Today, Troy Lyle Smith was once again released from jail and is free to again prey on vulnerable Alaskans. Mr. Smith is known to our community to be a violent, sadistic pimp who has targeted minors. We believe him to be a serious and ongoing danger to vulnerable Alaskan women and young people.
CUSP has never done a community safety alert like this before. In this case we believe it to be warranted because of the danger to minors and the justice system’s repeated failure to hold Mr. Smith accountable and protect our community. Our primary concern is for the safety of his victims and potential victims, and we are also concerned for the integrity of any potential criminal investigation(s). For those reasons, we will not be answering questions or providing any additional information.
CUSP is a group of current and former Alaskan sex workers, sex trafficking survivors, and allies working towards safety and protection for everyone in Alaska’s sex trades.
How to apply for Unemployment Insurance for self employed Alaskans who lost their income due to the pandemic:
1. These instructions were current at the end of April. There may be changes in the coming weeks.
2. You’re going to create or log into your myAlaska (my.alaska.gov) and file a regular uninsurance claim. You will eventually get a denial, ignore this.
3. Every week you *must* update your income from the week before in the regular unemployment system.
4. After you apply for regular uninsurance, go into the Unemployment part of your myAlaska and click File for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. You can not do this until you do the regular application.
5. You will need some sort of proof of income. If you don’t get 1099s, you can use your schedule C income from your 2019 taxes. If you haven’t done your 2019 taxes yet you can still do them for free online through h&r block.
6. When the application is complete, email your proof of income. Try to include your unemployment ID number, which starts with part of your social security number. The email addresses are: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
House Bill 52, the House companion bill to Senate Bill 35, closes the “loophole” that allowed strangling someone unconscious and ejaculating on them not sexual assault, eliminates marriage as a defense against sexual assault charges, and generally brings Alaska’s sexual crimes statutes a little bit out of the dark ages. There’s one thing that belongs in HB52/SB35 that hasn’t yet been added: making it illegal for police to have sexual contact or sexual penetration during an investigation. The Anchorage Police Department has actively defended this practice, saying that prostitution stings are the primary way they identify sex trafficking victims. In the rape capital of the US, it is unacceptable for police to use fraudulent means to gain consent for sexual activities with people they believe to be (underage?) sex trafficking victims.
At 1:30 on Friday, March 15th
You will be asked for your name and city and then placed in the que to testify.
When it’s your turn:
1. Introduce yourself with your name, city, and say that you’re calling to ask legislators to amend HB 52 to make it 3rd and 4th degree sexual assault for police to sexually contact or penetrate a people during active criminal investigation.
2. Explain why.
3. Thank them for their hard work on this bill.
4. Close your testimony by repeating that you’re asking them to amend HB 52 to make it 3rd and 4th degree sexual assault for police to sexually contact or penetrate people during active criminal investigations.
For example: “Hi, my name is Susie Smith and I’m calling from Kenai to ask you to amend HB 52 to make it 3rd and 4th degree sexual assault for police to sexually contact or penetrate people during active criminal investigations. This behavior is completely unacceptable in our ongoing sexual assault epidemic. It damages the integrity of the badge and makes sexual assault and sex trafficking victims less likely to look to police for help and justice. We are relying on you to draw this clear line in the sand and clarify that this is criminal behavior and it’s unacceptable. Thank you for all of your hard work on this bill and to address Alaska’s sexual assault epidemic. Please amend HB 52 to make it sexual assault for police to sexually contact or penetrate people during active criminal investigations.”
House Bill 52: http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/31?Root=hb++52
Everything about police sexual contact and penetration during criminal investigations: http://sextraffickingalaska.com/press-kit-for-hb-112sb-73
Chief Bryce Johnson testified before the Senate State Affairs committee that he would fire and decertify police officers who had sexual contact during an investigation. When we emailed him copies of the charging documents two posts down, he did not respond and the officers were not fired or decertified.
The Community United for Safety and Protection (CUSP) will host Alaska’s 5th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in Anchorage Sunay, December 17, 1 PM, at the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles, located at 420 West 3rd Avenue in Anchorage (the old Potluck Events). This year there will be a memorial for Patty Phelps (aka Peppermint Patty), our community member whose murder earlier this year is still unsolved – like those of 17 other Anchorage sex workers since 1990.
The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was started after Gary Ridgeway, the Green River Killer, was caught and confessed to killing over 90 women, most of them sex workers. Similar to Alaska’s sex worker serial killer, Robert Hansen, Ridgeway said that he thought he could kill sex workers for as long as he wanted because no one cared about them. Community United for Safety and Protection will join other sex worker groups across the globe who observe this day to raise visibility of the harms of criminalization.
It was just a year ago that Community United for Safety and Protection released results of a statewide poll exposing Alaskans’ views on sex work. “When you have a statewide poll that shows 90% of Alaskan voters believe should be against the law for police officers to have sexual contact or intercourse with individuals they are investigating and that legislation has been opposed by law enforcement, it shows who is out of step,” said Maxine Doogan. “As a nation and state reeling from the sexual assault and harassment allegations, it would be in Alaska’s best interest to pass House Bill 112, which would make it illegal for police officers to have sex with people in Alaska’s sex trade regardless of if we’re here by force or otherwise.”
The Community United for Safety and Protection is a group of current and former sex workers, including sex trafficking victims, and their allies advocating for safety and protection for everyone in Alaska’s sex trades.
Despite opposition from the Anchorage Police Department and the Municipal Prosecutors office, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance to allow for immunity from prostitution charges for sex workers and sex trafficking victims making good faith reports of heinous crimes. Watch CUSP win: