe is needed to combat the problem, and to help victims find recovery.  The press and donations she siphoned away from real programs doing real work trying to pass along real knowledge about how it operated, and how best to also shut these operations down.  

Another complete fabrication came along with the franchise "Taken".  The man this story was based upon was later arrested for impersonating a military officer for the purposes of raising money.  As a result of this Hollywood work of fiction - whenever I'd talk to people about "organizing a rescue operation" they would have images of Liam Neeson kicking in doors, loading guns, and being something which only happens in places other than within the USA's borders.  This fabrication actually frightened many people from even thinking of getting involved in helping victims or fighting sex trafficking for fear of being shot by mobsters - further siphoning off needed resources and support to help us.

Lately more and more of these fabrications are coming out in the media as a form of advertising such as in the story your paper published about the "first survivor to get a scholarship for survivors" at Loma Linda University in San Diego.   When I read the news about the scholarship supposedly becoming available to survivors, I contacted them immediately because the release was false.  They were NOT the "first" people to offer such a scholarship for one thing.  The other was my thoughts if there was another scholarship available now for adults then I knew of a few of our members who would love to be able to apply for the scholarship.  My inquiries however were completely blown off.

When I dug deeper I learned the "university" existed in the living room of a two bedroom apartment in San Diego.  As I pushed harder to find out on where survivors could apply for the scholarship I learned the whole story was a complete fabrication.  So you can imagine my surprise when I read about supposedly the first "graduate" from this scholarship as talked about in your story.   I reached out to find this woman to interview her for www.leavingtheliferadio.com - a source of audio interviews we provide to members who are incarcerated to keep them focused on their recovery who can't attend regular meetings - only to find out she was also a complete fabrication.

Further, the reporter who wrote the story and was pretending to be a "survivor" and the "graduate" of the scholarship, had actually called up our hotline falsely claiming to be a victim in need of help for "research" purposes completely wasting my time.  You have to understand we don't apply for any grants, hold any fund raisers, nor charge anyone for what we do.  All of our work is done entirely by "volunteers" who do it for their own recovery purposes such as AA does it to stay sober.

So I, along with other members of SWA, were taking time out of their spare time to answer the call of this person who was completely wasting our time, and time we could have been spending on other "real" members in need of our help.  All of which was being taken up by her of us simply to write a story which promoted a program out of Florida who DOES rely upon grants and fund raising using such publicity for such purposes.  

Meaning I frankly could care less if they want to write completely fabricated stories about the issue and fake scholarships and such they use to generate donations for their program who I have no idea what they actually do in reality - but when they're sucking up our time, products and resources in order to do so I consider it a form of not only fraud but outright theft no different than shop lifting.  It also gives a completely false idea to the public the only thing survivors need to recover from such ordeals is a degree which is 180 degrees apart from the truth.

The truth is that most modern survivors of sex trafficking within the USA could have a fully paid for PhD under their belt and most won't be able to get a job at a local convenience store with it because of their past.  I say that because the modern American sex traffickers promote their victims, and protect themselves and their customers from law enforcement, through the use of pornography.  Pornography easily found online when potential job interviewers are doing background checks on applicants.  

I have questioned 10 companies who loudly promote they "offer scholarships to sex trafficking victims" if they would hire these same survivors once they obtained their training if this survivor had nude pornographic images of themselves found online which they couldn't get removed and/or if they had a criminal record for prostitution and the answer was clearly "no".  In fact, to date, not one corporation which has put out scholarships for survivors has actually hired any of those partakers of the scholarships despite them achieving the higher degree.  I have a long list of survivors who have earned high degrees, are now loaded down with a huge load of student debt to now pay off, but who can't get a job because of their past within the sex industry even though it was entirely against their will.

That's the kind of truth being hidden which the public needs to know about is happening in order to do something about it to help these survivors truly be able to move on.  We need to be discussing laws allowing model releases signed under duress to be voided after a certain amount of time so 20 years later you can't get a job because of a porn spread you were forced to do, or a record you got while being forced to prostitute by traffickers all don't prevent you from being able to move on from the industry entirely.    Not having to return back to it "voluntarily" after having been rescued from forced sex trafficking simply because of things like porn, criminal records, or child custody agreements are blocking from finding another way to pay our rent now we got set free.  

One of the biggest complaints you hear out of law enforcement, social workers, and counselors is that once freed from forced sex trafficking so many victims return "voluntarily" - wasting in a sense all of that work to rescue them.  However, they haven't tried to try to get a job when employers are asking about a prostitution conviction or staring at a centerfold spread.  They can "sympathize" all they want with us - but that doesn't mean they're going to hire us with these things hindering us from being able to move on.  

I remember when the tobacco industry lied to Congress about their products not being cancerous nor addictive.  The sex industry actually is responsible for the flow of more money than the tobacco industry who is also trying to mislead Congress.  The last two Congressional hearings on sex trafficking saw completely fabricated "victims" testifying.  Put there in my opinion for the same reasons and in the same manner the tobacco industry did when also trying to protect their industry through the deception of Congress.  

Fake survivors who didn't want to have testimony heard that the greatest blockage to being able to escape a sex trafficker is that of parental rights.  Real pimps and traffickers will work to get their victims pregnant as fast as possible into their relationship.  This then prevents their victim from being able to leave them without a forwarding address for at least the next 18 years.  

For the next 18 years, if the mother tries to run off without telling her pimp where she's living to escape him - he just calls the FBI to file a kidnapping report and the police will return her along with the baby promptly.  Now I ask you - how do you escape that in even the best of "safe houses" being provided to you?  Did you know if he's even convicted of pimping or trafficking you that you are STILL required legally to take the child to him in prison for visitation and if you refuse YOU could be held in contempt?  Don't tell me that's not going to make a victim think twice about testifying against a guy she's going to have to be facing with her child in hand for the next 18 years.  

You still have to tell him where your'e at or be arrested as a criminal yourself under current laws.  Something you didn't hear one word about in Congressional testimony on sex trafficking the last two hearings because of the phony so called "survivors" talking about how more money was what was needed instead to fund programs and safe houses.  More money however isn't going to change those laws sadly.

All I can do is point out that if someone is trying to publish a story on alcoholism, but doesn't seem to know who Bill Wilson or Alcoholics Anonymous is which in relation to this movement we are that Bill Wilson and AA - then maybe that person should be examined a little more carefully as to the truth of their story.  If they're sincere then certainly they'd at least know we exist even.  Yes it does matter to us if their stories are true or not because the services we need to escape and recover depend first upon raising awareness of what those needs are.

Which is done through the media such as your publication.  So I'm going to ask you to please consider if future pieces are reading like marketing campaigns or lobbying efforts before publishing them  - please consider checking them out for honesty before publishing because we can't get help for things which the public isn't aware of first we need.  Since they aren't witnessing our trafficking - this leaves us with enlightening them through our personal stories.  That's how we got federal recognition achieved with the passing of the Trafficking Act of 2000 - but since money was made available with that recognition - we've been finding ourselves blocked at the media well by those seeking out political power and financial donations for some time now at the expense of legitimate survivors' testimonies.

I would therefore ask that you please consider future stories on the subject of sex  trafficking very carefully as to the honesty of the piece before publishing.  That or at least some kind of equal time in allowing OUR voices as authentic survivors to be heard who know money isn't the answer for our situation much of the time.  Money for example doesn't change that law requiring us to tell our pimps where we're living at all times so they can threaten us and our children if we try and leave their control.  Nor does money take down porn we were forced into performing in off the internet so we can get a job outside of the sex industry by employers who could care less what degree we have if there's a nude spread of us online for their customers to see.

That kind of thing takes public awareness we're being robbed of by a new form of pimp who is exploiting our pain in order to drain funds meant to "help" us by robbing us of the media we need to get our true stories out there where we need it to be heard so we can escape any kind of exploitation we're being subjected to whether we're in or out of the sex industry at the moment.

We're not going to stay out for long if we find no other way to pay our rent than returning to prostitution because we can't get a job or away from our pimp because of these false stories continuing.

So please - if you ever need any help checking out a story in the future as to it's honesty  please just give me a shout.