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Saturday, December 26, 2015

ARIZONA PROSTITUTES ANONYMOUS AKA SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/ex-prostitutes-who-proselytize-6431069

CHINESE NEWSPAPER LISTING OF SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://ejje.weblio.jp/content/Sex+Workers+Anonymous

SAN FRANCISCO SEX INFORMATION

http://sfsi.org/resources/sex-industry-work-and-support/

PORN NEWS TODAY CLIP FOR SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://www.pornnewstoday.com/pnt/2014/07/11/sex-workers-anonymous-theyre-here-to-help-you-move-on-from-the-sex-industry/

CANADA SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://www.sextrade101.com/

DR. HOWARD SAMUELS PAGE FOR SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://drhowardsamuels.com/resources.php

GREAT NONPROFITS SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS REVIEW

http://greatnonprofits.org/org/sex-workers-anonymous

ALL AMERICAN HERO - JODY WILLIAMS - SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://www.phyllis-chesler.com/263/an-all-american-hero-jody-williams-a-former-sex

PRO'S NETWORK IN CHICAGO REFERRAL TO SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://www.prosnetworkchicago.org/online_forums_stripper_escort_dancer_webcam/

ORDER COPY OF RECOVERY GUIDE FOR SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS 1ST EDITION

http://www.lulu.com/shop/jl-williams/sold-out-a-recovery-guide-for-prostitutes-anonymous/ebook/product-21246194.html

COSTA RICAN TIMES - SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://www.costaricantimes.com/tag/prostitutes-anonymous-chicago

LETTER TO CHICAGO SWOP, RED UMBRELLA, DESIREE ALLIANCE

https://www.nhchc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Cultural-Competence-with-Persons-Involved-in-the-Sex-Trade_Avenatti1.pdf

I found this today establishing you believe our program "forces" sex workers to attend.  The reality is the opposite. Our program was created to be used only when the sex worker was facing incarceration as a means of escape - not something to be forced into.

 In response to this as far as Chicago goes, I wanted to let you know I have been trying everything I can to put a stop to what Brenda was doing using the name "Prostitutes Anonymous".  I gave Brenda consent to run a meeting.  That was it - period - zip.

The next thing I know CAASE had taken Division 17, Project Rose, and 8 other states and was FORCING sex workers to attend Prostitutes Anonymous meetings they were running any way they wanted.  What I mean by that is we don't attack the sex industry as the problem in our program.  What they were doing was blaming the industry.  To do that is infantile - like saying "oh I was drunk so I wasn't responsible".  

I was tricked in the same manner in 2007 by Melissa Farley, Brenda and Katheen, who were also members of CAASE.  My mother had just died, I was recovering from a stroke, my daughter was suffering from what we thought was bipolar disorder, and I was out of work.  Melissa came to me and asked me to do a press conference with these women that she flat out lied to me in order to get me in front of a camera.  Once she did so she popped on me the request to make certain statements which I refused.  That didn't stop her from dragging the reporters into the hallway, telling them I did feel the way she wanted, and those statements were published without my consent.  

At that time, I had a good relationship within the industry and with groups like Tits N Sass.  They put out the alert about what happened and EVERYONE turned their back on these women. Without access to any sex workers to research - Melissa I thought would bend.  Instead, she created a "catifsh" Stella Marr to mouth her words.  Norma Jean Almodovar and myself jointly exposed this as a fake and this pushed Melissa to join with NIckolas Krifostof and created Samoly Mam and Chong KIm to mouth their lies.  Again, with a joint effort of sex workers and myself we were able to expose these fakes as we did Rachel Moran.  

Seeing we were an unbeatable team - I know that's what's happened with the change in the climate since "8 Minutes".  Melissa Farley is aligned with Shared Hope and Exodus Cry.  These programs/ministries were behind the production of "8 Minutes".  The minute "8 MInutes" aired - I had Domina Elle on my ass, creating websites like Ratethatrescue, sexworkersnonymous.org and winding up Norma Jean, Gaye Dalton, and others either against me, or afraid not to against me. 

The reason?  They're gearing up for round II.  I would like to sue CAASE for what they did to our program.  I created a 12 step program specifically so it could be used as an "alternative to sentencing".  The purpose was for those CONVICTED to be able to avoid jail.  It was never ever created to be something forced the way these people did - nor to blame the sex industry.  When I refused to change our literature and even the name of our program - they got Brenda to pretend to be the founder to do our media interviews and basically hijacked my own program!

Now the only way I got them shut down was I slapped each chapter with a "notice of intent to sue for copyright and trademark" infringment as well as "economic interference".  That got them shut down.  

But I assure you they're winding up for round II unless I actually sue and sue for big damages.  To do that however, I have to prove damages.  I used to have a good working relationship with SWOP and other harm reduction programs such as Red Umbrella.  When they started creating this fake media and making it appear to be our program - they trashed those relationships.  But to prove that I have to get someone from SWOP to confirm damages.  

I would like to talk to you about this if I might, how we can sue to stop them from gearing up again, how we can both win some money to do some outreach work, and how I can repair the damage they did to my image with your program with these stunts of theirs.  Thanks!

http://sexworkersanonymousmeeting.blogspot.com/2015/12/news-article-from-1987-los-angeles-times.html


--
Jody Williams
(702) 468-4529 Cell Phone

ARIZONA SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS IN CONNECTION WITH PROJECT ROSE

http://apaac.az.gov/images/stories/Agendas/CXL22113/Att.VII-Prostitution%20Diversion%20Program%20Articles.pdf

WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES - RECOVERY GUIDE FOR SEX WORKERS NONYMOUS

https://books.google.com/books?id=PhmsAgAAQBAJ&pg=PT245&lpg=PT245&dq=prostitutes+anonymous+texas&source=bl&ots=mHMec90VwQ&sig=o7nIBUjeiYaitA8F4uPNQjxDLiU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiSw9Pp3_nJAhVH82MKHb69CBE4ChDoAQgeMAE#v=onepage&q=prostitutes%20anonymous%20texas&f=false

REFERENCE TO RECOVERY GUIDE FOR SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

https://books.google.com/books?id=SxlENDSGIVwC&pg=PA212&lpg=PA212&dq=prostitutes+anonymous+texas&source=bl&ots=zTEkW59SxR&sig=f7NnMUj6ansKWCbB2TumqEBu3dk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiSw9Pp3_nJAhVH82MKHb69CBE4ChDoAQgbMAA#v=onepage&q=prostitutes%20anonymous%20texas&f=false

TESTIMONIAL OF SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://www.commdiginews.com/life/ellens-story-i-was-always-afraid-he-would-rape-me-hit-me-and-be-even-crueler-27238/

This article was written by a member of SWA without any involvement or knowledge of us.  We didn't even know about it until we found it on Google!

TESTIMONIAL FOR SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://coyoteri.org/wp/resources/  COYOTE Rhode Island

This shows we've had a long time friendly cooperative relationship with COYOTE.


SAN DIEGO CHAPTER OF PROSTITUTES ANONYMOUS

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/3256250/santa_cruz_sentinel/

This was about our San Diego, California group

PEERS HISTORY CANADA - TESTIMONIAL FOR SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://www.safersexwork.ca/peers-history/

PEERS was founded in Canada based upon the model of Prostitutes Anonymous founded by Jody Williams.

(213) 262-9810

TESTIMONIAL FOR SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

http://www.commdiginews.com/life/ellens-story-i-was-always-afraid-he-would-rape-me-hit-me-and-be-even-crueler-27238/

This article was written by a member of SWA without any involvement or knowledge of us.  We didn't even know about it until we found it on Google!


CHICAGO 2013 ARTICLE ON PROSTITUTES ANONYMOUS (STILL USING OUR OLD NAME)

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/national/us-asks-prostitution-or-human-sex-trafficking

CLEVELAND PROSTITUTES ANONYMOUS

http://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/prostitute-anonymous-tales-of-the-street-from-a-former-cleveland-madame/Content?oid=4330785

Note - this ground has disbanded.

SUPREME COURT BRIEF WHERE OUR BOOK IS MISQUOTED OUT OF CONTEXT

http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/supreme_court_preview/briefs-v2/12-10_reversal_catw-etal.authcheckdam.pdf

CANADA PROSTITUTES ANONYMOUS

http://www.mediafire.com/view/ex87b9vyb8105o4/https_openparliament.ca_debates_1994_3_10_anna-terrana-4_only.pdf

http://www.pace-society.org/library/sex-trade-and-police-response.pdf

http://www.depaulgenska.com/ministering.html

https://openparliament.ca/politicians/5621/?page=15


MARY BRUNO'S ARTICLE ABOUT US

http://www.mediafire.com/view/8ezyuh6e4crk5ye/http_marybruno.com_clips_haven.html.pdf

http://marybruno.com/clips/haven.html

An article by Mary Bruno where she writes about us.


LAS VEGAS WEEKLY ARTICLE 2006

http://www.mediafire.com/view/fo7e4ikvrq1qixe/lasvegasweekly2006.pdf

http://lasvegasweekly.com/news/archive/2006/jul/27/the-politics-of-a-prostitution-sting/

Here is a letter to the editor after the article appeared - http://lasvegasweekly.com/news/archive/2006/aug/10/letters/  This is  a testimonial from Melissa Farley, PhD.  I didn't know she sent this in beforehand.


LAUNCH OF PROSTITUTES ANONYMOUS IN ALLENTOWN, PENNSYANIA

http://www.mediafire.com/view/p9ktpkc0ee19vur/allentownarticle.pdf   This is the article about when we took our 12 step program and incorporated it into the "Program for Female Offenders" in Allentown, PA in 1989.

MY 1984 ARREST - THE FIRST SAFE HOUSE FOR ADULTS IN THE USA

Some of the news clips about my 1984 arrest - the news was international.  



This clip is where the modern day sex trafficking movement got started.  Yes Wilber Wilberforce started the anti-slavery movement in the 1700's.  But come the United States in 1980's and the world did not believe the idea of "sex trafficking" existed.  

In 1975 the book "Happy Hooker" changed the world.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Happy_Hooker_(film)  Dolly Parton in "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" with Sylvester Stallone was also huge in 1982 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Best_Little_Whorehouse_in_Texas_(film)

Playboy was more than a magazine.  Hugh had a string of "hip" nightclubs where you had to be quite wealthy and connected to become a "key" member.  http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/playboy-stage-fascinating-collection-tales/  You weren't anyone if you weren't at a party at the mansion.  There was also his TV show too which came on late night.   The pill had come out and the sexual revolution was in full-swing.  Adult performers like Linda Lovelace and John Holmes were the new rock stars, and feminists were talking about sex work as a form of female empowerment. 

COYOTE was born - Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margo_St._James  Margo felt that if you had total control over what you did with your body, both with respect to abortion and sex - then you should be able to sell it if you wanted to also.   The Mustang Ranch, the first licensed brothel in the USA, was opened in 1971 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustang_Ranch  In marketing the ranch - this is where the phrase about "what two consenting adults do" came from likening prostitution as just being a matter of two people consenting without acknowledgment there might even be a pimp involved.  

I am setting the stage here of 1980 then to give you an idea how the world viewed prostitution when Linda Lovelace released her memoir "Ordeal" -  http://www.amazon.com/Ordeal-Linda-Lovelace/dp/0806527749    A story where she says she was forced not only into prostitution, but to film "Deep Throat" with a gun pointed at her from off-camera while no one on the set did anything to stop this.   

I want you to see how this just flew in the face of what was the common understanding of what porn and prostitution was at this time.  Her pimp, Chuck Traynor, was threatening to kill her parents if she didn't comply and she believed his threats.  For one thing, the film was made with mob financing.  For another, Chuck went on to become one of the founders of the Gun Store in Nevada.  So he had a pretty crazy relationship with guns.  

What was the big deal?  In 1980, adult films were only available through private film rental or in "adult XXX theaters" which were usually in sleazy areas and low budget buildings.  A great documentary of sorts is actually "Boogie Nights" which shows how to bypass censors and to get an adult film made back then took not only serious money, but also had to have some kind of story to pass as "art".  If not, then it would be rated XXX and that meant it could only air in these tiny dinghy theaters.   To get in mainstream theaters you have to be like "La Douche Vita" and therefore foreign like a Fellini movie or considered "art".  

Taking about $25,000 in mob money (I think that was the amount), Linda Lovelace made the comedy adult film which actually aired in mainstream theaters.  It grossed millions of dollars. Interestingly the male star was charged with obscenity, but not Linda nor the producers (they were mobsters so that's probably why).  I remember my parents lining up for the film with lines going around the block three times because it was considered "hip" to see this film in a theater.  

So when Linda then comes out talking about being "forced" to make the film - the public didn't know how to react.  Imagine if Michael Jordan come forward saying that someone had been forcing him to play ball against his will.  The other cast members denied any knowledge of force.  Chuck had gone on to manage Marilyn Chambers who was saying she wasn't forced and this was all just Linda being "jealous" of the fact Marilyn was the "hot new star".

I watched as Linda got scooped up by the anti-porn faction.  Instead of using her story to call out for safer working conditions on adult film sets or to raise awareness this was in fact very common on pron sets back then - instead she used her story to try and get all porn banned.  She even testified in 1984 about the Meese Report which was trying to get all porn banned on the idea it was "harmful to public health".   http://www.theguardian.com/news/2002/apr/24/guardianobituaries.filmnews  These anti-porn people trotted her all over the country to talk about the "evils of porn" while they passed the basket and collected names for their mailing list while she wasn't getting a regular job and her book wasn't selling very well either . If anything, the Meese Commission/Report was getting the most attention from her work.  

Meaning while she was telling the American public she was forced to be in the sex industry, and to do porn, she was not calling out for (1) protections to be set up within the adult industry to protect people from being victimized, and (2) she was not reaching out for others in the industry who were being forced currently to reach out to her for help.  Her efforts being being put into outlawing porn basically.  So she wasn't being paid for her public speaking - and frankly most of the audiences were saying she was "making these stories up" to try and sell her book or promote her cause.  I watched the way the world reacted to her - and they didn't believe her bottom line.

Understand the time I was in here.  Los Angeles during the 1980's was also a record time for serial killers targeting prostitutes.  http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-serialkillersmap-0804-i-htmlstory.html  While Linda was trying to talk to people about being forced to film "Deep Throat", and the Grim Reaper, Hillside Strangler, Green River Killer, Souhside Slayer, etc., were all targeting prostitutes, we were also having problems with LAPD.  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/lapd/scandal/cron.html  Then we had Iran Contra going on http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/frenzy/iran.htm  What this meant was our own CIA was flooding the country with cocaine they were bringing into the country, the African American gangs were processing and selling, in order to raise cash to buy guns for the Contra's.  Rick "Freeway" Ross goes into more detail in his story - http://www.finalcall.com/features/cia-pawn.html  

Meaning I'm seeing our CIA flying planes and sailing boat loads of cocaine into the country, handing them over to the gangs for processed and sales, while I'm seeing the news knocking down houses in South Central with battering rams and blaming urban youth for the crack epidemic.  How is the coke getting into the Beverly Hilton, the homes of Hollywood producers, and on movie sets?  In the purses of the escorts I was running - that's how. 

Chuck Barris confessed a lot about what he was up to during this time where truth is stranger than fiction.  http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,404266,00.html  You have to realize we didn't have the internet back then.  So how would you get films of pretty girls out to other countries in a manner that wouldn't arouse suspicion?   Being the producer of the "Dating Game" is a really good way.  Ever wonder why this little dating game was sending it's winners off to these exotic countries?  To get the paperwork to send the women  into other countries without arousing suspicion that's why.  Ask yourself - how many of those girls did you see come back from those trips?  

Chuck worked with a madam, Cheri Woods, who would send over escorts to audition for the show.  She was even on one of the "Dating Game" episodes herself.   http://www.amazon.com/Death-Row-Madam-Cheri-Woods/dp/0971399409  Many escorts would go on the show to promote themselves on TV in a way we do now on the internet.   Cheri was also connected to Philip Micheal Thomas - which was the connection with all of this and "Miami Vice".  http://www.philliplysyj.com/uploads/1/0/8/6/10863112/cheri_amour.pdf  When you're the CIA rying to push cocaine to buy those guns for the Contra's you have to generate demand for the drug and the whole "lifestyle".  If you've seen the documentary "Cocaine Cowboys" they speak about how "hookers were everywhere".  Yes we were.  

Alex Adams was the "Beverly Hills Madam".  http://articles.latimes.com/1995-07-11/local/me-22546_1_beverly-hills-madam Alex spoke many languages and many of her clients were coming in from oil wealth that was flooding Los Angeles during the 1980's.  http://articles.latimes.com/2004/feb/08/opinion/op-phillips8  In fact, so many wealthy Saudi's were buying up property in Beverly Hills and painting everything so garishly that a city ordinance was passed because of one house that was especially garish and obscene.  http://articles.latimes.com/2002/dec/31/local/me-sheik31  We even had Mayor Marion Barry doing cocaine in clubs in Los Angeles in the 1980's - http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/x-rated-dcs-underground-sex-industry/

Now these wealthy Saudi's which we now know were also connected to Osama Bin Ladan and the Bush family, liked "white women".  Some women rented themselves out willingly to go into some of these harems.    http://www.amazon.com/Some-Girls-My-Life-Harem/dp/0452296315  However, some of these men wanted a woman to own with "no questions asked".   Same with some of these drug lords.  Now you're getting an idea where someone like Chuck Barris would come in with his cover of a dating show producer and flying women into other countries. 

Take a look at my world back in the 1980's.  Where am I going to turn when I'm seeing other escorts being sold, raped, murdered, stalked, robbed, pimped, and even outright sold and loaded onto planes like cattle never to be heard from again?  LAPD?  Not only were we in this Rampart time but Los Angeles was also "cleaning up" for the Olympics.  That's why both myself and Alex got arrested in 1984 - Los Angeles was putting us on the fire to announce it was "cleaning up the streets".

Watching HIV/AIDS, serial killers, traffickers, pimps, drug lords, all of this insanity going on around me just made me want to quit.  I had a warehouse I had been using as an incall facility.  I had a theater license for the property where I could show an adult film in a private room with a nude hostess.  I gave away the sex for free therefore it wasn't prostitution.  I just charged $250 for a 30 minute viewing of a film and threw in the sex for free.  I had also opened the first 900 phone sex line in the country which was making me $50,000 a week.  

True story - we had opened the 900 lines for the first phone sex lines.  Then when I retired I still had these contracts to fill for the service.  My mom was working as a psychic and had a lot of "psychic friends" and I knew Cheri.  Cheri knew Philip Michael Thomas.   It was my mom who came up with the idea of using the 900 lines for psychic readings instead of phone sex.   I had known Dionne Warwick through the "family" that got me into the sex industry and my mom knew Linda Georgian through the owner of the Psychic Eye Bookstore.  Anyway, throw it all together and you have the birth of the "Psychic Friends Network" once I shut down the phone sex lines!  

I had a lease on the warehouse for the rest of the year.  I had saved up $250,000 in cash and wanted to retire.  I had in fact retired.  I had turned off all the phones, yanked all the ads, broke off all my working relationships, etc.  The only other "safe house" in the country was Children of the Night which opened in 1979.   But if you were over 18 - then where did you go?

Back in 1984 if you were even perceived to be a prostitute - you were denied help at hospitals, drug treatment centers, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, etc.  They would literally deny you admittance.  Yes I would watch as prostitutes were denied beds at homeless shelters because of fear of HIV/AIDS and fear of their pimps.  Covenant House in NY used to refuse to admit teen prostitutes because their pimps would show up armed an hour later.   That's one of the reasons why Lois opened Children of the Night.

But where did you go for help when you were over 18 years of age?  The Don Bosco Society was a program for homeless male prostitutes.  Okay now what if you're a woman over 18 - where do you go?  After I'd disconnected the phones, stopped all our ads, announced my retirement - I got a call about a woman named Cheryl.  Her pimp had beaten her in a drug rage where he broke her arm and her nose.  She had two black eyes and was on probation and wanted to quit everything but he wouldn't let her go.   I knew she had nowhere else to go.  Even a trick wouldn't take her in all banged up like she was.  

I had the warehouse just sitting there paid up for the rest of the year.  I told her I'd come get her and she could heal there and then we'd figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.  I picked her up and set her up at the warehouse.  We already had beds, a TV, fridge, kitchen, shower, etc.  I stocked her up a couple of weeks of food and told her to rest.  I even got her chicken soup!  

The pimp figured out where she was and of course threatened me about getting her back.  I ignored him.  He found the warehouse by asking some "johns"and then tried to break in.  I had it pretty secure already and he couldn't break in.  We were pretty scared wondering if he'd make it in.  I didn't dream he'd call the police and report that we were running the brothel in retaliation but that's what he did.  The police knocked on the door at midnight.  She was in her PJ's of course and answered the door thinking we had nothing to hide.  They arrested her because in their mind if a woman on probation for prostitution answers a door at midnight in her PJ's then she's hooking.  So they tried to get her to press charges against me for pimping her.  She refused. 

She finally got them to listen to her about the pimp and they arrested him.  But the cops weren't done with me.  They kept thinking I was still running something and charged my mother with pimping me.  The whole legal nightmare took me until 1987 to clear up but after that I realized I needed to go about this a whole other way.  

So once the legal decks were cleared, I contacted Edwin Meese myself and talked to him.  I told him how I didn't believe it was right that these men and women be arrested - especially when so few were there by choice.  Many where in sex work because of economic necessity.  Others because of  pimp.  Some were even being trafficked against their will.  The Hillside Strangler was handcuffing women to beds in hotel and forcing them to turn tricks entirely against their will.  Why should they be arrested and treated like criminals?  

He's the one who pointed out that until we could change the world essentially - that if we used a 12 step format we could immediately go in and offer "alternative to sentencing" for those convicted of prostitution.  So in August of 1987 - we launched the first hotline for adults to call  for help no matter what their situation, the 12 step program which could be used for "alternative sentencing" or diversion, and I did this by starting to go on TV.  While on TV is when I started educating the public about the fact many of these people were being pimped and/or trafficked, and therefore should not be treated as criminals.  I explained our hotline was not connected to law enforcement and that we weren't because many sex workers were running from law enforcement.

I therefore could be a "go between" for those who wanted to remain "anonymous" but I could speak for them about things like police abuse, police trafficking, police pimping (like Chris Butler), etc.   Meaning when I stepped up on that first talk show stage in 1987 to inform the public that sex trafficking was in fact real, was happening in the USA, and that I'd operate this hotline and program until we could see the changes we needed to see.

Meaning the launch of the modern day sex trafficking movement was born on August 15, 1987.  

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF UPON ENTERING SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS

When Sexaholics Anonymous was first founded - sexual addiction was unheard of.  I know because they formed not long before we formed our program.  This was a time in the 1980's when the world believed that addiction was about an addictive substance such as alcohol and/or drugs.  The world was still not accepting the concept that a behavior could be an addiction by itself - without a narcotic substance involved.  

Every program's founding was revolutionary.  When AA was founded the world didn't believe alcoholism was a disease.  They believed it was a "lack of moral fiber" and churches used to go around having people sign "pledges not to drink like somehow making a deal not to drink and sticking to this deal would work.  They tried limiting the booze during prohibition, and then with of course banning drinking on Sundays or after a certain hour.  But we know this had no effect on the alcoholic.  

When Bill founded AA - it led to the founding of the National Council on Alcoholism which generated enough research to have it declared a disease.  Alcoholism was then declared a genetic incurable disease that one could only put in remission.

When NA was founded it expanded this view to realize that the disease could attach itself to anything - any drug, prescription or not.  NA came into being with the understanding that it was a deeper issue than abstinence being that Jimmy had 15 years sober but the disease of addiction was bringing him to his knees sober.  

Now when Roy came along - he had 8 years sober but was hitting a bottom with pornography and prostitutes. He also saw raging sex addiction in AA - with many alcoholics substituting from drinking into sex and fantasy addiction or the "lust" connection.  

When he founded SA - it was just him and a few other alcoholics having a meeting in Hollywood.  They first met at a cheap meeting hall which was over a strip club but he joked that the "members weren't making it to the meeting" so he moved the meeting hall to a better part of town for that reason . Now since sex addicts also were into things like phone sex, and anything could be a "trigger" when one is viewing the world through sexual eyes - then he found that addicts were "getting off" by using explicit language in front of the others in the rooms.  So he put the ban on explicit language.  That was because he could see their members acting out right in the middle of a meeting.  

Now when we formed our program - we had to ask ourselves what were we?  Were we addicted to sex?  Were we addicted to money?  We were addicted to the sex industry?  We were addicted at all for that matter?  

Take compulsive gambling.  Gamblers are not "addicted" in the sense a drug addict is.  There is no physical dependence.  Gamblers act out for the high.  The "high" distracts them from the pain.  It's also a form of self-abuse.  To gamble away one's money, and other people's money you stole, is a big form of self-abuse.  Which of course is the major component of all addiction - self-abuse.  

Isn't that the difference between prescription drug use and addictive drug use - the component of self-abuse?  When one steals to get high, does so many drugs you destroy the body, prostitutes' one's self to get the drugs, etc.  Same with alcoholism - you drink until your liver is shot, you lose your job, your wife leaves, etc.   So the difference between a social drinker and an alcoholic has the component of self-abuse.  

Gambling - same thing.  A professional gambling makes money and walks away without harming himself.  But a compulsive gambler steals money from work to gamble, then gambles away his rent money, lies to his wife and boss about what he lost and also engages in illegal betting in dangerous places - so you have the component of self-abuse in compulsive gambling.

Now what's up with us?  Is sex work addictive or are we people who have found it addictive for us?  Does one have to feel one's "addicted" in order to find help with us?  What about the person who was forced to be in sex work?  How are they "addicted" or engaging in self-abuse?"  Are we addicted to sex?  Then what about pimps and madams or those who run bondage parlors who don't engage in sex but are in the sex industry?   Did we abuse ourselves in the industry or actually empower ourselves?  We had money, power, prestige, and control in many cases.  Not all of us were the image of the "junkie prostitute" who is sucking a dick for a hit of drugs.  Some of us are living off sugar daddies who are paying us quite well, live quite well, and aren't touching a drug.

So what are we in this program was the questions that had to be answered in order to have not only our 1st step, but also our 3rd and 5th traditions.  Who are we "carrying the message to?" for one.  For another, what is our "requirement for membership"?

Twelve step programs have to stick to their issues - meaning the alcoholic in AA doesn't sit around going into how their members gamble or express their sexuality.  They leave that up to other programs.  So are we going to have members step up and take a chip for a month of time away from all sex work if they're stumbling drunk to the podium to pick up their chip?  Is the issue of substance abuse an "outside issue"?  

We're not here to replace AA or NA - but it doesn't make sense for us to be handing out chips for "time" if our members are high or drunk.  But then how do we write our first step?  That we're "powerless over prostitution, drugs, booze, sex, food, love, etc.?"  

First things first.  We're not a program to get everyone out of sex work because some people are quite happy in what they're doing so our mission isn't to go out and help everyone.  Now in NA - they want to get every person who is using street drugs clean.  There is no such thing as "recreational" heroin use.  So NA is going out to reach the "addict who still suffers".  

Now does that mean we're going out to every sex worker saying "hey we want to help you get out of the sex industry?"  No because to do so implies that every single person in the sex industry is having a problem with it.  I point you to Gypsy Rose Lee.  This is a woman who was a stripper who became an author, playwright, actress, etc.  Natalie Wood played her in a film and she seemed just fine being an ex-stripper.  

So no we're not going out to every sex worker saying "we want to help you quit".  We are however going out to the "prostitute who still suffers" and letting them know we can help if they're suffering.

Meaning I"m going to ask you "are you suffering?"  Are you unhappy with your relationship with the sex industry and do you want to exit that world?  If not, then I can't help you.  No one can't because you don't need help.

That's our 5th tradition.  Now to our 3rd.  Our "requirement for membership".  Again we're not out there trying to save the world.  The first word in the first step is "we".  Who is "we"?  We are Sex Workers Anonymous.  "We" are men and women who have a "desire to leave the industry, and find recovery".  

So we have two parts - first being "do you want to leave the sex industry".  Not for today but forever.  Not saying it was wrong or you were bad.  I'm saying do you want to leave?

If yes, then do you want "recovery"?  What's "recovery"?  If this is a matter of switching jobs - then you're fine.  You just get another job and you move on and that's that.  But there are some of us for who they can't just "move on" from sex work.  For them, they need a "recovery" process.  

They find they're suffering from "post-prostitution syndrome".  Now is the sex industry to blame for this?  Who knows?  Some had it before they entered sex work.  Some didn't.  The "chicken or the egg" question will drive you crazy so please just focus on "do you want recovery?"  

If you haven't listened to the tape we have up of what PPS looks like - basically it's an inability to live "with or without" the sex industry.  It's an inability to keep jobs or a series of jobs one absolutely hates.  It's going from working three jobs and being exhausted to not having any job and going to food banks and then right back again.  It's having a degree, but needing a higher degree, or never quite finishing.  It's being scared you won't find work but also finding work and then dreading every minute of it and wanting to quit.  

Bottom line is you're not happy nor functional in any area of your life outside of sex work.  Not in your relationships with people where you might have 1000 friends but not one of them knows who you really are nor are they someone you totally trust and are completely open with.  You might have 1000 friends in AA or NA - but not one relationship with someone who is outside of sex work that also knows all about you.  You're not sleeping regularly, eating healthy, and may even be engaging in self-harm such as cutting, or starving yourself, or not allowing yourself proper rest and care.  

It's almost like you're punishing yourself for something and you can't stop.  Now an inability to stop harmful behavior is the very definition of addiction.  Therefore, our 1st step in SWA is that you are "powerless over our addiction".  Not just "your" addiction - but "ours" meaning we share the same issues.  These are the questions to ask yourself about before coming into Sex Workers Anonymous.

Monday, December 21, 2015

LEAVING PROSTITUTION

Don't listen to me anyone!  From 1979 to 1984 I searched everywhere I could search to find answers that would help me not only get out of prostitution - but also deal with the sex trafficking and the brainwashing I had been subjected to finding nothing.  I tried the churches, therapists, counseling, EST, LifeSpring, rebirthing, reparenting, etc.  I was in Los Angeles at the time so if there was some kind of "program for self improvement" trust me I heard about it and tried it!

Since I was also finding prostitutes who were "known" prostitutes either by their criminal record or their appearance were being denied access to treatment programs, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters (unless someone on staff wanted to sexually abuse them I should say as the exemption - then they'd get admitted and hit on promptly), but the ones who were really desperate and really "tore up" were being shut out of any help.  That's why if you look at my arrest clip for 1984 at www.hightechmadam.com what the media called a "brothel" in 1984 was actually a warehouse I had installed a lot of security and turned into the first safe house for adults in the country.   Back in 1984, the only other such "safe house" was Children of the Night which cut off services to those over 18 years of age.

I was so depressed over not finding help and over being arrested for trying to set up this safe house - I turned to cocaine to "self medicate" my depression.  This got me into Narcotics Anonymous in 1985.  I continued to look around me and everywhere I looked I was not finding long term quality recovery.  At my sponsor's direction - I set about to find other ex-sex workers again only to find nothing.  I made a list of 2,000 men and women, from the USA, and other countries, who had been addicts and who had never used, who had worked in legal prostitution and illegal prostitution, from all different religions and lack of religions - and I could find nothing in the way of long term over-all recovery.  I mean no prostitution, no eating disorders, no abusive relationships, no depression, no drugs, no alcohol abuse, just the basics.

In 1986 I paired up with another researcher who got me access into the Sybil Brand Womens' Jail where we interviewed 2,000 prostitutes.  They were there on different charges - but they each admitted to being working prostitutes we surveyed.  We asked them the methods they had tried - and found that ALL EXISTING MODELS FAILED.

Professor Sharon Oselin did a 10 year study on three programs working with prostitutes.  Only one of those program incorporated a Prostitutes Anonymous (remember that was our original name prior to 1995), program into their program offered.  The other two programs have since folded - and the third which used our program was still operating at the time of the publishing of her book.  There are quotes in her book from the women citing that our program is what "made the difference" for them as to "what made it work this time".  The book was called "Leaving Prostitution".



The third program dropped our meetings in 2013 - after her study went to the publisher.  This third program is now also out of business.

I want to point you to this article - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/nyregion/pennsylvania-study-finds-halfway-houses-dont-reduce-recidivism.html?_r=0

Let's be logical for a moment here - what do all prostitutes and sex workers have in common whether they're addicts or not, trafficked or not?  They share an INABILITY TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES in a legitimate manner - whether it's being employed by someone, or self-employed, or freelancing, or starting their own business, or even living on financial aid if they're disabled.  What they share in an inability to stand on their own two feet financially right?

Now please explain to me how living in some halfway house or residential program where someone else is paying their bills teaches them how to stand on their own two feet?

Are you really going to tell me that one can't take care of themselves in this world without being a prostitute unless they have a degree or $800,000 in the bank as one fund raiser tried to claim was needed to help someone "leave sex work"?  http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-33511-crowdfunding_aims_to_raise_$800000_for_hero_sex_worker_who_killed_likely_serial_killer.html

Then please explain Suzy Favor Hamilton to me.  She is not a member of SWA and I have not spoken to her in any way.  I am therefore not breaking any confidence by pointing out this woman was married, educated, not a drug addict, was an Olympic runner, making MILLIONS of dollars per year in endorsements who was hoping onto a plane to Las Vegas to turn $600 an hour tricks.   Having money in the bank, a lot of it, does not guarantee one is going to stop working in the sex industry even when it's clearly destructive to one's self.  You can not convince me what she did to herself that almost cost her the marriage, custody of her child, and all that money in endorsement deals was "empowering".  Just not going to buy it.

Please - are you going to tell me the only way to help her is to put her in a "faith based shelter"?  Really?

Or that she's a "trafficking victim"?

Bullshit.

If you're in the sex industry in any form, trafficked or not trafficked, and want to find the solution to getting out of, staying out of, and truly finding yourself happy out of, the sex industry - then please contact www.sexworkersanonymous.com  


Sunday, December 20, 2015

SEX WORKERS ANONYMOUS COMES TO ALLENTOWN, PENNSYVANIA

I was asked to bring the program to Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1989 by Ruth Wernick.  No one offered me any money to relocate or as a salary.  I paid my own way to relocate back to Allentown - and started running a Prostitutes Anonymous group in the Allentown jail, as well as the house where the women were put who were in the "Program for Female Offenders".  If you read this article that was done without my knowledge at the time - http://articles.mcall.com/1991-08-23/news/2811835_1_prostitutes-pimps-wernick you'll see Ruth claiming she "created the program".  Now maybe it was a misprint.   Probably not.  I moved to Allentown to run the PA meetings in August of 1989.

There were 2000 female prostitutes in a jail built for 200 women when I arrived.  We were able to put four women in one bedroom, in a five bedroom house.  Eight women were put in the basement and 4 more were put in the attic rather than jail.  Others were allowed to be under house arrest as long as they attended the daily meetings I ran in the house.  We cleared out 1800 prostitutes out of the womens' jail once I arrived.   I trained all the staff, counselors, and social workers on how to work with this community.  Every woman but two that I worked with during this period of time wrote me over years letting me know they stayed clean and got jobs outside of prostitution.  The only two we had problems with were those who were also being treated for bipolar disorder.

I walked up behind Ruth to the xerox machine one day to find she was using our program to apply for grant money, and to raise money at private fund raisers, without my knowledge or consent.  I asked her how much of this money she had obtained that she would have been able to obtain without using our name.  She refused to answer me.  I left Allentown in October of 1990 after realizing she was doing things behind my back with my name and I couldn't trust her.  This interview was given in 1991 and proves my decision that I couldn't trust her honesty and integrity were spot on.  The internet wasn't born until 1995 - so I didn't hear about this article until years later.  I continued to sponsor people by mail and telephone after I left that I was sponsoring there who told me the program had folded by the end of 1991 not long after I left.

Evidently, some people decided there was more money to be made building that bigger jail after all.  The "Program for Female Offenders" was disbanded, the jails were stuffed with prostitutes once again and they built their bigger jail.  Only they forgot to think about things like a food budget.  http://thefreethoughtproject.com/residents-hear-screams-starving-prisoners-lancaster-county-prison/  I didn't give this interview and Ruth severely misquoted what our program is to serve her own purposes.

NEWS ARTICLE FROM 1987 LOS ANGELES TIMES

When we first started, we started under the name of "Prostitutes Anonymous" in 1987.  In 1987, there was no internet.  We chose the name "prostitute" for the name because we were wanting to be approved as an "alternative to sentencing" program for those convicted of prostitution.  Since it's not a crime to be in porn or stripping - we didn't include the sex industry as a whole at that time.   The link to the article on the Los Angeles Times archive site is http://articles.latimes.com/1987-10-30/news/vw-11791_1_leblanc

I was still wanting to keep my name out of the press and to "remain personally anonymous".  I was given the name of "Rene Le Blanc" by the prosecutor during my trial because of the contract out on my head by people who included police who had been threatening my life.  They were also trying to assure me they could protect me if I became a "state's witness".  Only they failed to change my mother's name whose case was joined with mine - showing me they were not capable of protecting me and why I declined that offer.

The full article is below in screen shots for those who don't want to pay for access to read the whole article.  This shows that our program has been operating since 1987 to current date:





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