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With her own child’s well-being at stake, Council President Nury Martinez is serious about public safety. She believes all of our children have a right to a safe community and an opportunity to grow up free of fear and crime.
In her current role and as a member of the Public Safety committee, she is dedicated to addressing the sex trafficking and prostitution problem in the area, eliminating the illegal medical marijuana dispensaries and removing the blight that attracts crime. With local partners such as the City Attorney, LAPD, the Mary Magdalene Project, Groups Against Street Prostitution (GASP), and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), these issues are being addressed for the benefit of all residents.
I'm proud to share with you our progress in the fight to end human trafficking in the Sixth Council District and the rest of our City. The vicious cycle of buying and selling women and girls for sex must end. That is why I partnered with LAPD Operations Valley Bureau to create the first Human Trafficking Task Force of its kind in Los Angeles. We have made great strides in our first three years and now, with the expansion of the Human Trafficking Task Force to LAPD Operations-South Bureau, LAPD West Valley Division, and throughout our City, we are making sure that there is no safe haven for this despicable crime anywhere in Los Angeles. It is about taking our streets back from pimps and johns in order secure a better tomorrow for our City's children.
As Human Trafficking Awareness Month comes to a close, the City Council passed an ordinance I called for mandating the posting and enforcement of human trafficking hotline posters in sexually oriented businesses, airports, bus stations, urgent cares and other locations. The data shows that women caught in the nightmare of human trafficking seek help in higher numbers when they see posters with hotline phone numbers. Through these postings under the City of Los Angeles ordinance, victims, and anyone who suspects human trafficking is taking place, will have greater access to 24-hour hotlines and be better positioned to report a potential incident of human trafficking. We are letting victims know that the City of Los Angeles is listening to them and doing everything we can to help end their suffering. I thank our amazing advocates at Journey Out and CAST Los Angeles for their dedication and diligence.