Tonight's special guest is Jody Williams from Las Vegas, a survivor of child abuse, rape, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. Jody's a returning NAASCA family member. She has been in recovery from drug addiction and the sex industry as well as mental illness since 1985. In 1987, Jody founded Sex Workers Anonymous - the first program of it's kind to help men and women across this country to exit the sex industry and/or find recovery after having left it. The hotline answered hundreds of thousands of calls over the years. What started out as a small meeting in a coffee shop soon exploded, and there were eventually meetings across the USA, as well as in five other countries now. Spending five years interviewing 1,000's of recovering prostitutes and sex workers, Jody published the Recovery Guide. This is her group's version of what is the Big Book in Alcoholics Anonymous. For decades Jody has been successfully fighting back the legal brothels from expanding outside of their small county into both California and Nevada. But her activism has sometimes been met with violent retaliation. In 2014, Jody came out with an e-book for parents on "What to do if you suspect your child is involved in prostitution" based on years of getting the same phone call question over and over again.
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