Councilwoman Nury Martinez and South LA Councilmembers Announce Half a Million to Save Victims of Human Trafficking in LAPD South Bureau

On Thursday, January 31, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez (Sixth District) joined Councilmembers Curren Price (Ninth District), Harris-Dawson (Eighth District), and Council President Herb Wesson (Tenth District), for a joint press conference to mark the introduction improvements that have succeeded in the Valley to South LA's Human Trafficking Task Force. 

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

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Councilwoman Nury Martinez and South LA Councilmembers Announce Half a Million to Save Victims of Human Trafficking in LAPD South Bureau
Bringing Improvements That Have Succeeded in the Valley to South LA's Human Trafficking Task Force

Los Angeles -This morning, City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez and Councilmember Curren Price joined the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations-South Bureau, to introduce a new approach to the South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force. Following three years of success at the Operations-Valley Bureau, Councilwoman Martinez, the LAPD, and service providers such as Journey Out, are bringing the resources, strategies, and tools that make the Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force a success to the Operations-South Bureau. Operating out of Councilmember Curren Price’s 9th District, the South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force focuses on tackling human trafficking in Council Districts 8, 9, and 10, represented by Councilmembers Harris-Dawson, Price, and Council President Herb Wesson respectively. Some of those strategies include changing the approach to targeting those who perpetuate the problem - the pimps and johns. They are the criminals who make possible a cruel sex trade that continues to victimize young women and girls in Los Angeles.

“The Operations-Valley Bureau has been truly successful, and because of that, I have partnered with my colleagues on the council that represent Districts 8, 9 and 10 to replicate this type of enforcement. This is a city-wide issue that doesn’t limit itself to district lines. Whether it’s a girl in the Valley or a girl in South LA, she is our responsibility,” said Councilwoman Nury Martinez. “We must stand together, as a City, to dismantle once and for all the exploitation of our women and girls. They are our wives, our daughters, and our granddaughters. We must do better and say no more.”

"Together we stand strong in this fight that transcends borders, Districts, and communities," said Councilman Curren Price. "It should serve notice to pimps and Johns that we won't allow exploitation of girls and young women in Los Angeles; nor will they continue to have free rein to terrorize our schools, businesses, and neighborhoods. Today, we implement a renewed focus and vigorous approach to combat this epidemic in South LA."

"Human trafficking survivors represent the resiliency of our communities," said Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson. "I am proud to join my colleagues in bringing the city's vast resources together to combat human trafficking methodically and with haste."

“Human Trafficking is a tragic issue in South LA and we’re fed up with our girls being victimized and our communities being inundated,” said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “I am proud to partner with Councilmembers Martinez and Price, and Council President Wesson to bring real resources and attention to this serious issue.”

“I would like to thank our Council Districts for their partnership and relentless dedication to abolishing human trafficking and prostitution-related crimes,” said Deputy Chief of the LAPD Operations-South Bureau Dennis Kato.

For more context on the program, click here for a video.

Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the President Pro-Tem of the Los Angeles City Council. She represents the 6th Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Panorama City, Arleta, North Hollywood, and North Hills East.

http://www.nury-martinez.com/

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