Sex Workers Anonymous is a 12 step group for men and women, from all over the world, who are or have been in any part of the sex industry from prostitution, to stripping, to porn, to phone sex, etc., of any age, whether it was legal or illegal, one or a million times – who have a shared interest in either leaving the sex industry and/or finding recovery after having done so. http://www.sexworkersanonymous.com (702) 468-4529 If you are a parent – go to http://www.swanfellowship.webs.com
Dear Review Journal:
In 1988, when Joe Conforte, then owner of the Mustang Ranch brothel, wanted to expand the brothels into California – he embarked upon a media campaign, armed with a medical report he’d paid for which was rigged to make it appear that brothel prostitutes didn’t have any HIV, in the state in 1988. The only person who would oppose him at this time was myself.
After taping a Sally Jesse Raphael show where Joe appeared with four of his employees touting the “joys” of legal prostitution – one of those women ran up to me in the dressing room begging for me to help her ‘escape” a nightmare. A nightmare where she told me she had been drugged, then loaded onto a private charter plane at gunpoint being told to say what she’d just said on that stage “or else”. I helped those women get out of that studio that day – and then word spread that I could help others.
That led me to relocating to Nevada in 1995 specifically because none of the programs set up in the state for things like domestic violence would not transport women from these brothels sometimes 800 miles away from the nearest shelter to them to get help to escape their pimp. Since there were no cabs that would operate in these tiny towns, and it was illegal for them to simply walk away on foot – someone had to come and get them to safety and that someone has been our program, Sex Workers Anonymous (More on laws on how women can’t leave on foot to walk down the street, can’t be outside after certain hours, etc. so how can they find their way to help to leave their pimp without actually violating the law talked about more here – all making it sometimes almost impossible for them to just get up and leave – https://prezi.com/varjrlli4q_g/prostitution/ and https://www.storeycounty.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/03172015-587)
(A brief side note here – please be advised that the legal age of sexual consent is 16 years of age in Nevada. Please also note the Nevada brothel licensing law that states the licensing board “may” issue a license to someone UNDER the age of 18 years of age – just so long as they don’t have a criminal record, or diseases such as HIV. I don’t know if I’m reading this correctly but I’m pretty sure this means in legal terms that a 16 year old may be able to obtain a license to work in a Nevada legal brothel. So one has to be 21 years old to drink, 18 years old to smoke a cigarette, but can be 16 years old and get a work permit in a Nevada brothel. Now until this language is clarified do people understand why I’m against the expansion of the brothels anywhere – yet this has nothing to do with me disapproving of the sex industry itself. There are some very serious issues that the Nevada brothels have not clarified with respect to working conditions for these women. Including the fact that it’s now state law to post signs with the National Trafficking Hotline phone number in adult and sex industry establishments in California – but Nevada has no such law. That to date, Dennis Hof refuses to allow Sex Workers Anonymous to post any flyers orleave any cards out for the women who have decided to leave the industry, or who may be trying to get away from a pimp – with our phone number for help voluntarily.)
Despite a brief blip on the radar of the Review Journal when we gave a press conference about the report showing that sex trafficking did in fact exist within the legal sex industry of Nevada in 2007 – the Review Journal has made a very clear omission within the news about any information about the services we offer those trying to escape not only the sex industry in Nevada, legal or illegal – but also in the help we offer sex trafficking victims who are almost universally also victims of rape and domestic violence. So much so that when it was only our program that went up to oppose George Flynt’s request to expand the brothels into Las Vegas in 2013,. When we won – our presence wasn’t even noted by your publication as to why the legislators might have voted against that bid. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada-legislature/prostitution-bill-not-nevada-legislatures-agenda
>As a result of your publications intentional omission about any news about what our program offers – people within the sex industry, legal or illegal, male or female – are not made aware of the services we can offer them. Services very much needed in a town that didn’t even get a sex trafficking program funded at all until 2007 with the ATLAS program, and then because of it’s very poor performance because of a refusal to partner with us in any way – didn’t even get funding re-instated until 2013 to work with these victims.
A town which didn’t even have an Internal Affairs office for many years to which we could report law enforcement’s involvement with trafficking and/or even abuse of prostitutes until we forced the issue a few years ago by shouting loudly about our problems with ex-Chief Gillespie who has since stepped down because of corruption allegations. https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/fifteen-members-of-las-vegas-sheriff-douglas-gillespies-organization-have-been-served-with-a-federal-complaint/
I did a radio interview today with Brian Shapiro about the violence, abuse, and even murder of sex workers in Nevada. During this interview, I kept thinking of all of the cases I’ve been hearing about over the years in Nevada. The likes of which I’m not hearing about in other states where I hear about prostitutes like Heather in West Virginia actually being a hero for shooting a man who tried to kill her there.
No – I live in a state where a politician has to call me “on the down low” about Snoop’s involvement in a sex trafficking case that no one wanted to touch it “because it was a public relations nightmare” – while at the same time as its turning to me when someone needs help in this state while also acting like I don’t even exist within the media’s eye. www.boycottsnoop.com
No – in Las Vegas I’m hearing about cases like http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ex-vegas-performer-guilty-murder-dancer-girlfriend-article-1.1802858 where Jason Omar Griffith murdered and dismembered Deborah Flores Narvaez in 2010 – a “fantasy dancer”.
Cases about pimps like Kenneth Cherry, Jr. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/02/21/aspiring-oakland-rapper-alleged-pimp-killed-in-las-vegas-shooting/ which resulted in his death. But where a manhunt had to ensue to get Amar Harris brought into custody.
Porn stars like Christy Mack are not safe when she’s brutally attacked by War Machine – who also was able to flee the state before being caught. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/12/porn-star-christy-mack-speaks-out_n_5672346.html
How about another porn star, Cytherea’s, raped in her own home during a home invasion by three males? http://downtrend.com/vsaxena/cytherea-raped-by-gang-of-teen-thugs
These aren’t just pimps and maniacs when even musicians get involved in the violence. http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/69696/brothel-incident-nets-neil-an-assault-charge Not when Vince Neil attacks a prostitute in a legal brothel. Showing this is not just something that only happens to street prostitutes, or even a domestic violence issue. Not when it’s even dangerous to be inside of a legal brothel where security is supposed to be protecting you from this kind of attack.
Lesser known cases like where Chantell Hollowell is murdered by her boyfriend/pip http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/crime-courts/pimp-charged-2006-death-las-vegas-prostitute-initially-ruled-suicide
This recent case with “Heather” where a reporter has shown us photos of four other missing prostitutes possibly murdered in Nevada, including possibly Jessie Foster (who was more likely murdered by Peter Todd – but that’s also just an allegation at this time). http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/us/woman-kills-attacker-serial-killer/
While West Virginia may be getting more press at this time – it’s getting press for a prostitute in their state defending herself and stopping her attacker. However, in reviewing these cases state by state over all for the last ten years, and during today’s interview with Brian bringing these cases together in my mind – I can’t help but officially declare Nevada as the most “dangerous state for sex workers and victims of rape and domestic violence” at this time.
I can state this confidently because I answer a hotline I’ve since 1987 where sex workers call me for help from all over the USA, Canada, and even in other countries. I can assure you I’m not getting anywhere near this type of volume, number, and severity of calls, or hearing about cases like this, from any other state but Nevada.
I also hold that the press has been a part of this, and downright negligent, in that you are reporting about these rapes, murders, home invasions, etc. of these women who live and work in Nevada – but you have not been telling them where they can also find help to escape these issues. While I’ve seen groups like SWOP hold fund raisers to help victims who have been attacked and survived – I have NOT seen Nevada step up and do anything about this.
ne look at the Nevada Attorney General’s website for resources is a tragedy – and only shows a complete ignorance of the needs of these potential victims whose very lives are in danger. Especially when they’re listing shelters that don’t provide transportation to them, don’t have security, and don’t admit adults and/or prostitutes who may NOT be trafficking victims by a legal definition. http://ag.nv.gov/Human_Trafficking/HT_Help/ Shared Hope for one doesn’t even provide any “direct services” for trafficking victims in the USA – let alone Nevada. They also don’t help sex workers who say they are “not” trafficking victims. I could go on down the list – but you get my point.
Yet at the same time – I can’t even get so much as an article, or even a public service announcement about a program like www.sexworkersanonymous.com that offers help to these women to escape such situations before it’s too late in some cases that covers the whole state, isn’t dependent upon transportation, AND is available to transgenders and men as well as women unlike any other program in the state. We also are available for diversion and alternative sentencing – yet I’m hearing about women who are driving down to San Diego, California for diversion because no one told them about our program?
I certainly haven’t received any support from the media to embark upon ANY type of campaign to provide help to women who may be in a life threatening situation where a homeless shelters in Las Vegas is not a solution for them. Especially in a state where an ex-mayor, Oscar Goodman, informed Metro officers, as well as probation officers and social workers that if they so much as even spoke to us after we released the “Trafficking in Nevada” report in 2007 they would be fired. Maybe if he hadn’t of put that ban out there – maybe Andrea Swanson’s daughter, whose father is an FBI agent, might have had some forewarning to protect that daughter if not for this ban.
A ban that’s killing women and this is now officially out of control. The number and severity of these cases of pimps and abusers against women, especially sex workers can no longer continue to be ignored by your publication while only embracing publicity for churches trying to raise funds for “safe houses” that never open because they file bankruptcy first (as was the case with Pastor Benny Perez and Annie Lobert). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIg_viilqac
You need to embrace offering publicity to programs like ours who offer training on how to work with this community, escape trafficking, prevention of trafficking, recovery from the sex industry and trafficking, and a hotline where potential victims can call without fear of self-incrimination like they might fear if calling the police, and if they don’t consider themselves a “trafficking victim” so as not to be able to call the National Trafficking Hotline for help.
Our program, Sex Workers Anonymous, has a hotline answered 24/7 by another recovering sex worker and survivor of domestic violence, rape, and even child abuse. SWA also offers support and help to anyone anywhere in the state – male, female and/or transgender over the age of 18 years old. Anyone under 18 years old can go to any bus station or airport to receive free confidential help through www.childrenofthenight.org or by calling their hotline 24/7. A program we are not affiliated with but that we refer minors to for assistance as their hotline and program have existed for both females, males and transgenders also since 1979.
It’s time to do something about this. Please contact me to discuss an article, public service announcements, ads, something to help people of Nevada turn this disturbing state of danger around. Until then – the alert that Nevada is the most “dangerous and lethal state for the sex industry” stays in effect. Thank you.
THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE BEST CATHOUSES IN NEVADA DISHES ABOUT PROSTITUTES’ “SWEET JELLYBOXES” AND JOHNS’ “WANK-WANK SACK BAGS”
MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2011 | 5 YEARS AGO
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power.
Publisher: Straight Arrow Publishing, Boise, Idaho
Discovered at: Out of the Closet Thrift Store, 360 N. Fairfax
The Back Cover Promises: “Unique” and “Informative & Exciting,” but these compliments are not credited to anyone.
“It’s like a boarding school for girls, only it’s not books they’re going to be studying. These women work. They sell pleasure and that’s all they have to do. They don’t have to cook or do the laundry and they don’t have to take out the garbage. They only need to satisfy 200,000 men a year sexually.” (page 18)
Like all Americans, you pass your days fantasizing about Nevada’s brothels, because you know that there is nothing more satisfying than twenty minutes of antiseptic, no-kissing sex with a woman who has been locked in her cinderblock bedroom for up to three weeks, all in an Unabomber shack in the middle of nowhere that offers free showers to truckers.
All that means that you probably would enjoy a copy of The Offical Guide to the Best Cat Houses in Nevada, written by J.R. Schwartz, the noted Idaho whoremonger presumably named by Mel Brooks.
Here, he discusses the seasonal nature of the sex-for-money business.
“Obviously the busiest times are when the most men are physically aroused. This could occur during the Reno air races, when the Marines are on leave, during the fishing season, any time during the ski season. Erections follow no particular time schedule.”
“When the most men are physically aroused”? You mean, when they first get Cinemax?
So, maybe Schwartz doesn’t share many valuable insights. While the cover promises a guide to the “best” Nevada cathouses, Schwartz recommends 33 of them — out of 34 reviewed. And while the cover promises “Everything you want to know about legal prostitution in Nevada,” Schwartz never once discusses how much sex will actually cost.
Still, he writes with evangelical fervor:
“Sexuality is the oil they’re bathed in, an unctuosness, eliciting responses and creating desires in the men who are there to spend and enjoy . . . They are the sum total of their parts, many times dissected: They are faces, legs, breasts, and hair; a totality of limbs and appendages; the Gestalt of which men would like to devour.”
Plus, he’s generally fascinating. He runs a website about Cuba, where he has called for criminal charges against Dick Cheney, and he crammed his guide to whorehouses so full of filthy craziness that you’ll need to wipe down any books shelved beside it.
So, here’s the highlights of Schwartz’s take on our neighbor state’s brothels (or, as he calls them, the “pussy palacio”s “sex farms” “desert sex palace”s) . . . as well as the women who work them (“charity ladies,”
“Angels of Mercy,”
“silken-haired representatives of the fairer sex,”
Schwartz On . . .
Terms for Female Sexual Organs
Cunnus, “precious lambpits,” “sweet jellyboxes,” “fun ovens,” “cock garages,” “honey pots with submissive limbs,” “the dark veil,” “The dearest bodily flower”
The Value of Persistance:
Reasons a Prostitute Might Leave the Industry:
“Not getting laid enough to support their positive cash flow program, and cynicism.”
Reasons You Might Visit a Cathouse:
“No future obligations, no crime ridden connotations, no guilt. Disease free legal sex, and fun. And you don’t have to take her out to dinner first.”
“Are you a salesman just passing through the area, wanting to try something different?”
Reasons You Might Bring a Guest to a Cathouse:
“Concerned that you don’t like the way he’s eyeing your ten year-old daughter.”
“You’ve noticed that your prized pet rabbits are suffering from torn rectums and your neighbor is walking around with a fatous grin on his face, and one hand in his pants!”
“And how about Junior? Is he approaching the age where a little first-hand knowledge and experience will go a long way towards helping him have a healthy outlook on the biological urge? If you and your loved one don’t wish to perform in person there are cathouses that allow young men in, as young as fourteen years of age, with parental consent.”
Prostitute Names, or Why the Robertas of the World Should Stick With Roberta:
Kimers, Maudy, Keisha, Coco, Amber, Cat, Lacy, Tonya, Bobbi (x3) Tara Lee, Anancia, Cissy, Lyn (“one n for short n sweet”), Shu Shu, Angel
Terms for Male Sexual Organs:
“Wank-wank sack bag”
Confounding Ode to Wank-wank Sack Bags:
“Men with pendulous scrotums, turgid penises engorged with blood. As hard as polished steel. Like heat-seeking missiles, cocked and triggered. Immense projectiles, as large as presto logs, smoldering with desire.”
Why Laminated Menus Are Probably a Good Idea:
(From the Calico Club in Battle Mountain, which is the last place you want to be parked the day the folks from Google snap their “Street View” shots.)
On Dinner With Prostitutes at the Now-Defunct Salt Wells Villa, Just East of Fallon:
“Two of them were debating the pros and cons of ‘giving head.’ Keisha thought it would cause hanging jowls, while Coco was under the impression it would strengthen neck muscles and give one’s face a better tonal quality. “
Thoughts on the Prostitues Themselves:
“The woman you have chosen to be with is a member of the piece corps.”
“No slouches or hosebags are allowed in here to work.”
“Most of the girls working [at Nye County’s Cherry Patch II] are young, smooth, and sexy, with shapely legs in brightly colored tights, and, to top it off, attractive hairstyles.”
Saddest Description, Brothel:
“Business hours [at My Place in Winnemucca] are from 12 noon until 4 a.m. or whenever the action stops. For souvenirs she’s got ball-point pens.”
Saddest Description, Prostitutes:
Out-of-Nowhere Flight of Poetic Fancy:
The Pussycat in Winnemucca is “a laboratory of love, a nest of spicery where instruments of pleasure now play to new music.”
Out-of-Nowhere Poetic Flight That Had Me Searching for “Tourettes” on WebMD:
“Cum by the gallons. Billions of spermatozoa: deliquescent crystalline aliphatic tetramines flagellating up streams of semen actively seeking ovums everywhere.”
Bawdy Pun You Can See Coming From as Far Off as You Might See the Lights of Las Vegas Over the Dark Mojave:
“Although Peter Ogden and the trappers who followed pulled most of the beaver out of the streams years ago a new breed of beaver has supplanted it: The two legged kind! They are alive and well in Battle Mountain’s two legal cathouses!”
Alarming Glossary Pages You Should Totally Blow Up By Clicking On:
Sex Acts That Should be in the Glossary:
“Whether it’s the old hoo ha, or a whiff of the Spring Wind, these temptresses can accomplish the task. Sex is the common denominator in this cathouse.”
Glossary Entry that Makes Breasts Sound Like Dialogue From Mork & Mindy, Then Groceries, Then Batman Sound Effects, Then TeleTubbies, Then National Parks, and at Last Strip-Mall Gyms:
“Nay Nays:Milk Cans, Bazooms, Fun Bags, Num-Nums, Moo-Moos, Twin Doves, Snowy Hillock, Teats, Curves”
Glossary Entry That Lends Credence to the Argument that Being Green Isn’t Easy:
“Kermit the Frog Style:Sex with the woman positioned on top, with her knees almost above her shoulders.”
Of the Villa Joy in Winnemucca, Schwartz writes, “Open 24 hours a day, they never close.”
Evidence That the ’02 Edition Has Not Been “Completely Updated” as the Cover Claims:
“The MX missile system is being developed for the Tonopah region of the state.”
More Evidence that the Book’s Updating Was Not Thorough:
“The Shady Lady is the newest brothel in Nevada.”
“Mabel’s Whorehouse is the newest and nicest cat house to be built in the state of Nevada.”
“They call it Sharon’s Place, Nevada’s newest brothel.”
Indications That Schwartz Might Be an Old White Guy:
“Most of his customers [at the Cherry Patch] are from Las Vegas, many are Orientals, and most are high rollers.”
“A real character I met [at the Lazy B Guest Ranch] was Angie, an older black maid who had worked at the Moonlight Ranch 20 years ago. She said with conviction that prostitution was a good idea, because “men don’ go roun’ rapin’ no woman!”
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