DOJ: Stop Sex Trafficking in Latino Residential Brothels
  • Petitioned Mark Kappelhoff

This petition was delivered to:

Chief, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit
Mark Kappelhoff
Acting Director, Office of Victims of Crime
Joye E. Frost
Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance
James Burch II

DOJ: Stop Sex Trafficking in Latino Residential Brothels

    1. Amanda Kloer
    2. Petition by

      Amanda Kloer

      Washington, DC

When Cristina was 24, she traveled to the U.S. with a man she thought was her boyfriend. But when they arrived in New York, he forced her into sexual slavery in a suburban home. There, he beat and tortured her and several other women, until they submitted to being sold to dozens of men a day for sex.

Cristina was a victim of sex trafficking via what is increasingly referred to as a "Latino residential brothel" or LRB. LRBs exist in nondescript apartments and houses, sometimes in the middle of good neighborhoods. The brothels enslave only Latina women and cater only to Latino men -- sometimes only to people from a certain country or region. A recent news report stated investigators think LRBs can be found in at least 25 states, and each brothel can contain several women and girls.

Investigators are worried LRBs are a growing form of human trafficking in the U.S., but the Department of Justice has yet to create a national strategy or task force to investigate these brothels and learn more about how they and any associated criminal networks operate.

It's time the DOJ got serious about ending sex trafficking in Latino residential brothels with a national strategy and task force.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

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    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • diane frank WALTHAM, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I respect our DOJ, and expect better from this organization. This is shameful - I do not want to believe that any law enforcement agency of our country does not care about sex trafficing.

    • Alice McGough MASHPEE, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      VERY IMPORTANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE SIGN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • James McDonough NEWTON, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      To stop the violence.

    • Tania Kopitar NEWPORT BEACH, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      OMG! I'm so sad for these girls. It could have happened to anyone of us or our children. What a horrible thing to do to another human being.

    • Joanne Sgrignoli HARRISBURG, PA
      • about 3 years ago

      Sex trafficking is a heinous crime and must be stopped.


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