I can't answer every call immediately because we have no answering service. To ensure that only a survivor answer the phone - sometimes that means I'm answering the phone overnight. This means sometimes I'm sleeping on the phone! It would be nice to get more survivors to help out with the hotline but the majority of our members who can answer the phone (not worried about their voices being recognized) are working and therefore either are at work or are also sleeping.
Since then I've had four other women say they've left message with AR asking for services to get no answer. I've left message for 10 women needing services and never got a return phone call or email.
When I handed all of this information with names, addresses, routes, etc., to Chief Gillispie - within 24 hours everything was cleared out and shut down to the point where the houses had been scrubbed with bleach. i know because one of the pregnant 13 year old girls showed up at my mother's house because they had kicked her out and she had nowhere to go. They didn't want to get caught with her - so they just cast her out. I got her into Children of the Night. Clearly the Chief could not be trusted so I waited until the police were having an event and I figured they would be doing a drop.
Vic Vigna was head of Vice. I had seven prostitutes who said he raped them. I was trying to press charges. The FBI agent threatened me with locking me up or psychiatric observation if I pushed and Terri Miller refused to open a file into their complaints. No one at Washington would speak to me about their charges. Vic of course started spreading the rumor that I was "crazy" but I kept pushing anyway on behalf of these women who said that Vic would threaten to arrest them if they didn't put out to him. I got into a heated argument with his supervisor and Karen Hughes, who was a dispatcher, was made head of Vice.
I had documented cases where I was having 13 year old girls calling me up talking about being pimped out of cars lots over on Boulder Highway so I would of course contact Metro and get no response. I'd contact Karen and get no response. I would contact Lou Pascoe and got no response. I saved all my documentation of trying to reach everyone in Nevada when getting these types of calls and getting nowhere. Then with the 13 year old girls - I just went and picked them up myself and took them to Children of the Night. I wasn't comfortable driving teenage prostitutes by myself - but it's not like Metro really gave me any choice. I wasn't going to leave them out there. With the 13 year olds - I also would leave messages with Hookers for Jesus and get no response as well as Purple Wings and Salvation Army. When I finally did get a call back from Internal Affairs last month - I was told that since Vic, Gillispie, and Karen are no longer officers at Metro there's "nothing they can do.
When Aubrey told me she was being raped weekly by the officer coming to pick up the HIV test results, I went to check who to complain to and learned that he was the Chief and the website said all complaints had to be filed with the Chief. She wasn't going to do that.
4. Congo Justice - in all your talk about sex trafficking what I've never had anyone report back to me at your events that you've mentioned one word about is the fact that's very crucial with respect to NEVADA victims of trafficking:
I'd like to see that change. But it's hard to do when Congo Justice is holding the events and not discussing the fact that the domestic violence shelters, and the safe houses and trafficking programs in Nevada, drug treatment programs in Nevada, aren't transporting or paying for cabs to transport the women to them.
b. Congo Justice isn't discussing the fact SWA offers alternative sentencing. Why is this important? Couple of reasons:
d. You want to reduce pimping in Nevada? Then create an orientation at the licensing board about trafficking and make sure they get the numbers for the trafficking hotline. BUT REMEMBER it's NOT "trafficking" at the brothels - so please be sure they get OUR phone number as our phone number is for those who "want to leave the sex industry". Which by the way is why we cover BOTH. In a trafficking situation there's a crime. There has to be a crime in order for the police to come out to file a report. You're a stripper at a strip club and you want out of there? You call the National Trafficking Hotline and guess what? No crime. You call the police and guess what? No crime. They can't help you because there's no crime. MEANING if you "want help to leave the sex industry you call Sex Workers Anonymous". Why do you think Kemp Shiffer got away with what he did for 12 years? BECAUSE IT WAS LEGAL. He was driving 16 year old girls from California to Nevada to work in the brothels and it was LEGAL.
The money raised for Heather - we were told she used so many drugs she almost died and is now in rehab because she almost died. We were called by a friend of the woman asking us "why did they give her so much money?" I mean people know not to give homeless people that much money - why would you give a working girl that's probably using that much cash you don't know? The phone calls we got said this almost killed her.
Now I want to talk about the ex-strippers that she's blocking them from working. Women who own salons in Vegas, and who sell make-up and make-up artistry in Vegas who get their clients by going in and doing make-overs who are telling me they're now having to compete with Joy giving free makeovers. She's now taking clients and business away from women trying to make a living outside of sex work with these free make-overs and it's got to stop. There is another woman in Vegas also who owns a bakery that she's competing with. She doesn't want to break her anonymity either - she shouldn't have to. If she was doing this as outreach - that's one thing - but she's sitting in bars getting tips and she's not shaking her ass for it which has the strippers now upset. A bartender has now started a fundraiser against her because she's right - Joy's coming into her business and putting her down and interfering with her job. That bartender is not taking anything off and Joy's interfering in her tips. You don't see AA going into bars - it's not outreach. It's undercutting other make-up artists and salon owners and another bake shop owner. I had offered to sit down and help and work with her when she swept into town and she didn't want to talk to me for this reason. Keep it up Joy and you might find a restraining order like some of the club owners are doing against women like you in other cities. It doesn't work. I did research on "faith based" outreach when I started SWA 30 years ago and IT DOESN'T WORK. Look back behind you - and for sex workers the odds are against it working. You want to evangalize - evangalize. You want to promote your business - promote your business. But stop ceiling it "trafficking" because you want a grant when you don't know what you're doing! Now you got women thinking they can't get jobs outside of stripping and they aren't even trying? Do you know how hard that's going to be to undo?
I see your group's fund raising. What I don't see if a hotline that these women can call and get help they can't get for themselves. What I don't see is help for those who need help. What i don't see is help for those who can't get it elsewhere.
I usually get her a place to sleep for the night and then on Saturday morning everyone is out at fund raisers, walkathons, showing a film, or who knows because I can't reach anyone. From what I've seen all of you have raised a nice chunk of money.
So when someone is scared and shutting us out because we're trying to take care of these women - then maybe it's because they're hiding something - http://www.laweekly.com/news/a-drug-rehab-mogul-built-an-empire-that-s-now-being-probed-by-the-fbi-da-and-state-of-california-6390686
The task force is receiving money to create a TASK FORCE not to arrest pimps - but to find help for these women. Now arresting two pimps last year was great - but it's not good enough. I haven't run the numbers yet - but off hand I think we processed over 400 calls from Nevada and 200 calls from Californiia. I haven't figured out the rest. I know I got about 20 from from Miami and another 50 from Atlanta. When I figure out how many we helped to get out from sex work.