Tell Prominent Washington DC Landlord to Stop Leasing to Illegal Brothel
  • Petitioned Jerry Schaeffer

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DC Area Businessman
Jerry Schaeffer

Tell Prominent Washington DC Landlord to Stop Leasing to Illegal Brothel

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      DC SMS

      Washington, DC

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March 2011

Victory

Spa Sky is now permenantly closed. After the tenents left the building, law enforcement found several indications that the brothel had been part of an Asian human trafficking ring. However, they have not yet been able to track down the women involved.

The activists who launched this campaign are hopeful that the publicity will help dissuade Schaeffer and other D.C. landlords from renting to brothels in the future.

Spa Sky, located on the 4th floor of 1215 Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington D.C., is an Asian massage parlor that has recently been discovered to be a front for an illegal brothel . The property that Spa Sky is operated from is owned by 3101 Rhode Island Avenue L.L.C., a company owned by local businessman, Jerry Schaeffer.  According to court documents, Mr. Schaeffer did not respond to a notice from the DC Office of the Attorney General informing him that his property is being operated as a brothel and has not taken any steps to stop Spa Sky from operating.  We are now calling on Mr. Schaeffer to take immediate action to end Spa Sky's operations on his property.  By not ending these operations he will have profited indirectly from criminal activity and potentially from human trafficking.

Asian Massage parlors have been frequently linked  to human trafficking networks. Women found in massage parlors acting as fronts for brothels typically live on-site where they may be confined and coerced into providing commercial sex to six to ten men a day, 7 days a week. Most of the women trafficked into the parlors are not U.S. citizens, and many do not have documented status. These women are particularly vulnerable because human traffickers are able to threaten them with deportation if they don’t comply with their orders.  Without legal status, the women frequently fear and distrust police or government authorities. Immigrant women are also vulnerable due to language barriers, unfamiliarity with their legal rights in the US, and/or the lack of a local support network.

Please take a moment to sign on to the letter below to let Mr. Schaeffer know that the community will not stand for landlords who do not prevent potential or actual sex trafficking from occurring on their premises.  

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory! Washington D.C. Brothel Closes Permanently

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Sky Spa, a brothel that has been operating in downtown Washington, D.C. for nearly a year, has finally shut down. Local activists launched a campaign on Change.org asking the brothel's landlord Jerry Schaeffer to shut down the operation and refuse...

    2. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      There is a legal hearing in D.C. on this case today. We'll keep you updated on the outcome, and whether or not Schaeffer will respond to the Attorney General's requests.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Potential D.C. Walmart Landlord Also Leases Local Brothel

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Prominent Washington, D.C. real estate mogul Jerry Schaeffer might soon become the landlord for the first Walmart in the District. That is, if he's not too busy overseeing one of his current properties -- an active brothel in the heart of the trendy...

    5. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dianne Hillier LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      Compassion is the source of happiness in life….Without loving kindness and compassion, there is no peace or happiness in the family, the society, the country, or the world. 'With the Medicine Buddha mantra you can liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of suffering and bring them to enlightenment.' - Lama Zopa. Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha

      - Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      It would have been interesting to have surreptitiously videotaped this enterprises to see how many members of Congress frequented this establishment.

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    • Ed Drain FAIRFAX, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      @Amanda Kloer -- how can we block him from his Walmart deal? He needs to understand that siding with illegal prostitution is a deal killer. I really think the city should just take the brothel property from him, as well as any rents he recieved from the property. Make assets disappear from those that support trafficking and we will be a lot further in ending Human Trafficking! And throw in some jail time too for the people running the operation, and possibly for this guy's facilitation.

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    • Gloria Monroe GRANTS PASS, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      He's probably servicing all of our scumbag GOP legislators...

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    • Ed Drain FAIRFAX, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      I still remember Ginza Spa. A trafficked women there begged a dozen john's to help her and finally one stepped up and called the police. She was rescued and ended the lie that there is no trafficking in DC.

      Uplift the survivors, educate ourselves, and eliminate slavery wherever we find it!

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