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Minassians co-authored a study that found that dealing with environmental factors such as large trees and lack of lighting is vital in curbing human trafficking. It was part of an effort, backed by a new Cal State Northridge study, to curb human trafficking in the San Fernando Valley and to crack down on pimps that roam local streets. Among those streets have been Sepulveda and Lankershim boulevards, longtime hubs of Valley prostitution. The research, conducted by Henrik Minassians and David Lopez from CSUN, examined environmental factors that allow prostitution and human trafficking to take hold.

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Los Angeles police and the city attorney's office are cracking down on street prostitution in neighborhoods adjacent to Sepulveda Boulevard. Street prostitution has long been a problem in an area of Sepulveda Boulevard that stretches from Lassen Street to Ventura Boulevard.

The recent crackdown, however, reportedly stems from a spike in complaints from neighbors who say used condoms are being left on their lawns and people are having sex in parked in cars on their streets late at night. She also suspects that enforcement efforts by police and the city attorney's office at hotels on Sepulveda Boulevard during the past several years have pushed the problem off the corridor and into adjacent residential neighborhoods.

The increased efforts to combat prostitution stem from complaints from residents who say they are witnessing sex acts on their streets.

As part of an abatement effort, motel owners are required not only to get identification from the people renting a room, but also from people going in and out of the room. ly, a man would rent the room and then two or three prostitutes would come in and out of the room all day, she said.

In the latest effort, when prostitutes and their customers are arrested they will be prohibited from frequenting the area where they were arrested. If they are arrested a second time in the same area, the penalties will be steeper.

Galatzan said this method of prosecution was used by the city attorney's office in the early s. She is researching what was done then to help guide current efforts. The views expressed in this post are the author's own.

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