Two women and one man were cited for prostitution as a result of a Craigslist posting on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. According to an article by The Signal, the man is 50-years-old. He was arrested and charged with supervising prostitution while the women, ages 46 and 47, were arrested for prostitution.
A lieutenant from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station indicated that the arrests were not connected to a two-year ongoing investigation beginning in 2008 on local illegal massage establishments. The Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau has conducted 58 undercover sting operations at various massage businesses in the area, which resulted in 20 arrests for prostitution and 30 for licensing violations.
In November 2009, as a result of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation, a multi-agency task force has also targeted 28 massage businesses in Santa Clarita for violations including labor laws, business licensing and violations of the California Penal Code. Seven of the investigated businesses were charged with operating without a license while nine others were in violation of the city’s municipal codes. Numerous others were not in compliance with building and state labor codes and five were ordered to close operations.
Prostitution, Pimping and Solicitation charges in Los Angeles require special attention as these charges can sometimes be based on very broad assumptions. If you are an owner of a massage parlor and have been charged with prostitution, solicitation, pimping or other sex offenses, do not hesitate to talk to an experienced Los Angeles prostitution criminal defense attorney.