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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Is Street Prostitution an Issue in CD6 Race?


‘Can I get in?’

‘No.’

‘Don’t you want a date?’

‘I’m not looking for sex’

‘I really have to get some money. Can you help me with that?’

‘Not with that.’

‘Don’t you like me?’

‘I like you just fine. But no thanks.’

‘Can I just sit in your car for a little while? I’m tired. We don’t have to do anything. I just kinda need a break.’

This conversation took place in the parking lot of a grocery store. In daylight hours. In a middle class neighborhood. She was the fifth one I saw on my way home, but I didn’t have it in me to photograph her face. In the moment, she was my sister in Christ.

Women ply the trade off of Craigslist or escort services every day with varying degrees of autonomy, but women in the street are…chattel. They are owned. Their owners lurk nearby, without fear of consequence. As long as they stay north of Burbank Blvd, rich, liberal Los Angeles is content to allow African-Americans to live in the year 1861. With mobile phones.

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7 Comments:

Blogger David DeMulle said:

You must have gotten a larger car or she was really small, LOL. This is a really good topic why don't you expand on it?

June 16, 2013 7:12 AM  

Blogger danielHB76 said:

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June 16, 2013 11:49 PM  

Blogger Bill Haller said:

In 2002, there was a law passed by the city that allowed it to confiscate the cars of johns soliciting prostitutes. Prostitution in our area (CD6) took a nosedive around 2005 due to the strength of a senior lead officer who doggedly pursued the issue and kept us informed of stings that were going on monthly. In 2007, the CA Supreme Court overturned the law http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jul/27/local/me-seizure27 and the bite LAPD once had became more of a bark. Arrests still were made but because our SLO was moved into another area and replaced by a guy who rarely - if ever - returned a phonecall, stakeholders were left uninformed. Maybe somebody else can chime in as to what other remedies were pursued by then-CD6 Councilman Tony Cardenas through City Hall from 2007 to 2012, but obviously the ball has been dropped and the number of prostitutes out on Sepulveda has once again increased. I have personally talked to CD6 runoff candidate Cindy Montanez about this and it is an issue she is deeply concerned about and ready to pursue. All we have to do is get her elected - which is why I volunteer on her campaign.

June 17, 2013 1:07 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Looks like David DeMulle and DanielHIV don't read. I did not write this post, this was not my experience. I don't know if the photo is of the person in question or generic. Andreas can perhaps confirm.

Also, I don't live in North Hollywood.

Finally, nice try to slam Krekorian, this was in CD6, formerly Tony Cardenas' district before he ran off to Congress.

June 17, 2013 7:30 AM  

Blogger danielHB76 said:

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June 17, 2013 9:43 AM  

Blogger danielHB76 said:

HB = Huntington Beach
NoHo = No Beach

June 17, 2013 9:47 AM  

Blogger Brock Ba'jer said:

Interesting juxtaposition: an article deploring prostitution alongside paid advertisement for Asain Girls 'to date'...

June 27, 2013 8:05 AM  

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