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Thursday, March 31, 2016


Follow my logic here.  When I was in the sex industry in the 1980's, I was witnessing women being sold, kidnapped, and otherwise trafficked during what has been called "Iran Contra".  Meaning it was men within our own government who were bringing the cocaine into this country in order to raise money to buy guns for the Contra's.

The gangs were the distributors, the customers, and the scapegoats.   Want to murder a witness?  Call her a prostitute and leave her in an alley somewhere and no one will care.  One of the ways women were made to disappear is we had no trafficking laws on the books prior to the Trafficking Act of 2000.  Meaning if you got onto a plane by "choice" then it wasn't kidnapping.   If not kidnapping, then no crime.  It wasn't until you got off the plane in another country that you learned your ass was grass.

Which is where the "Dating Game" came in.  Women were recruited from among the sex industry - strippers, porn performers, etc.  You did an audition tape which was then sent to wealthy men overseas.  If they liked you, then you got onto the "Dating Game" produced by Chuck Barris.  Then you win a date to some country you've never heard of.  You're getting onto the plane with Chuck, who is a known producer so you're in safe hands right?,9171,404266,00.html

Now before Chuck confessed to all, and before the news of Iran Contra came out in 1984 I was arrested.  Meaning many important men within our own CIA were worried what I'd tell the prosecutor about what I knew.  I didn't talk not so much because I didn't want to but because I wasn't stupid enough to think they would have believed me back then before any of this has come out now in the press.

Not wanting to take a chance - these people just ordered a hit on me.  Not unlike what was probably done to silence Jeane Palfrey about what she knew before she could testify at the ethics hearing.  Or Brandy Britton before she could testify at her hearing.  Or Officer Armendariz in Arizona about what he knew before his corruption hearing.  Officer Armendariz was on the human trafficking task force in Arizona and was also found hung in his home right before his hearing.

The prosecutor knew it and that's why he gave me a fake name for my case "Rene Le Blanc".  This was so when I had a hearing I wouldn't be shot coming up the courthouse steps.  They couldn't find me otherwise.  The only shot (no pun intended) they had at me was when I came to court.  So they gave me a fake name thinking it would hide when I was coming and make me safe.  Only they failed to give my mom a fake name who was joined with my case.

Needless to say, I didn't trust them when they said "we'll protect you - tell us what you know".  I knew if I said things like this - I'd of been locked up for psychiatric observation.

So I cut my hair, change the way I looked, and hid.  I moved around from couch to couch and stayed I want to show you a petition that looks like a great thing to sign.  So you click on this and it takes you to a place to show support.

So you come upon this page.  Looks good right?

I want you to read the "privacy policy" on this page.

I want you to note this "privacy policy can change any time without notice" AND where they say they can "share this information with any of their partners".

Polaris advertises they "do not give your information to the police".  However, if you read this article it states they are going to be sharing it with Palantir  Technologies.  If you read further, you'll see the CIA is a "partner" of Palantir of which Polaris is "partnering" with and also "partner" with the United Way" on this website.  Meaning in one swoop any information such as your IP address, your physical location, etc., is going to be transferred over to this Palantir "without notice".

Here's more information on Palantir.

So you, or anyone in your contact list, goes onto this site, and they can figure out where you are, what computer you're on, and all sorts of other details about WHERE TO FIND YOU.

I left pimps about a year into the sex industry.  That's when the traffickers within our own government came after me.  If they could have found me I would be dead now.   Meaning right now there's someone who wants to get away from these men and CAN'T CALL POLARIS.  Why?  Because all of the data on where they are is going to go right back to the very people they're running from.  These propaganda campaigns want you to think it's just street pimps just during the Super Bowl because they don't want you to know it's THEM in our government that might be trying to keep a string on a victim like Jeane Palfrey was.

Polaris has been receiving funding from the legal brothels of Nevada.  The money goes through 100 other channels - but let me ask you this - why is there no law now requiring the National Trafficking Hotline be posted in Nevada's legal brothels?  The most obvious place in the world - why?

Oh we can trust them right?  No one is going to use any of this information to try and trace down a survivor who is hiding out from their trafficker right?  Okay - explain this then:

I want to invite you to see one of the people besides Polaris that are "partners" with United Way.  Check out Willow Way.

Don't know who "Willow Way" is?  It's Beth Jacobs.   Some of you who know me know who Beth Jacobs is.  She goes up to anyone, and EVERYONE online, telling them I'm "dangerous" and a "pimp".  Mind you I'm just another survivor here like everyone else.  The reason I know of this is because I have a lot more friends than she realizes who send me screen shots of her doing this to me for over FOUR YEARS now.  

For those of you who don't know, Beth Jacobs would go online during Project Rose and tell people she was a "social worker".   I have the screen shots for that also.  Only if she was, she certainly wasn't licensed at that time.  Nor was Willow Way even a nonprofit as she was claiming during the time she was with  Project Rose.   In fact, let's take a look at what her paperwork looked like during Project Rose.  Now mind you I am not telling people I'm a "social worker" now am I claiming to run a nonprofit.  I run a 12 step program which "ought never be organized" and our services are to remain "forever nonprofessional".  

So the below is Beth's status during the time she was with "Project Rose".  Also, Mojave Counseling, where the survivors were sent for counseling - was unlicensed at the time also.  In fact, they were shut down for not being licensed when they were working with these women and having Beth Jacobs as their counselor.   So when you click on this website, you are authorizing this woman to know your IP address.  Which I'll warn you, until I served Beth with a "cease and desist" letter I have a copy of if you'd like to see it, she would take my IP address and she would follow everyone that I spoke to and told them this "pimp" story of hers, or threaten them about what would happen to them if they continued to speak to me.

When that wasn't enough for her, she got her way into our "members only" group online we used to have.  Then she took photos of our members, and their children, and posted these private photos online and in a public manner where their pimps could find them as she identified them as SWA members.  Beth even took and helped a stalker of mine find a photo of me, and then tried to help a man who was giving me death threats on the phone figure out where I lived.  Oh yes United Way, let's partner with Willow Way and provide them with information like our phone #, address, copies of our comments, and our geographical local as survivors.  Beth currently has a job with Truckers Against Trafficking providing them with "training".   I've also now counted four drivers I'm aware of who have notified this group that calling Polaris just makes the victim run and they want another tactic, or they want to be able to put me on the phone as a survivor to speak with them - only to have TATS not listening to their feedback.  No - because they're hired Beth as a trainer who has probably told them a line about me also.

If you want help and don't want your traffickers to know where you live, who you talk to, who your doctor's are, and if you want OUT - then you get in touch with us here at  We don't "share" our information you give us with ANYONE.

If you're wondering why SWOP isn't warning you about this - my answer is GOOD QUESTION.  Maybe it's because their Seattle chapter is going up to the local police, and the press, and circling your name on a list and saying "I know her" and "she's not coerced".   Yeah I said the same thing too back in 1984 when I was trying to cover my ass and look like nothing was wrong.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


I'm speechless this movie is sooo good.  It's so "real" and so "truthful" I can understand why he would have been depressed making it.  Reminds me of how Heath Ledger killed himself after making the "Batman" movie.  Hollywood - if you're going to give great actors great movies like this - please make sure they have a good support network.  OMG - to think he was going home to have wife there divorcing him after being on the set doing this movie.  Robin - we love you and miss you and you're one of the greats dude.  I haven't cried at a movie in I don't know how long.  Thank you Robin for showing that men have this issue also.  Thank you up there sweet angel.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


When programs open up that work with children - there is a screening process to weed out pedophiles.  They do this by looking for prior arrests and convictions for such things as sex with children or other abuse of children.

However, there is a whole other predator out there.  That of the "prostitute predator".  What these predators do is look for someone with a past history of prostitution who is "known" in the community as one, or who has a record of prostitution.  Then they do what they want without fear.  This is why most serial killers' favorite target is prostitutes.  Most are not willing to go to the police to file reports which are going to be ignored anyway.   The best film I've seen on how we used to be treated by police is "Frozen Ground" with Nicholas Cage based on a true story.  This story was about a known businessman who owned a large bakery in Alaska who targeted prostitutes.  Then when one went to the police telling of how he tried to kill her - they wouldn't even get a search warrant because of her being known as a "prostitute".  This is what I mean about a type of predator who focuses in on this type of victim.   There is no way I know of to weed this type of predator out other than maybe a past record of being arrested for trying to buy a prostitute.

I know this about these types of predators - they start out young.  Almost always by about 13 years of age.  Once their pattern is established between the ages of 13 and 16 years of age - that's it.  They're set for life.  Look at all of the embarrassment that Eliot Spitzer went through and how he not only didn't stop, but he escalated into a violent assault against a woman trying to leave him.  That's because like all "addictions" - they escalate more or progress more or whatever you want to call it.

At one time, our program, Sex Workers Anonymous, was established as part of the courts being heard on prostitution charges.  After being convicted of prostitution, a man or woman on those charges would then be able to ask the court if they could be referred to our program instead of jail.  Most of the time the court would grant this request, or sometimes they wanted to add in drug treatment, or even a residential treatment program.  We would then arrange for this defendant to get admitted into a residential treatment program for prostitutes, or a drug treatment program we knew that was effective working with prostitutes.  Because trust me, most drug treatment programs are designed for men - not women with these types of sexual issues and severe PTSD, and sometimes even Stockholm Syndrome, or brainwashing by their pimps.  This requires specialized treatment.    But either way, the court would then turn this person over to us INSTEAD of just locking them into jail.

NOW, those prostitutes who had pimps who didn't want to let them go started rebelling against this.  They started demanding their victims refuse to come to our program INSTEAD opting for jail.  Why?  Because they would use their time in jail to recruit other women to come to work for their pimp by promising them they would pick them up on their release date, and then when she got out she'd go right back to the pimp only with a few more women in the stable for him to pimp out.  So the pimp GAINED by her being thrown into jail.

After a few times of this happening, I started calling some of the judges about this.  I was told "they're adults and I can't make them accept alternative sentencing".   Which is true.  As adults, if they wanted to go to jail instead of coming to a 12 step program designed for them to exit the industry - no one can make them.

But then we start getting some prosecutors who are then approached by these same women.  Their pimps tell them "you don't need no to get you out of jail - you go offer to suck that man's dick and he'll get you out of trouble".    Which then happens.  Well the prosecutors then have an interesting choice on their hands.

They can (a) refer this woman to our program for help to exit the sex industry, or (b) they can let her suck their dick, go to jail, recruit more women for their pimp, and then when she gets out and goes back to the pimp she's going to continue to have sex with him and no one is the wiser.  He's not going to arrest her again so no one will know.  On top of this, the jail then picks up $75 to $150 per day for her incarceration.  The public defender picks up  an hour of billing time and they even probably get some fees from her.

So what was left?  Probation.  We used to be part of completing the first year of probation in Michigan.  Only somewhere along the line I get a call that we've just been shifted to the SECOND year of probation.  I raised hell.  I told them "there will BE NO SECOND YEAR of probation if you don't include us in the FIRST year of probation".  Their answer was "we want them to complete drug treatment and THEN deal with their prostitution issues".  To which my answer was "they aren't GOING to get clean if you don't deal with the prostitution issues FIRST".  Which is what I'd seen in every other program I'd studied both before I opened our program, and for the 30 years I've followed other programs in other states and countries.  I tried to convince these people I was speaking to that this was not a good idea and we needed to be switched back to the first year of probation.

So now the predators can move into place.  Because what do ALL abusers share as their m/o?  They isolate their victims.  They convince them they have nowhere else to turn for help.  Just as the pimps didn't want their victims to come to our program either.  Only there's another problem they face - probation.  If they're sleeping with the prosecutor - then it's going to come up in the first year probation files.  It's going to come up in drug treatment.  So we need to come up with a logical sounding reason why we're pushing SWA back into the second year of probation KNOWING THEY WON'T MAKE IT THAT FAR.

Now how do you make a woman scared she's going to go to jail, lose her home, lose her kids, etc., if there's Sex Workers Anonymous standing right there saying "oh don't worry we can get you out of jail and out of this situation entirely and into a whole new life"?  You don't.  So you just come up with a bunch of excuses and excuses and then pretend like they don't exist until new people come into these offices who don't remember that SWA used to be a regular part of the system.

Think about it this way - you own a brewery.  You have a bar right outside the brewery.  You make your living selling alcohol.  Now suddenly the wife of the owner of the brewery becomes an alcoholic.  You hold beer festivals in the town.  You employ a lot of people.  You have a culture that embraces beer.  You have fund raisers where you have beer tastings and auction off beer.  Now do you really want the wife of the owner saying "I can't be around this culture any more"?   Every friend they have has beer at their BBQ's, and beer in their homes and a beer after work.  In fact 1/2 of the town stops over for a beer at the bar before going home.  So how is this woman going to join AA and stay away from where any alcohol is served and people drink?  It's certainly not going to take lightly to her starting up an AA meeting right in the brewery either.  What a downer!

But take it to the next level and let's take this back to Prohibition.  That brewery is now bathtub gin and the bar is now a speakeasy.  Everyone who works at the speakeasy is a criminal.  The people who drink there are criminals.  NOW do you really want the wife of the owner of a speakeasy going to AA meetings?  No you aren't which is why by the way AA did not open until Prohibition was repealed.   So now it's more than that.  The guys who bring in the booze from Canada hear that the owner's wife is in an AA meeting and they get nervous.  They get nervous she's going to go tell the cops about them because she's now sober.  Now you have some people who really aren't happy about the idea she's crossing over to a side where she might rat them out and put them in jail.

Most forms of sex work in the USA are illegal.  So the analogy is like that.  Both the customers and the providers get really nervous when someone in the industry is going into recovery because there is a criminal element here to this picture.  As well as shame.  I don't think this prosecutor wants it blasted all over the internet that he's seeing prostitutes.  However, legal prostitution is a plane ride away.  He didn't have to go through all of this.  All he had to do was hop a plane to Nevada if he wanted to pay for sex.

That's because what he did here wasn't about sex.  It's a form of sexual abuse and he's a predator.  Which I suggest he could not have accomplished without pushing our program to the wayside.

Which leads to a whole new set of problems we're now facing because of "No Such Thing".  When a juvenile is arrested for prostitution there are things the judge can court order him or her to do such as enter into treatment, or get a job as I did when I was put on probation.  Which by the way saved my life.  If I had not been arrested, and had I not been forced because of probation to go to meetings, get a job, etc., then I assure you I would not have been allowed to live nor would I have left the sex industry.  I was able to tell everyone around me "oh don't worry - I'm just doing this for the court" and calm them down.  I would not have been allowed to do those things otherwise.   The hold these men had over me in the sex industry would have remained had I not been put on probation.

But you don't arrest these juveniles and guess what?  Most trafficking is done with the parents directly, or indirectly.  Now do you think a film maker coming through town is going to have parents go "here film me pimping my kid out".  No.  The only pimping you've going to see on films is what the cops arrest in street sweeps.  You are not going to even be allowed to film juveniles out there.  So this is unseen by the media - but it's there.  Almost every member of our program has reported they were pimped out by either their parents, step-parents, foster-parents, teachers, coaches, social workers, etc.  If pimped out by someone else, these guardians will take a financial cut in order to stay silent and back off stopping it.  Just as my mom did.  When my mom found out what was happening - she sat back and gladly took a cut for her support.

Now what are you going to do?  Put these kids in counselors' offices where the person pimping them is driving them to therapy?  These people will either not take them to treatment, or they'll get someone they can bullshit.  Trust me I remember when I was coached how to lie to grown-ups so they didn't know what was going on with me at home.  It takes a very trained eye to be able to tell the truth in a world where most don't have the slightest clue but propaganda that doesn't show all about this world - warts and all.  There is a culture that's been created to hide child abuse and pedophilia within the church - and that's who has created most of the media we're looking at now on this subject.  Media which points at everyone but them, i.e., the big bad black man on the corner.  Not back into their homes where it's all started from.

Something has to be done to mandate the proper care for these kids.  By taking off fear of arrest - you have now put a bulls-eye on these kids who the traffickers are now turning to in droves.  What's the worst that can happen?  Therapy that they drive the kids to?  This is why I have registered such vocal complaints about us not being included in the process of this "No Such Thing" campaign because what you've done by pushing out law enforcement out of the issue - is you're removed the ability for help to get to the kids being turned out by their parents and/or guardians.  Encouraging more of this -

We were put out there as an "alternative to sentencing" and diversion back in 1987 when we first started, but we did not push to have this required by law.  As a result, the pimps and predators have now pushed us out of their way so they have a clear shot at their victims.  We need to change this because I can assure you this is happening in many other states right now.  Can I tell you where without being sued for defamation?  No.  We have to wait until they're prosecuted to speak about it in the press.  These victims need our help and need it now.  While SWOP is up talking about how "some people aren't being coerced" - I ask you by who?  These women might not have been "coerced" by a pimp - but coerced still the same they were.

What Stuart Dunnings III did was a form of rape.  A form of rape that was supported by every person that allowed them to push Sex Workers Anonymous out of the system for adults.  Remember ladies, predators can be charming and convincing.   I know my father who became an attorney by the way was to cover up his abuse of me as a child was.

Monday, March 21, 2016

ANOTHER PREDICTION COME TRUE - AND A POOR DUPE GOES TO PRISON AS A PIMP   This case is what happens when you have a jury that doesn't understand what's going on here because the media isn't telling the whole story, and they also don't understand how the sex industry itself works to know what's "trafficking" vs. what's "prostitution" or even something else entirely.  Yes because of the fact the police are monitoring Backpage, Craigslist, The Erotic Review, and every other online site advertising prostitution - the real pimps and pornographers are scared.  So scared Larry Flynt of Hustler, who fought Ohio and even made a movie about fighting censorship, is selling his home and the Hustler building in Hollywood because he's running from these people.  Backpage owned by the Village Voice has now sold to a Dutch Holding Company.  Playboy no longer is running nude centerfolds, nor even filming nude TV any longer.  

So how are prostitutes and pimps getting their ads online knowing the cops are monitoring their ads now?  It's so bad that most banks won't allow their cards to be used to pay for ads and Backpage even stopped taking money for their ads in the escort section.  The police, the CIA, the NSA, even THORN funded by Ashton Kutcher is scouring the internet for "traffickers" and tracking IP addresses of anyone placing prostitution ads.  So how are they getting their ads online?

They're getting "dupes" that have student loans out and need money to take odd jobs where they throw them a few bucks for posting ads for them online.  These "dupes" have no idea what kind of trouble they'll get into as this case illustrates how much trouble.  They choose someone they don't care about so if he goes to jail - they could care less.  Besides, if the prostitutes now cry "he made me do it" they can get free scholarships, free immigration help, free housing, a get out of jail free card - all kinds of goodies just for saying "that bad man made me do this".  True or not doesn't matter it seems.  I mean honestly - if this guy was a pimp he would actually know better than to be stupid enough to have placed those ads if you ask my expert opinion on this case.  

What's happening here traces back to the 1980's.  In 1988 in LA Prostitutes Anonymous created a very effective program to help sex workers exit the industry. The jails were over crowded because the medications for HIV were about $10,000 a month to pay for by people who had no health insurance. Cocaine had hit and people had drug habits to support. Transgenders had to pay for sex changes back then also. Meaning there was a lot of people in the sex industry then. The jails were stuffed and I'd seen how addicts were being let out into Narcotics Anonymous and drug courts. So I created the first hotline and a 12 step program and went to the county who let us clear out the jails. The guards didn't want to go near them for fear of HIV anyway. We found a building cleared 1800 women out of 2000 of the womens' jail, 400 transgender's, and about 50 pimps. The program was the first that was successful with this community that had an almost 100 % relapse rate statistically. 

We were so effective I got a call in 1989 from Allentown. They begged me to come help because they had a jail built for 200 housing 2000 women - almost all of who were prostitutes. With one cop on 7th street, and "johns" coming in from 5 states, there was a prostitution problem in town. I moved back there at my own expense, and as a volunteer, we created the "Program for Female Offenders". 

At the end of the year, we had saved the county over $750,000, cleared out the jail, and all but two women who were bipolars were now clean and working outside of the sex industry. I moved back to CA in 1990 - leaving the program in the hands of the county. Only someone in government decided there was more money in building a bigger prison. Our program was dropped. With our program as an "alternative to jail" - no one was snitching out their pimp.

To justify building a bigger jail - they had to "restuff" the jail. Meaning they had to start re-arresting the prostitutes, and also have them start turning on men as their pimps. By 1991, they had started plans to build a million dollar new jail. They got rid of our program so prostitution started flourishing again.

They don't tell women they can use our program as an "alternative to jail" so in fear of jail they turn on some man and call him pimp. The real pimps they don't turn on because nine out of 10 times they're the father of their children. So they're stuck with him for at least 18 plus years. They can't leave or he files a kidnapping charges or threatens to take custody since they're "just a prostitute you know". Because they can't escape their pimp - they keep prostituting, and doing drugs to cope with being trapped. 

Please someone help me get the word out to these women our program still exists. A 10 year study was just completed in "Leaving Prostitution" by professor Sharon Oselin verifying our program was effective. John Quinones from ABC's "What Would you Do?" has verified us with his own eyes in "Heroes Among Us". Bob Herbert of the NY Times checked us out with his own eyes too and wrote a series of articles.  We have interviews with some members up at

So please - can someone please let these women know about If the state wants to take their kids into foster care, shove them into useless drug programs, their men into jail as "pimps", saddle them with a prostitution record, smear them all over the press - and then wonder why they can't "get another job" outside of the sex industry - they're not the problem here.  Also, if this judge, jury and prosecutor actually believes this guy is a pimp - then they need to consider letting me come provide some expert witness testimony, or maybe a workshop to the court, or something, because this is just one more of my predictions about where this out of control system is taking us right now.  I had said that prostitutes were going to start throwing innocent men under the bus to save themselves, and take advantage of these "perks" now they get for "crying victim" and for not understanding how the sex industry works properly to make such judgments about people's freedoms.  This is why the courts invented drug court - so that experts in addiction could get involved.  And why we need to do the same now with prostitution.  

Allentown - get a clue.  You let REAL PIMPS GO FREE because you didn't understand why a pregnant prostitute is going to get on a stand and talk about "how wonderful her pimp is to her".   The reason is because SHE CAN'T LEAVE HIM.  She can't pick up and leave him or he gets to file kidnapping charges.  If she has a prostitution record - he'll get custody.  Even if she puts him in jail - she'll still be forced to let him know where the children, i.e., she lives.  Meaning anyone could come find her if she crosses him.  THIS is what happens if she says the wrong thing -  So did you really think knowing there's TWO of them, father and son, that they would say something BAD about these guys when one of them is even 8 months pregnant?

And then you lock up some student who posted an ad online he thought was a harmless prostitution ad because he had no idea how insane the system has become about "trafficking"?  Come on guys.  I've offered to relocate back there, come back and visit for a few days, serve as an expert witness, etc.  There's just no reason for this.  You're really making yourselves look stupid here now.  


Jody Williams
(702) 468-4529 Cell Phone

Friday, March 18, 2016


Dear Editor:

Thank you for highlighting what's happened with Stuart Dunnings III. I'm writing to let your readers know this case is showing me a definite pattern that I think we need to start opening up a dialogue about. Back in the early 1980's prostitution was viewed entirely as a crime (except in the brothels of Nevada). However, witnessing myself first hand people were being sold like cattle to wealthy men over oil and drug deals during Iran Contra, forced, coerced and tricked into prostitution by pimps posing as husbands and boyfriends, I knew all too well not all of us were living the life portrayed to us by Xaviera Hollender, author of the “Happy Hooker” made popular in the 1970's.

Looking around me I was seeing alcoholics and addicts being afforded drug court as an alternative to jail based on them having a “disease”. I even saw men who had beaten, even murdered, their wives being given treatment instead of jail. Even men who had molested their children were being offered treatment instead of incarceration. So here was other issues being afforded treatment rather than being treated as a criminal.

However, the concept of “sex trafficking” was a completely alien concept so no doctor, clinic, or psychiatrist was willing to set up a program for “us” back then. But I just could not stand by watching how a woman being threatened by harm to her children to force her to work in the sex industry was being further treated like a criminal by the courts – while addicts, batterers, and rapists were being offered treatment. Consulting with Edwin Meese, the California Attorney General at the time, I formed a 12 step program for us originally called “Prostitutes Anonymous” in 1987. I was told by laws already in place because of Alcoholics Anonymous – I could then use this program to petition the courts to start offering us an alternative to jail as a sentence.

Since nothing like this had ever been done anywhere in the country before, I was told we had to get approval from all of the departments in Los Angeles county in order to set up a formal program to ask the courts to start considering us as an option to jail. Mayor Tom Bradley, Sheriff Block and Chief Gates were wonderful in helping set up a board where a member from every office came together – from the police, to the prosecutors' office, social services, health department, etc. Everyone came together and thought it was a “great idea”.

The only person/department who was noticeably absent was the probation department. Taking matters into my own hands, I drove two hours to go knock on his door and find out why he was refusing to help us create this program. When I walked into his office I immediately recognized the problem in that I recognized him as one of my “regulars” from when I had operated an escort service years before. I asked him to please tell me why he of all people would be reluctant to see us get some treatment options. The answer was simple “I don't want anyone to believe anything you have to say”. Basically, his own guilt, and fear over being discovered he was engaging in crime also, was the reason why he was reluctant now to work with me on a professional level.

I made him understand we had no interest in exposing him to anyone, and he agreed to let us move forward with the very first “alternative to incarceration” program. A program so successful, we were asked to create one in Allentown, Pennsylvania a year later in 1989. That was so successful it led to a program like it in Vancouver, Canada. So on and so on until we had formal programs sprouting up all over the country – with prostitutes being able to access this anywhere in the USA simply by asking the court to allow them to connect to our program in lieu of jail when sentenced. By the year 1999, the year before the Trafficking Act of 2000 was passed – we had a chapter of our program in every major city of the USA with the courts referring those convicted of prostitution into Sex Workers Anonymous (we changed our name in 1995 after the internet was created).

We had lobbied for the Trafficking Act of 2000 to pass because we were told it would allow the government to start treating us like “victims” instead of “criminals”. In other words, it would allow them to pay for victim services instead of denying us these benefits. It was to create a system whereby pimps could then pay into the same program that rapists and murderers did for their victims, and where victims of violence who were also prostitutes wouldn't keep being denied assistance because of being viewed as a “criminal” by our legal system.

However, the minute this field become “monetized” suddenly everything flipped on us. This program we had been offering for free to our members, as well as to the courts to utilize – suddenly became in “competition” with nonprofits and charities who wanted to go into the game now money became available for them to do so. In fact, when the TVRA of 2003 was passed, it specifically denied money to any program that was not “faith based” and that had not signed an “anti-prostitution policy”. As a 12 step group, we are not “faith based” nor can we sign a “anti-prostitution policy” anymore than Alcoholics Anonymous can join a drive to bring back Prohibition. Suddenly we found ourselves being pushed back by groups wanting to do what we did – only for money.

Because of Michigan's bad economy however, we were being left pretty much alone until a few years ago. Suddenly instead of a prostitute being referred to us after the sentencing, we were not getting them until they were on probation. Then out of a clear blue, we were told the policy had changed to where now they were referred to us only in their second year of probation. This made about as much sense to me as referring an alcoholic to AA in their second year of sobriety – so I started knocking on doors to find out why we were being pushed further and further back at a time when more and more men and women were entering into prostitution because they couldn't find jobs.

When I heard of Dunnings arrest – I couldn't help but click on a pattern I've seen developing. Every state that's pushed us clear back right out of the system, even cutting off communications with us entirely, I've now seen someone like a prosecutor, judge, even a governor in one state has been arrested for frequenting a prostitute. But another pattern's developed that concerns me even deeper. With prostitutes now fearing jail instead of coming to a SWA meeting – they're now hiring criminal lawyers. Lawyers who they're reporting to me are pressuring them for sex. I've got some cities where I'm hearing every criminal lawyer in the book is insisting upon sexual favors on top of cash to defend these women. So I want to applaud Michigan for finding a way to charge him further for that form of rape. Because just as you can traffick someone into sex work without using a gun – so to can you force sex upon a woman without a gun also. Force can take many forms as this case illustrates.

I've been talking to the bar associations about putting together a training for them on this issue because as more women are retaining lawyers to defend them on these types of charges, the more I'm hearing about them being forced to pay out sex on top of cash. So far the bar has refused to even speak to me about this issue. I'm hoping this case will enlighten them there is a need.

Jody Williams


Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Dear Peg:

I'm writing about Latesa Clay - a girl who at 15 years of age, and a mother of two, was tried as an adult on a prostitution charge. At the age of 15 - I would assume she would have been offered a chance to go to the program for rehabilitation. They've been taking in girls like her since 1979 you know - at no charge to the state or the girl or boy also.  

But when she was tried as an adult - I don't understand why our program, was not called. For years now, I've been told that one can't graduate probation in the state of Michigan without showing a letter from me they've attended at least one year of our meetings. I've been writing these letters for a while now verifying attendance of our Michigan members so I am pretty sure I've been told this was a requirement at one time for those arrested on, or convicted of, prostitution where they're given a two year probation in counseling in the place of being incarcerated.

But for some mysterious reason - all of our phone calls from the probation department stopped about a year ago. No one has called to tell me why the calls stopped suddenly but then I heard about Latesha Clay and a diversion program being started in Battle Creek that started the same time our calls stopped - a program we were not incorporated into I'd like to add.

So I don't know what's going on - but our program is the one who created the first program recognizing that those arrested on these charges needed help and not incarceration in some cases and we've been working with courts all over the USA to get these men and women the services needed. Hence why we formed as a 12 step program - to be allowed to do that under the laws already passed by AA and NA. We've been doing this since 1987 - and it was our work which made the Trafficking Act of 2000 even possible.

I read this article about it and since I'm hearing that more and more juveniles are now being charged as adults in order to be charged because of not wanting to charge juveniles for some reason - this means more of these juveniles are going to be in need of our 12 step program. I'm sorry but if you're an alcoholic - I don't care how good of a treatment program or counselor you have - you're going to need to incorporate Alcoholics Anonymous. The same for those coming out of the sex industry in all it's forms - they need to be talking to those in recovery also.

However, it was created for adults who being of legal age have the ability to walk away from a bad situation. Our program was not created for 15 year olds, nor 15 year olds with two children, who don't have the mental capacity to be able to walk away from a bad situation.

Meaning if we're going to start getting juvenile referrals - then I need to make some adjustments to our program along those lines. So I was wondering if we could open up a dialogue about this situation because the last place that girl should be at 15 is in jail, and her children in foster care where they're even more likely to become victims of trafficking also.

Please call me any day at (702) 468-4529.

Jody Williams

PS - Are you old enough to remember what happened when the Juvenile Justice Act of 1974 called to stop arresting children on drug charges? Do you remember that every drug dealer started recruiting children to work for them then because they got a slap on the hands instead of serious jail time like the adults? Now why would they recruit an adult who would go off on serious jail time when they could corrupt a child to do their dirty work and get a slap on the wrist?

Meaning you are aware that if you continue with this policy of not arresting juveniles on prostitution charges then you are painting a bulls-eye right on them for pimps? Either way, you don't have enough resources for them. Not enough group homes, foster homes, etc. At least through our 12 step program - we were able to get them into the services they needed just like the addicts are in drug court. But I warn you - if you continue on with this policy of announcing you're not going to charge juveniles - you not only put a target on them for pimps to come after them as more desirable than adults - but you are risking more juveniles being charged as an adult which is a crime in itself. I studied diversion programs that had been tried for years before opening our program in 1987. They failed universally. You can no more treat prostitution with jobs, housing and pills and expect it to help someone get out of sex work anymore than you can do the same with an addict and think they'll get clean. Just my opinion.