15 years ago, I was haunted by a mural on the side of an office building in Hollywood, CA depicting a child prostitute along side the name of a rescue organization “Children of the Night.”
Compelled to visit the home and meet Dr. Lois Lee, who founded Children of the Night in 1979 as a walk-in shelter, I marveled at the magic of children between the ages of eleven and seventeen (all of them victims of child prostitution) getting to be regular kids and receiving an education at the on-site school. I was instantly inspired to become a financial donor as well as a volunteer, teaching journalism as extra credit for their English class.
My first week in the classroom, a 12-year-old wisp of a girl asked if she could write about her pimp… I decided this class would have no parameters on topic nor language. Some students pour out their feelings in poetry, others in desperate prose. After 14 years of reading these autobiographically inspired pieces, it never becomes easier to keep my tears in check.
13-year-old Hanna had been forced to provide sexual acts to boys in her school. Her grandmother reported it; but the school did nothing, so she pulled Hanna out and called COTN. Hanna has been at COTN since June 2014. A few months after arriving, she placed 2nd in the Los Angeles County Science Fair, competing against 1,000 teens from schools across our country. Last July, Hanna attended “Super Camp,” a college summer prep program at Stanford University!
Lea’s father sold her to sex trafficking (between Mexico & US). Last April, the 17-year-old was left for dead. Having the wits to contact Law Enforcement, Lea currently has 2 cases pending in the FBI & Sheriff’s Department. She is now sober and will be taking part 1 of the GED this month. Upon completion, she will enroll in a Nursing Program.
10,000 children have found their way to COTN. Most all of these runaway street kids’ stories began as abused children and they would do anything to survive.
In 2011, Dr. Lois Lee also created “Children of the Night With Out Walls” (WOW). WOW provides critical services needed to permanently remove anyone, any age from life on the streets. Recipients of these resources no longer have to be below 18 to have access to COTN’s life changing services.
I feel privileged to have been able help underwrite the cost of the WOW annex, that houses 9 video conferencing computers staffed by live tutors and helps people like 19-year-old Pete, who suffers with paranoia and is chronically homeless. WOW helped him get his High School Equivalency certificate, complete a resume, and enroll in a local community college. The COTN 24 hour hotline and case managers continue to provide him with the support services to manage his paranoia and successfully complete his college classes.
I am also proud to be the current chairman of the board of this extraordinary organization.
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Okay, so let me get this straight. Children of the Night used to be called the California Association of Trollops and was partially run by people we now consider human traffickers. Suddenly Hugh Hefner gets involved because he wants to "rescue teenagers from the ravages of prostitution," gives lots and lots of money, till he finally becomes their "hero" a year after he is presumably having sex with twin teenage sisters at the age of 83. And in addition, the founder, executive director, Lois Lee, "devised a scheme" to put another children's charity out of business. She gets people beaten and apparently holds a loaded gun right up to the chest of a 17 year old actress, threatening to kill her. But wait! a 14 year old girl is sodomized inside the Children of the Night shelter. Of course, this is after she tried to have a benefit with a date with a call girl as a grand prize from Danni Ash's Hard Drive. And this was after Children of the Night was majorly fined by the United States Postal Service for misusing their nonprofit bulk mailing permit. Lois Lee apparently takes pride that when she was younger, she used to take teenage girls in the sex trade in, in her apartment. Hmmm. I wonder if there would be any raised eyebrows if Hugh Hefner or Charlie Sheen did that? Oh, and check out the salary of Lois Lee on Guidestar. She make close to a quarter of a mil on a $2 mil budget. Great place to send kids. Great place to donate. Not. I was a runaway. I was a teenage girl prostitute. I know about Children of the Night all too well. Hey, if you see anyone from there coming, run Forrest, run!
Could there possibly be a worse organization? Children of the Night is a supposed "helping" charity that operates behind locked doors and barred windows. It says that it "rescues" teenage girls from the sex trade, but it posts Hugh Hefner as it's "hero" on its website. A 14-year-old girl was sodomized inside its shelter. Its director, Lois Lee, CON's Founder and Executive Director, takes an obscenely high salary. Lee caused a friend of mine to be beaten while she watched and from what I heard from direct eye witnesses, she aimed a presumably loaded gun with a silencer attached at a 17-year-old girl whom she conned into believing that the girl the 17-year-old girl was trying to help was an endangered runaway. I would as soon recommend that young girls be sent to Al Qaeda than to CON. Maybe that's a pretty extreme statement, but the fact is that it would be a cold day in hell before I would send any girl to either.
I wanted to donate to this organization, but can't justify the salary for the founder. Who is being served here? Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$216,482 12.46% Lois Lee Founder
Children of the Night is a valuable tool in the fight against American child prostitution. The founder goes above and beyond the call of duty to help rescue these children. The children get the help they need, justice is provided, and recovery begins here.