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Thursday, 29 May 2014 01:28

PANORAMA CITY (CNS) - Los Angeles police assigned to the Mission Station have announced plans to concentrate on prostitution-related crimes in Panorama City and other parts of the patrol area that includes Pacoima, Sylmar and Mission Hills.

In late February, Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez, who represents the area, started calling for a prostitution crackdown in her 6th Council District and additional funding to combat the problem.

Lt. Paul Vernon, the head of detectives at the station, said police have recorded an uptick in prostitution-related problems and will be focusing on cheap motels along Sepulveda Boulevard.

“In our analysis of crime over this past week, and in particular over the weekend, we noted two aggravated assaults related to prostitution,” Vernon said.

Vernon disputed the idea that prostitution is a victimless crime.

“It brings many problems to individuals and neighborhoods, chief among them is a sense of blight,” he said. “Even the prostitutes can be victims in that often they are women forced into sex trafficking for a variety of reasons.”

People arrested for prostitution- related crimes may have their vehicles towed and impounded, according to the initiative started by Martinez. The city is also working with the Mary Magdalene Project — a Van Nuys organization run by a former Los Angeles police officer — to provide an 18-month course to help prostitutes find another career.

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