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LAPD Arrest 88 In Prostitution and Fake ID Sweep

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Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 12:00 am

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Police arrested 81 women and seven men in a Nov. 5 raid of Club 907, a Downtown hostess club at 907 S. Hill St. that investigators believe has become a hot spot for prostitution.

Most of the suspects were charged with using fake identification for purposes of employment, a felony and a local violation of the club’s conditional use permit, said Lt. Paul Vernon.

Police also filed conspiracy to commit prostitution charges against several suspects, including the males who were arrested, Vernon said.

The mass arrests came as the result of a Friday night raid that was the culmination of a two-month investigation by the Central Area vice unit. Police obtained a search warrant prior to the bust.

Hostess dance clubs charge mostly male clients a half-hourly rate to pick one of the venue’s women hostesses to dance with and spend time. The clubs do not sell alcohol, and are not permitted to provide adult entertainment.

The false identification charges are considered serious because they often go hand-in-hand with human trafficking, Vernon said.

“It’s often a symptom of that—between some of them being illegal and perhaps being placed in a position to work off some indentured servitude,” Vernon said.

That’s why hostess clubs generally have a condition attached to their use permit that requires employers to keep their workers’ identification records on hand. Club 907’s conditional use permit will be subject to review, though no hearing has yet been set and the club continues to operate.

Club management was not immediately available to comment.

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  • anonymous posted at 2:24 pm on Thu, Dec 9, 2010.

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    Well is funny that people write some comments without knowing I have been in that club and no hookers where present in any of my many visits, most of the females are single mothers, many of them having a hard time making their "dance time" and they are no different that most people living in LA. for all the people who show two faces get the facts correct or stop from accusing people if you don't know the facts. so much for "all people are innocent until proven guilty"

  • anonymous posted at 2:20 pm on Fri, Nov 12, 2010.

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    That is too bad! There might be some prostitution from some girls. But not all do those things. This girls are workinng there because they need the money and can't find other jobsbecause they might not have papers or can't speak English, or because they want easy money.

  • anonymous posted at 4:21 am on Fri, Nov 12, 2010.

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    There's one on almost every block, and as Ken aptly points out, they draw a bad crowd. A year or so ago, a patron of Club 907 pulled a pistol on the parking attendant when he was told he had to pay. I witnessed it and called the police who dilligently apprehended the guy, but these type of occurrences are regular- the clubs draw a criminal element. They seriously impair the quality of life we enjoy downtown- women walking around the neighborhood become targets of lude comments, cat calls, etc.- my wife has to go out of her way to not pass them when walking the dog because of this behavior.

  • anonymous posted at 1:20 am on Fri, Nov 12, 2010.

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    These comments are just wrong. Glad to see one finally get labeled for what it is. For people in the neighborhood, this place just draws the wrong crowd. Downtown deserves better. How many hostess clubs are in downtown?

  • anonymous posted at 6:14 am on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

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    @Doug - Who ever said prostitution is a victimless crime??

  • anonymous posted at 1:19 pm on Wed, Nov 10, 2010.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    And the next article....Downtown Feeling Lucky!

  • anonymous posted at 4:59 am on Wed, Nov 10, 2010.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    and to think, I was driving all the way to Koreatown....this really puts a cherry on top of downtowns's starting to feel a lot like Vegas

  • anonymous posted at 8:06 am on Tue, Nov 9, 2010.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    So much for prostitution being a victimless crime...

  • anonymous posted at 7:48 am on Tue, Nov 9, 2010.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    Gee. I wish I had known about this before they were busted. Anyone know of any other similar cool places?

  • anonymous posted at 6:50 am on Tue, Nov 9, 2010.

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    I drive by that place every night and have seen many of the dancing girls on their way to work. Had no idea they were prostitutes. Who knew? Thanks for the skinny!