Saturday, February 3, 2018
Jody Williams, Founder & Director
Sex Workers Anonymous www.sexworkersanonymous.com
SWAN – www.swan-fellowship.us
Trafficking & Prostitution Services
3395 S. Jones Blvd., #333
Las Vegas, NV 89146
February 2, 2018
Lara Powers c/o
Re: Your Recent Statement about the IKEA Article
I don’t know if you’ve seen any of Rose McGowan’s recent appearances on TV, but I have to say I’ve found them very enlightening. One of the great things about the 12-Step process I’ve found to be very healing is that we often don’t understand what we’re going through until we see ourselves mirrored in a stranger across the room. Seeing this “mirror” helps us to differentiate between what is “part of the process” of the experience we’re going through from what is “us” personally.
But this “nirrror” is also our “healing empathy” that Jimmy Kinnon talked about in the Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text of what he found to work for addicts as to why they had to break away from AA to find healing for them. Because not everyone has the “same” pain, even though we share pain as humans.
For those of us who have been through certain types of trauma, especially sexual trauma, and even more so especially when that trauma has been exploited for money, there is a common “anger” with us I see in Rose. An anger people who have been through what we’ve been through don’t understand. But then again if you haven’t walked in our shoes – you wouldn’t understand.
So you may not understand our collective anger within Sex Workers Anonymous when some of our members came across your article about the woman who was in the IKEA store where you claimed she was “spreading disinformation” about what sex trafficking “really is”. Like many of the women Rose is speaking for, actresses who don’t want to ruin their career by speaking out directly, but instead through her, I’m also in that position. One where the members come to me and ask me to be that point of contact between their feelings and the outside world. One that I think gets me a reputation of being “angry” when in reality I’m carrying the voices of many many people who are yes very very “angry”.
Voices that want to be heard. So please understand this letter is not “personal” from me, but representative of the voices of our members who contacted me asking me to speak to you about taking such a position as an “expert” on what “sex trafficking really is”. Now I don’t know when you became an “expert” on this subject, but you’re way off base here by making the statements you did about such a type of thing “not being real” for one thing as we found in this article http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-powers-ikea-mom-sex-trafficking-20170331-story.html
From what homework I was able to do on you, it seems you’ve been the hotline manager for the National Trafficking Hotline for about five years. I’m sorry but that does not make you an expert on the various forms of sex trafficking in America. ESPECIALLY when your perspective is coming from running the National Trafficking Hotline.
I say this because my biggest complaint against your hotline since the day you started it is the fact that by the very way it’s been set up – it literally EXCLUDES any REAL victims of sex trafficking from even calling you. Therefore, I have to ask you what on earth would you know about the subject to take a position on someone else’s experience as being “inauthentic”?
First, you probably have no idea who I am, so let me tell you where I can get off getting in your face about making such a reckless statement as you did and the dangers I see also in what you did as well by publishing such a statement.
I was an odd kid growing up for sure. I was in the Mentally Gifted Minors program they had in Los Angeles in the 1960’s, so I had a lot of problems in school. To try and deal with these problems, I took a special test to get out of high school and into college when I was only 16 years of age. I had the money to pay for it, but then my father ripped me off so suddenly I had to find a way to keep paying for school or lose my place and become just a high school drop-out.
The only kind of job I could see that would let me continue school, but yet make enough money to pay for it, was to go to work at a local nightclub to where I lived. That of course meant lying about my age because they served alcohol, so that’s what I did. I got myself a job at this club which I didn’t know at the time was a front for money laundering for Richard Pryor’s family “business”. Richard’s been open about his mother working at his grandmother’s brothel. The men in the family were dealers, while the women engaged in prostitution.
With Richard’s connections, they opened up this nightclub to be a sort of “one stop shop” where Hollywood celebrities could stop in and pick up whatever vice they felt like at the moment. Remember, this was a time before cell phones and the internet – so the club was a local “connection” point between Hollywood and their drugs and prostitution needs.
This became not only my first introduction into what “pimps” were, and how that whole world operated, but it also put me in a position where I saw just about every form of sex work as well as sex trafficking was at a time when we didn’t even have a word for it. What was worse was that I was coming from “straight society” who didn’t believe any of these things were even real. Believe it or not Lara – there was a time when our society didn’t believe the mafia existed either. People used to laugh and joke and say the “cosa nostra” was just an “urban myth”.
I can point you to things like the 1968 film, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” with Julie Andrews where they not only joked about Asian sex trafficking, but they even made a musical satire out of it. So not only were there not any words for many of the things I say, but if you talked to anyone outside of the tiny circle of people who were involved in these things – they would not even believe you that what you were talking about was “real”.
So the concept of “getting help” didn’t even exist because our society didn’t even believe “it” was a problem. Which is why we didn’t even have laws on the books for “it” because “it” didn’t even exist.
I’d like to invite you sometime to check out this clip I have from the unedited version of Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PGjCWpbt4U&t=17s In what was a fictional movie, this was actually a very real attempt I believe at explaining that domestic sex trafficking in 1973 (when this filmed premiered) was actually very real and happening today – not extinct years ago like the popular culture tried to make us believe back then.
If you look carefully at the film, you’ll see the “victims” of this were very blond American women while the traffickers were the ones who were Asian. My point here is that the CIA inspired character in this film who was explaining what was happening - American women were being tricked onto planes to go to this island, then hooked on drugs, and sold to the highest bidder, was literally NOT illegal back in the 1970’s. Had Bruce not died three weeks before the film opened, I think a lot of discussion about the subject would have been sparked back then.
So the people who were engaging in this right under our noses in broad daylight were enjoying 100 % immunity. To illustrate how horrifying this was, I would like you to think about Linda Lovelace’s story and what she went through.
This woman got up on national TV and poured her heart out about being forced at gunpoint, with the threat of her parents being murdered, and with daily beatings so severe you can see the bruises on her legs in the film even (bruises they didn’t even bother to cover up with make-up), to film “Deep Throat”. A film that was financed by mob money and made them millions of dollars virtually overnight mind you. The public couldn’t wrap their head around what she was saying. Most tried to think of it like a typical domestic violence situation for that reason. But a few brave law makers “got it” about what she was saying.
The problem was however that there were literally no laws on the books against what was done to her. It didn’t help that most of the porn industry, like you did in that article, were responding by saying “these things don’t happen”.
California’s Attorney General at the time, Edwin Meese, however took what she said seriously. This is one reason why the Meese Commission was put together to investigate the porn industry, and why everyone on the film was charged with “obscenity”. Lacking anything else to even attempt to charge people on the film with, it left them with that.
Of course the public again couldn’t even understand and because it wasn’t “obscenity” all the charges were thrown out of court. But Linda was trying to explain to the public about how many women were being forced into porn also at gunpoint, forced into prostitution, and like with her case, they weren’t being allowed to be alone even to urinate because of the way the traffickers operated. But what she was saying at the time was so “alien” of a concept to the public, the best that the public were getting out of it was “porn was bad”.
I watched as the public received what she was saying as virtually on the same level as if someone stepped up and said “I was abducted by aliens and we need to do something about it”. The public wasn’t going to “do anything about it” because in their minds “aliens” didn’t exist. In other words, she was getting a lot of people to agree with her porn was bad, but she wasn’t getting anywhere in convincing the public that sex trafficking was real, and we needed to do something about it to help the victims.
Why? Because I saw the plight of the victims. If they reached out for help to law enforcement THEY were the ones arrested and treated like the criminal. Even the police didn’t understand what they were seeing. I knew of one place where the women were all trafficked for example. The owner would bring in women who didn’t speak English and ran basically a brothel. One day the cops came in and did an undercover sting and then arrested all the WOMEN as “prostitutes”. I watched as these women tried to explain they were there against their will and the cops were like “oh yeah yeah you’re innocent – I get it “ and just ignored them completely. Again, it was about the same as if they’d said that “aliens were making me do this”.
I myself experienced various forms of being “trafficked” myself. The people who introduced me into the sex industry were so polished at their “game”, I didn’t even realize I had been simultaneously brainwashed as well as coerced at the same time into this whole lifestyle with them. It was kind of like that story of the frog in the hot water – where the water temperature is increased so slowly you don’t even realized you’re “cooked” until it’s too late. The only reason I ever made it out of that situation once I’d gotten sucked into it was because of how the cocaine the men in charge were doing broke up the family system. This allowed me an opportunity to “break free” if you call it that.
Because I soon found out that once I’d crossed that line, it’s not so easy to cross back. Like many victims, once I tried going back to a “normal” life, “normal” life wasn’t so easy to go back to. I had to leave with nothing but the clothes on my back and rent still has to be paid. So I remained in the industry as an “independent” for some time after that. Which is when it really became dangerous. I say that because once I was away from the “family’s” control, I was also away from the family’s “protection” as well. And the streets look at “outlaws” as “fair game”.
This was when I learned about what they called “gorilla pimps”. So I’m sorry Lara, but there are pimps and traffickers who will absolutely kidnap someone right off the streets in broad daylight. I say that because I stopped to make a phone call at a pay phone one night, and a van stopped and three men threw me into the back of a van.
The next thing I knew, I was being held in a crackhouse – which was a house with literally iron bars on all the windows and doors. There was no way out of that house unless someone let you out. And trust me – what happened to me for a few weeks in that house was the stuff of nightmares as I was forced to “service” gang members who liked pretty young white girls from the valley. I am only alive probably because they left me alone one day in the house and I was able to convince one of the neighbors, who didn’t speak English mind you, that maybe they should call the cops to come help the naked white girl stuck behind those doors crying and begging for them to “call 911” to let me out. The head of this house collected $10 from every guy who came to have his way with the “snow bunny” – so that is a form of sex trafficking.
This was not unique either. If you have seen my Donahue tape, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeG_CO06O2o&t=1389s you’ll see we came on with a pimp who used to operate out on Sunset Boulevard. He had been a pimp since he was 13 years old and learned the “game” from other pimps who taught him how to kidnap a woman, rape her, brainwash her, and “turn her out” was the street term for this back then.
This technique is something a lot of street pimps use. They call it you “look you choose” and to them if you just make eye contact with them, that makes you fair game to be kidnapped, raped, and then turned out into street prostitution. Many of these types of victims never leave prostitution once they’ve been “broken in” – they just get passed from pimp to pimp until they’re worthless or dead.
Which is what the “Pimp N Ho” ball used to be about in fact. Again before the internet or cell phones, the street pimps would gather for their version of a trade convention and swap women like football players. This annual meeting was how they stayed connected and also how they could put out an alert when a woman went “rogue” and tried to escape.
To show you how organized they were – I had a woman call me from Los Angeles on a Monday for help. I told her how to disguise herself so when she came off the plane she wouldn’t be recognized. She of course didn’t believe they could have someone in Omaha within four hours looking for her, but I insisted she disguise herself anyway because I knew better. That year I had been setting up safe houses outside of Omaha – so that’s where I had them coming.
I was married to my second husband then who also could not believe the stories I was telling him, but I assured him to trust me. Sure enough, by the time we got to the Omaha airport to pick her up, he saw the two very obvious pimps roaming the airport holding a polaroid photo of the girl looking for her. He went into culture shock thinking that these pimps were that organized as to literally have pimps at all the major airports looking for an escaped woman like that. So she was lucky I’d advised her to dress like a boy, buy some crutches (to disguise her walk), and to have a bandage on her nose like she’d just had surgery. The disguise allowed us to whisk her out of the airport and right past the guys who were looking for her as a female.
We had to do this Lara because back then if you tried to explain to airport security that you were trying to get a woman past organized pimps in a national ring of traffickers – you would be the one they’d call out the psychiatric team to have locked up for a mental examination as “crazy” because there was a time when the American general public didn’t even believe this stuff was real, let alone did they have words for this, or laws.
And when one of us was famous enough to actually get onto a national forum and talk about these kinds of things, she was brushed off as a “hysterical jealous female” and basically it did nothing to change the situation. Because after Linda escaped Chuck, and the industry, Chuck grabbed ahold of Marilyn Chambers. Then the industry started countering back that Linda’s accusations were just that she was “jealous of Marilyn being more popular than her” and minimized.
What that did Lara was tell other victims not to even bother trying to explain what was going on with them because no one would believe them. When victims tried talking about what was going on – they were the ones shamed, ignored, called crazy, or arrested. There’s a reason why things really started coming to a head in the 1980’s and it was because of two men that were called the “Hillside Strangler”.
These cousins didn’t just run an auto body shop, they started out their murder career as pimps. They were also “gorilla pimps” and they would kidnap women right off the streets just walking home from school or going to the store. Then after raping and torturing them for a while, they’d then take them to a motel room. For about two weeks they’d send johns to the rooms and force them to act as prostitutes for these guys. They’d collect the money of course. But the real point was to spread the word on the streets that they were prostitutes.
Why? Because it worked. When the women would finally break free, they’d go to the police and tell them what had just happened to them. The police then ignored them. Poof! That’s it. They were told to get out of the station or threatened with arrest. Some of these women even went to the news and the news aired their stories. The police said they “didn’t want to get involved in disputes between pimps and prostitutes”.
It was not until they started murdering girls, and then escalated into taking women who really were not in any way someone who could be portrayed as a “prostitute” that the police started taking the complaints seriously. What changed things was that they learned that it was safer to call escort services and have the women delivered like pizza. The services all went to the police and the police did nothing. No missing persons report. Didn’t care. Literally a team of mothers even took to the streets protesting how LAPD was doing NOTHING while all these women were just disappeared and they did nothing – and they STILL did nothing! I mean look at the Grim Reaper case where 100’s of women were disappearing and the LAPD wouldn’t even investigate back then into these womens’ disappearances!
Lara, if you go onto Google you’ll find that every single high level madam in the country was arrested that year. Not 1983. Not spread out over a few years. But all within about the same time frame. Coincidence? Not to us madams it wasn’t. You’ll also find along with that research that Alex Adams was a known FBI “informant”.
You may have also heard about Iran Contra by now. That’s where it’s not finally come out to the public that it was our government who was organizing the importation of cocaine to the street gangs, who then processed and distributed the drugs in crack houses like burger places. Only anywhere you have drugs – you’re also going to have horny drug dealers wanting prostitutes. Pablo Escobar used to have them brought to him weekly when he was in jail in Mexico.
So we were used to the CIA and FBI asking us to bring prostitutes to some of their parties and business meetings. We were fine with making money that way. But not when they started asking us to help them find women who would be getting on a plane and not coming home again who had no family to ask questions about their disappearance. If you look up now at Chuck Barris’ confession he was once a CIA operative, then you’ll also understand that Chuck was also producer of the “Dating Game” back then. A show where women would win a prize of going to another country no one ever heard of. And many of those women didn’t come home again.
Well at that request all of us madams balked. Because we refused, we were all arrested, stripped of all our money and property, our faces spread all over the media so we couldn’t escape or get a job anywhere. Then we were asked that question again if we’d cooperate. If you look at my clipping at www.hightechmadam.com you’ll see the headline I was arrested for supposedly running a brothel.
Only why would I have a “brothel” in a warehouse with high tech security and surveillance equipment next to the police station? Well the reason is because it wasn’t a “brothel”, but what I later learned was the first safe house for sex trafficking victims in the USA. Once some very high level traffickers who were connected up to the LAPD, realized I was hiding out victims there for safety, and they couldn’t get in – I was framed. They set me up with a “fake victim” asking me for help to stash her somewhere safe, and when I did, I got arrested and charged with pimping. The whole thing was to get me to be compliant, as it was with the other madams as well.
If you cross-check you’ll also see all the other madams arrested that year made a movie that was like an inphomercial to try and recruit women to come to them completely glamourizing the industry. You won’t find my movie. Instead, you’ll see I waited until 1987 once I completely shook loose any possible statutes against me and I came out and announced our hotline.
My hotline was the first one in the country telling victims there was some place for them to call for help. Sure I also offered anyone who for any reason wanted to get out of any situation involving the sex industry could call us for help – because we didn’t make “distinctions” between someone wanting out for this reason or another wanting out for another. We couldn’t. We were the ONLY hotline at the time for EVERYONE who wanted out for ANY reason. Which is why we’ve probably clocked about five times more calls to our hotline than yours over the years.
My point being that your hotline is set up to where ONLY THE VICTIM can call you for help. Sure you get “tips”. But the problem is that by the very definition in my book anyway of what a true sex trafficking victim is – they CAN’T CALL YOU FOR HELP DIRECTLY. When I was locked up in that crackhouse behind those iron doors do you think I could have gotten to a phone and called someone for help?
Frankly, if I could get to a phone and call for help – the first person I’m calling is 911. Only I didn’t in my day because they would hang up on us when we’d try to call for help. Again, I know because I used to try and call 911 when I came across situations where I knew someone was being trafficked. 911 would tell me “call vice”. I would try and explain that this person was not hooking for “choice” and they’d just laugh.
Meaning the ONLY way we were going to get anything changed was to elevate the American consciousness that this was real. Which is why starting in 1987 I embarked upon going on every talk show, news show, etc., that I could get myself booked on to talk about the subject and try and raise consciousness. Only they didn’t have shows on “trafficking” back then – only “prostitution”. So I’d have to use my notoriety as an ex-madam to get onto the show, and then I’d have to try and steer the conversation over to the subject of what’s now called “trafficking” to try and get the public to understand what we were saying.
Geraldo believe it or not was actually very helpful. He could see I was having trouble getting the public to really grasp and understand what we were trying to get them to understand, so his producer (who was his wife) sat down with me after my first show with them. They suggested that people were just having such a hard time believing me that what I needed to do was bring on some survivors. That was no easy talk to ask someone to go on national TV believe me – but the producers assured us they would really work with us. Thanks to CC, (his producer), we did three more shows where we brought on survivor after survivor who was someone we’d rescued out of a different type of trafficking situation who would tell their stories. It was actually because of those Geraldo shows I started getting calls from some Attorney General’s interested in talking to me about what became the people who wrote and passed the Trafficking Act of 2000.
But you see Lara, many real, very real, trafficking victims CAN’T call your hotline for one reason or another. So you probably aren’t aware of how exactly they’re being trafficked for that reason. For example, did you know Jeane Palfrey, the DC Madam, was a trafficking victim? I don’t mean she had a pimp – I mean someone who was forced by a network of organized traffickers into doing what she was doing.
Remember those CIA men I was telling you about that asked us madams to do something we didn’t want to do one year? We had no “proof”. We had no way to record calls coming into our phones back then for one thing. Even if we did – who would have believed us back then? Iran Contra wasn’t even considered “validated” until Gary Webb broke the story years and years after the fact. It was only even hinted at before then and even then ignored.
If you watch “New Jack City” you see Ice T joking about how “cocaine didn’t come from America” because he knew. I mean what do you think the LA Riots were all about really? The riots were because a whole group of people KNEW that they were being blamed for those drugs by the media and the cops when in reality they were the scapegoat. With no internet and no free press, the riots were the only way they could even attempt to express that kind of frustration this community was feeling. Ice T, being an old pimp from the day, knew very good and well that those drugs weren’t smuggled into the country in that large of a quantity in someone’s suitcase.
This is one reason why Larry Flynt had offered $1,000,000 reward to anyone who could PROVE this sort of thing – because many people knew about these things but PROVING it was a whole other matter. Only Jeane could. You see the CIA had been coming to her every six months and debriefing her, also instructing her in what they wanted her to do for their own purposes, and using her to get what they wanted. Only they came to her one day with the same request they’d come to me and the others with in 1984 – and she also refused. She also decided she wanted to just quit the whole thing entirely and retire in Germany. So she went to go get on a plane and leave the country and retire – and she was busted at the airport. They took everything from her too hoping she wouldn’t be able to hire a good attorney.
But she decided she was going to reveal that it was the CIA who had been forcing her to be a madam and she had PROOF. She had phone logs – something none of us “old school” madams didn’t have. We all warned her to keep her mouth shut, but she was determined to get that million dollars prize money and to also reveal to the public that she too was being “forced” and that trafficking wasn’t just about street level prostitution. That the focus on street pimps was very one sighted and short sighted actually – that true trafficking went very high up. Just like bootlegging was back in the day with Al Capone also went to high places.
Now let me ask you something – do you think Jeane would have called your hotline? What would you have done for her? The case against her as a madam was being manufactured to try and force her into silence. They even told her repeatedly they’d basically drop the case if she’d “shut up” and “stop talking about the names in her book”. Her face was plastered all over the media. What would you have done for her? Put her in a shelter? Send a cop out to make a report? I mean seriously – what would you have done for her?
Not in her mind anyway. I tried to help her as best as I could. I tried to urge her to shut up and back down. She didn’t want to. I offered to help her change her looks, get a new identity and escape to Canada. She refused. Finally all I could do was offer her empathic emotional support – something your hotline can’t offer.
What about the type of victims we’ve been encountering since 2009? Because after Jeane’s death, trafficking went high tech. We started hearing reports of victims who are tracked with GPS everywhere they go. Every phone call they make gets reported back to the pimp instantly. I know because we had to start creating ways for victims to call us for help without alerting the pimp they were calling us for help. You have your phone number broadcast on billboards. I’m sure if it comes up on their phones it’s either blocked automatically, or it will alert the pimp they’re calling you.
Then guess what? Then they’ll lose the phone completely or worse. I know because I’ve also been on the other end of calling for help and the pimp finding out about it. They either take the phone from you entirely, or make sure you never try that move again. That or they escalate their surveillance of you or make sure you’re never left alone again.
We started getting victims who were literally under surveillance on cameras broadcast back to the pimp 24/7. So the pimp knows where they go in their car that has a GPS on it. They know who they’re talking to on skype because all the calls are sent back to them on their computer. Every key stroke they type is sent back to the pimp. So tell me – how would they contact you for help at your hotline in this circumstance? Knowing that their family who may be back in China would be murdered before you could even dispatch someone to them to help?
Again, I know about this because we’ve had to get creative about how to get help to that type of victim since 2009. These are women who don’t have a gun to their heads. They don’t need to have a gun to their heads. But they exist Lara and they can’t call you directly for help by calling your hotline themselves as you’re set up to take. So I don’t know if you know about these types of victims. But they’re real and they exist.
And for your information, there ARE traffickers who roam around and look for kids to kidnap right out of stores. I don’t know if they’re “traffickers” in the classic sense – but I know they’re real. I know because a gang of men were touring around LA when I was pregnant who would get into elevators with women, mace them when the doors closed, grab their babies, and then flee with the babies. It was so real that the news had to put out alerts to women to be careful getting into elevators back then. I know I also got into some elevators back then with some strange looking dudes – but I took the precaution of dying my baby to me with a rope so that if I were to be maced I’d still be able to hold onto her.
But that didn’t stop a woman from trying to grab her right out of her stroller in the mall. Cute blond babies are a premium Lara. One day I was in the mall and a woman literally reached down and tried to take my baby right out of her stroller. Again, being careful I would tie her into the stroller with rope so you couldn’t just unhook her like that. The woman struggled with the rope, gave up and rang off. So if I hadn’t of tired her into the stroller that day, she might have been stolen from me in a mall.
Do they traffick the kids they steal? Who knows. But I do know that yes sometimes kids are targeted in public places and their kids are taken. I can’t believe you’d say such a thing to that woman when kids are taken right out of stores and malls every day in this country. I mean do you read the news? But you in your whole five years of managing the hotline there suddenly you think you know about every type of sex trafficking there is?
You’re wrong and like many people at Polaris you think you’re the “expert” in a subject you know only a small fraction of.
But you clearly are in a position to have a much more focal platform about your opinions than we are because the people I work with aren’t acknowledged by anyone over there as even existing. So it would just be nice if you would use that platform to raise more awareness about what is really going on out here rather than so much of your personal viewpoints. If you did, we might be able to really save a lot more of those who really need the saving.
Personally I think anyone who can call you can call 911 and therefore you aren’t even scratching the surface to get at those who need the help the most. To me and my personal experience, the whole point is those who are truly trapped are those who can’t lift up a phone and call for help directly. I mean I don’t see the point of selling wheelchairs to people who can walk. But I guess you do but I would appreciate it if you in the process of that wouldn’t invalidate other people’s experiences. We’re having a hard enough time getting the word out about what real sex trafficking is anymore without having to add your brick on the load.
PS – I personally would like to add that I found your advice in the article to be completely out of touch with reality. You suggested people “get in touch with special interest groups” if they were interested in the subject of sex trafficking.
Only that advice seems completely out of touch with the fact that very real pimps and even organized sex traffickers are part of some of these groups. As well as some of these groups have been set up purely as informational gathering exercises for law enforcement, who then input the information they gather into a subscription based service. Some are set up to “destroy the competition” by the legalized brothel industry, while others are there to recruit.
Let’s not forget the YEARS that Joohon David Lee was simultaneously part of Homeland Security, ICE and the human trafficking task forces for California and Nevada ALL WHILE TRAFFICKING WOMEN PERSONALLY from China and then Korea before finally getting arrested for bribery. Not sex trafficking mind you because he did his sex trafficking on company time and the company dime so he enjoys immunity for his actions. A man who falsely accused a completely innocent family and destroyed their lives in the process.
Or how about we talk about the Celeste Guap case where the men heading up the local sex trafficking task force in her region were not only trafficking her, having forced sex with her while a juvenile, also while threatening her mother’s career as a 911 operator, and while telling her when to AVOID specific outreach campaigns of theirs. Campaigns they were clearly designing NOT TO WORK because they didn’t want their actions to be uncovered.
We can talk about Chris Baughman who was sleeping with the district attorney, AND the witnesses who were testifying against the men he was taking all the press in for supposedly “fighting sex trafficking’, all while hanging out socially with Molly Mall – one of the most notorious pimps in the country. Meaning the men he was arresting was Molly’s COMPETITION.
Or are you suggesting they frequent events like Samoly Mam used to hold where she was supposedly “educating” the public on sex trafficking while fleecing the public’s pockets? Or William Hillar who was not only giving the public false information, but was also fleecing the public’s pockets? For which he did go to jail because it’s against the law to pretend to be a veteran while raising money.
Because I have to tell you Lara, what each one of these phony and frauds have in common is that we have been actively BLOCKED from doing our REAL outreach to REAL victims. In fact, we made a list of every project, group, task force, safe house, program, etc., that’s openly blocked our group from being involved over the years – and so far we’re going 100/100 that each on of them has turned out to either be a complete fraud, or they were actively engaging in sex trafficking.
Or maybe you don’t remember anything about the “largest sex trafficking hoax” that went down in Tennessee. http://reason.com/blog/2016/03/04/the-somali-sex-slave-ring-that-wasnt Only I do remember because on each one of these “phony” cases, we were aggressively shunned, blocked, banned, ostracized, excluded, and outright attacked when we tried to shine light on these situations AND redirect resources and attention to REAL CASES we were dealing with at the same time.
To advise real sex trafficking victims to go out and make contact with groups that might send information on them right back to their traffickers as to their current location is also completely reckless. Because in many of the cases we’ve worked on, many of the victims don’t know even the tip of the iceberg about just how far the operation as a whole reaches. It’s one of the reasons why we had to go to the lengths of relocating some of the victims we worked with clear to tiny rural communities in the Midwest. Because unlike what you’re doing, we make maps of where specific rings are operating, and then relocate the victims we help rescue to areas where they don’t have any reach, informants, or ways to find out where they’ve gone. But then again maybe that’s why to date we’re the only group I’m aware of anyway who has relocated victims away from the legalized brothels who haven’t been found to date.
Something I don’t think Polaris has done. You know why? Because you ask the victims to “call you directly for help”. Only the SECOND they were to call you from the brothels, or their cell phones for that matter, the owners would know about that call immediately. That’s why I doubt you’ve ever received a call from one of them inside the legal brothels asking for help – yet we have through outreach projects we’ve set up so that if they need help they can SAFELY ask for that help without fear of retaliation or discovery.
Victims who according to your way of thinking don’t exist because they “don’t call you” Lara. But just because they can’t call you doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I can assure you that after having spoken to probably well over 1,000,000 men and women in the sex industry over about 40 years now of my life – I can assure you there are many many many different forms and versions of sex trafficking, as well as pimping.
As technology grows, so too does the various ways of sex trafficking also. So there’s even new forms being invented as we speak. I know because over the years we’ve heard of new types of cases coming in, and we’ve had to develop new ways of addressing help to those new victims. But you’re not going to be able to help any victims if you invalidate their experiences by claiming that “that doesn’t exist” as you did in your article.
Is this letter long? Yes it is. But it’s because I’m taking the voices of many of our members who contacted me about your letter and I’m trying to pass onto you’re their sentiments. Unlike you, I don’t believe my experience is the “end all be all” of knowledge and/or experience within this realm. Yes I’ve personally experienced, and witnessed, many different types of coercion, sex trafficking, pimping, slavery, etc. But I’ve also heard stories from our members of experiences I haven’t personally experienced. That doesn’t mean I tell them their experience “isn’t real”.
Nor would I recklessly encourage them to reach out to some of these groups after what I’ve seen they really are. Telling me I think you’re in a bit of an ivory tower Lara.
Anyway, just letting you know how some of us feel about your article.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly “Prostitutes Anonymous”)
Jody Williams, Founder and Director
(702) 488-1127 Cell/Text or (888) 629-2002 Toll Free
Every movement starts with one person. Look for example at the movement to have the Italian “mob” recognized as existing in the USA. Back in the 1940’s, 1950’s, and even part of the 1960’s – our country did not “officially” recognize the Italian “five families” as existing here in the USA. While we might have acknowledged the “Black Hand” existed in Italy, even the FBI was officially denying the existence of the “Cosa Nostra” in the USA up to the 1960’s. It was not until a man, Joe Valachi, started talking to the law about the “family” he was a “soldier” in, thus breaking their code of silence for the first time, did we start to hear about organized crime.
After his memoir was published, Joe testified at Congress, and then a film made with Charles Bronson playing him – things changed. The racketeering laws were written and passed into law. After this, once members of the crime family were asked to turn on their brothers “witness protection” was invented to protect their lives after testifying. Angered at how Italians were being talked about as “criminals”, a prosecutor named Rudolph Giuliani, who was Italian-American, went to the government asking for money for a task force to be formed to focus strictly upon these mobsters. Then the 1970’s hit film “The Godfather” was made announcing to us this “urban myth” that in fact the Italian mob was “real”.
Why do I know this about the Italian mob? Because at one point in our history we used to not believe Americans could be “victims of sex trafficking”, nor that this could be happening on American soil. Victims had even tried to tell the public about this being real such as when Linda Lovelace tried to in her book “Ordeal”, or even Bruce Lee tried in his unedited version of “Enter the Dragon” released in 1973. Even Elizabeth Taylor tried to talk about sex trafficking, or “white slavery” as it was called back then – all to a public who didn’t believe it was happening. So we didn’t have any systems set up within law enforcement, nor our mental health fields, to address what was viewed back then as no different then than if someone came forward today saying they were “being kidnapped and sexually violated by little green Martians”.
In order to have a road map on how to get this country to change this view, I studied how we came to believe in the Italian mafia. Since it started with Joe Valachi stepping up to tell his story – I started stepping up to tell mine in my first national talk show appearance on a Sally Jesse Raphael show in 1987. I announced on that show I was launching the first hotline in this country for anyone to call for any reason who wanted help to “leave the sex industry”. Remember, we didn’t even coin the term “sex trafficking” until 13 years later with the passing of the Trafficking Act of 2000. The 12 step program I founded was created to provide the first ever “alternative to incarceration” for these victims so they could stop being treated like criminals. I also created the first adult “safe house” for victims, along with the first alternative sentencing and diversion programs for those wanting to exit sex work – including those of sex trafficking victims.
Our program, renamed to Sex Workers Anonymous in 1995, is celebrating 30 years in existence on August 15, 1987. To date, I’ve answered our hotline to the tune of 500,000 calls from all over the world. This is five times more calls than Polaris has taken in through the National Trafficking Hotline to date in comparison. SWA is the only program which is for anyone, male, female or transgender, to be provided with “outpatient” assistance to exit any part of the sex industry, for any reason, including that of sex trafficking. In 1992, I authored the only book written by survivors for those wanting to exit the industry on recovery ever written. I’ve also published the only book for family members and loved ones of those exiting the industry, including those trafficked, on how to assist them in helping someone exit the industry, and how to cope with this themselves. Our program has been researched multiple times by reputable reporters, researchers, and authors who have all written glowing positive reports on the effectiveness of our program. In 1995, I was the first person certified by the FBI to testify at traffickers’ hearings on the brainwashing techniques employed by them to make their victims “think” they’re acting of their own free will when in fact not.
Not only did I start the “modern” movement to have sex trafficking recognized as “real” domestically (it had died out in the 1960’s entirely), which resulted in this federal recognition being granted with the passing of the Trafficking Act of 2000 – but there is no one in the world who has spoken to more survivors of sex trafficking of all ages, genders, religion, lack of religion, and/or geographic location than myself. If you ever need a quote from the founder of the largest, oldest, group of a wide range of survivors who started this all – please get in touch with us at the contact information above. The number of our members currently in our database is 190,000 with 49,000 subscribers to our social media also.________________________________________________________________________
HISTORICAL AND STATISTICAL FACTS ABOUT JODY WILLIAMS
1981 Became the first victim of ring to buy her way out of a “family” of “generational” pimps related to Richard Pryor.
1982 Found herself being forced into what was later dubbed as “Iran Contra” where she witnessed sex trafficking.
1983 Created first “safe house” for adult domestic sex trafficking victims, and those seeking to escape pimps in USA.
1984 Was falsely arrested and accused of “pimping” at a “brothel” which was in fact the “safe house”.
1987 Launched the first hotline for anyone to call who wanted help for any reason to leave any part of sex industry.
1987 Created first ever recovery program for those needing help to exit sex work – including sex trafficking victims. Told public the program was launched because these “victims needed help, not to be treated as criminals”.
1987 Los Angeles County launched the first “alternative sentencing and diversion” program for prostitutes through Prostitutes Anonymous. This was the name first given the 12 step program so as to offer an alternative to "incarceration” to those convicted of prostitution who were in reality “sex trafficking victims” under old laws.
1988 Joe Conforte, founder of the first ever legal brothel in Nevada, decided to expand legalized prostitution into California. He invested over $1,000,000 into a PR firm, and another million into a “rigged” study about HIV/AIDS. This Bill failed at the end of the year with Jody being his only public opponent during this campaign.
1989 Co-created the “Program for Female Offenders” in Allentown, PA modeled after the Los Angeles program. Within the first year, this program saved over $1,000,000 and delayed the need to build a new larger jail. All women who were in this program completed, left prostitution entirely, except two women who were bipolar.
1991 After sponsoring Paige Latin who was originally from Florida into recovery, Jody assisted in creating first Canadian chapter of “Prostitutes Anonymous” with her heading up this chapter.
1992 Paige’s work with Prostitutes Anonymous developed a need for more social services for prostitutes in the area. SPACE was originally created by Paige, which then developed into PACE - a harm reduction program.
1992 After interviewing over 4,000 male, female and transgender sex workers from all over the world in recovery, Jody took interviews from this community and authored the first ever “Recovery Guide” for sex workers/victims.
1995 Jody was certified by the FBI as first person ever to serve as an expert witness in “brainwashing” against pimps..
1998 Worked with same 22 US Attorneys who later were fired for “no stated reason” by Bush to aid Americans.
1999 The passing of the Trafficking Act of 2000 was the result of a 13 year long process started back in 1987 by Jody to “raise public awareness” this issue was very real, and laws needed to be created to provide help. Because major media was refusing to air any content on this subject, Jody “tricked” her way onto TV with “live” cameras by offering to talk about “victimless crimes” and then once the mike was on – telling the truth.
2000 Trafficking Act of 2000 was passed giving sex trafficking a name and federal recognition.
2007 Gave press conference in Nevada sex trafficking was ‘worse” in the state because of legalized prostitution.
2009 Results of 10 year study into Jody’s 12 step program released in “Leaving Prostitution” report to glowing reviews. John Quinones of ABC’s “What Would You Do?” published chapter on Jody in “Heroes Among Us” book.
2012 Beat single-handed campaign to expand legal NV brothels to result in the opening of the “Mob Museum” instead.
Curriculum Vitae for Jody Williams
August 1, 1987 – wrote to Alcoholics Anonymous General Office for permission to adapt “Steps” to the program of “Prostitutes Anonymous”. Permission was granted. Formed a “mentor board” of founders from other 12 step programs, people who worked at the head offices of 12 step programs, people who had been sponsored by founders of 12 step programs, and people from the Holocaust Support Group and the Vietnam Veteran's PTSD program to advise me how to run an “effective” 12 step program.
August 3, 1987 – installed our first 800 number that became our first “hotline” phone for anyone wanting to leave any part of the sex industry to be able to call for help 24/7 and speak to another recovering person who was not connected with law enforcement. Our hotline has answered over 500,000 calls to date whereas Polaris has answered 70,000 to date according to the article we saw.
August 15, 1987 (Day of Harmonic Convergence) - 1st Prostitutes Anonymous meeting in Tarzana, CA. We had 30 men and women in attendance. Over ½ of the people in that room that day are still in “recovery” from sex work today that we're personally aware of.
1987 – started the first ever HIV/AIDS outreach into the sex industry in Los Angeles, California with the support of the CDC, (Center for Disease Control), UCLA, GLASS, (Gay and Lesbian Social Services), Los Angeles Health Department, the LAX Press Newspaper, and COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics). We were proud to be able to train ex-sex workers who would be present when another was told they were in fact HIV positive. They would then become that person's “advocate” and guide them to resources we had identified for them for housing, medical, jobs, counseling, food, etc. - anything they might need even if it was just late night coffee to help them ease through the transition of finding out they were “positive”. Back in the 1980's this was almost always a death sentence within two years at most.
1988 – Dr. Joyce Wallace had an RV and started distributing clean needles, condoms and our flyers to street prostitutes in New York. We received a lot of calls from those flyers and still are in regular contact with women who came to us through that outreach project. Her program transformed into the FROST Project operating in New York today.
1988 – the first “alternative to sentencing” became available to prostitutes in Los Angeles County thanks to a committee put together by then Mayor Tom Bradley, and then Sheriff Sherman Block, and the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women using “Prostitutes Anonymous” meetings and ideas they allowed me to present. This program allowed for early release from jail, and/or to substitute jail time with attending PA meetings for those who had been arrested for their 1st offense for prostitution.
This dove-tailed into the opening of a special “wing” in the Via Avanta Program in Los Angeles, California whereby pregnant HIV positive prostitutes with children under the age of 18 years old could receive residential treatment while receiving special medical care and while being allowed to keep and raise their children with them in the facility. This had never been done before and was truly ground-breaking. We were also able to connect this into a “release” program where we'd have an ex-sex worker pick up women released from jail so they wouldn't have to “walk to the bottom of the hill” known for where pimps used to wait to pick up women who were coming out with nowhere to go.
1989 – the committee I was asked to be on by then Mayor Tom Bradley to put together the HIV outreach and the alternative to sentencing program for prostitutes developed into the “Los Angeles City AIDS Coordinator's Office” which spearheaded the development of a comprehensive multi-prong effort to combat AIDS.
After presenting them with enough testimony and research to back up my “points” - the city acknowledged what I was telling them was a barrier to effectively fighting HIV within the sex industry and put the ACO together to overcome these obstacles. The first being that no sex worker was going to come forward openly for training or testing if they were afraid of being arrested, nor would their clients. This is why the City Attorney's office got involved. The second was that if you informed a sex worker they were in fact HIV positive – one couldn't expect them to “shut down shop” immediately because this person still had to pay rent, and especially pay for medical care.
Since most sex workers don't have private health insurance, and make too much money to qualify for state health insurance – this was a real barrier that had to be addressed. So they needed to be provided with housing, food and medical while they were going through job re-training. So the work we started in 1988 developed into what became the ACO in 1989.
August of 1989 – relocated to Allentown, Pennsylvania to help found the “Lehigh County Program for Female Offenders” with Ruth Wernick. The womens' jail there was holding 2,000 prostitutes in a dorm built to hold only 200. The program was designed to reduce the number, and recidivism, of female prostitutes there. A comprehensive program was put together where selected women were moved into a residential home where they attended “Prostitutes Anonymous” meetings, as well as receiving counseling, job training, drug treatment, and parenting classes. Within a year, we eliminated the need to build a new jail and had decreased the recidivism rate from 87 % to down below 16 %. Our only “failures” were with the “dual-diagnosed” in the program. I had to move back to Los Angeles in 1990 because of getting married and pregnant – so I took my hands off the wheel of this project. It folded but was reborn as the “Program for Women and Children” which in 2007-2009 only had a 20-25 % recidivism rate. But from reading their website – it looks like they incorporated much of our earlier program which worked then as is working now. We emphasized viewing exiting the “life” as one the whole family culture had to address if one were to be successful at leaving. It's almost impossible to give up a life “on the streets” when your mother, or daughter, or aunts, etc. are still “out there”.
1990 – was asked by Paige Latin, a “sponsee” of mine to help her write a grant to open a crisis drop-in center and residential program for prostitutes to exit the sex industry in Vancouver, Canada. Evidently one had not existed before – but there was an epidemic of serial killers targeting prostitutes. The SPACE (Substance and Prostitution Alternatives Counseling and Education) was created because 10 prostitutes were sardined into her studio apartment afraid to “work the streets” because of serial killers. I wrote the program, trained the staff, and the grant applications. The program was funded and opened in 1991. Paige had to go visit her ailing father who soon passed in 1992. It became the PACE program that exists today in 1994. Paige and I have both removed our names from the PACE program once it was taken over with a “harm reduction” focus instead of an exit focus.
1991 – incorporated “Prostitutes Anonymous” in California.
1991 – copyrighted the “Prostitutes Anonymous” Recovery Guide “Sold Out”
1991 – James Crossen, PhD, director of the Addictions Studies Program at Mission College in California starts the first ever training program for counselors, therapists, social workers, etc., who work with people trying to recover not only from drug and/or alcohol addiction in his “Addictions Studies” program he founded – but also from the sex industry and/or trafficking. He added a complimentary course in the “neurology of trauma” to further explain the issues I was addressed from a medical/neurological point of view, as well as how treatment works within the mind and body from a neurological point of view as well. He also explained how trauma alters one's very neurological system – and any treatment plan must address these changes if it is to work.
1994 – relocated to Nebraska where we bought property and set up a series of “safe houses” along with half-way transitional housing for those wanting to escape traffickers from the large urban cities.
1995 – changed name to “Sex Workers Anonymous” after unanimous “group conscience” vote. Wrote to AA's General Office notifying them of name change and requesting permission to adapt steps to new named program. They consented.
1996 – sold the property (our wards had gotten onto their feet and were doing very well) in Nebraska and relocated to Nevada to assist those calling us from the legal brothels needing assistance to escape. They are not allowed to leave the brothels on foot, and there are no cabs for them to leave with either. Law enforcement is too spread out in Nevada to be able to reach where the brothels were – so we came to Nevada to be able to pick up those wanting to leave and transition them out of the sex industry.
2006 – assisted Sharnel Silvey, from A Scarlet Covering, to starting the first alternative sentencing project in northern Nevada for prostitutes. This program operated successfully for a year. Sharnel had been a madam at the Mustang Ranch legal brothel.
September 2007 – announced the formation of NCAST and released the findings of the report commissioned by the State Dept. and prepared by Melissa Farley, and myself, entitled “Trafficking in Nevada – Making the Connections”. This report explored the connection between the legal brothels, and sex industry, and trafficking in Nevada. I wrote three chapters in the book and presented the findings at the international press conference – as well as at UNLV the next day.
October 2007 – after disconnecting from NCAST and Melissa Farley - founded “Trafficking and Prostitution Services” as an alternative to handle activities outside the boundaries of what a 12 step program can do appropriately (like how the National Council on Alcoholism was born so AA didn't have to violate their steps and traditions to advance the cause and treatment of alcoholism).
February of 2013 – George Flynt, the lobbyist for the Nevada Brothels Association, appeared at the Nevada legislature to ask if they could expand into downtown Las Vegas to open more brothels. We had an SWA member appear after him speaking about her “true life” experiences working at a Nevada legal brothel recently within the last year. No one else appeared to oppose. This event was televised and recorded. The brothels bid was denied. This poor advocate came home to find her power, TV, cable, internet and phone all disconnected for three days – the same thing which had happened to me
after I'd given our press conference at what connections the legal brothels have to sex trafficking in Nevada. Within a week she further found everything in her apartment robbed and her life threatened. She is now living safely in California – still out of the sex industry today. The Mob Museum went up in the place of where the brothel would have been, along with the arts district and farmers market.
2013 – started the “Stop Sex Traffick Talk” radio show. Over 17,000 “listens” to date.
2013 – international Phone Conference Meetings for Sex Workers Anonymous started weekly.
2014 – became a 501c3 tax-exempt “non-profit”.
December 2014 – co-founded “SWAN” the program for parents, spouses, children, and other “loved ones” who care about someone leaving the sex industry and/or a trafficking victim.
TV Appearances (Interviews)
Geraldo Talk Show (4x) Sally Jesse Raphael Talk Show (4x) Jerry Springer Talk Show (3x) Maury Povich Talk Show (2x) Donahue Talk Show Joan Rivers Talk Show (2x) Vicki Lawrence Talk Show Christina Ferrarri Talk Show (2x) Ricki Lake Talk Show
Good Morning America
Good Morning Los Angeles
Good Morning Boston
Good Morning Chicago
20/20 Inside Edition
Weekly Cable Series about “Prostitutes Anonymous” in Los Angeles, California and Philadelphia. In this series – we'd interview a different member of Prostitutes Anonymous each week.
Educational Seminar on Cable about the “neurology of addiction, trauma and prostitution” co-presented with James Crossen, PhD (240 minutes long). This was for his students at the Addictions Studies program at Mission College. James and I recorded a weekly talk series on cable TV talking about how to work with men and women coming out of sex work specifically with PTSD and how trauma can mimic “addictive” patterns.
Frances Nuyen, the actress from the Joy Luck Club, recorded our public service announcements for 15 second, 30 second and 60 second TV broadcast commercials, as well as audio commercials.
Documentary Channel 9 Documentary about “Prostitutes Anonymous” and my life.
Radio Interviews Michael Jackson – ABC National Radio Gloria Allred – ABC National Radio Tom Becca – KOIL Radio (Nebraska)
Live Speaking National Council on Sexual Addiction Convention – Keynote Speaker Sexaholics Anonymous International Convention – Keynote Speaker (2x) Sexaholics Anonymous Philadelphia Convention – Keynote Speaker, Workshop Leader
Narcotics Anonymous Special Conference - Lecturer Radar Institute – Sexual Addiction Student Lecture
UCLA – Human Sexuality and Psychology Lecture (3x) Los Angeles City College – Psychology Lecture Pierce College – Psychology and Criminal Law Lecture (2x) Los Angeles Valley College – Human Sexuality and Psychology Lecture Mission College Addictions Studies – Drug and Alcohol Counselor Students Sybil Brand Institute for Women – Inmate Presentation Lehigh County Womens' Jail – Inmate Presentation Philadelphia Womens' Jail – Inmate Presentation Atlantic City Womens' Jail – Inmate Presentation Via Avanta Residential Program for Women – Client Presentation Tarzana Treatment Center – Client Presentation Cry Help – Client Presentation Impact House – Client Presentation COYOTE – Los Angeles, California Mary Magdalene Project – Los Angeles, California Genesis House – Chicago, Illinois Project Rainbow – Omaha, Nebraska Salvation Army – Atlantic City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Philadelphia UNLV – panel on “Trafficking in Nevada” where I spoke, along with Melissa Farley, PhD, and two members of “Prostitutes Anonymous” (the name they came in with us was PA), who went on to form their own programs to help prostitutes.
Staff Training Tarzana Treatment Center (Tarzana, Palmdale, Lancaster, Reseda and Long Beach Branches) Impact House (California) Cry Help (California) Lehigh County Program for Female Offenders (Pennsylvania) Corrections Officers – Los Angeles California Corrections Officers – Allentown, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania HIV Testing Site – W. Hollywood, Hollywood, Van Nuys, Northridge, E. Los Angeles and Long Beach
GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Social Services) – Los Angeles, California) Advocate Magazine – W. Hollywood, California “Underground” Gay Men's Bath Houses – San Fernando Valley, California Private Swingers Clubs – California Various strip clubs, peep shows, adult theaters, and incall/outcall services HUD – Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Methadone Clinics – Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and South Central Los Angeles Via Avanta Residential Program for Women – Los Angeles, California
Movies Based on Myself and Work
“Those Secrets” - Blair Brown and Mare Winningham released 1991
“Fighting for my Daughter” starring Lindsey Wagner released 1995
News Interviews Los Angeles, California – Channel 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 13 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –
Channel 7 Atlantic City, New Jersey – Channel 3
Playboy – News Release
Chic Magazine – Article
Salon Magazine – Series
Dear Abby, Cindy Adams
Wrote the “Prostitutes Anonymous” Recovery Guide entitled “Sold Out” after interviewing 2,000 men and women, from various countries, including legal and illegal parts of the sex industry, both in and out of the sex industry about the “recovery process”.
2004 - “The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene” by Jane Schaberg.
2007 – Three chapters on pimps and brainwashing was included in Melissa Farley's book “Trafficking in Nevada” published after her report was done commissioned by the State Dept.
2009 – John Quinones from ABC's “What Would You Do?” flew to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he interviewed me along with members of “Sex Workers Anonymous”, watched how we work and wrote a whole chapter about us in his book “Heroes Among Us”.
2012 - “Girls, Women & Crime” by Lisa Pasko.
2013 – “Somebody's Daughter” by Julian Sher – has a quote about a program where the clients attend weekly “Prostitutes Anonymous” meetings.
2014 – Wrote the “SWAN” handbook and updated the “Recovery Guide” for SWA to reflect what we've learned about our program since 1991.
2014 – Quotes from interviews about “Prostitutes Anonymous” appears in a positive light in the book “Leaving the Sex Industry” by Susan Oselin.
2014 – “Women, Sex & Addiction” by Charlotte Kasl has a listing to reach our program.
Special Certifications 1996 - Certified by the FBI as an “expert in brain washing by pimps” so I could testify in a trafficking case as to how this pimp had these women convinced they were acting of their own free will when in fact they were not. The process pimps used to brainwash their victims is almost identical to the process religious cults use to brainwash their members with the addition of the sexual trauma added. The defendant heard I was testifying and made a plea bargain immediately.
Special Mention In 1988, Joe Conforte, the owner of the Mustang Ranch legal brothel in Nevada, announced he wanted to open brothels all over California. Joe was asked if he would create special programs for the prostitutes much like dancers or athletes have. For example, special workers' comp programs, disability, retirement, and vocational rehabilitation programs. I also wanted the women to have a “union” with one of their own as a “representative” to advocate for them. He refused to discuss any of these ideas and put up $1,000,000 into a PR company to make sure he'd “win the vote” of Californians. Because the FCC had a law at the time in place requiring all political issues have a “counter” opinion airing alongside them – all of this TV, radio and print interviews had to be up “against” someone. No one else would “oppose” Joe but myself – so I was the only one who appeared in any of his interviews “up against” him that year. When the votes came in – he lost. So I beat out a million-dollar PR campaign with my mouth!
Joe also was bragging during this year that he had a “study that proved no brothel prostitutes had HIV” during a time when HIV was very much on people's minds in the 1980's. I however did some digging and discovered that not only had Joe “bought” that research – but it was “rigged”. The current testing at the time took six months to incubate – however he was testing at only four months’ time with no follow-up testing. Therefore, no one would show up “positive”. He stopped bragging about that test after I exposed it a few times for what it was. Marketing.