Los Angeles police Friday arrested two San Fernando Valley modeling agency operators who they said are the major suppliers of actors and actresses to the pornographic film industry in Los Angeles.
The arrests followed an undercover investigation, in which a police officer posed as a South American film maker seeking stars for a pornographic movie, authorities said.
Jim Southe, 42, owner of World Modeling Agency in Sherman Oaks, and Craig (Red) Sawitz, 40, owner of Pretty Girl International Inc. of Van Nuys, were arrested on suspicion of pandering, police said.
Two women and two men were also arrested on suspicion of prostitution Friday, after they allegedly contracted with the undercover officer to commit sex acts on film in exchange for money, according to Sgt. Don Smith, supervising investigator of the police administrative vice pornography unit.