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There is a new www.goodmorningbirmingham.com post today at this link: the scientist and the mystic: two fathers’ very different perspectives about their children, life, angels, etc.
Meanwhile, receeived this yesterday, I added lead pic:
County Mayor George Neugent, at out April 28 Annual Meeting, said that he would sponsor an ordinance requiring the public posting of the nation-wide hotline number that trafficking victims, adults as well as children, can call for help. Tim and Connie have already met with Mayor Cates and Commissioner Johnston about city support and plan to meet with other commissioners.Please join our next Board Meeting on Saturday, June 22 at 3pm. Location is at the Marathon Fire House, 8900 Overseas Highway. All are welcome. Call our Chair, Constance Gilbert at (305) 393-7844 for more information.Article below was posted by our Chair, Constance Gilbert:
BELOW IS A LIST OF EVENTS IN FLORIDA THAT YOU CAN PARTICIPATE INFlorida Department of Children and Families: Circuit I Trauma Awareness Day. This is a public event to be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Location is at the Warrior Hall, 201 Stillwell Avenue, Crestview, Florida 32539. This workshop it titled Hidden Wounds, Silent Truths: Child and Adult Survivors of Human Trafficking. Presenting will be Mr. Brad Dennis, Director of Search Operations of the Poly Klass Kids Foundation’s National Search Center for Missing and Trafficked Children. Also presenting will be a representative from the US Department of Homeland Security. For more information visit
Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking: Quarterly meeting. This is a public event to be held on June 7, 2013 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Location is at Pathways Community Church located at 801 Seminole Boulevard in Largo, Florida 33770. Following the Law Enforcement Update, we will continue implementing breakout sessions that will strengthen and fine tune our collaborative efforts in a think tank format. Please come to share what you and/or your organization can do. Additionally, we have Working Groups throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Find out how to plug-in to a group near you. For more information visit
For more information on how you can help the cause in the Florida Keys please contact our
Chair, Constance Gilbert at (305) 393-7844 or write to P.O. Box 6324, Key West, Fl 33041-6324.
Hi, Gyvel -
It was my understanding from almost the beginning of Keys Coalition, that its mission was to prevent child sex trafficking in the Florida Keys. I came to this understanding through conversations with Connie Gilbert and Tim Gratz, both of whom I had known for a while, Connie longer than Tim, when Keys Coalition was formed.
What I came to see, however, was tremendous focus away from the Keys, on the Florida mainland, in USA, and around the world. I also came to see adult sex trafficking included in the focus. Then, I came to see all forms of human slavery included. All forms terrible. 99.999 percent not in the Keys.
Many times, I told Tim and Connie, I was not interested in Keys Coalition’s efforts beyond the Keys. Yet, they, mostly Tim, kept trying to engage me with what looked to me to be a rising fanaticism which, because of my life experiences, caused me to conclude what really drove Connie and Tim was deep tears in their own souls, caused by being sexually violated in childhood. This is an area in which I have considerable experience, going both ways, and trying to help people who had similar experiences.
I wrote of that a number of times on my websites, and in a recent email to several Keys Coalition members, responding to an email from Tim, which ignored my previous request to be left out of any Coalition emails and discussion not specific to the Florida Keys. So that’s all I will say about it here. Now, it could appear, Connie and Tim recruited you to write to me.
I think a hotline is a good idea, but I do not think a national hotline is a good idea, or will appeal to people in the Keys. The hotline should be into the Sheriff Department, in my opinion. If the county commission is willing to make a hotline county legal, then why not make a county hotline legal?
I also have told Connie and Tim many times, and have published that many times, you have a very serious sex trade in young men and young women raging on and just off of Duval Street. Despite my many attempts to persuade Connie and Tim to direct their fanaticism, which they apparently cherish, against Duval Street, they do not. They continue to go global.
Connie’s guest editorial had almost nothing to do with the Florida Keys. It is about her past, to large extent. For me, her guest editorial simply is not relevant to what I understand Keys Coalition was created to attempt to do. Attempt. For, and alas, as she and Tim already know, there is no way to make a dent in the Duval Street sex trade. It is as ingrained and perpetuating as what Connie and Tim bemoan on the mainland and globally.
It looks to me that, basically, Connie and Tim, and others they have introduced me to, mostly by email, are trafficking in the sex trade. Emotionally trafficking. Some also are trafficking for profit. It also looks to me that they are themselves slaves. If that is how they wish to live out their lives, that is their decision. However, it is not what Connie and Tim told me Keys Coalition was created to try to do: prevent child sex trafficking in the Florida Keys.
I looked over Keys Coalition’s website before replying to your email. About 99.999 percent of its focus is not about the Florida Keys. Same for your email, to which I am responding.
city commissioner Mark Rossi
Gyvel, when you folks try to shut down Mark Rossi’s clubs, and the other strip and lap dance clubs, the 801 Club, the Scrub Club, and I mean by going into those places and raising hell, by going to city commission meetings and raising hell, by going to the Monroe County Commission and raising hell, by going to the Key West Police Department and the Sheriff Department and raising hell, by going to Governor Scott and raising hell, about those places, with the same relentless fervor I am bombarded in Coalition emails about what’s happening on the mainland and globally, you will have my attention.
Meanwhile, again I say, the best people to sniff out and report suspected child sex trafficking [and molestation] are Keys pediatricians, family practitioners and school teachers.
FYI, I recently spoke with the Monroe County Health Department employee, whom I personally know, who is the only Health Department employee who tries to get kids with VD into clinics, doctors, etc. This is his career, for decades, even before he was in the Keys. He said about one-half of kids he has tried to help in this way during his career had dropped out of school.
He was delighted that WomanKind got into the schools, to help kids with safe sex, etc. He did not want me to write about what he told me, but darn, what he told me seemed terribly important to the people of the Keys.
The schools, especially in Key West, I hear, were very resistant to students being taught about safe sex, etc. I wonder what school board chairman Andy Griffiths (photo), founder of The Griffiths Rule (praise in public, criticize in private) and the Key West chapter of De Nile Society, might have to say about what the County Health Department worker told me: about one half of the kids he had tried to help during his long career had dropped out of school?