The grass roots Tea Party of Nevada organized a sheriff candidates
meeting last Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Ricardo’s Restaurant.
All candidates attended, with the exception of Joe Lombardo.
Apparently Mr. Lombardo believes that he stands to inherit the
position without any saying from the community and/or the voters.
The meeting was very well organized; all candidates got to expose
their political platforms, touching on a number of issues very
important to the community: gun control, elimination of the blue card
to register your firearms and the constitutional right of every
citizen to keep and bear arms for personal and family security (I, for
one, am a strong believer in the U.S. Constitution and the
Constitution of the State of Nevada), the More Cops Sales Tax,
legalization of marihuana, dishonesty and nepotism among members of
the Las Vegas Metro Police, and several other issues of great
There were close to 100 people in attendance at that meeting. As I
said before, it was very well organized and many of the people there
had an opportunity — in an orderly way — to ask questions of each and
One very important issue that none of the sheriff candidates addressed
(or has in mind, considering the fact that all other previous sheriffs
have brushed the notion off their shoulders) is the importance of
educating police officers about human trafficking.
I haven’t heard one sheriff candidate say they will implement a unit
to control human trafficking and to prosecute recruiters and pimps.
They apparently have to have a fatal auto accident on the Strip in
order to bring a pimp to justice.
All those candidates should keep in mind that Las Vegas is a HUB of
human trafficking. Very unfortunately, the Attorney General’s office
doesn’t do much about it, so it should be another priority for the
Numerous naive girls are arrested in our city daily for solicitation
and then thrown in the Clark County Detention Center, labeled
“prostitute” until they can appear before a judge or get bailed out by
The traffickers remain unknown and untouched — because police officers
are afraid of them for being dangerous people — when in reality, those
recruiters are the ones who should be targeted by law enforcement.
Very seldom do we see human traffickers prosecuted in Las Vegas.
We cannot know the actual number of the many girls who have
disappeared from Las Vegas over the years, many times between night
and morning, without a trace.
We are getting tired of seeing the ball bounce from one police
department to another and I will never get tired of disclosing the
case of Jessica “Jessie” Foster, a beautiful Canadian girl who
disappeared from Las Vegas without a trace.
Jessie was brought to Las Vegas with a promise of the moon and the
stars. She was living with a supposed boyfriend, Peter Bertrand Todd,
in North Las Vegas. She was hospitalized with a broken jaw for a
beating by her supposed boyfriend. Jessie was very good communicating with her mother and sisters in
Canada, but the last time they heard from her was on March 29, 2006.
At that time and place, the ball started bouncing. Jessie disappeared
from the house she lived in with Peter Bertrand Todd at 1009
Cornerstone Place in North Las Vegas. Police were told by Peter Todd
that Jessie left, taking all her belongings; but coincidentally, she
left behind the only things a normal, beautiful young girl would never
forget — her cosmetics and hair-dryer. North Las Vegas Police claims
that Jessie was once arrested for soliciting by Metro Police, so it
was up to Metro to investigate. The truth of the matter is that for much less than a disappearance of
a young woman, police would search properties for possible crimes
committed inside the premises. Peter Todd was never investigated for
his dubious business practices by the authorities in Georgia, Oklahoma
and Texas, where he had previously lived; neither was he investigated
or his home searched by North Las Vegas or Metro Police.
I wonder what other city and state he moved to where he will continue
destroying the lives of young girls and families.
I honestly hope that whoever becomes sheriff will keep in mind that
any girl could end up in the hands of these morally bankrupt
individuals. It could happen to anyone in our own family, even a close
relative to a sheriff himself.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She
writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.