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Prostitution Crackdown Near Sepulveda Boulevard

The increased efforts to combat prostitution stem from complaints from residents who say they are witnessing sex acts on their streets.

Los Angeles police and the city attorney’s office are cracking down on street prostitution in neighborhoods adjacent to Sepulveda Boulevard.

Street prostitution has long been a problem in an area of Sepulveda Boulevard that stretches from Lassen Street to Ventura Boulevard.

“LAPD, the city attorney’s office and the council office have always focused a lot of resources on Sepulveda Boulevard and the prostitution problem,” said Tamar Galatzan, a deputy city attorney.

The recent crackdown, however, reportedly stems from a spike in complaints from neighbors who say used condoms are being left on their lawns and people are having sex in parked in cars on their streets late at night.

“I grew up in the Valley and prostitution has always been a problem on Sepulveda Boulevard,” Galatzan said. “What I think is happening is that they are becoming more brazen about it.”

She also suspects that enforcement efforts by police and the city attorney’s office at hotels on Sepulveda Boulevard during the past several years have pushed the problem off the corridor and into adjacent residential neighborhoods.

As part of an abatement effort, motel owners are required not only to get identification from the people renting a room, but also from people going in and out of the room. Previously, a man would rent the room and then two or three prostitutes would come in and out of the room all day, she said.

"Obviously, neither the prostitutes, nor their johns, wanted to give identification, so it has really cut down on the problem," Galatzan said.

In the latest effort, when prostitutes and their customers are arrested they will be prohibited from frequenting the area where they were arrested. If they are arrested a second time in the same area, the penalties will be steeper.

Galatzan said this method of prosecution was used by the city attorney’s office in the early 1990s. She is researching what was done then to help guide current efforts.

Pat May 25, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Sepulveda Boulevard has always been a hot area for prostitution because there's a large number of motels along that street. But frankly I'd rather the hookers and their johns do their business in those places than at the curbside for a "street date".
Charles Lee Hackett May 25, 2011 at 03:36 AM
All jest aside, this is a nice neighborhood and that kind of sleaze should be taken elsewhere. Home owners across the nation have had to deal with this bad taste and here is what they have done: Get pics of the cars, license plates, and occupants, especially if they are in your driveway. Video is even better. That is cold hard evidence the police can work with. I have actually rapped on the windows of cars when a John was getting down and told them to take it elsewhere. The look on the faces is priceless. There have been reality shows based on this very principal. Shame works. People do this in their company vehicles on their lunch hours. I know that working girls provide a valuable and popular service, but I don't need to see it or have to deal with the effects of it like used condoms on the street. Most of these Johns are probably married or in a relationship, and would suffer greatly if exposed. If you catch someone stupid enough to screw in public, document the situation and talk to a cop. It may be funny, but it is definitely not for my neighborhood. I would be equally critical of a dope fiend shooting up in my front yard and leaving needles laying around.
Scott Killeen May 25, 2011 at 05:26 AM
My neighborhood is not even close to Sepulveda or Van Nuys Blvd and we still had the prostitution problem, along with the drugs with people throwing used needles on the street! After using a camera for a couple of years, the word got out that my neighborhood was not a good place to deteriorate. The FBI took care of the drug pusher problem but I still send photos to my neighborhood LAPD SLO of suspicious cars parked with people in them doing things obviously not right for my neighborhood. People can change their neighborhoods if they are willing to fight for their rights!
Charles Lee Hackett May 25, 2011 at 11:31 PM
Here is a question: Do you think legalizing prostitution and drugs would get it off the street and out of our neighborhoods? These are desperate people for various reasons. Discuss amongst yourselves...
Scott Killeen May 26, 2011 at 12:13 AM
NO! It doesn't work in Las Vegas! Or other cities in Nevada for that matter. Even if prostitution was legal, you don't think capitalism would shine? Of course people would still take advantage of an influx of people to a large convention or sporting event. It happens around the world all the time. The one situation legalizing prostitution might do is lower the incidents of rape. Legalizing drugs would be like what has happened with the legality of alcohol. Abuse and more abuse. I also think big organized crime would increase. If you want to legalize pot then sell it at a real pharmacy just like other drugs. I don't want to here the crying over how it can't be done, change the laws and make it happen if everyone is serious about it.
Pat May 28, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Then what do you do about prostitutes? Simply telling them to go elsewhere only makes it somebody else's problem, and prostitution has been around for millenia; it's not called the worlds oldest profession for nothing. It's making me wonder if a certain area of downtown L.A. can be put aside as a red-light district, but even that idea is bound to raise hackles. So, what's the answer?
Scott Killeen May 28, 2011 at 07:58 PM
You know it's not just a one way problem, it takes two people to make a person a prostitute and sometimes three with a pimp. I only think the problem can be tamed and not solved. Human trafficking is a huge problem prostitution has created and I think it's far worst that the sex act itself. If some common sense laws were created, many problems could be solved.
Future May 30, 2011 at 06:54 AM
get a clue
Future May 30, 2011 at 06:55 AM
Learn from the Amsterdam model: decriminalized marijuana and prostitution = vastly lower drug crime & addiction rates + lower incidence of AIDS
Scott Killeen May 30, 2011 at 04:55 PM
From a Dec 2008 acticle on line.. http://www.christian.org.uk/news/organised-crime-forces-amsterdam-to-clean-up/ Organised crime forces Amsterdam to clean up! Authorities in Amsterdam will close down half the city’s brothels and cannabis cafe's because they are attracting organized crime. The Netherlands legalized prostitution eight years ago and has long tolerated the possession of small amounts of cannabis, which is often sold in ‘coffee shops’. But after deciding last year that the country’s capital Amsterdam needed cleaning up, the city’s leaders this week unveiled plans to close half its brothels and coffee shops. They admitted the “sex and drugs” culture had got out of hand, with an official document stating: “There is crime and an infrastructure that is maintained and fed by a host of criminogenic facilities.” “Money laundering, extortion and human trafficking are things you do not see on the surface but they are hurting people and the city. We want to fight this,” said Amsterdam’s deputy mayor Lodewijk Asscher. Just pass some info along....
kero April 20, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Old thread...sorry for comment....but I have to say...its self righteous people like this jerk Scott that are the problem...they want to control other peoples will with pathetic and counter productive laws because they are control freaks...seriously....get you head out if you know what and stop spending my tax dollars to feed your mental problem.
Pat April 24, 2012 at 01:53 PM
He also quoted only part of the article. The Dutch also said they believe they can still have sex and drugs and still be in control, whatever that means.
Pat April 24, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Also note that the article Mr. Killeen quotes is from a Christian fundamentalist online newspaper.
Charles Lee Hackett April 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Are there any prostitutes or Johns out there reading Patch.com who might be willing to weigh in on this. Seems like we should be going to the source on this argument. So if you are a hooker or enjoy the services of "The Street Walkers Of Sherman Oaks", please join our forum. (References to either aforementioned personages are appreciated). Let's get to the bottom of this.
Dave Kreiselman August 05, 2012 at 03:02 PM
No, Scott is right and you're a bunch of assholes. My family and I used to live on Leadwell St, between Haskell and Woodley. On more than one saturday night, I would catch people "indelecto" as it were right in front of the house. One saturday night there was a car parked litterally 15 feet from my 5 year old son's bedroom window (with their lights on and engine running) while the erstwhile "couple" were gettin' busy. I walked outside with a mag-lite and a "justice stick". You never smelt so much burnt rubber in your life. On more than one occasion, I found used rubbers right by the curb. How did I find these? Taking the goddam garbage pails out to the curb. This what come from living in a neighborhood innudated by strip clubs and crack whores. Tell me, what kind of a worthless degenerate would think Scott is self-righteous because he doesn't want to see crackwhores doing their business in front of the home that he has sunk his life and substance into?

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