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Friday, March 13, 2009

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LAPD Task Force Makes Numerous Arrests for Prostitution Activities

Los Angeles: On March 6, 2009, a LAPD prostitution task force operation resulted in a sizable number of arrests for prostitution activity in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Indiana Avenue.

The seven-hour operation started around 8:00 p.m.  Undercover female police officers posed as prostitutes on the street and then arrested violators who stopped and solicited them for sex. Undercover male officers also conducted an outcall operation from a hotel on Airport Boulevard by posing as “Johns” and utilizing the internet to contact prostitutes on websites where sexual services were being solicited.

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 Department’s 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.

The following people were arrested for 647 (b) PC-Prostitution and processed at the LAPD Pacific Division police station:

 Name  Age  City of Residence
 Ahmad Amir  62 Los Angeles
 Choeun Ngiam
 26 Los Angeles
Gwendolyn Perkins
  27 Los Angeles
 Florencio Vasquez
 21 Venice
 Derege Negatu
 38 Los Angeles
 Ashawna Lane
 23 Los Angeles
 Lidia Silva
 48 Los Angeles
 Pedro Ruiz
 24 Los Angeles
 Kiera Jones
 20 Hawthorne
 Florencio Lopez
 37 Los Angeles
 Yidan Zao
 30 Monterey Park
 Kimber Waldrop 23
Encino
 Joseph Clark
  47 Los Angeles
                      
The arrest of the people above does not imply guilt nor does it guarantee prosecution for the charge.  All arrests are referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.  Questions may be directed to Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Mason at the Pacific Division Vice Unit, 310-482-6481.