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Friday, April 14, 2017

PRESS RELEASE - SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS GOING TO BE 30 YEARS OLD SOON & CV FOR FOUNDER

Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly “Prostitutes Anonymous”)
Jody Williams, Founder and Director
(702) 488-1127 Cell/Text or (888) 629-2002 Toll Free
www.sexworkersanonymous.com
www.hightechmadam.com
www.leavingtheliferadio.com

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.
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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.

2013    Answered the 500,000th call on the Sex Workers Anonymous hotline taking calls from victims worldwide.  Sex Workers Anonymous is now the oldest, and largest, program  of those recovering from sex work in world.

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Jody Williams
(702) 488-1127
sexworkrecovery@yahoo.com


Curriculum Vitae for Jody Williams

Founding Accomplishments
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
60 Minutes
20/20 Inside Edition

TV (Other)
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

Print Articles/Interviews
Playboy – News Release

Chic Magazine – Article

Salon Magazine – Series

 Los Angeles Times, Daily News[JW1] , NY Times, Review Journal, City Life Las Vegas Weekly
Dear Abby, Cindy Adams

Books 1991
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. 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

NEVADA NUMBERS ON THE NATIONAL TRAFFICKING HOTLINE RESOURCE LISTING

On Tuesday 11/8/16 at 5:15 pm I went to the Nevada National Trafficking Hotline List of Resources and started calling to see who would be in if there was a crisis after hours.   The results I got were:

Alameda Prosecutor's Office – Celeste Guap is what happened with them.  Need I say more?

Alliance for Community Transformation Hotline – no answer

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Voicemail saying “will return your call within two days) when you push #1 for legal assistance

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach – Voicemail

Awaken – Voicemail

CAST – doesn't have “resources in Nevada”.  The operator said they can “only help if you relocate to California”. 

National CAST Hotline (888) 373-7888 – was on hold for five minutes listening to music.

Community Against Sexual Harm – Voicemail

Community Violence Solutions - Disconnected

Courage Worldwide – not taking intakes until the fall on recording.

Fresno Central Valley – youth shelter for those under 18 years of age in Fresno, California

Hookers for Jesus – Voicemail saying “call back during business hours”

International Institute – Voicemail

International Institute – Duplicate of above

International Rescue Committee Phoenix – Voicemail

International Rescue Committee HOPE  - Voicemail

LACY – Recording saying calls “are not confidential and it takes sometimes 4 days to return calls.  Further, they do not work with criminal matters – only helping teens or teen mothers with custody cases”.

Live Violence Free – Got a woman on the line saying they offer domestic violence assistance to Nevada residents.

Made for Them - Voicemail

Monterey Rape Crisis – they answered saying they only service Monterey county in California

My Sisters House – recording tells me to “call back the 24 hotline and gives me the same # I just dialed)

Operation Safehouse – recording it's for a youth shelter

Redemption Ridge – a hotline for sex trafficking in Oregon

Restoration Railroad – does not provide services in Nevada

RISE – press 1 to speak to an advocate.  The woman who answered said she was not an advocate.  They provide shelter in San Luis Obispo, but not Nevada

San Francisco Asian Womens' Shelter.  Referred me to their “national hotline” of 415 8644722.  A recording comes on saying they're a domestic violence hotline.  A woman answered saying they “do not provide direct services in Nevada”.

Saving Innocence – voicemail saying leave a message.

Sex Workers Anonymous.  Our hotline is not listed as a 24/7 hotline.  The web link goes to an old radio show I no longer produce at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stopsextrafficktalk.    That is NOT our web address of www.sexworkersanonymous.com   I have not produced this show in YEARS which is why the web address and phone number on the radio show are no longer working.  It makes it appear we aren't anything other than a radio program.

The RISE  Group Homes – Voicemail

Salvation Army SEEDS Program 232 230

Utah Domestic Violence Hotline – got a recording saying I'd be on “hold less than five minutes”.  Since this is for Utah I hung up.

WEAVE – told me they could “look up referrals for services in Nevada”.  Since WEAVE  is in Sacramento, then I doubt they have much in the way of Nevada referrals.

West Coast Childrens Clinic  - they only serve women and children with Medi-Cal – which is California health insurance.

For the MILLIONS of dollars these guys have received to mann this hotline - don't you think it could be maintained better at least?  Weed out the disconnected numbers?  Ever try calling a suicide hotline and getting a busy signal?  It's depressing!

Monday, August 15, 2016

LETTER TO A TREATMENT CENTER IN FLORIDA

I got a call today from someone telling me they "had been to a Sex Workers Anonymous" meeting at DACCO in Tampa, Florida.  Only we don't have any registration for a meeting in Tampa.  Below is a letter I just sent to their executive director.  This letter applies to anyone running an unregistered meeting of SWA:

Dear Mr. Hampton:

I'm writing to have a talk with you about phone calls we've been receiving.  It seems that someone at your organization has set up a meeting of "Sex Workers Anonymous".  I'm writing to talk to you about helping us find out who is doing this so that we can speak to them about it.  

Please be advised our materials are copyrighted and trademarked.  The reason for this is that our process is different than that of Alcoholics Anonymous, or anything currently taught in drug addiction counseling school or a psychology class.  In fact, NOTHING was working for us in the long term back prior to 1987 (the year we were founded), that was available through existing 12 step programs, nor in traditional counseling.  

We  spent YEARS surveying all existing programs, and also interviewed over 4,000 male and female ex-sex workers across the world, where it was legal and illegal, and also those who abused drugs as well as who didn't.  What we found was a universal failure for us to achieve long term recovery prior to the creation of our program.  In fact, almost all of us "relapsed" before hitting the third year mark.

When we started our program, it was therefore a lot of "trial and error" before we found what DID work for us.  To uncover the process that did work, the research was extensive and expensive.  I had to travel in fact to do my research for this (as this was pre-internet back in the late 1980's), by picking the brains of not only 12 step group founders who were still alive, but also that of experts in things such as PTSD, Stockholm Syndrome, cult brainwashing, etc.  

It took us a lot of "experiments" to find what DID work.  Experiments which were extremely time consuming and expensive.  The result of that work was partially put into our literature which includes our "Recovery Guide" as well as our "Step Working Guide".  However, there are other parts to the process we did not put in the literature, and only provided by experiencing the process or private training.  In fact, I used to offer private training and consultation to many treatment programs who were working with prostitutes up until I had my daughter, and our book was published in 1992.  We then did follow-up research on the programs we provided training to, as well as a control group of those we did not.  We learned that those who followed what we taught had amazing success, while those who did not folded.

I'm going to point you in fact to professor Sharon Oselin's report which was done without our knowledge actually in the book "Leaving Prostitution".  She studied three programs working with prostitutes - one of who was running meetings of ours WITHOUT our involvement at the time of her study.  In this report, she had nothing but good things to say about our program.  The quotes from the women in fact were all saying that our program was the "only way" they were making it in fact.  

I want to point out the two other programs who were not using our process have now folded.  The third one which had been using our model up to that point in time IN connection with our program as a whole - had a break with us.  You see our program isn't encapsulated in one meeting.  We have sponsors all over the world who work with our newer members.  We have a newsletter where all members contribute in some fashion.  Outreach work projects we all connect to in some fashion.  A service structure where we work on international projects together.  In other words, we strongly believe the foundation of our program is based in the first tradition "our common welfare comes first - personal recovery depends upon SWA unity".  

Well "unity" doesn't happen when one meeting is cut off from the rest of the fellowship.  Nor can one be putting "common welfare first" when they aren't also in connection with the rest of the fellowship.  So when the meeting Sharon researched decided to cut off connections with our fellowship as a whole over philosophical differences - they also have folded.  While our program is going stronger than ever.   In fact, ANY meeting that has tried to run a meeting of ours without following our process, which includes connecting to the fellowship as a whole - has failed and subsequently folded.  

Our program in other words, when done as designed, produces results.  We were the first group in fact in history that I could track down anyway, that was producing long term results.  I've got two interviews in fact up on Youtube with two of our members who have been with us since 1992 - once we started finding the process that worked for us.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_TD_X3uOiA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33weIPOhqVU

In order to try and ensure we maintain "quality control" over our program - we don't offer our literature for sale in bookstores, nor on sites like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.  We only have the literature available through our main office in fact.  The reason for that is we are trying to maintain "quality control" over our program.  I say that because when I've heard of groups like was/is being doing at your organization - not only is it not working - but then WE get the bad reputation for that.  Which is exactly the call I got today from a woman.  She reported she'd been to a meeting at DACCO, that she did not get our literature, she didn't get a sponsor through us, she wasn't connected to us as a whole, and she was calling because she was "going nuts".  Now in her case, this woman had enough sense to go online and try and track us down.  However, there are many others who aren't that smart.  Still others witness this process not working - and then we get the blame.  So in other words, this type of thing actually causes us a form of "defamation".  

We've been investigated by researchers, as well as reputable investigative reporters.  Each has found our program is highly effective, and written glowing reports about us.   This is a reputation we treasure highly and are trying to maintain.  We say that because many of our members have tried just about everything else before coming to us so it's like we're the "last hope".  When they see the results we produce - it's something we're very proud of.   But to produce these results - I have to provide the right materials and training to those holding our meetings.  Which is why I've been restricting sale of our materials to our website in order to make sure we maintain this control as much as possible.  

There's more to it than this as I've now updated our original training and materials.  Now having members who have stayed with us for so long - we started noticing some "stage II" issues about 20 years down the road.  In fact, so much of this was a common evolution - we realized that we had to make some adjustments to our process.  We realized that we had many questions in our first "Recovery Guide" published in 1992, that we now had the answers to.  For this reason, we put together the 2nd edition of our "Recovery Guide" which we just finished writing a few months ago.  I'm still proofing it and haven't even put it up for mass sale yet.  It should be ready by next week.  I'm also making sure we have an audio version because we're finding many of our new members have reading issues.  We also make sure new members get a chance to hear www.leavingtheliferadio.com to hear from our other members.

Over the years, we've had well-meaning people think that they can just throw together some kind of meeting, call it "Sex Workers Anonymous" or "Prostitutes Anonymous" (our original name), and offer it to their clients without consulting with us, getting our literature from us, or receiving any training from us.   I assure you it doesn't work.  Again, when even this program researched in "Leaving Prostitution" stopped using our process and resources, disconnected from our fellowship as a whole, and isolated their clients from us - it failed to the point where their program also folded after having operated for 30 years.  

So we take this seriously.  Now in 2007 we were approached by the people behind the "end demand" wave going on in this country.  Let me first make one thing clear - the arrest you can read about with me in 1984 was not over a "brothel".  www.hightechmadam.com  The arrest was because of an angry pimp pissed off because the warehouse was the first "safe house" in this country for what is now called "sex trafficking victims". Yes I put together the first safe house for adult trafficking victims in the USA.  But because of the arrest, I then realized not only did we need to create something "different", but also that I had to do something to raise awareness that sex trafficking was "real".  Especially when the cops couldn't grasp that it was a safe house - and not a "brothel".

Since we were the first hotline in this country to take calls from people wanting to escape sex work - this means we also were getting the first calls from sex trafficking victims.  However, we were having to pay for everything ourselves because these victims weren't getting "victim status" but instead being treated solely as "criminals".  In order to change this, the people were were rescuing joined me in the campaign which resulted in the Trafficking Act of 2000 being passed.  In other words, we started the modern domestic trafficking movement.  We did this in order to stop seeing these victims being denied services.  Much like how at one point in time our society also viewed addicts as "only criminals" and not from a therapeutic point of view like they do now.

However, two years after we achieved this federal recognition, there was a backlash by two factions.  The religious right and those who are the organized sex traffickers.   The traffickers felt they could use these "trafficking" stories to push their agenda to get prostitution legalized in this country (in other words expand brothels outside of Nevada).  They didn't appreciate our approach even though it worked.  They wanted to convert this movement into something like what's happening in New Zealand right now - where sex trafficking is only recognized within the illegal arenas while being ignored in the legal sections of the sex industry.  For example, while signs with the National Trafficking Hotline are now required to be posted all over California - the legal brothels, sex clubs, strip clubs, etc., of Nevada are not.

This faction came to us in 2007 and asked me if we would change our position in Sex Workers Anonymous which is "we have no opinion on outside issues" to that of "condemning prostitution".   In other words, we do not condemn prostitution, pornography, etc.  We don't blame them anymore than AA blames the alcohol industry.  But we were asked if we would in fact take a position against the sex industry.  If we did this, we would not only be violating our very traditions, but we'd also lose our members AND our program wouldn't work.  It works in one part because we address sex work as a "whole" and don't just focus on the single issue of prostitution.  Our members don't come in identifying as "sex trafficking victims" anymore than most at their first AA meeting come in shouting they're an "alcoholic", nor do we want them to identify as "victims" anymore than AA would want their members to identify as "wino's" or "drunks" or NA would want theirs identifying as "junkies".  

When we refused to make this change because of being offered a lot of money, property and prestige - this group (which is well funded) decided to try and run our groups without us the way "they" wanted to.  What happened was this group then set up 10 groups around the USA who were running these "faux" meetings "their" way.  The end result was a three ring circus.  We took a great beating not only to our reputation - but also to our relationships within the sex industry itself.   One of the more publicized groups who did this was Project Rose in Phoenix.  The "Way We Were" is a woman from Phoenix describing what happened to the area after these people came in and took over actually.  

AA would not survive if they came out trying to shut down the alcohol industry.  NA wouldn't survive one minute if they came out attacking the pharmaceutical industry.  What this group did was to try and attack the sex industry while trying to use our meetings to further their agenda.   Up to that point, we were getting a great deal of our referrals from within the sex industry itself.  We had spent YEARS building a good relationship for example with groups such as the AVN.  These people would call us when they saw sex trafficking happening, as well as refer people to us who had decided they needed to quit, and/or those who had legal court issues where they needed to use our program for alternative sentencing purposes.  But when they set up these groups such as Project Rose, and started attacking the sex industry itself, well the industry started attacking us back thinking we were a party to this.

We asked this group to stop this, and to go back to allowing us to run the groups the way we know they work.  As well as use our literature.  They refused and continued on - basically flipping us off.  They even hired some of our "best success cases" to work for them while throwing a great deal of money at them.  We finally had no choice but to come in with attorney's and "cease and desist" orders were issued.  They left us no choice but to shut down these meetings entirely along with threatening legal action we're still considering for damages.   Now it's our understanding their programs couldn't operate without having a 12 step meeting to meet licensing and insurance requirements.  So what resulted was their programs shut down shortly after because they no longer were using 12 step meetings as part of their program.

Needless to say this created a lot of "bad blood" all around because we wouldn't cave.  We had people within the sex industry angry at us thinking we had attacked them when we had not.  Our members they hired had to break off from our program, and this created a lot of internal conflict.  We're not "unique".  Both AA and NA also went the same growth pains.   But the bottom line Mr. Hampton is that our process WORKS.  I can't mess with that. 

Now when I get a call from someone telling me we have another "faux" meeting being held in connection with your program - I already know most people have no idea what's going on.  These people made sure to put on a pretty good act, and even cut us out of the loop pretty well.  I've got a whole large group of people in fact running around thinking that Brenda Myers-Powell is our "founder" even because of these people who are driving the "end demand" campaign.  So I'm sure they probably have no idea that to run one of our meetings - they need to first get ahold of a meeting registration from me, a starter kit, and to get some basic training in how our process works in order to not be in breach of our copyrights and trademarks over our intellectual property.  

But the end result of that is I get a call from someone today telling me they THINK they've "been to one of our meetings" and they further report they don't have our literature, haven't been told what our process is, haven't seen the results they can achieve working our program, etc.  

I think it's wonderful someone wants to run one of our meetings there.  But I need your help to get in touch with the person who is doing this.  I need to get them our materials, register the meeting in our directory, connect them to our other Tampa members, and get them trained in our process so that they can start producing some high quality results within that group.  

One thing - www.sexworkersanonymous.com is for adult men and women.

We created www.sexualexploitationanonymous.com for juveniles.

We also have www.swan-fellowship.us for family members (like Alanon).

Now since I answer our hotline until about 5 am, I don't tend to answer the phone until after 3 pm eastern time (noon my time).  So please ask whoever is in charge of our group there to please contact me at this email or to call me at (702) 488-1127 after 3 pm eastern time.  

Also, I've just got in our Spanish translation of our materials.  Again, I'm working on formatting right now and we will have an updated material list available within a few days.  
--
Jody Williams
(702) 488-1127 Cell Phone

Sunday, April 17, 2016

BRENDA MYERS-POWELL - DREAMCATCHERS

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stopsextrafficktalk/2013/02/26/brenda-myers-powell-talks-about-sex-workers-anonymous-aka-prostitutes-anonymous



Before "Dreamcatchers", Brenda was just another resident at Genesis House in Chicago.  Genesis House had been founded by a nun named Edwina Gately.  Prostitutes Anonymous was our program's name in 1988 when we got a call from Edwina for help.  She said none of the women in the program were relating to her being she was an older white female who had never been a prostitute herself. 

I had no way of affording a trip to Chicago and she was barely getting by, but many of the talk shows were filmed in Chicago back in the late 1980's.  Jerry Springer, Maury Povich, Sally Jesse Raphael, and Oprah were all filmed out of studios there.  I told Edwina I had an idea which worked - I'd get booked on a talk show which would pay for my round-trip and hotel to get there.   I booked the first show and came bearing copies of our "Recovery Guide".  You can get a copy of this at www.leavingthelife.com

I spent some time with the women there, going over the program, our book, the steps, and got to know everyone.  Luckily the talk shows were always doing some show on prostitution and I was able to come back there every couple of months, stay a week or two, work with the women in Genesis, and then go back home again to Los Angeles. 

Luckily Brenda came through Genesis House before they closed.  For a while nothing existed in Chicago by the Haymarket homeless shelter.  A woman named Oliva picked up the meetings for Prostitutes Anonymous and held them at the shelter - keeping our program alive.  From there, a group called "Footprints" picked up the meetings, but they refused to let me and transgenders come to their group.  I spoke to them, and they refused to budge.  Brenda called me back then and said she wanted to start a meeting which would let men, women and transgenders attend.  But she said everyone was used to calling the program by the old name "Prostitutes Anonymous", not our new name as of 1995, Sex Workers Anonymous.

We gave her permission to go ahead with the meeting, and to call that meeting by the old name.  In other words it would be the "Prostitutes Anonymous Group of Sex Workers Anonymous" officially.  But I understood as I still call it Prostitutes Anonymous myself!  From there, Brenda met the people who were putting together "Dreamcatchers".  They wanted to create a program for juvenile girls in Chicago.  She then took a job with the Cook County Sheriff's office as an advocate for the women who were being arrested.

Click on the link to hear in Brenda's words how she felt when she first started reading our "Recovery Guide" and working our program.  In her words, she wouldn't have made it out without the program.  It's wonderful to see how she took that recovery and is using it to help others. 

www.sexworkersanonymous.com










Saturday, January 2, 2016

OPEN LETTER TO GIDEON FOUNDATION

I read that Gideon's Bible's wants to put the soaps' in with their Bibles in hotels.  This is what I wrote them about that idea?

Dear Gideons:


Please allow me to introduce myself.  I'm the founder of the modern day sex trafficking movement. While Wilber Wilberforce was the founder of the anti-slavery movement - I'm the person who stood up in modern day America and said that not only was sex trafficking still happening, but that our legal system had to do something in order to help these victims.  

I did this because no one was believing this was real.  In 1965 Elvis Presley himself had tried to get the word out to America the only way he knew how - in "Harem Holiday".  This was a film about rescuing a woman from a harem.  It was written off as a bad movie.  

In 1973, Bruce Lee tried to enlighten us in "Enter the Dragon".  In the underground scene he showed both human trafficking victims with the men who were on one side being trafficked for organs and labor.  On the other side of the underground cells, he showed a white woman with blond hair, not an Asian woman, being drugged and begging for his help to be released.  Of course it was just written off as being "a movie".

In 1980, Linda Lovelace tried to tell America that she had been forced to film "Deep Throat" while her pimp pointed a gun to her head on this mob financed film while no one saved her.  The audiences laughed at her and even "boo'd".  Mostly she was written off as being "jealous.  She took her story to the Meese Commission to try and get porn banned - not to start the revolution up again.

I say "again" because the Mann Act had been written to do something about Asian women who were brought over here to be worked as prostitutes.  Only the country refused to learn how the sex industry worked - so instead the only two men who were arrested under the Mann Act were two black men for marrying white women.  As a result, it was laughed at and considered to be a "myth". America didn't believe sex trafficking was real in the 60's, 70',s or early 80's when I came on the scene.   So there was NO sex trafficking movement at all when I came along.  It had failed.

But sex trafficking was still a reality itself.  I was witnessing things like Chuck Barris who was the producer of the "Dating Game" by day, who was using his position to get the papers for these pretty girls to leave the country on these "dates" - only to never be heard from again.  He showed this in his film "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind".  But I ask you - do you know how crazy one sounded in 1980's trying to tell the police Chuck Barris from the Gong Show was a CIA agent, involved in Iran Contra, and that our own government was selling women off overseas as sex slaves?  

I assure you bars of soap in hotel rooms like Theresa Flores sells would have changed nothing back then,  or if I hadn't stepped up to lay my groundwork I did, because the police, mental health, and courts, didn't believe us when we would try and explain these sorts of things - and also why sometimes we were being arrested for things we were forced to do against our will.   Even if they did this didn't mean it was wise to come forward as we saw in the Margo Compton case. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/When-Jailbirds-Sing-It-was-the-pure-savagery-of-3018647.php  She was being trafficked by the Hell's Angel's and when she came forward - she was murdered along with her children.   Meaning sometimes it's not the smartest thing to call the police - even now.  But keep in mind that when you call the Trafficking Hotline - you're essentially trying to report someone for trafficking you.  But for some of us again that's not such a good idea.  I know in my case - I already had men in our government trying to kill me as it was, as well as police officers.  I say that because when they raided my warehouse the cops realized I had tapes of cops having sex with prostitutes and next thing I know I have cops trying to kill me back in the day.  So I couldn't have turned to the police either for help with my case.

Because the police, mental health, social services, even domestic violence and homeless shelters refused to even help us back in the 1980's - I put together the first safe house for adults in 1984.   You can read the clip about the arrest at www.hightechmadam.com   However, it got me arrested when the pimp got angry and called the police saying I was running a brothel with the women who he had broken her arm, her nose and blacked both her eyes.  Now she testified against him - but now before the police confiscated everything I owned because I had obtained it through criminal money.

This was when I went to Edwin Meese and told him we needed something different - but that I didn't think it was right we be arrested as the criminals those of us who like this woman or Linda were forced to do what they were doing.   He told me he doubted we'd ever stop arresting prostitutes, but we could at least set up an "alternative to sentencing" program for them.  

Which we did in 1987.  The first hotline for adults who wanted help to leave the sex industry for any reason and the 12 step program, as well the alternative sentencing program was launched in 1987.  More important - when I stepped up in the national media then to announce it I stated our country had to change.  Especially since it was refusing assistance to us under the victims fund calling us "criminals".

I was told we had to get federal recognition of this being "real" to change that.  So we pushed for this and the Trafficking Act of 2000 was passed.  A movement was born and then hijacked - a view shared by the author of the act, Michael Horowitz.  http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/nevada-movement-draws-line-human-trafficking   He and I agree this movement has been "hijacked" by people who are looking at it as a way to make money - with the goals of the work being lost here.  

One of the things I liked in the story of Moses where he is talking to the Pharaoh about "letting my people go" and showing that God's power is behind him - is that the court magicians are mimicking a lot of the same things.  Like how they were able to turn a rod into a snake.  

Might I point out a few facts please because I heard you have a lunch coming up where you're thinking about putting in some soaps in with your Bibles?  We launched our hotline which is still operating in 1987 - 30 years ago.  It's answered by another member of our program and does more than direct people to us.  

It also provides referrals to services to anyone who needs help to find services of any kind to EXIT any part of the sex industry whether trafficked or not.  Trafficking victims comprise about 10 percent of the sex industry.  The rest, which are prostitutes, madams, strippers, porn performers, phone sex operators,  dominatrix's, sugar babies, escorts, even pimps, may or may not, be trafficking victims.  They may, or may not, have a drug problem.  They might want to quit because they're old, pregnant, sick, wanting to get off drugs, getting married, or have 100 other reasons why they want to quit.  

Both the National Trafficking Hotline, and S.O.A.P. wouldn't exist had not we sacrificed a great deal in order to convince America trafficking was real, and that we were not just as bunch of "junkie criminals" that no one should care about.  Because trust me before we started our movement - no one cared about us.  Mothers of the GRIM Reaper murder victims protested in the streets about their daughters' being murdered - and the LAPD did NOTHING for 25 years because to them it was "one less criminal to worry about".  

How did we do this?  If you look at the media - when madams were arrested like I was they all made a movie.  The Mayflower Madam, Hollywood Madam, Beverly Hills Madam, etc.  So when everyone was waiting for the "High Tech  Madam" to come out with her movie glamorizing the sex industry - instead I came out and said I wasn't going to come out with the "fairy tale" because it wasn't the "whole truth".  I then started telling the audience the "whole truth".

Which meant I had to refuse all those book and movie offers or we wouldn't be here today talking about this.  In fact, I saved up all those book and movie offers until I hit a million dollars.  Then I went on the Joan Rivers' show - and showed them to the camera and Joan.  I then showed that I had this money offered me to tell a lie about the industry - and I tore the contracts up.  I told the audience that "if I wanted money I could go back into the industry" but that it was "more important to me that people believe me". 

Now to be believed meant I had to go on national shows like 60 Minutes, 20/20, Good Morning America, etc., with no wigs, no sunglasses, no heavy make-up, no fake names, and I had to show my news clippings, open up my life so people could snoop around to see the truth, look the camera in the eye - and let people see and hear the sincerity in my face, eyes and voice when I would talk about these crazy stories about how Chuck would audition pretty girls for the "Dating Game" to get his videotapes, then look for women with no family, ship those tapes overseas (before internet), and then get the papers to take these women out of the country.  I was clearly believed because the Trafficking Act was passed.

But I also came home from these shows to find myself evicted and fired every time.  Sometimes my car was spray painted "whore".  Sometimes I'd have things thrown at me from moving cars.  Sometimes I had death threats to shut up.   One year I was fired and evicted every single month!

There was no grant money for our hotline to go in.  We had no internet and no VOIP either.  Meaning to get an 800 number I had to rent an office, install a business line, and pay $1.00 a minute which gave us $1000 a month phone bills.  What grants?  There was no trafficking grants because there was not trafficking offices back then because we had not trafficking act yet.  Literally back then what we were saying was like saying that "aliens were selling our women" so we had to install and pay for that first hotline and I had to get a second job to do so.

Polaris has now answered about 100,000 calls.  Our hotline has answered over 500,000 calls.  If this field ever folded, we'd still continue answering because our program will continue.  It will continue after I die from our members running it.  Also, we serve a larger population.  There will be prostitutes needing help to leave prostitution long after we get rid of sex trafficking.

Which is what concerns me about the message sent by these soaps.  First of all, the trafficking victims we help can't pick up a phone and call for help.  If they can't call for help - we don't define that as a trafficking victim.  If they can't call for help - they don't need the same type of help as a trafficking victim either.  For the trafficking victims - we have to go in and find them, and then get them out.  I've had to pose as a madam, pose as a cleaning lady, I've had men pose as "johns", we've set up fake interviews for a new brothel opening in town to flush out victims - I mean you have to go out and FIND victims of trafficking and BRING help to them.

If someone is in a hotel where they need help - they need to call 911 if they're in that dire of a situation.  Now I don't know if you've ever called the hotline, but I have.  What they do when you call them is they give you the phone number of  a local group near you to call.  If you go through the list they have of trafficking groups however - I've yet to find one that will go out and get these women and none of them serve men.  Also, many of them are connected to law enforcement.  If you look at the case recently of the DEA owned strip club, http://nypost.com/2015/05/20/dea-agents-secretly-owned-strip-club-with-illegal-immigrant-dancers-feds/  Kemp Shiffer, http://goingconcern.com/2011/8/former-irs-investigator-cum-accounting-professor-claims-he-took-money-from-18-year-old-prostitute-to-protect-her-denies-pimp-status Chris Butler, http://patch.com/california/sanramon/private-investigator-christopher-butler-pleads-guilty0df4c86437 the victims we help that are connected to the cops - you can't call the cops when they are the traffickers.  

It just doesn't work that way.  Things have to be "organized" and then help has to bring transportation to the victim.  Every trafficking program in this country UNLESS you're arresting your pimp on the spot, will put you in a homeless or domestic violence shelter.  Not one of them in this country provides transportation.   So what you're left with is a woman in  hotel room with a useless phone number most of the time and very frustrated.

That's what they tell us when they call us.  They say "I called the hotline and yada yada yada" and then "the homeless shelter said they can take me but I have to get there and I don't have a ride" or "I can't call the police" or we usually just wind up right where we started.  What we do however is we find out what's going on and then we organize what they need with them on the line.  If they need to go somewhere - then we organize transportation for them, make sure they can get in, and we get things arranged.

Which frankly if they can call us is usually 99 percent of the time not what's needed.  If they can call us - then what they want is help to get out of the sex industry.   For that, we connect them to our local chapter.  Now we have been investigated by three reputable investigative reporters over the years.  Professor Sharon Oselin did a 10 year study on three programs with ones being one of them.  The study found ours to be the one still standing at the end of the study and the women were quoted as saying our program is what worked for them.  This woman, and these prostitutes, didn't even know me, so that was all unbias.  So we don't have a bunch of news stories written by friends, or reporters we charmed, or written to support fund raisers.  

The reporters who have written about us were major reputable investigative reporters, who came to check us out with their own eyes, and validate things with their own eyes.  So well that Bob Herbert even got threatened with a "baseball bat to the head" by then mayor Oscar Goodman for verifying our claim that you could "throw a rock and hit  a trafficking victim in a local strip club in Vegas" while he was trying to expand the brothels into downtown Vegas.  So Bob went into a club in downtown Vegas and reported he found one in 15 minutes.  That's when all hell broke loose - but that's the sign of a good reporter.

Professor Sharon Oselin studied our members over a 10 year period of time.  Our members have been with us over 30 years.  I have frankly yet to meet anyone who has gotten out of the sex industry, and found recovery, through finding a bar of soap in a hotel room.  I'm frankly concerned about the message it sends as a Christian.   The 12 step program is based on biblical concepts and it also teaches not only about "amends" and "redemption" but it also talks about how "anyone who wants it" can have it.  If you want to have recovery from alcoholism - you can have it.  With addiction - they don't make a distinction between whether you're a prescription drug addict or  street addict to offer you recovery.  They don't say "oh you used street drugs so you don't count - in fact you don't even exist".  

But frankly that's what's happened since the TVRA of 2003.  Since they turned over the trafficking field I founded to the "faith based" community only, what the TVRA said was that you could ONLY offer services to those who condemned pornography and prostitution as wrong and not an industry.  But to me that's a value judgment.  One that places shame.   I'm frankly very disturbing by this new movement that shuts out anyone that doesn't say they were "forced" or a "victim" and tells anyone who simply was in the business that now says they want out that they're on the same level as a trafficker because someone didn't have a gun to their head.  

The even more disturbing part of that is it's encouraging a whole new trend now of people who are using this essentially in the same manner as one would who would be saying "I'm not responsible for what I did last night because I was drunk".   I'm not responsible for raping you last night because I was drunk.  Oh I'm not responsible for anything I did back then because I was a "victim".  I assure you I've seem a new level of person coming up in this movement that seems to take no accountability for any of their actions by casting under the label of "victim" - and they seem to be creating a distance between themselves and those who are like the other 90 percent of the community and are quitting because they're getting old, sick, pregnant, tired, finished school.

Even within Theresa's own story - yes the rape she endured was horrible.  But she made a choice to keep it a secret.  She made a choice to go along with "working it off".  Theresa had other choices and despite the threats was not forced at gunpoint.  She could have gone to the authorities, and what was done to her was illegal.  I look at the sex industry as a whole.  I have interviews with some of our members up at www.leavingtheliferadio.com and I invite you to listen to some.  We have a woman who was a Playboy Bunny and stripper and then got old and wanted to retire.  We have a woman who was in Hustler and wanted to retire.  We have an ex-pimp who is now a minister because he realized what he was doing was wrong.  We also have a woman whose mother was putting her out there to help pay for her own baby and the bills when she was a teen mom.  These people don't fit the mold of someone who would call the police or the National Trafficking Hotline - but they did call our hotline and they did get help as well provide assistance to anyone who calls for any reason.  

Bibles in a hotel room will be timeless.  But you don't put churches contact information in them because frankly they come and go.  If the person seeing the Bible wants to find one - they'll pick up the local yellow pages.  If they have  a trafficking problem - they can call 911 for help no matter where they are also.  But frankly the money that would be spent on putting in soap with a phone number in rooms just isn't sustainable and I don't see any proof anywhere that it works.  

IF ANYTHING - I have Sharon Oselin's study showing our program works.  I have yet to see one study showing me that the S.O.A.P. soap in a hotel is saving lives, both male and female, of all ages, across the board, because there's another problem with the National Trafficking Hotline.  Go on their site and look at their map of services.  Let's take Nevada for example.  Our hotline covers al of the USA, into Canada, Mexico, and five other countries.  We cover all of Nevada.  SWA has three chapters in Nevada also - one in Vegas, Pahrump and Carson City.  We have the hotline and phone meetings covering the whole state.    However, if you look at the Polaris resource directory  - you'll only see the Hookers for Jesus program which runs a tiny house.  They don't have a hotline and they don't have an outpatient program.  Nor do they help other parts of the state.  

Alcoholics Anonymous is still here - longer than any treatment program.  We aren't dependent upoin funding or who is in office.  We also cover anyone in the whole sex industry who needs help to exit the industry - rather than the 10 percent who are trafficked.  Also, we're non-denominational and we help someone who is Jewish, Buddhist, atheist, etc.   But frankly, I got reporters and researchers backing up our program as effective so please consider this before investing money into something that could be so better well spent.

You could have plaques installed in motel rooms by the phones with the National Trafficking Hotline, the local police AND our hotline, as well as the Children of the Night hotline for those under 18 years of age put into the rooms permanently.  Soaps are expensive and that money just needs to be better spent on funding services.  Besides, the victim is only likely to see that soap is washing - and that isn't always the case.  A plaque by the phone is something any working girl, or boy, will see, when they make their "check in" call to their service upon arriving in the room.  

Anyway, my two cents on the whole idea.  Thank you for listening. 

Jody Williams
www.sexworkersanonymous.com
www.hightechmadam.com
www.leavingprostitution.com
www.leavingtheliferadio.com
(702) 468-4529


Copy of page with a quote from a woman about our program in "Leaving Prostitution" below.


Below are scans from John Quinones Book on his interview with us.