Pomona Motel to Take Steps to Curtail Prostitution, Human Trafficking, DA Says – NBC Los Angeles

A Pomona motel has agreed to take action to curb prostitution and human trafficking on its premises, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Friday.

An agreement signed last week requires the owner of Pomona Lodge Inc. to install surveillance cameras in the motel on Holt Avenue, stop renting rooms by the hour, and publish the legal notice to raise awareness about human trafficking, prosecutors said.

The owner of the motel was also fined $ 9,000 in civil fines and investigation costs.

A July 30 complaint filed by prosecutors alleged that Pomona Lodge Inc. was a public nuisance, violated California's Red Light Control Act, and engaged in unlawful business practices.

The suit was from a covert operation that started a little over two years ago at the motel in an area known for prostitution and human trafficking, and it had led to numerous complaints of illegal activity with the Pomona Police Department, according to prosecutors.

The case marked the first time prosecutors used the state's consumer protection laws to combat human trafficking in the county.

"This settlement makes it difficult for traffickers to conduct their illegal business in Los Angeles County," Lacey said in a written statement. "It also serves as a warning to property owners that we will stop human trafficking." Hold the people accountable for who tacitly refused these criminals, disregarded their victims, and benefited financially from these crimes. & # 39; & # 39;

Meanwhile, 25-year-old Ravirajsihn Zala, who was a clerk at the front desk at the motel, is awaiting trial for two offenses for trafficking minors for commercial sex and pimping.

Zala, who could spend up to 14 years and eight months in state prison if convicted as a defendant, is accused, according to the prosecutor, of renting rooms to sex workers and demanding part of her income from commercial sex deals.

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