Councilman Curren Price and Councilwoman Nury Martinez announced on Jan. 31 a renewed focus and vigorous approach to crackdown on pimps and Johns and abolish human trafficking in South LA for once and for all.
During a press conference that also included Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Price and Martinez revealed details of a $500,000 designation that will allow the South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force to adequately allocate its resources to combat this epidemic, as well as other prostitution-related crimes, in South LA. Operating out of Councilmember Price’s 9th District, the South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force focuses on tackling human trafficking in Council Districts 8, 9, and 10, represented by Councilmembers Harris-Dawson, Price and Council President Wesson, respectively.
“Together we stand strong in this fight that transcends borders, Districts and communities,” Councilman Price said. “It should serve notice to pimps and Johns that we won't allow exploitation of girls and young women in Los Angeles; nor will they continue to have free rein to terrorize our schools, businesses and neighborhoods.”
The latest effort brings improvements that have succeeded in areas of the San Fernando Valley that Councilwoman Martinez represents to South LA's Human Trafficking Task Force.
“The Operations-Valley Bureau has been truly successful, and because of that, I have partnered with my colleagues on the Council that represent Districts 8, 9 and 10 to replicate this type of enforcement. This is a citywide issue that doesn’t limit itself to district lines. Whether it’s a girl in the Valley or a girl in South LA, she is our responsibility,” said Councilwoman Martinez. “We must stand together, as a City, to dismantle once and for all the exploitation of our women and girls. They are our wives, our daughters, and our granddaughters. We must do better and say no more.”