Ever since the internet was born, I started doing our outreach in different ways. I found I could set up a Google alert for someone who was arrested for prostitution, madaming, etc. Then the article would tell me their attorney's name, or even the judge. From there, I could send out an announcement about our program. So I saw the news about her - and reached out to connect - http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2008/05/madam200805
Now in Jeane's case especially I identified because she was about to go through exactly what I'd gone through in my case you can read about at www.hightechmadam.com. Because this is a pattern I'd uncovered myself from the inside. I grew up watching stories about madams. My own grandmother and mother used to tell me before I'd do TV interviews "please downplay the prostitution part - and up the madam part because then we can say it was 'respectable'" as their means of coping with the way people would come talk to them about me after I'd done a Geraldo, Sally or Donahue. Which is something I can't do now without getting my head ripped off by church ladies calling me a "trafficker" because of all this brainwashing that's been going on in these little churches for a few years now.
But think about it - growing up I watched Dolly Pardon in "The Best Little Whore House in Texas" which was based on a true story. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/03/01/real-life-madam-best-little-whorehouse-in-texas-brothel-dies/ It says here she was shut down in 1973- so I was 13 years old at the time watching this on television. Here's a clip of the film Dolly made - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3uX58tQ7mQ Now tell me if growing up watching Mae West and Dolly wasn't going to have an impact on me? By the way, the next time someone wants to tell you "no one grows up dreaming of being a hooker" that's a lie. I grew up wanting EXACTLY to be just like Dolly in this film. Right down to the Mae West dress!
Look at what else I grew up with watching on TV - http://www.dwellingsnyc.com/talesinthecity/manhattan%E2%80%99s-most-memorable-madams-their-dens-iniquity Xaviera Hollender was arrested in 1971. Her book "The Happy Hooker" http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Hooker-Trilogy-Washington-Hollywood/dp/B000PMFS1Y Birth control pills had come onto the market and sexual freedom was being paired with beautiful clothes and economic prosperity and I bought it hook, line and sinker.
So let me explain something about the way the sex industry WORKS. I want you to think about the food industry for a minute. Not every cook or chef is Gordon Ramsey. There is the lunch lady at the school. There are people serving hot dogs out of food trucks. There's McDonald's. There's Pandera Bread that advertises "clean" food, while Whole Foods has a food bar you can order gluten free cakes and pizza to eat there or take home. So think about the food industry in all of it's complexity - and now turn to the sex industry with all it's levels of "service".
Yes you have street prostitution. But that's not all of the sex industry anymore than a lunch truck or a 7/11 is the food industry. First of all, "independents" or "rogues" are not really tolerated well by the street pimps. Look at my own story. When I was strong enough to break free from my own family of pimps that was Richard Pryor's prostitution family, after I'd undergone my tutorage and paid my dues literally in cash to Weldon, the head of the family cell I was in, to be able to walk away and set up my own shop - guess what happened?
Of course the pimps tried to take me over. Didn't work. I set up my own security and protection at the warehouse. So then others who wanted to get away from that kind of violence and domination then were able to turn to me for protection.
Why? Do you know how easy it is to set up a prostitute never to be heard from again? We just witnessed this with "8 Minutes". They set up an appointment and she goes in and BAM that door shuts. That's how the Hillside Strangler cousins did it. They ordered escorts to their door like pizza delivery. Then when they got there - they disappeared. The police do and did nothing. We just saw what mothers, and a brave female reporter, had to do to bring Lonnie Williams, Jr. to justice. Reminds of me the black and white Sherlock Holmes series. My mother used to not watch it. I would ask why and she said "five people have to die before he figures it out - what a loser". The police are a lot like that when it comes to prostitute murderers.
But many prostitutes gravitate to a madam because she's a mother figure. Why? Because most prostitutes are like children. They drop out of school, they have learning disabilities, they're on drugs, they probably spent most of their child hood being abused. Now anyone who has worked with abused adults can always pin point at what age the abuse started. How? Because the emotional growth stunts at that age. For example, I started being abused at 8 years of age so I walked around like an 8 year old emotionally for many years. I worked with one young woman who had never gotten a money order before to pay her own bills. The pimp had done everything for her down to even ordering for her in restaurants because she couldn't read the menu. Now before you get your g-string in a bunch - I don't mean escorts, or strippers, or madams. I mean those who are prone to fall prey to a pimp are those who tend to not be able to take care of themselves for one reason or another so they look for someone to care for them. Then when he beats the shit out of them - they go looking for someone else - a mother figure that's more nurturing. I wasn't out standing at bus stops either looking for victims like they do. So it's a filtering process.
Madams tended to be "mother" figures whereas the pimps tend to be like the father figures. I can't tell you how many times those girls would get themselves all beat up by the pimp, then come stay with me for a few days while I made them chicken soup and tended to their wounds - and then off they'd go again right back to "daddy". If you doubt very much this is a family dynamic re-creating itself you don't know that culture very well. There was a great movie with Christopher Reed playing a reporter and Morgan Freedman that does a good job at portraying the dynamics of the relationships of the sex industry on the street level in my opinion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDOdNSiFvDw
People are also stuck on the idea that cops run around in uniforms, with badges, and they arrest you on sight. They have a hard time understanding how they also have informants like the “Beverly Hills Madam” who gets to operate an escort service for well over ten years (she got me arrested in 1983 and Heidi got popped in 1993 – that's ten years). They get to do this, and keep that money, as long as they cooperate with what's asked of them. http://articles.latimes.com/1995-07-11/local/me-22546_1_beverly-hills-madam
I asked Alex why she let them make that horribly glamorized piece of propaganda and she said to me “because I needed the money”. Which I understood. A girl's got to eat. Because of Heidi's well publicized drug addiction – well I can pretty well guess she needed the money for either the drugs or to feed all those parrots she owns now. Sydney told me the same thing - she couldn't work as a madam with the press all over her and rent's got to be paid. So mine is the gap in the series because I insisted on not putting out another "inphomercial" for being a madam - I held out to do a movie about the TRUTH.
Welcome to the war on the African American male we're watching in front of our eyes. You look at every film out there right now being pumped out by major media and they're calling the a street corner pimp a "trafficker". Go ahead and look - type in "sex trafficker sentenced" and look at what pops up - https://www.google.com/#q=sex+trafficker+sentenced ALL African American males. Throw in a few Hispanics for flavor and you got who our government is going after - while the ethics hearings on David Vitter and Randall Tobias has been dropped.
There are powerful people in the media, and the government, trying to convince all of you that street prostitution and trafficking are the same. Also, that someone like Jeane Palfrey is not a “trafficking victim” by definition. So maybe I should have taken one of those movie offers right? Maybe I could have got them to get some kind of word out about what's really going on. Not to say I didn't kick the tires a few times. I went and talked to some of these producers. Like Charles Fries, Sr. I heard the same thing each time when I insisted I'd do the movie IF and ONLY IF they agreed to tell the WHOLE story – not just the juicy bits. What I heard back then was the same each time “it's too dark – no one wants to hear about that stuff”. Years later movies like “Taken” or “Eden” proved them wrong. But even they were fake Hollywood untruths. What is it they don't want you to know? Don't want you to know so badly that when you insist you do want to know - they feed you more lies?
And who is Rebecca Woodard supposed to go to for help? http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/high-end-hooker-gov-eliot-spitzer-scary-article-1.1560783 What if - let's just say what if - Eliot is a serial rapist like we just saw with Bill Cosby? Who are those women going to go to in order to press charges while HE'S THE DA or the Governor? I'm telling you as long as prostituion is illegal, and as long as we have a broken system like we do right now where I'm hearing about a woman being drug out of her home and falsely arrested by two Pasadena cops, and when I try to help her I'm having a cop THREATEN ME WITH A TRO - HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
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