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February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in two parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people who commit and arrange the crimes, and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 21-year-old woman whose naked body was found on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim trash-sorting facility may have spent her last days and nights inside a second-floor motel room on a densely packed stretch of Beach Boulevard. Jarrae Nykkole Estepp had become a regular in the aging commercial district in recent weeks, walking the busy boulevard. Only blocks from Disneyland, the street is defined by strip malls, fast-food restaurants and motels from a bygone era. Detectives said their efforts to retrace Estepp's final steps in the hope of finding her killer have brought them to the neighborhood, long known as a haven for prostitution.
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NATIONAL
January 30, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani and Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a key player in the effort to overhaul immigration laws, denied allegations that he consorted with prostitutes during trips to the Dominican Republic with a longtime friend and campaign donor whose South Florida office was raided by the FBI. FBI agents carted away records from the West Palm Beach office of Dr. Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist, on Tuesday night. A federal law enforcement official said Melgen was “one of their targets” in an investigation into healthcare fraud by the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Miami.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard
A convicted cocaine dealer now accused of raping a 14-year-old Arizona girl and luring her into prostitution went on trial Tuesday in Orange County's first test of a year-old law that increases the punishment for human trafficking. Chuncey Tarae Garcia, 33, could face 28 years to life in prison if convicted on felony counts of human trafficking of a minor, pimping a minor and forcible rape, with enhancements stemming from the girl's age and Garcia's prior convictions on drug charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2013 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
The last that Cassidy Vickers' street friends saw of him was about 10 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2011, outside the Donut Time shop on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. He was waving and saying he'd be back in a bit. A transgender prostitute whose legal name was Nathan, Cassidy had come down from the San Francisco Bay Area to work the Hollywood streets. That night, on Lexington Avenue, 10 blocks from the doughnut shop, Vickers was shot to death by a man on a bike. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier online version of this article contained a typographical error inserted during initial editing of the text, referring to Cassidy Vickers as "heshe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A former San Bernardino police officer was arrested Thursday on charges that he forced two prostitutes to have sex with him while he was on duty, according to court documents. Jose Jesus Perez, 46, was indicted on four civil rights offenses that involved aggravated sexual abuse "while acting under the color of law," court records show. The alleged offenses occurred over the course of several months in 2011, authorities say.  “The charges in this case describe disgraceful abuses of police authority that simply cannot be tolerated in our society,” U.S. Atty.
NEWS
July 11, 1988 | From Reuters
About a dozen Philippine prostitutes infected with the AIDS virus have vanished and health officials said today they fear the women have gone underground to continue working in the sex trade.
OPINION
June 14, 1987
Cardinal Jaime Sin of the Philippines is a hypocrite! Moreover, his denunciation of prostitution in the Philippines as a moral failure of the Aquino government is undermined by his reluctance to acknowledge the major cause of the world's oldest profession. Blind to the rampant unemployment that daily squeezes hope from so many Filipinos, "his eminence" self-righteously admonishes prostitutes to "look for other employment, another way to work." Yet, he offers nothing concrete concerning the work these poor women might find.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Trying to curb the number of men who pay to have sex with children, Los Angeles County leaders Tuesday urged state lawmakers to toughen penalties for men who seek out underage prostitutes. The resolution approved unanimously by the county Board of Supervisors calls for "johns" to face felony rather than misdemeanor charges, to be required to register as sex offenders and to pay higher fines. Currently, “The adults are essentially given a slap on the wrist by sending them to something called 'John school.' That's just ridiculous, and it's high time we treat the adults as what they are: predators engaging in behavior that is morally repugnant,” said board Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas in an interview before the hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989
Apolice sting on Sepulveda Boulevard resulted in the arrests of 34 men and two women on suspicion of prostitution-related offenses, the Los Angeles Police Department reported Monday. Undercover policewomen walked along on the boulevard near Rayen Street in Sepulveda for about seven hours Friday night, and arrested men who solicited them for sex, Sgt. Frank Reynoso said. Male officers arrested two women for prostitution and lewd conduct, Reynoso said. Police set up the sting in response to residents' complaints that men driving along the boulevard were harassing neighborhood women, mistaking them for prostitutes, Reynoso said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people behind the crimes and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in two parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people who commit and arrange the crimes, and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Sixteen teenagers being sold as prostitutes--some reported missing by their families--were rescued by authorities in the lead-up to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, the FBI announced Tuesday. Police from cities including Yonkers in New York and Atlantic City in New Jersey also arrested 45 people who potentially face prostitution-related charges. The FBI said some of those arrested said they traveled to New Jersey from other states with the intent to capitalize on the large number of people visiting the New Jersey-New York area for the Super Bowl.  The arrests and recovery cap a two-week-long law pre-Super Bowl law enforcement effort as authorities face pressure from human rights groups to crack down on human trafficking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
They were teenage girls desperate for something better: They came from group homes or families that were broken. Some already had children of their own and were struggling to provide for them. There were also girls who came from environments that seemed more stable, but still, they were drawn into prostitution by the promise of money and independence. "They knew what to say and do to entice them," prosecutor Ami Sheth said of the sex-trafficking ring that lured girls from the Inland Empire to Los Angeles County, where they had sex for money at motels in Compton and Lynwood and faced verbal and physical abuse if they didn't make enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A Lynwood man pleaded guilty this week to recruiting teenage girls from local schools in the Inland Empire and forcing them into prostitution in Los Angeles. Paul Edward Bell, 29, an alleged member of the Rolling 60s Crips gang, pleaded guilty Monday as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that will send him to prison for 30 years. His trial was expected to begin Monday. Bell was one of eight people indicted in 2012 by a grand jury investigating reports of sex trafficking in Riverside County.
WORLD
December 20, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down three laws against prostitution in a landmark ruling Friday, deeming the bans on visiting brothels, living off a prostitute's proceeds and public solicitation "overly broad" and potentially dangerous for sex workers. While prostitution is legal in Canada, the laws aimed at preventing its practice went far beyond protecting communities from public nuisances associated with the sex trade, the nine justices decided. "Parliament has the power to regulate against nuisances, but not at the cost of the health, safety and lives of prostitutes," wrote Chief Justice Beverley McLaughlin.
BUSINESS
October 6, 1991
I realize that it must be difficult to find important news copy on the Tuesday after Labor Day, but how could you justify the article "Status Jobs," about a USC/UC Irvine "prestige" survey? I noticed that college professors rated high, but school teachers were omitted. To me, the teachers that deserve the most "prestige" are those that return to inner-city schools year after year. As for the "least prestigious jobs" ranking (dishwashers and prostitutes ranked 17th and 14th respectively)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
An FBI agent who investigated a weapons smuggling case denied Wednesday allegations from defense attorneys that he used public funds to knowingly pay for the suspects to have sex. The agent, Charles Ro, said that while undercover in the Philippines he frequently took three Filipino nationals accused of weapons smuggling to karaoke bars where scantily clad and sometimes topless young women worked as hostesses. Ro said the defendants never told him they had engaged in sex with prostitutes at the clubs, nor did the bills he paid indicate that sexual services were being provided.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 15-year-old girl may have been forced into prostitution for up to six months at an Oxnard home, a detective investigating the case said Tuesday afternoon. Graciela Vasquez, 23, was arrested on suspicion of inducing a child to engage in a lewd act and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Oxnard Police Department said. Investigators suspect that Vasquez may have befriended the victim before forcing her to engage in prostitution for up to six months at the home in the 100 block of North Harrison Avenue, Det. James Langford said.
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