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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.

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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