Los Angeles police arrested 14 people Friday, March 6th, for alleged prostitution activity near Lincoln Boulevard and Indiana Avenue in Venice.
A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) prostitution task force arrested the suspects during a seven-hour operation that began at about 8 p.m.
Undercover female police officers posed as prostitutes on the street and then arrested individuals who allegedly stopped and solicited them for sex, police said. Undercover male officers also conducted an ìoutcallî operation from a hotel on Airport Boulevard by posing as male customers and utilizing the Internet to contact prostitutes on Web sites where sexual services were allegedly being solicited, police said.
The LAPD Pacific division Vice Unit, in conjunction with personnel from Hollywood Vice, West Los Angeles Vice, the Detective Support and Vice Division, Jail Division and the LAPD Scientific Investigation division comprised and conducted the task force. Prostitution task forces are conducted periodically in areas prone to prostitution and other vice-related activities, police said.
The 14 suspects, who are from throughout the Los Angeles area, were arrested for prostitution-related charges and booked at the LAPD Pacific station, police said.