SUN VALLEY — Businesses along Lankershim Boulevard managed to weather the recession, but another, more insidious problem threatens the stretch of family-owned auto body shops, granite cutters and plumbing stores. Prostitution is on the rise along this commercial corridor, testing the patience of store owners and their customers. At Sun Valley Equipment Rentals, Cindy Sower had to remove the emergency eye wash fountain outside her store after prostitutes repeatedly used it for bathing. And at Pet Corner, Norma Gonzalez recently walked outside to find a prostitute fondling herself in front of her door. Gonzalez rushed inside, worried her year-old son would witness the act.
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But if you are, you and your wife or family will have something to discuss at dinner. This letter will discourage you from returning. Soliciting for sex in our neighborhoods is not okay. Since my car is frequently seen on Sepulveda Blvd. In daylight.
Business owners on an industrial strip in the northeast San Fernando Valley have been noticing more of them over the last year and a half - a parade of scantily-clad women offering up their services to men in cars. A study by Cornell University in said that prostitution tends to go up during tough economic times as more people walk the streets looking for opportunities to make money. Some rings have even have turned to using abandoned foreclosures as houses of prostitution, the report said.
From the commercial corridors of Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys and Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood to the residential roadways of Sun Valley, the problem of street prostitution is resulting in citizen groups increasing efforts to combat the hookers and pimps taking over the streets. Councilwoman Nury Martinez, who took office in late July, said it has become one of her top priorities, and she is working with the Los Angeles Police Department, state legislators and residents to try to clean up the areas. In Sun Valley, the Coalition Against Human Trafficking has been working for several years to deal with the problem -- organizing residents and businesses and working through the Community Police Advisory Board to develop enforcement strategies. Torrero said his organization, in conjunction with the LAPD, was able to effect the arrest of 22 pimps since January, though he fears the problem is just migrating.