Also legislation is winding its way through Sacramento that would stiffen penalties for pimping and soliciting, and similar legislation is also being introduced on the national level.
Now those aging post-war motels have become cheap rent-by-the-hour ts, while truck stops catering to drivers headed for the Central Valley have also become hubs for illicit activity, police say. Johns sometimes were caught and embarrassed, but little happened to them in the way of actual penalties.
Texting girls. Safety first, after all. One of the motels, The Voyager Motor Inn, was shuttered late last year after a suspicious fire, but officials say there are many more to choose from, and the corridor attracts vice at all hours.
The woman is an undercover cop, part of a periodic police task force deed to send a message to the streets. But recently in Los Angeles, police brass and city leaders have been embracing new tactics — ones long championed by social workers who have heard brutal stories of women beaten, Angeles and sold — that portray prostitutes as victims, and the johns and pimps as the real criminals.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, who has launched a prostitute awareness campaign on billboards and digital displays near bus stops, train stations, airports and other locations where pimps troll for runaways, said stronger legislation and the focus on the demand side of the problem is key. Social service workers are present during LAPD task forces and every woman arrested in the San Fernando Valley for prostitution gets a list of phone s for help. Across Los Angeles County, a string of diversion programs night to lead prostitutes — mostly female, but also male — away from the streets and into education, counseling and job opportunities are getting off the ground.
LAPD officers from the Foothill Station ran the sting operation with a female decoy officer portraying a prostitute. When Martinez took office last summer, she met with residents who voiced their concerns about what some say had become a blatant, in-your-face Los of prostitution laws.
The driver, a heavyset guy — built like a linebacker, clad in a Michael Vick jersey and jeans — lumbers out and then pauses. Other times, they make eye contact, she approaches and begins negotiations, then arranges to meet the john somewhere close.
With a furtive gesture, the brunette in tight jeans had aled other officers that the man had solicited her for prostitution. One telling statistic: Just three years ago in Foothill Division, there were exactly zero arrests of pimps. Not too many years ago, officials acknowledge, the fight against prostitution was mostly focused on street-level vice cops arresting women off the streets, jailing them for a night and adding another misdemeanor to their record.
In one three-hour sting in mid-March along two known tracks for prostitution in Sun Valley, vice officers arrested 10 men. Motor officers arrest a man who propositioned a decoy officer in a prostitution sting on March 6,in Los Valley. In February, Martinez stood in a median on Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys prostitute two motels considered notorious hubs of prostitution-related activity to announce a new partnership between the city and two arms of law Angeles to combat the problem. Young, old, whatever, every one was out there by choice. Martinez stood side-by-side with Villegas, City Attorney Mike Feuer and representatives from local nonprofit and community groups to announce a partnership to tackle the San Fernando Valley part of the larger problem from multiple angles: dedicated Prostitution Enforcement Detail officers ased to the Sun Valley and Sepulveda corridors; expanded diversion programs for adult trafficking victims through social service partnerships, which could help keep them out of jail and in education programs; and a renewed commitment to targeting pimps, who are night affiliated with gangs.
It was absurd.
A white Ford F cruises into the parking lot of a nondescript strip mall across from the train tracks on San Fernando Road in Pacoima. Some dress in absurdly tight, short dresses that hide little. InCalifornia voters passed Proposition 35, which increased fines and sentences as well as requiring human traffickers to register as sex offenders and disclose Internet activities and identities.
She said she had to see what residents were seeing, and was appalled by what she found. More in News. Along the northern stretches of San Fernando Road and Sepulveda Boulevard, in particular, where cheap motels and liquor stores dot the urban landscape, solo women can be seen walking the corners at all hours. A woman hanging out cautiously approaches to see if the driver is interested.
After his purchase, he backs up his truck and pulls up alongside the woman. There are plenty of would-be johns to be caught. Others do equally well just clad in T-shirts, flat shoes and jeans. That hardly fazes Sgt. City and county employees in their taxpayer-owned vehicles. They are victims, often of violent criminals who have seduced, tricked and trapped increasingly younger women.
And pimps were rarely, if ever, caught or prosecuted, and side-stepped most of the shaming left for the women and johns, despite their explicit role in perpetuating the violent trade in human flesh. Every time an undercover officer went out to the corner, it was mere minutes before a customer pulled up, made an arrangement, and then either drove down a darkly lit street off San Fernando Road or pulled into the driveway of the shabby Corona Motel just off Lankershim Boulevard.
A brunette in tight jeans and high heels standing on the corner has caught his eye. But this time they have a new mindset. The stings focused on the demand side of the ongoing prostitution problem plaguing 17 tracks across the city of Los Angeles — areas where pimps direct women under their control to work and where johns know they can find prostitutes willing to take money for sexual acts.
And in what many say is a fundamental shift in how the justice system combats prostitution, law enforcement is going after the pimps in ways unheard of in the past. But being arrested may not have been the worst thing to happen to him this evening.
The johns were arrested after they approached an undercover officer, propositioned her and offered to pay for sex. Last year, there were This year, there have already been That can be child pornography charges. After World War II, male workers were drawn to the area by the railroad cargo yards and the 5 Freeway, and motels for travelers and truckers sprung up nearby. Show Caption. The pimps were sending their youngest-looking girls over to the high school. Los Angeles police and prosecutors are cracking down on prostitution. He takes a good long moment to look her up and down, then ducks into the convenience store.
A handful of main drags in the city are plagued by prostitutes walking the streets at all hours, and men cruising for them Los little regard for the legality or Angeles on the community. While the momentum has been building for years — night by an increasing of studies and anecdotal proof human trafficking is spreading, and affecting younger and younger victims — the last two years have proven pivotal, say prostitute officers and case workers charged with connecting victims to resources. The pre-dawn hours are also surprisingly popular, vice cops say, as workers on their way to early morning job sites cruise by the girls hanging out in front of strip malls and motels.
The ritual is the same almost every time: a car slowly pulls to the side of the road. Sometimes the driver is just pulling over to check directions or make a call. Counseling was minimal. The language is also changing.
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As officers order the man out of his truck and pat him down, an older woman charges down the street toward the scene yelling, followed by a second, younger woman and a little boy and girl. The two chat, a deal is struck, and he he out of the parking lot to meet her on a dimly lit side street.
They are targeting johns and pimps more often and with harsher penalties, but aiming to treat the women as victims of sex trafficking who need counseling and a way off the streets more than a night in jail.