End Sex Trafficking in Pittsburgh
  • Petitioned Theresa Kail-Smith

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Pittsburgh City Councilwoman
Theresa Kail-Smith
Pittsburgh City Councilman
Bruce Kraus
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman
Natalia Rudiak
Pittsburgh City Councilman
R. Daniel Lavelle
Pittsburgh City Councilman
Patrick Dowd
Pittsburgh City Councilman
William Peduto
Pittsburgh City Councilman
Reverend Rocky Burgess
President, Pittsburgh City Council
Darlene M. Harris
Pittsburgh City Councilman
Doug Shields

End Sex Trafficking in Pittsburgh

    1. Jaime Turek
    2. Petition by

      Jaime Turek

      Pittsburgh, PA

In the coming weeks the Pittsburgh City Council will vote on whether to regulate sex trafficking out of the massage industry--or not. Women trafficked in massage parlors may be forced to see 6 to 10 clients a day, working 10am to 2am, seven days a week. It is a crime which degrades our common humanity.

In Pittsburgh, there are 15+ massage parlors advertised and reviewed on forums catering to men who buy sex. These are only a tiny number of the 5000+ brothels which appear to sell sex in the United States, and are at a high risk of involving sex trafficking. However, there is no acceptable number of slaves in any American city, so even these few must leave.

The massage parlor regulation ordinance, Bill No. 2011 - 1635, builds upon the strong work of Pennsylvania Massage Therapists' state licensure law and teases apart legitimate from illegitimate massage establishments. The ordinance includes requirements that windows be unbarred, massage-room doors unlocked, and establishments properly advertised. If it passes in tact, Pittsburgh will be the first city in the United States to comprehensively approach ending sex trafficking in massage parlors. If it does not, women will continue to be enslaved. Please help us encourage the Pittsburgh city council to vote YES on this bill.

If you are interested in ending sex trafficking in your neighborhood using a similar bill, please contact Jessica Dickinson Goodman (jdickins [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu) or Jaime Turek (jevanoski [at] endhumantrafficking [dot] org).

If you are interested in learning more about human trafficking or if you would like to become involved in Pittsburgh, please visit The Project to End Human Trafficking at www.endhumantrafficking.org

Recent signatures


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

      This bill will be voted on in a couple weeks time. Add your signature to fight sex trafficking in Pittsburgh!

    3. Student Activist Fights to End Sex Trafficking in Massage Parlors

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      An ordinance that would strengthen regulations on massage parlors in Pittsburgh will be voted on within the next couple weeks. If this bill passes, it has the potential to seriously curb sex trafficking in Pittsburgh and provide a model to the rest...

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Jaime Turek
      Petition Organizer

      The vote on this bill wont be for a couple more weeks. Today was just the post agenda. So keep sharing this and spreading the word about this! We have plenty of time to collect many more signatures!! Thanks to everyone for the support!!

    6. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Can we help make sure we get 500 signatures before the hearing on this bill?

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. Support Stronger Regulation of Massage Parlors in Pittsburgh

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      A Pittsburgh city councilman is taking on sex trafficking in his hometown by targeting massage parlors. The innovative piece of legislation, proposed by Councilman Doug Shields, would regulate the businesses in an effort to prevent trafficking of...

    9. Reached 10 signatures


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