Over a half dozen men were arrested Saturday night during a crackdown on prostitution in the Long
Beach, Los Angeles Harbor City area when they solicited undercover police officers for sex acts
with policewomen posing as hookers.
The four-hour sting operation by the
LAPD targeted suspected "johns" in response to increasing complaints from residents
and business owners tired of seeing prostitutes working the streets outside PCH businesses and local
motels, Los Angeles police Detective Grant Hiramoto said.
Many Los Angeles police Vice
officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor and Southwest divisions joined forces for
the sting, placing female officers on the street to pose as prostitutes outside the Harbor Inn near
President Avenue. According to one Long
Beach Prostitution Defense Attorney , these types of undercover sting operations are commplace
and highly successful.
The female officers walked along the sidewalk until customers arriving
in cars and on foot, skateboards and bicycles stopped to make a deal to obtain a sex act.
Once they solicited the undercover police they walked through the motel's parking lot, the
men quickly found themselves in handcuffs and on their way to the Los Angeles County Men's Jail
The individual arrests all took place without incident. With undercover
LAPD officers across the street and in the parking lot, arrests occurred as soon as the female
officers signaled that the customer had offered cash, known as a solicitation for prostitution..
One man who drove up on a small bicycle in a white jumpsuit that appeared to be some kind of
religious costume. After he was handcuffed and taken away in a black-and-white patrol car, his white
skullcap was found on the ground where he had been standing. He had apparently dropped it during his
According to LAPD, vice detectives planned the sting because
neighbors in the area had talked about their children seeing scantily clad women walking the
sidewalks, and some motel customers complained of seeing sex acts in motel parking lots. Sometimes
people complained of finding used condoms and other indicia of acts of prostitution.
Coast Highway has long been a spot known for prostitution in Harbor City and Lomita, where sheriff's
deputies recently conducted similar operations and made 15 arrests, all persons likely will speak to
an attorney once they are brought to Court.